Methods Used To Create Decorative Art Glass

A creative way to add some flare to a room's interior design is with decorative art glass. From photographic to printed glass, there are many options when considering what variation to choose from this style of art. Use the following as a guide. Looking for a divider made from glass that has a broken look?…

A creative way to add some flare to a room's interior design is with decorative art glass. From photographic to printed glass, there are many options when considering what variation to choose from this style of art. Use the following as a guide.

Looking for a divider made from glass that has a broken look? Acid etched glass is the style you will need. This variation is chemically treated to create a surface that appears frosted. This style will diffuse light and reduce glare, creating a soft lighting effect. Acid etched glass looks nice indoors and outdoors. It can be used for dividing walls, shower enclosures, kitchen cabinets, atriums, doors and more.

Glass can have digital art applied to it. This printed glass is customizable and can incorporated thousands of colors. Depending on the quality of the ink, fading will not occur for several years. This style of decorative art glass has uses both indoors and outdoors as well. Think countertops, interior partitions, storefronts and more.

Fused is another variation. To create this type of art glass, different pieces in varying colors are melted in a kiln. Then, they are fused together. A variety of colors and finishes can be incorporated in fused glass pieces. This style is commonly used to create tableware, tiles, countertops or sculptures.

Sometimes glass is painted or back painted. This style of art glass is created by applying a coating of paint to the surface. The finish is opaque and can be a variety of colors. Painted glass is great for backsplashes, shower walls, tabletops and several other interior applications.

Glass surfaces can be patterned. To do so, the glass is imprinted at a high temperature while is it still molten. Various textures can be used to alter the lighting in a room. Patterned glass is often seen on shower doors, lighting fixtures, patio furniture and privacy windows.

Sandblasted glass creates a texture in a different way. This style of glass artwork is created by applying abrasive particles to the front and / or back of a piece of glass. This creates a frosted or etched look. This method of creating a texture on a flat surface is also done to wood, stone, metal and acrylic surfaces. When it comes to glass, sandblasting a texture makes the surface highly resistant to finger prints. This style of decorative glass is often found on shower doors, tabletops, bar mirrors, room dividers and more.

Decorative art glass is a unique way to alter the lighting in a space or add creative flare. The above mentioned are several styles of art glass that can be used. There are also other methods that can be implemented to create unique glass pieces as well.

Three Popular Fonts for Logo Design

Choosing a font for your logo is an important decision. Whether you're using a text-only logo or an illustration, the look of your typography can make or break the overall design. Think of it like a signature, the personal mark that represents you, your business, and your core values. That's a lot riding on just…

Choosing a font for your logo is an important decision. Whether you're using a text-only logo or an illustration, the look of your typography can make or break the overall design. Think of it like a signature, the personal mark that represents you, your business, and your core values. That's a lot riding on just an arrangement of letters.

For such a vital decision, I've got some tips to help make it easier on you. Below is a list with some of the more popular fonts used for logo design. It might not be for you if you're looking for something exotic or wild. It's helpful if you're trying to stay mainstream, look established, or build upon the strong visual foundation these fonts already maintain.

1) Trajan Pro

Created in 1989 and based on inscriptions at the base of Roman columns, Trajan is a serifed typeface that exemplifies history and establishment. You'll see it used in movie and TV promotions, for many Universities, and on political websites and campaigns. It is a favorite among health logos for it's professionalism, and among financial designs because it demonstrates trustworthiness. I mean roman columns are still standing today, right?

2) Ethnocentric

Ray Larabie has been a kind fanatic since he was very young. He has a wide portfolio of eccentric typefaces, all free for commercial use. He originally built Ethnocentric in 1999, then recently rebuilt and expanded it. Ethnocentric is a futuristic font used for anything needing energy and attitude. You'll find it representing sci-fi, automotive, athletic, electronic, and technological themed designs. Ethnocentric is beautifully designed and can be found at his website, typodermicfonts.com.

3) Century Gothic

It was Leonardo da Vinci that said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

A modern take on classic fonts like Futura and Avant Garde, Century Gothic embracees the beauty in its roundness. The letters with curves are perfectly arched, for example, the lowercase “a” does not have the little part hanging above it, called a “terminal.” Instead the “a” is simply made up of a circle and a line on the right.

