Author : Clifton Porter

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Art has evolved in more ways than one. If in the past, people had limited art expressions because of their limited art resources, the same cannot be said today. Take, for instance, painted furniture. Until this day, people are not so sure what they are getting when you talk about painted furniture. For most people, they think of these items as a scraped-up old chair, for example, that you can pick up from the flea market. This will then end up in your laundry room. However, this is not always true in this modern day and age. Why so? For starters, have you ever considered painted furniture to be an art form? If you don’t, well, you should. Nonetheless, you do not have to be talented when it comes to the arts if you want to create your very own unique art pieces in the form of painted furniture.

Are you feeling a little creative today? Want to try a painted furniture project? If you do, here are some things that you can do. To start this project, go to any flea market or thrift shop and get a small table or chair. You may choose to get a scratched-up, painted, or scraped-up piece of furniture in these places. You will not have to worry about them because the use of sandpaper will do the trick for you.

Proceed to find a base color. You can start checking your local stores for a good brush and a can of acrylic paint. If possible, you should be getting small bottles of acrylic paint that comes in different colors. Again, you can see these materials in your nearly local crafts stores. You should also be including a cheap little brush set. One all of these things are prepared, proceed to start painting your furniture item of choice. Acrylic easily dries out. Thus, after half of an hour, you may already be ready to move.

If you are going to be starting your own painted furniture project, do not be afraid to express yourself and be creative. You may choose to paint shapes or anything that you can think of that appeals to you the most. Perhaps you will outline the shape that you have chosen with contrasting colors. Painted furniture can actually be a good canvas for pop art creation. Maybe you want to have a vine painted in your furniture that runs across your table or drapes gracefully across your chair seat. What about putting some stripes on the rungs of your chair? With painted furniture, the sky is most definitely the limit. You can even put a geometric pattern that will look very attractive to you. There are no limits to what kind of colors you will be using as your paint. When you will have your kids involved in the furniture painting project you have come up with, you can let them go with bright primary color choices in terms of paint. If you have teen daughters, they may prefer more of the pastel shades for the furniture that you have painted for them. When you have selected dark green as your base paint color, you can then use a burnt orange paint color to provide some contrast.

It is not always that your creative state of mind works. There may be times that you can be in your zone when creating something while you have some background music. On the other hand, there may also be times that music becomes more of a distraction to you. As a person, you should know how to explore what creative possibilities are out there for you if you want to attain a better state of creativity. You may incorporate new ways with the old or change your old ways to newer and better ones.

Even so, some people go through cycles when it comes to their creative needs. At particular times, solitude and silence may be more comforting. And yet, like how the seasons change, your intuitive demands and internal creativity may require for you to explore outside stimulation.

This short article will give you some tips for enhancing your creative state of mind with the help of external experiences.

• Creating in front of an inspiring view or nature settings
Before you begin to craft a project or sketch, it might be a good idea to take a hike, a walk in the park, or a stroll along the beach. If being active does not work for you, you can be less active by just setting up your materials. For instance, if you must do some creative work, you can prepare an easel, canvas, and brush as a painter, suitcase of crafts as a scrapbook enthusiast, and a pencil and pad of papers as a writer. When you have made yourself ready on a blanket, bench, or another seat, you can then proceed to start your creative work while being immersed in the scenic view ahead of you giving you your much-needed inspiration.

• Creating around crowds
If you are looking for some active energetic or frenetic inspiration, then you can work around crowds of people. You can make creative work by watching people in malls and parking lots and other places where there are bustle and noise of passersby. All this will serve as your background for doing your creative work.

• Creating in solitude and silence
When you want to work around a more grounding or introspective way, then you should choose to create in a near-empty space, an emptied library, or a quiet room on your own. You can also accomplish the same thing if you find silence in a regularly used work or study room. This is most definitely opposed to exciting or shaking up your energy levels where you can choose to be above or below the hustle and bustle of people.

• Creating in rarely explore or never before seen places
You will be able to awaken some spontaneous or renewed creative energy in you if you will be creating in new places or those that you have never tried exploring. There will be times in your life where you want to see something new and different not just for your sanity but for your creative state of mind as well. By finding some inspiring ideas, you will be led to the right direction in terms of play, work, and spiritual and emotional well-being.

• Creating with background music
As mentioned, you can also better create art and make crafts when you have different music backgrounds surrounding. All these can offer you a range of feelings of quiet-minded meditation to excitement that will help to increase your creative state of mind.

