Hone your Skills with Glass Blowing Classes to Create Masterpieces with Glasses

Glass Blowing Classes

Blowing glasses is both an art and a skill. You might be able to blow a glass and with your artistic abilities, you can create something great. Or, you might have all these great ideas as glass pieces in your head, but your skills needs improvement. Whether you need more inspiration or you need to improve your skills, there is a solution to that. The important thing here is your desire to create a masterpiece that will satisfy your heart in creating something that expresses the idea or thought that you want to convey.

Improving your skills in blowing glasses

When you already have this burning desire to create something special by blowing glasses, then you are on to a good start. You just need to hone your current knowledge and skills and get your teacher to teach you about techniques that would make your hobby more exciting, serious and of course, even more fun.

The idea of attending glass blowing classes will expose you to the idea of working in a group, if you signed up for a group class, or having someone around you who is well experienced in this craft. This will open the doors to allow you to ask questions that you can definitely apply in the long run. In addition, when you create your beautiful pieces, you have somebody else in the room that can critique your work and one that you can trust has knowledge about what he or she is talking about. With all these information in your belt, there is really nothing else to do but to do better.

In addition to having someone who knows the craft by heart, you will also have access to materials and tools that you may have not used before. This will benefit you in a way that you will get to experience whether certain tools will work to your advantage or is it too heavy to work with or it may just be the perfect tool that is missing in your tool box. Then, you know what to get next paycheck when you go to the store.

Aside from attending glass blowing classes, be on the lookout for conventions. When you do attend these awesome events, you will meet more people with the same interest and interact with them. You can start an invaluable network that you can use in the future for just about anything. It can vary from questions, to suppliers and even customers in the embodiment of their friends and relatives that might be living in the same neighborhood as you do.

Getting more creative inspiration

All artists experience this at one or more times in their lives. If you happen to find yourself in that particular spot that there is really nothing that you could create that makes your heart beat in excitement, do not be alarmed. This is perfectly normal.

Paper! This is going to be your best friend. If you can get a drawing pad that is convenient for you to carry around or put in your backpack or satchel, then take it. You also need a reliable pencil and eraser so that you can instantly draw the idea wherever you are. Below are some suggestions when you still find it challenging to get creative.

  • Find a quiet place. A lot of artists find solace as a great place to restart and boot again. In many cases, they find themselves pouring out ideas that sometimes, they can’t even keep up with it. This is why it is important to always have your drawing book with you.
  • Happy place. Think of a happy moment, many of the inspiring pieces, whether glass or other mediums were a product of a happy memory.
  • Talk to your friends. If you are looking to get inspired to make a glass project, you may want to opt to talking to the network you started when you went to the convention. They will understand this burning passion to create something. In addition, if you already have a group in Facebook or any social media, then you can use that network as well for additional inspiration.
  • Look at pictures online. Looking at pictures online could also inspire you to create something incredible.
  • Listen to music. Find that perfect music, close your eyes and let your mind wander. This is another form of getting in touch with your inner you. This is also another motivation that motivated inspiring pieces whether it’s a painting, sculpture or any art pieces.
  • Just doodle. A lot of sculpture and even other types of artists were surprise at how doodling can actually start an amazing idea. Each stroke that contributes to the thickness of a strike of a pencil brings out a certain element. After few minutes, you will notice something that stands out. This might be the next inspiration that you are looking for.

In relation of finding inspiration, there was this artist in Japan who was having difficulty getting an idea to create something; to paint something. Out of the blue, he notices his pet goldfish. He started creating his first 3d painting featuring his goldfish. Now, Riusuke Fukahori is one of the well known artists because of this great creation, which started from something that he always had in his room – his pet goldfish.

Starting a project

So, now that you have something to start with, you can roll up your sleeves and you can start working. No idea is bad idea. Just draw them in your drawing book or just simply doodle. When you finally get an inspiration, you can plan how you want to make your glass project. All that you have learned from your glass blowing classes and the creative inspiration is going to allow you to make something incredible. Just take a deep breath and then just do it. Have fun!