That's the draw, it's simple, modern, and in the lighter weights elegant. Century Gothic can be seen used in the logo for the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the beginning and end credits of the television show House, the BioShock video games, and on the medals of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Century Gothic takes the best of the old san serifed fonts and updates them in the most simplistic way.

If you're going for a look that's established, proven, and mainstream, consider using these popular fonts for your logo. Of course if you're trying to stand apart or have a more wild look they might not be for you. These particular fonts are widely used for a reason though, so I humbly suggest them for your consideration.

Quality Photo Reproductions on Fabric Via Dye Sublimation Printing, and Making a Sport Fabric Banner

Question: I am an artist and a photographer, and was wondering if I can order pictures or art reproductions on fabric? Answer: The only limit to printing on fabric is your imagination. Dye sublimation printing on fabrics is not only available, it is the best way to reproduce your pictures due to the dye sublimation…

Question: I am an artist and a photographer, and was wondering if I can order pictures or art reproductions on fabric?

Answer: The only limit to printing on fabric is your imagination. Dye sublimation printing on fabrics is not only available, it is the best way to reproduce your pictures due to the dye sublimation printing process itself.

In dye sub printing, first the dye, which is similar to inkjet printing, but uses a CMYO process (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Overprint Clear) rather than the standard 4-color process CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Black) is printed to a dye sublimation transfer paper, a paper that is treated to accept CMYO dyes.

Next, the transfer paper is place on the fabric, and together they are slowly fed through heated rollers. Here is where this process is magic. As the cloth material and paper go through the heated rollers at around 400 ° F, the ink on the transfer paper is converted into a gaseous state. Simultaneously, the pores in the polyester or other petro-based fabric open to allow the gas to penetrate the cellular structure of the cloth, and as the fabric cools on the back end of the rollers, the fabric is infused with a gorgeous continuous tone print , similar to photo reproduction done on photo paper.

If your file resolution is high enough, you can create very large photographic or art reproductions, as dye sublimation printers can go up to around 124 inches in width, and of course, much longer than that with the rolls of fabric.

I personally think that dye sublimation printing will give you the purest reproduction of your artwork and photography of any reproduction method currently available. There are also fabrics that appear to be painted that can be printed digitally as well, but I still think this method will give you the most photographic reproduction of any available printing method in the 21st century so far.

Question: How would I make a fabric banner for a sporting event?

Answer: There are a couple of ways this can be done, I suppose, without having a dye sublimation printed fabric banner created, which would be my first advice.

If you have lots of time and mad sewing skills, you could, in theory, create a appliquéd banner, where you would cut out letters and logos and maybe something else and, like a quilt, sew the appliqués to your base fabric.

Or you could, possibly, get some fabric paint and paint a banner, though I think that would be pretty amateur looking. However, if that's what you want and you do not care much how it looks, or if you are an artist with experience painting on fabric, then by all means, this is probably not a highly expensive way to create a fabric banner.

Of course, my best advice is to have a print shop that specializes in dye sub fabric printing print a really professional-looking banner for your sporting event, but as I do not know your budget, that's just my best advice, not necessarily my cheapest advice.

Appliqued Banners and Dye Sublimation Printed Fabric Banners – Old and New – Part 3

A History of Appliquéd Banners and Dye Sublimation Polyester Fabric Banners Original Question (Do not worry, I will answer it ever!): I am planning a medieval themed wedding and would like to know the best way to make or buy cloth fabric banners for our celebration? Answer: I'll finish up the history on this installation…

A History of Appliquéd Banners and Dye Sublimation Polyester Fabric Banners

Original Question (Do not worry, I will answer it ever!): I am planning a medieval themed wedding and would like to know the best way to make or buy cloth fabric banners for our celebration?

Answer: I'll finish up the history on this installation here in part three and answer the original question tomorrow.

In this section, I'll discuss the modernization of appliquéd cloth fabric banners and other uses of appliquéd cloth.

Colonialization and Appliquéd Cloth

Although the Kingdom of Dahomè fell to the French in 1894, the banners created by the Fon peoples prior to this time have survived until modern times as they were hidden away.