There are different occasions and events that happen across the globe. Some are well celebrated while some just call for a simple celebration. Either way, there are some things that you can do to make any event more memorable and special, and that is going creative with the gift giving ideas that you have. Most events that are celebrated always require giving of presents. If you are going to be giving some, you have to make sure to be as creative as you can be. Of course, just remember to choose gifts that will blend with the social ambiance yet still stand out because of its attractiveness. For sure, your recipient will appreciate all the effort that you have put into the gift that you have given him or her.

Of course, there are a lot of gift-giving ideas that you can choose from in this day and age. The most common ones are those that you buy from your local stores. These gifts may be good; however, they may be too basic and straightforward. Now, if you want to give something that is truly unique in terms of its intentions and design, then you should go with creative gift giving ideas where you have used a lot of your effort and thought in the process. There are not a lot of people who achieve success in coming up with one-of-a-kind creative gift ideas where the outcome is worthy of praise. There are some things though that you can take note of if you want to be giving creatively thought of unique gifts to your loved ones and friends.

Before you decide on what creative gift you will be giving, you have to determine the kind of occasion that you will be attending. If you are going to be giving an anniversary or wedding gift, you can come up with a custom album in coffee size with a book layout so that you can let your recipients tore pictures of their beautiful moments together. You can even choose to make room for personal comments that you can add to this album that your recipients will truly cherish throughout their lives.

Creative gift-giving ideas can also apply to traditional baby showers. If you will be attending this event, you can gift the baby with a huge collection of Disney books or a personalized handprint photo frame. For sure, they will grow up with fond memories, joy, and all smiles.

For creative corporate gift ideas, you can have business card holders custom-made. On the other hand, you can also go for miniature bonsai trees or a self-made welcome sign as your housewarming present.

Of course, who can forget the birthday of a person? This is one of the most important occasions in just about any person’s life. If you will be attending a birthday party, the sky is the limit with all the attractive and creative gift options that you can come up with. Just be sure that you consider the personality of the person who is celebrating the party as well as the kind of birthday party he or she has. You can put a smile on the celebrator’s face by giving them a large pack of cookies with streamers and some assorted chocolates.

Art is limitless and is comprised of different areas or categories. A lot of people just cannot get enough art. If you want to explore a particular area of art or the other areas of art that you have never tried exploring, then you should try checking out craft kits. Craft kits are also great for those who have just found a new interest in art or exploring what artistic areas they may be good at. Most kits come with the right number of supplies that you will be needing to create amazing pieces of art. You have a wide range of options for craft kits to choose from. Each of them is unique on its own, and there is no doubt that you will find out that is just suitable for your needs. It does not matter if you are a professional artist or an art amateur because there is no doubt that there will always be that one or more craft kits for you.

While shopping around your local art shops, you will come to learn that you see more than the typical acrylic or oil painting sets as well as watercolor sets. You can now choose from different craft kits inside which include all the things you need to start fabric painting or porcelain painting. Making use of crafts kits is great for those who get a spark of inspiration about something and just want to experiment on a particular art medium for a while. The use of craft kits is also great for professional art makers who are looking for cost-effective options in creating art. Usually, buying materials separately can be quite expensive for these struggling artists.

When it comes to art and craft kits, they are commonly being bought by families who have children and want to be creative. They are also very good for younger students who are experimenting with what art mediums they can use out there or those who do not have the budget to again buy individual art and craft materials. For families who want customized plates or mugs at home, they can choose to get porcelain or glass craft kits. This kind of craft kit can also be used to give as personalized gifts to loved ones for all occasions. On the part of your children, the use of these highly personalized kits will let them put a lot of thought and effort in the gifts that they will be giving to other people. By getting your own complete art and craft kit set, there is no doubt that you will have all of the materials that you need for making your art piece without worrying about running out of supplies that you need.

On a professional viewpoint, again, craft kits come in handy for those who are after making lovely fabrics, artwork, and porcelain items but are on a budget. Just keep in mind not to easily jump into making art pieces using craft kits if you have not really thought about what kind and quality of art results you will be getting. Again, there is a wide selection of craft kits out there. You just have to make sure to know what kind of result you want and need.