Sharing your project

When you finally create a masterpiece, you can make use of the social media platform to post a picture and share it in your account. Perhaps, you can also manage your own glass blowing classes,too. Needless to say, glass blowing classes is also being offered online because of its high demand.

Glass Wall Art and Finding the Right Decorative Piece for your Home

Glass Wall Art

Art creates great impact on lives, it has molded the lives of millions of people, and it brought comfort to some people, hope, freedom and love. Art helps people to express themselves uniquely and it brings out the best in every individual as they are free to show their creativity. It can be expressed in more ways than one as it is not only limited to a single method. Because of its influence in our society, we tend to find our surroundings empty or boring without it. So many people enjoy collecting artworks or even shop wall arts to decorate their homes.

Some type of wall arts

As stated above art comes in different styles and are designed using different methods. It can be a simple painting, be it an abstract, representational, historical, or just a simple portrait. It can also be a metal or glass wall art. But with the new generation of artists and new minds evolving, lots of new ideas have been introduced; still, nothing beats the old way of doing it. That is why choosing among all the plenty choices you have if you plan to decorate your place can be tricky. So first, you must consider if it is appropriate for your place, your wall art will not be so artistic anymore if it doesn’t compliment your place.

Paintings

When you talk or hear about art what pops into your head is a drawing or a painting. This kind of wall art is what people commonly use to decorate their houses. As stated above paintings also come in different types, this will also reflect your taste and your interests as people see it in the walls of your home. The image is usually inside a frame to make it look more elegant. This is more convenient than the glass wall art or the metal wall art because it is easy to move and easy to carry. Its disadvantage is very hazardous to children as most frames have glasses to cover the painting. So it is also wise to be cautious.

Glass wall art

This type of wall art also is an amazing way to decorate your place to elegance. This is because the aura of the glass, its sparkle and shine makes it look beautiful. Glass wall art just like the paintings; come in different types depending on how the creator makes it or whatever comes out of their imaginations. The most common designs now are floral, aquatic, nature, aviary, or even abstract art.

With the elegance and beauty it brings to your home, glass wall art also has disadvantages. It can be hazardous especially when there are children around. It also makes it very hassle if you move in and out because it is heavy and very fragile. Glass wall art is suitable to people who live alone or with adults, but if otherwise children should be kept away from it. This type of wall art is more commonly seen in churches.

 

Metal wall art

Alongside glass wall art and paintings, is this also popular metal wall art. This type is commonly made by copper, steel, iron, or brass. It can also be made by a special metal depending on the creator himself. It also is a creative decoration for your home that you might consider. If you are not into bright colors or sparkly decors, you might want to try this type of wall art. Most metal wall art only has few shades of color and many of them are in dark colors which is good for a simple type of decorating.

One disadvantage of this wall art is it is also very heavy to carry and is a very much hassle if you want to move in or out or redecorate. This is also hazardous to children and even adults. So it is very much advised that having this around your home, one should be cautious. Just like the glass wall art, this is suitable without children at home or with proper supervision.

Other wall art types

Other types of wall arts are decorative walls where the walls seem to be embossed by a certain design, a very simple wallpaper paste in your wall for beautiful and inexpensive design, and what is very common today that most people do is just paint the walls itself. With these types, you need not to go to an exquisite and expensive art shop and worry about your children’s safety or yourself. All you need is a nice paint and some creative hands to do the designs. This is usually done in the rooms of the houses, modern apartments, restaurants, hotels, even schools and the long list goes on.

These are all great arts; it brings color to our eyes, stories in our hearts and even unimaginable ways to help us. Art can be taken so lightly by many yet it can also help a lot of people. When art is the topic decorations, drawings and paintings is what we can think of at first. Yes, these are the most common ways of art, but it is also a tool for therapy to people with psychological problems. Like many artists, these helps these types of people to express what they fail to speak, so art should not be taken so lightly. It is more than a decoration; it also signifies life, love, and passion.