Obviously, the colonial French discouraged royal appliqué banners, but not the artistic style of these cloth art appliqués. They suggested to the people other subjects like farming and hunting. On the surface, they complained, but as a probable form of resistance to the French, the appliquéd banners continued to grow in length, and, roled up, could be moved from location to location without detection as they might have simply appeared to be a bedroll or a blanket.

Appliquéd Cloth Banners in Benin Today

In the southern part of the Benin Republic today, particularly around Abomey, appliqué artwork on cloth banners and clothing are still being created. The town of Whydah, a former slave trading center, became a center of the arts in the early 20th century. This area has preserved the traditional art form and colors used in the past.

Of course, because the older forms are not understood by tourists, many artists have changed their subject matter to nature, animals, or other themes that appeal to tourists in order to make a living.

In 1993, some artists introduced a new multi-colored “Dutch Wax Cotton” fabric to the art at the annual “Voodoo Cultures Festival” that takes place in Whydah. This fabric has added a third dimension to the artwork. This new style is now being taught to young artists in south Benin's Abomey area. It is being used to depict local stories using appliqué art, both old and new. In larger towns, some of the more business-oriented artists have created more of an assembly line style of production where artists of various skill level perform a single task such as cutting out the pieces or tack them to the base fabric or sew them on when they're ready. They are then transported to major urban centers where they are exported or sold to wealthy patrons in the cities.

Now, while I know you did not ask for that much history, I find that it is very helpful to know that they did not use appliquéd banners in medieval times, but probably used painted banners or wooden banners that were more like what you 'd think of as a sign. This means, more than likely, you'll want to pursue and authentic look, but you can dispense with appliqué if you want to.

Now, back to answering the original question – “I am planning a medieval themed wedding and would like to know the best way to make or buy cloth fabric banners for our celebration?”

In the modern era, if you choose to appliqué cloth banners, you can use different fabrics for appliqued banners, such as felt, cotton, polysatin or polyknit fabrics, to name a few. Commercially, some companies use acrylic fabrics because of their heavy duty quality and longevity, but the average home sewing machine can not handle the weight of these fabrics.

Another method for producing fabric banners is via heat transfer printing, also known as dye sublimation printing. DTF (direct to fabric) digital printing is a 3rd option. In dye sublimation, a printer using CMYO (cyan-magenta-yellow-overprint clear) dyes prints to a special dye ink transfer paper, which is then matched up to a similar size piece of blank white fabric, and the pair is put through heated rollers at about 400ºF. In this process, the dye is converted to a gas and the molecules within the polyester or other synthetic oil-base fabric open up to ingest the dye. When the fabric has moved through the rollers, they quickly re-close, now infused with the color that was on the dyed transfer paper, creating a photographic look to the print.

This type of printing is not cheap, but is reasonably priced, and if you do not have hundreds of hours to spend appliquéing banners by hand, and you have a decent budget, you can afford to purchase dye sub printed fabric banners at a fraction of the time spent on the more time consuming appliqué methods. If you have a friend who is a designer, they can also create “authentic-looking” graphics that will have a 3D look to them when printed like an appliqued banner would.

Appliqued Banners and Dye Sublimation Printed Fabric Banners – Old and New – Part 2

A History of Appliquéd Banners and Dye Sublimation Polyester Fabric Banners Original Question (Do not worry, I will answer it ever!): I am planning a medieval themed wedding and would like to know the best way to make or buy cloth fabric banners for our celebration? Answer: Still unpacking the history here in part two…

A History of Appliquéd Banners and Dye Sublimation Polyester Fabric Banners

Original Question (Do not worry, I will answer it ever!): I am planning a medieval themed wedding and would like to know the best way to make or buy cloth fabric banners for our celebration?

Answer: Still unpacking the history here in part two –

Use of Appliquéd Cloth in Danhomè History

Originally, because it was the art genre of royalty, most of the older examples of appliquéd cloth banners depict various military campaigns of the king and his assumed name or likeness. An assumed name was one he took upon ascension to the throne, one that typically would reflect how he got there or a god by which he attributed his success or even an animal, such as a lion, that he compared himself to. So, similar to the European coat of arms that featured lions or eagles or bears, the king of the Kingdom of Danhomè also had something that marked his reign as king.