Introducing your kids to arts and crafts is not just one way for them to express their creativity and what they feel, it is also a way for the ideas that they have learned to be reinforced as well as for them to explore on new concepts. A lot of children enjoy doing some art. This is especially true among toddlers and preschoolers. Any art activity is already a chance to come up with different teaching opportunities for different topics of interest. If you want to teach your kids about nutrition, for instance, you can teach them how to create fun and yummy projects for them. Also, these fun art activities can be done to start discussions about good nutrition and healthy eating. Here are some art activity ideas for kids that incorporate some lessons in nutrition.

• My Food Pyramid
Get a large poster board and draw a large triangle in it. Divide it accordingly based on the standard food pyramid with the fast and sweets portions as well as the five food groups. Label each section with the name of the food group and their recommended daily services. Let your child tear or cut pictures of food from sales papers and magazines. You can also use some food stickers. You then help them glue the food pictures into the proper groups they belong in the food pyramid. You can even use real food in making these art projects.

• Cereal Necklace
Get a yarn, and string cereals like Fruit Loops and Cheerios around it. This is a good activity to develop the fine motor skills of your child. Nonetheless, this is a creative way of serving them healthy and fun snacks.

• Spaghetti is Good for Me
Cook spaghetti noodles and then drain and cool them after. You can dip cotton balls into some brown paint and make sure to use a wax paper to leave them dry. After your noodles have cooled, glue them into a Styrofoam plate. Use red paint to paint sauce on the spaghetti noodles. Once the paint is dry, you then glue the cotton meatballs. Do not let your child eat this project. Be sure to throw it out after 2 to 3 days have passed to prevent mold formation.

• Veggie and Fruit Painting
Slice different vegetables and fruits into either thick circles or chunks. You can include radishes, carrots, apples, and potatoes for this project. You can be more creative by including different shapes of pepper pieces as well as celery pieces. Prepare a child size art easel using a paper. Dip the veggie pieces that you have cut into the paint. You then proceed to have your kid stamp them onto the paper that you have prepared.

• Bugs on a Log
You can simply spread a celery stalk with some peanut butter. Top it off with raisins to give your child a healthy afternoon snack.

• Colorful Toast
Get a small amount of milk and mix it with different colors of food coloring. Allow your child to paint a piece of bread using a small brush, making sure that the bred is not too wet. You can then toast the bread, top it with butter, and let your child enjoy what they have done.

Do you want to do something fun with your kids that you can be proud of and that your kids will come to love? Have you ever thought of doing some face painting for them yet are not sure where to begin? If you do, then you have just come to the right place. Face painting is one of the best ways for you to be bold this coming holiday season and in any event and occasion for that matter. There are quite a lot of face painting patterns and designs that you can choose from and do on your own for your kids and their friends. You can even come up with some face paint designs with your kids. Now, how fun is that? Want something more fun and exciting for the entire family? Yes, you can when you have the entire family be involved in learning how to face paint. Everyone who is anyone can truly create their very own face painting masterpiece!

When it comes to face painting designs for kids, just think of three things: creative, simple, and easy. Do not pressure yourself into doing something that you are not comfortable doing. Just remember one thing: always choose your face painting materials wisely. As much as possible, you should always go with excellent quality water-based painting sets. In terms of ease of use, they are just like watercolors. The best part about them is that you can also find them easily be it from your local craft stores to some online stores. Being water-based, you will not have a hard time removing these paints with the use of a paper towel and some water. Just be sure that the packaging of the face paint materials that you use says that it is indeed for face paint. Keep in mind that most craft paints can be toxic to the skin.

Some of the simplest to follow face painting design ideas for kids include pumpkins, witches, vampires, clowns, and ghosts. Going for a fairy princess, a spider web, or a pirate’s eye patch can also be great. Below are some of the ideas for your next face painting venture involving the entire family.

• Pirate: To create this look, you can simply paint a black eye patch around the eye. You can also include adding a black beard and a black mustache. You may even paint a headscarf across the forehead of the kid.

• Fairy Princess: You can paint some feathery lines away from and around the eyes. To finish the look, add some glistening stars to your design.

• Spider webs: You can go full face or paint on either cheek of the kid when you go with this kind of design. You can paint different lines in shades of black, gray, and a bit of white.

• Jewelry: You can paint some dots around the wrist or neck about the size of pearls. Paint a charm-like peace or heart design from your bracelet or necklace.

• Clown: You can paint the outside of the lips and nose red. Just be sure to make the area around the lips big. You can then proceed to outline the red mouth with a white color. Oversize the eyebrows and paint some eye lines from the outside portion of your eye to the temple.