All of the above mentioned are great ways of putting up decorations and beautifying your place, yet my opinion may not be reasonable to you or to others and yours to mine and others as well. But as stated above, lots of things should be considered first before choosing one; its suitability, price, advantages, disadvantages and most of all, safety.

But, I suggest that you should choose and decide from the heart. What you decide to decorate to your place reflects who you are and it creates impressions to other people, especially those who doesn’t know you well or who just met you. art does not only involve by what you see, it also involves what you think and feel.

Hand Blown Glass – The Innovative Use of a Limitless Object

Hand Blown Glass

In modern works of art, an artist does not only limit itself to abstract free painting or figurative freehand sculpting. The use of a universal material such as the glass made exemplary history in the world of craftsmanship. Since it is versatile and that it can be modified into other substance, artists found a new way to use it. Glass wall art has then become popular since the Roman Empire.

Glass wall art comes in many different forms such as hand blown glass and glass panels; this covers glass chandelier, vases and ornaments. The product trend of glass  art does not only limit itself to one. It is used as curtain walls, backdrops, hand railings and stair case.

Many contemporary works of glass art evolved such as the stained glass. It is more popular with its use in churches. The windows are portioned with painting and design. It requires special tools and materials. The combinations of ridged and textured glass are a perfect project. The obvious piece of art of stained glass is evident in the Chatres and Canterbury Cathedral windows.

There is also another technique of glass making. It is the sand blasting. This is the process where the surface of the glass is removed in order for the next layer to stand out. Thick slabs of glass are usually the choice of glass for this kind of technique because it would be able to stand the high pressure.

And of course, the most prominent of all glass techniques which is the hand blown glass. It is the most popular technique because of the inwardness a glass blower would feel upon making this masterpiece. A lot of opportunities for creative ideas are displayed in each product finish. Below is a focused and narrowed reading of the subject.

Puff that Glass

Hand blown glass is the technique where molten glass is inflated turning it into a bubble.  A glass-smith is the one manipulating to how much amount of air would be blown into the glass. The principle behind this is the property of glass to be expanded once it is heated. This process is called inflation. There are different hand blown glass techniques which were developed over the decade. These are free and mold blowing. The process of free-blowing results into many forms of glass arts, these pieces include glass blown table items, wall art, vases and chandelier. As for the mold blowing, it usually follows a pattern for industrial use such as mass production of glass.

Fabricating Art

Glass-smith must be extremely patient. It is because of the long repetitive process it takes for them to see the end product. They must be persistent in their work and have expertise in this kind of craft. They must have strong coordination to be able to precisely know when the glass is ready for heating, molding or cooling and of course their creativity at its finest.

The staple piece that hand blown glass makers need is a heating system for the glass to be melted on and a blowpipe.  A furnace where molten glasses are kept should be about 2,000 Fahrenheit or 1,100 Celsius. Additional of color is usually mixed up in the start of the process. Artists use colored powder or dye for a magnificent effect. It begins when the glass blower reach out inside the furnace using the blowpipe and gathers the molten glass at the tip. The artists now roll the hot mass of glass into a steel plate giving it the mold of a cylindrical shape.  The process needs faultless coordination of both hands.  The intent to be shaping it to what the artist desire involves a constant motion of heating and molding.

And then the blowing begins. The artist will now blow into the pipe for the hot mass to expand.  It will now create a bubble, because of the positive pressure that is trapped inside the pipe. The process is then repeated, until the detachment of the formed glass from the blowpipe. Using a large tong or jacks, the glass blower then patterns a line from the pipe and glass where they will separate. While doing this process the glass object must be in constant shaping.

A punty, this is what they usually call it in the glass industry, is a smaller metal rod that is attached to the other side of the blown glass for full removal of the glass to the blow pipe.  The piece now on the punty will go through one final heating. The glass blower will now carefully drop it into a fire blanket and into the annealing oven. This oven is kept in 950 Fahrenheit and cooled for more than 12 hours.  Slow cooling is a very important process in the making of any glass wall art to become a masterpiece.