In using appliquéd banners to tell his story artistically, an artist might use a series of banners or pictographs that, in combination with one another, revealed the assumed name of the monarch, similar to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic art. One example given by Professor Joseph Adandé is that a picture might depict a fish, refusal, and a net, representing a fish that escapes from a net, never to return to it and to be free from it. This might be done using a fish facing a net. Or again, it may simply be an animal that the king liked and felt a kinship with, including buffalos, elephants, whales, various birds, lions, or horses, to name a few.

As the reign of a Danhomè king larger longer, the larger the banner became. The banners celebrated various weaponry, original or imported, that were used in the various battles or military campaigns, slaves, and victims.

In the Danhomè kingdom, appliqués were also used for military banners to mark divisions or ranks among the divisions. Appliqué art was also used on court clothing to establish rank of importance within the court, similar to the patches worn by various ranks within the US military today. These appliquéd patches displayed the seal of the officer's rank, military and / or civil. Appliqué art was also used for religious shrines and ceremonies, as well as the aforementioned funerals of important individuals within the kingdom.

Over time, appliquéd cloth began to be used by the Fon people within the kingdom to celebrate friendship. Probably the best modern example of this is the logo imprinted t-shirts, polo shirts, or back hip tag on blue jeans. It identifies you as a “member” of the “tribe” or group of friends who like a certain brand of shoe or clothing or computers or whatever. However, as with different cultures, the uses were different, and among the Fon people, friends of a deceased person would wear an appliqué extolling the good qualities of the deceased. The meanings of most of the appliquéd messages are unknown to us today.

In the next section, I'll discuss the modernization of appliquéd cloth fabric banners and other uses of appliquéd cloth.

Appliqued Banners and Dye Sublimation Printed Fabric Banners – Old and New – Part 1

A History of Appliquéd Banners and Dye Sublimation Polyester Fabric Banners Question: I am planning a medieval themed wedding and would like to know the best way to make or buy cloth fabric banners for our celebration? Answer: Making appliquéd fabric banners would be the most authentic way to accomplish this, but it will depend…

A History of Appliquéd Banners and Dye Sublimation Polyester Fabric Banners

Question: I am planning a medieval themed wedding and would like to know the best way to make or buy cloth fabric banners for our celebration?

Answer: Making appliquéd fabric banners would be the most authentic way to accomplish this, but it will depend entirely on your budget. Appliquéd cloth banners are an art form and require some sewing skills akin to quilting, although possibly a bit more complex than quilting. The word “appliqué” comes from the French word appliquer, which simply means to “put on” or “apply.” Essentially, you cut out your lettering and / or designs and apply them, typically with either a adhesive adhesive or sewing, to the main cloth substrate or banner.

First, because I love history, a bit of history on appliquéd cloth fabric banners. According to Joseph Adandé, Assistant Professor of History of Art at the UniversitéNationale du Bénin, appliquéing began in the Kingdom of Danhomè in the area now known as Benin. This kingdom was known for its banners that were initially used at theerals of the wealthy and the monarchy under King Agadja (1708-1740) as a mark of friendship for the family of the Deceased. France conquered the Kingdom of Danhomè around 1894, and imported the art of appliqué to France and Europe from there.

King Agadja had in turn bought appliqué art from the voodoo artists of a conquered tribe near or in modern day Benin who wished appliqued skirts of many colors. He wanted to be dressed like that, and this is reputedly where the source of appliquéd cloth banners in the West came from.

Initially, appliquéd fabric banners were, by necessity, monochromatic, with the various fabric colors being simple designs that did not overlap. In 1727, however, upon the request of Whydah by King Agadja, the way was opened for cloth that was manufactured in the west, and appliquéd fabric banners and clothing became very popular among the wealthy.

The Appliqué Technique

“Tacking” is the process of placing one piece of cloth onto another and holding it in place with straight pins or, in modern times, a temp adhesive may also be used, in order to be able to move the pieces around to get the perfect arrangement. As art, it simply means the artist chooses a base fabric (mono or multi-colored, but most often white or black), then other fabrics, cuts them to the desired shape, and attach them to the base fabric, usually a fabric with strongly contrasting tones and color in comparison to the base fabric.