• Rainbows: This face design is one of the most popular and easiest ones there are. You can paint some thick lines in a horseshoe pattern ranging from blue, green, yellow, and red colors. To complete the look, add a puffy white cloud at each end.

When it comes to the growth and development of your children, you want to make sure that you are able to give them what is best for them. If you talk about the proper growth of your child, you may have to challenge them once in a while for them to grow up. The best part about challenging your children is that they are often not intimidated by challenges. If you have ever tried pulling your toddler back from stepping off the curb, then surely, you can attest to this.

One of the things that you need to know about children is that they cannot get enough of making things. While creating a bunch of things, though, you can expect them to create some mess as well. Nonetheless, you have to give them props for being the little creative humans that they are. Engaging in anything that involves some creativity is one of the most relaxing and healthiest outlets that you can give to your children and even among yourself.

Making crafts means involving one’s hands. This often leads to the motor function and dexterity of your child to be enhanced. In addition, craft projects are just downright fun. Kids cannot get enough of doing some fun projects that they can have their hands and minds involved in. Craft projects are also perfect in keeping your kids occupied. These are just some of the reasons why kids and crafts always go well together. These craft projects will subtly teach your children to follow instructions which in turn will be both a rewarding and fun experience for them.

• Creativity and production
One of the key benefits of letting your child engage in some craft projects is fostering their creativity. Creativity involves a wide array of mental processes like idea generation, problem solving, and comprehension. Creating something from raw materials also provides a sense of accomplishment and some personal rewards on the part of your children. Being creative means better self-acknowledgment and self-awareness. Kids who do craft projects are able to work on their creativity and productivity skills much better.

• Motor skills
As your child grows, one crucial development that they should master is their eye-hand coordination and their basic motor skills. The proper use of hands and fingers is an ongoing process that can be improved when you let your child engage in a wide range of activities including some craft projects, of course. Using pencils, pens, glue, scissors, and other craft supplies and tools is one of the best ways to improve their dexterity.

• Following instructions
While most craft projects for children are very flexible to let them explore their ingenuity, there are some that involve following instructions until your child can reach the expected final product. Though you allow them as much freedom as they can when it comes to their creativity, there are some that can subtly work on their being able to follow instructions. Once they learn how to do so, their experience will be both a rewarding and fun one.

• Having fun
Of course, no craft project is complete without its element of fun. While creating craft projects for children can be a lot of work for you as the parent, the idea of doing something that the both of you can enjoy together will create some sense of mastery and pride on the part of your child.

As you become a parent, there are a lot of concerns regarding the growth of your child that you must keep in mind and take some action. You want to make sure that as early as possible, you introduce the right tools to your kids for their proper growth and development. One of the best ways for some of their skills to be developed that they can later on use in life is to make them do some arts and craft projects. Craft projects enable your child to become more creative. You also allow them to express themselves in a more creative environment without restrictions. Their fine motor skills will also be enhanced when you let them engage in these types of projects. You are increasing their ability to focus and concentrate on the task at hand that you give them as well. Moreover, they are able to follow and interpret instructions as you give them or as they read from the craft projects that they will be doing.

Now, when it comes to craft projects for toddlers, there are basically a number of them that you can choose from. It all boils down to you knowing where you can find them. Your sources of craft projects intended for toddlers are many. You just have to know where you can begin your search in finding the right one for your little one. Also, make sure that the kind of craft projects that you choose are those that your toddler will truly enjoy. Usually, you will be the one doing all the preparation work for the craft project that you have outlined for them. In this way, they are not the only ones who can learn about what you have prepared for them but you as well. This stage of your child’s development is crucial because this is usually the time where they are the most curious and will try to absorb as many things as they can.

One of the best sources of craft projects for toddlers are some printed books that will provide you with some recommendations of the best crafts that you can introduce to your toddler. These books will help you better prepare the materials that you will need and help you better implement the provided instructions properly. As a first-time parent, these sources can come in very handy to you if you have no prior experience with craft projects for toddlers. You can also check out more sources of craft projects for toddlers using online means.

One of the best things about these craft projects for toddlers is that you can let your toddlers do them anywhere you are. At home, for instance, you can let them engage with some home-friendly activities like creating simple baskets and bags, creating a flannel board, making bubbles, finger painting, playing with some clay and more. Just think of various activities that you can let them do that will let them make use of their hands to be creating useful and fun materials. While at home, you can also let them engage in some home chores. This will help them be prouder and more productive with themselves. Just make sure that you explain to them why these tasks must be accomplished and give them some reward for a job well done.