Modern Craft of Color and Light

Glass as one of its property is to illuminate light, the effect of it when knead gives off divine artistry. The effectiveness has to do with the material itself, reflecting the olden times to modern one. This has been a challenging work for artists, since then glass has become a staple piece of art in any gallery. That is why pioneering glass artists open up a Museum of glass. The Museum presents timeless classic glass collection of any form of technique known to man.

The first evident use of glass was around the early 1600. It is plain and opaque in color. The molten ones are pretty much good use as jars and jugs that at that time only the rich can afford it. During the mid 1600 people discovered to inflate the hot glass. After that the method was use until the Roman Empire. They have tried to develop it by adding a coloring agent. Details were also added such as the handles and base.

Glass is a universal material. The use of it does not only limit it to one. It has a widespread purpose from functional, technological and ornamental use.

Spray Painting is not just Graffiti + Review

Anyone who lives in an urban city raise your hand! *Waves hand furiously!*

I have seen a LOT of really awful Graffiti and Spray Painting and some rare gems of GREAT stuff!

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Yeah, that is REALLY COOL. I got to thinking, can I do this? I went to my local art supply store (Is it sad they know me by name?) and searched for spray paint. I found some good stuff, but not the selection I was looking for. This is where my tips get good!

Release your INNER MAN and go to a Hardware store. Preferably a big box store like Lowes or Home Depot. This is KEY. An Art store will have maybe 20 different colors of spray paint. If you are lucky a can or two of metallic. Nothing SPECIAL. How can I make art without the right supplies? I can’t!

At the big box stores, you will find an entire AISLE of Spray Paint. At a big box store, this will be larger than some art supply stores. This is the cool part. They have high gloss, matte, and any different type of Spray Paint imaginable. Paint for metal, concrete and wood. Anything and everything you can think of. My inner child – artist (That is a word, right?) went crazy. I soon found myself with a cart full of paint – but not enough. (By the way, if you have a Credit Card to a big box store, leave it at home. You can easily rack up several hundred dollars on this stuff.)

I got home, and started playing in my basement on my wall. I soon discovered tip two. Buy shades of colors. I was not exactly using my inner Bob Ross when I picked out paint. A lot of “THAT IS A PRETTY PINK” went on. Yeah, it was bad.

I quickly learned tip two, buy shades and different colors. The picture above will give you some idea. Cheek bones? Shadow? Definition? You need several shades of every color you plan to use. Blending is insanely difficult with spray paint. Make you sure stock up on those options so you do not stop mid way and need to make a run to the hardware store.

Tip three, the MOST IMPORTANT. Practice on something like a board or canvas first. I had to re – paint my wall more times than I am willing to share. Until you get the shading down and dimensions (Proportions are AWFUL with Spray Paint) you need to practice, practice and practice on something temporary.

After all the work you did you may want an edge or advantage. I found a pretty useful online resource to give my painting a kick in the pants. Check it out here.

The product, like many others, PROMISED a lot. “Become an EXPERT” ; “MASTER the SECRET” …. Yada Yada. I am sick of hearing it all too. Some differences in why I picked this over learning ever from other street Artists I know are simple:

– It includes Video.

Video’s are essential to learning how to paint. It is not art unless you see how the actions come together to create something. I hate nothing more than checking out a how – to – guide or going to a University class to get a thick book or watch a professor or painter from 5 feet away do something quickly. I never learn this way, neither will you.

– It is not expensive.

All the money I spent on Spray Paint? Yeah…. This product is a drop in the bucket compared to that. Even the most expensive course would be less than I spent on supplies. I could take a $300 course and learn less. Or, I could go with this program and learn a lot.

– It includes coaching with every program.