Once the pieces are arranged to the artist's satisfaction, he or she hems the pattern into the background fabric, typically leaving a frame around the appliqué similar to a picture frame, although this is not always the case with some artists.

Removing Sticker Adhesive Glue From Car or Anything Else, PLUS, How to Get Decals Stick on Phones

Question: I purchased a “new” car from a local auto dealer who had put a reflective vinyl dealer decal on the rear of the vehicle. I do not like stickers on my car, so I carefully peeled it off, but it left a ton of glue on the paint. What can I use to get…

Question: I purchased a “new” car from a local auto dealer who had put a reflective vinyl dealer decal on the rear of the vehicle. I do not like stickers on my car, so I carefully peeled it off, but it left a ton of glue on the paint. What can I use to get the glue off … it is really a tough glue, and I obviously do not want to damage the paint on my new car.

Answer: This is one of the most common complaints we receive when it comes to adhesive stickers, and one I've written about in the past, but it describes another visit because it happens frequently and can be an annoyance. The good news is that it is not difficult to fix, and your paint will be in good shape when you're done.

Even temporary adhesive stickers that have been on a vehicle or window over time will leave a perimeter glue residual on paint or glass, and because the glue also joins dirt when it's exposed, what you're seeing is the glue plus the dirt it's attached to itself over the period of time it's been affixed to the surface it was stuck to.

As I said to start with, it's a very simple solution, and one that is solvable by visiting your local hardware store. At the hardware store, simply ask for “orange peel” glue remover. This glue remover is harmless to paint and clear coating on a vehicle, although, as with any solvent, we'd urge you to try it on an area that is out of view, like under the hood or trunk, just to be on the safe side. I do not want you coming back to me saying, “the paint on my luxury automobile was ruined due to bad advice from you!

Question: I ordered a Marilyn Monroe decal sticker for my phone and it came in the mail today. It looks great, but after a couple hours it started to peel away from my phone. Is there any way to get it to stick?

Answer: The short answer is “I do not know.” The reason I can not definitively tell you whether you can get it to stick to the phone is three-fold. First, I do not know what type of plastic your phone or phone cover is made from. Certain types of plastics require special adhesives to enable a sticker to stick to that type of plastic. Polypropylene is a good example of a plastic that can be difficult to marry a decal to, due, I suppose, to the chemical make up of that particular plastic.

The second issue is the adhesive, which I alluded to in the previous paragraph. Most adhesives are acrylic-based, and stick well to most things, but not too well to some others, such as polypropylene. There are, of course, aggressive aids available, but you're probably never going to find them used with off-the-shelf stickers like what you purchased.

Thirdly, you may be able to purchase a spray adhesive that will stick your decal to your phone, but I'm not quite worthy here, but it could have worth a try, depending on how much you really want your Marilyn Monroe sticker to be on your phone. Be prepared to pay $ 10 to $ 15 for a can of spray, though, at your local art supply. Personally, I've probably ditch the idea, but that's up to you and your personal budget.

Background and Foreground Contrast of Car Window Stickers, and, Will Decals Stick to Brushed Metal?

Question: I'm designing a simple two color sticker or decal for car windows, and wanted to know which you would recommend – A) light copy on a dark background, or B) dark copy on a light background? Answer: This is a great question, and one I can demonstratively see which one works best. To start…

Question: I'm designing a simple two color sticker or decal for car windows, and wanted to know which you would recommend – A) light copy on a dark background, or B) dark copy on a light background?

Answer: This is a great question, and one I can demonstratively see which one works best. To start with, though, I'll tell you what we've advised our clients for over twenty years on this very subject.

Drive down a busy street in the town or city where you live and glance at various signs that line the streets. What signs grab your eye? 90% of the clients we had done this exercise said that light letters and a dark background definitely made their eyes more quickly than dark letters on a light background. The other 10% were undecided.