As a child, were your toys made of fine-crafted wood? Did you enjoy playing with them? For sure, you did and had fun memories playing with them as a kid. However, have you ever wondered what has happened to these wooden children’s toys now? Today, most babies and toddlers are used to playing with colorful plastic toys, and some even come in electronic variants that do all the work for them. A lot of issues surround these types of toys now.

To start, are these toys just created for entertainment purposes only? Does actual learning really happen when you let them play with these electronic games and toys? Growing up today is no longer the same as you once were kids. Though there is a rapid increase in technology in the past couple of years, unfortunately, there has been a decline in the communication skills and attention spans of kids. Are the days of playing wooden children’s toys really gone? How can you ensure now that your children will be getting the right types of experiences that will teach them to develop proper communication skills and be creative to find success in this world? It all boils down to the kinds of things or toys that you give your children to play with.

According to experts, playing is like working for children. Play is essential to the proper growth and development of a child. It assists the child in learning by doing and making choices to achieve mastery. Different experiences associated with science, language, math, art, music, and socialization all play a role in the child’s proper brain development. Keeping this fact in mind and if playing is how children do some work, then toys are a necessity for them to accomplish what is expected from them during this age. As a child plays, they are able to learn not only about themselves but also about others. Some of the skills they learn include identifying new ideas, figuring out how toys work, imaginary play, developing and refining motor skills, learning to work with others, and problem solving.

By giving your children the right types of toys, you allow their ability to communicate and motor skills to be developed and increased. Most toys these days can be colorful and a lot of fun yet noisy. However, most of them are no longer built with such fine craftsmanship as you often expect most wooden children’s toys to have. Aside from being long-lasting and to be passed on from one generation to the next, wooden toys were valued as educational toys. Some of the best fine-crafted wooden toys where the old wooden blocks, puzzles, log cabin structures, and other handmade wooden toys that allow the creativity of the child to flourish and to play without being afraid of breaking their toys.

There are also wooden puppet toys that you can introduce to your child that will let them role play. Role play is another form of play that enables your child to express themselves. These are just some of the best things that you can do with wooden children’s toys. With the combination of old-school thinking and durability that these toys offer, there is no doubt that your children will be able to grow up the way they were always meant to be.

There are different things that you can do with your kids that not only them will enjoy but you as the parent or guardian will. Take, for example, making glow in the dark candles. If you are looking forward to doing something easy, fun, and neat with your kids, then a glow in the dark candle project is the one for you. You can do this during the rainy season no matter the age group that your kid belongs to. Kids just cannot get enough of creating things. With this kind of project, there is plenty of room for them to create. Here are some steps to ponder if you are planning to start a project in making glow in the dark candles with your kids.

Risks are always involved in creating glow in the dark candles. That is why, as much as possible, before you introduce this kind of project to your kids, you must provide them with appropriate supervision. It is never recommended to leave your kids alone when they are doing this kind of project. Keep in mind that you will be dealing with hot materials and sometimes the use of a stove for melting your gel. Thus, you should only start with this project if you are available. If you are not, better pick another project that will let you leave your child unattended. In case your children persist in making some, you can have them make some wickless candle instead that will allow them to put some fragrance inside. Most people call this type of candle as air fresheners.

Now that the first step to making this project a reality is covered, you proceed by gathering the needed materials for this project. Some local craft stores actually provide glow in the dark candle project kits that you can buy. Since glow in the dark candles are going to be gel candles, you should ask for this kind of candle when you look for them. The kit must be comprised of a candle gel, candle thermometer, glass containers, wicks, and complete instructions. Some kits also come with embeds. Most premade kits come in aquatic themes. This means that you will be getting them with some sand, fish, and seashell.

So, the last step before your glow in the dark candle making project begins is doing some preparation. You need to set up the place where you must do your project, which is most likely your kitchen table. Clean off your kitchen table before you will be starting this project. Like most arts and crafts projects entail, you need to make enough room for all of the process and materials and the people doing them to fit in. Gel candle making is akin to doing some cooking. A successful glow in the dark candle project always involves good ingredients, good timing, and a bit of patience from you. Once everything is set, you can then check out the specific instructions that your kits come with. Follow them step-by-step, and make sure that all of your materials have been properly set. Glow in the dark candles make perfect gifts this holiday season and any occasion for that matter.

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