This is a BIG PLUS. The reason I got the program of learning from a person was most people who are working will not take the time to show you intricacies. Especially if they are doing something complex. I learned a lot from the ‘Painting Water’ course. I did need some coaching on this, but it was my own fault. I had the support and it was incredible. When I try to learn from someone ‘good’ or even who teaches well, they either do the step I am struggling with too quickly, or do not do it well enough.

– The Mexican Secret Sauce.

Like every program on the internet, it touts a ‘Secret Sauce’ which makes it special. Was it special? In this case, yes it was. Using objects instead of free hand, the actual differences in technique, and the detailed instruction on the ‘Secret Sauce’ made it actually something special.

I have spent a lot more to learn a lot less. I am sure you have too. Canvas is expensive. Spray Paint is expensive. Your time is valuable. It would be great to be a college kid without a job in the summer dedicating every hour to mastering the art of Spray Paint, but this is not a reality. Paying the little money to learn from someone who knows what they are doing was an incredible opportunity which got me up to speed quick. I know you can too.

How I learned to Draw Well + Review

It started a few years ago. I bought all of the pencils, paper, chalk, charcoal  and supplies I could buy. I knew how to paint, and I wanted to dabble my way through drawing. I mean, I could paint well, how hard could drawing be?

I was in for a rude awakening, as I am sure you have experienced. Drawing was not the most difficult thing to grasp. What was hard was drawing in a realistic way. Realistic is subjective, but when I got to hands….hands were difficult. In general, people were difficult. But really, why are the lines on hands so hard to learn? I was lucky enough to find an easier way to learn this all.

Anyways, I scoured the internet for an easier way to learn besides some night classes, a bottle of wine, and hours alone at home and found something which worked for me. A lot of programs I found were not exactly comprehensive. They were, rather, horrible. Some basic lines structured in a way for children to grasp Although I may draw like one, I am not a child! I do not think most people learning how to draw are children either.

The rest were either horrible Bob Ross style knock offs (I LOVE BOB ROSS!) or new age ‘gurus’ who would preach ‘Be Calm. Feel the Art Flowing’ as if that will help anyone learn to draw!

I admittedly was almost ready to quit. I am no quitter, neither are you, so I keep digging. I found a cool online ‘Drawing’ school. It was fairly easy to follow. It included the basics, to more advanced topics. It has a LOT of video. Which is something I always look for. Just because you can draw, does not mean you can teach someone how to draw. Video at least shows you how an expert draws and you can pause, rewind, and watch it over and over again to learn. That was a big perk.

The course was affordable too. I did not need to spend hundreds on it, just a few dollars. This was great because I was not sure I would like it, plus I could always return the program if I absolutely hated it.

Some advice, never buy ANYTHING you can’t return!

The program itself had some perks:

1. It is very organized.

If you are more advanced, you do NOT want to watch a 30 minute video on how to draw a straight line, or how to shadow. But you may want to dive into HOW TO DRAW HANDS. (I am not mad… I swear).

2. Lots and Lots of Video.

I like video. You like video. We all like video. We love Youtube, don’t we? Like the next person, I learn through Video. The worst way to learn art is out of a book. Books are an artists greatest enemy. You can’t learn to be expressive with pages of text. Most books have a handful of diagrams thrown in. THat does me no good. I want something with Video to show me how to do something.

3. Super Easy.

I was overwhelmed when first learning the nuances of drawing. From what pencils to buy, to how to shade, to hands, to features, and even correcting mistakes. A lot of programs are either far too simple as if made for children under the age of 10 or far too advanced, as if they assume you are an expert and the course is a social hour. This program dabbles in the ‘under 10′ with basics, spends the bulk of the time in the middle or the ‘learning how to draw very darn well’ phase and goes over some ‘snobbish art expert’ material at the end of the course. Which I LOVE. I do want to be so good I can be an Art snob, and the techniques and simple instructions allow me to be. The bulk of the program is in the ‘You can get good’ middle ground which is what I and most people need, which was great.

If you are interested in learning how to draw better, check it out. It will without a doubt teach you how to draw, even those ever so frustrating hands! I guarantee you will get better.

Take Pictures Like the Pro’s! + Review.

I have been dabbling in photography for quite some time. After spending a LOT of time and money trying to get the pictures right and make them look – let’s face it, not horrible, I came to some conclusions.

  • Camera Cost does not matter THAT much.

 

By this I mean, sure, you cant buy a disposable Kodak and expect to take a stunning photograph, but you can get away with a mid tier camera which should range you in the lower $100’s rather than a super expensive $1,000 + Camera. I don’t know about you, but art is FUN and is a hobby. Taking pictures is fun, and is a hobby. Photography is a hobby. Like you, I have many hobbies. I like to paint, drawn, sing, dance horribly – you catch my drift. Us artistic folks juggle $20 set’s of color pencils and $10 for a tube of oil based paint. It ADDS UP! A simple yet decent Camera can do an amazing job if you know how to use it.

  • Software is an easy, and time consuming way out.

 

I LOVE Photoshop. I like to graphic design. It is a unique art form but for me, is not as artistically liberating as other avenues. For you, it may be your cup of tea. Taking a picture, unless you are an expert at Photoshop, is hard to ‘fix’ with a computer. Trust me, I tried. Many hours wasted trying to change filers and angles to no avail. If is a LOT easier to learn, with your moderately priced camera, how to get the ball rolling by playing with angles, good ol’ fashioned camera lenses and to master lighting and shadows. I for one know that to paint well, you need a lot of natural lighting to make it work well. Taking a picture is often the same way. Learning to manipulate the natural elements has been far more important than learning the latest Photoshop trick.

  • Learn from someone better than you.

 

Is this hypocritical? I love as much as the next guy or gal to get my hands dirty and learn on my own. But I had to learn a brush stroke from someone, right? Well, after a while I got good at taking pictures, but I never made them ‘POP’ on my own. I had friends doing amazing work using Photoshop, but I wanted to take things to the next level and I found a nifty product.

This is an online book which is inexpensive and taught me the in’s and out’s of ‘trick’ photography. I really enjoyed a couple things about the course.

First, it has a LOT of video. I learn by seeing, not reading. Seeing some of the concepts in action made a WORLD of difference.

I went to my local bookstore and checked out a lot of Photography books. Some had basic information such as, ‘Take the Camera Cap off’ (Yes, some people evidently wonder why their photo’s are black) to the more useful ‘Take pictures in a well lit room’. Simply amazing most ‘books’ were horrible for a quick learner. These very same books were touted on Amazon as ‘Great’ books for learning how to do Photography. I do not think these reviewers were reading the same books as I was. (By the way, who else checks Amazon at the library and book store before buying a book? I thought everyone did, but I was getting some weird looks.)

The few books which did have good information, and very FEW I want to emphasize, has some faults. Primarily, they were just books. The books had pictures of amazing photo’s, but no good diagrams. If I could discern from the pictures how to do the act I would not need a book. Video is an essential medium if you do NOT includes hundreds of very detailed diagrams.

The book does not stop their, it is a nearly 300 page ebook teaching you how to take your Photography to the next level and make some really cool pictures but along with the videos, took my mediocre photos to something I was proud of. Most of the time I prefer ALL video and some coaching, but the book went hand in hand with the video course and offered me something special. If the video did not answer my question, even with pausing and reviewing, the book did. It was a lethal 1 – 2 punch!

Click Here to learn more about this product.

I got a lot of advise from people, but even from ‘Photographers’ the advice was never as in depth, nor was it as complete. I was sick of going to a community college ‘Photography Class’ to be taught how to process the photos I take or even worse, how to operate a camera. YUCK! If you want a leg up, give it a try.

Over all, I give the product a solid 4 stars out of five. Could be better, not the best as it only covered a specific area of Photography, but what it did cover, it did amazingly. If you like taking pictures or being artistic at all, you will learn a couple cool tricks to impress your friends or to sell at your next art fair.