So, the short answer to your question is that your first option (A) is the better option for grabbing attention. So, is there a time when you want to buck the trend? Possibly. If you want multi-colored graphics or copy, it may not work to reverse the field, so to speak. In this case, you would want to stick with a light to white background or the copy would be lost. For instance, if you want to promote your band, the “Rainbow Girls,” and your logo mark is those letters in the color of a rainbow, that would not work well on a dark or black background.

Conversely, you may notice that the Nine Inch Nails use a stark white on black motif for their band, and it sticks out like a sore thumb. You can see their logo from a long way off and know what it is because of the stark contrast.

Experiments have been connected as to the best color combinations for visibility, and the number one combination is bright yellow on red (think of a very large and famous hamburger franchise) and the second is bright yellow on black. Third is white on red, the white on black. So, to be seen (if your message or logo mark is simple), those would be the colors to look at first. Of course, white or yellow on a darker blue or green will also play well, so do not pigeon-hole yourself too much if you have colors you use frequently with your business or organization logos.

Question: Is it a recommended use to stick a decal to brushed metal, or will it not stay stuck?

Answer: While this is a non-standard usage or application for a decal or sticker, I would recommend that you test a decal or two with some different adhesives. If you're wanting this to be a permanent application, like on a machine or a panel, there are some very aggressive incentives that you can use in these instances.

The bigger issue here is, is the metal new and clean? And how rough is the brush. In my experience, most brushing of various metals will not affect the adhesion of most permanent adhesive vinyl decals. If you want to place a temporary adhesive type vinyl sticker on a product that you intend to be removed on purchase, I would simply request samples from your favorite decal supplier and test wherever there was enough stickiness to remain on your product until after it's purchased. A word of caution, though. Static cling stickers will NOT stick to a brushed finished metal without it has been clear-coated to a very smooth finish.

How To Get Rid Of Air Bubbles Under Your Vinyl Window Stickers and Decals

Question: I stuck a decal to the inside of the window of my business, and it has lots of little bubbles underneath the sticker. What can I do to get rid of the bubbles? Answer: Well, there are a couple of questions I have. Is it a face adhesive decal or a face-adhering static cling…

Question: I stuck a decal to the inside of the window of my business, and it has lots of little bubbles underneath the sticker. What can I do to get rid of the bubbles?

Answer: Well, there are a couple of questions I have. Is it a face adhesive decal or a face-adhering static cling sticker? There will be different answers for each of these items.

If it is a static cling sticker, you can remove it, wet it with lightly soapy water, re-stick it to the glass, and the water will evaporate out over the next day or two. We find that with static cling decals, often the decal will relax into the glass in two or three days and most of the bubbles will automatically disappear.

You can also dip a vinyl adhesive sticker into lightly soapy water or spray the surface of the glass with the same and then lay the sticker on the glass and allow the liquid to evaporate, but it sounds like it may be too late for this sticker at this point. What we would do would be to use an exacto knife with a 60 degree blade to pop the bubbles individually. This is tedious, but it's the only way I know of to remedy the issue without completely getting rid of the offending sticker and replacing it with an identical one.

This brings up a topic which I have addressed in the past, but it's been awhile, and that is that of decals and stickers that you hand out to clients or member stores or restaurants, and the concerns many of those establishment owners have about adhesive decals .

The standard vinyl sticker uses an acrylic adhesive which is permanent, or at least semi-permanent, which simply means it's difficult to remove. This can be a good thing, as you do not want someone peeling it off your car window or store window, at least not until you want to remove it. One feature of acrylic adhesives is that over time, they sort of solidify, or get hard. That basically means that the stickers with this type adhesive become difficult to remove.

With acrylic adhesives, it takes about two to three days for acrylic adhesives to fully “purchase,” or bind to whatever object you have adhered it to, but then continues to purchase even more over time.

So, the solution to this, where you want a more temporary solution or do not want to remove your car or store window to remove the decal (mind you, that is just a bit tongue in cheek), there are a couple of options , although the typical maximum application for either is one to two years, although one might get three years.

The first solution would be a removable acrylic adhesive sticker, which can be applied to vinyl or polypropylene sticker stock by the manufacturer, and the removability range is from six months to three years. At this time, screen printing vinyl decal materials are less flexible on that time range than some of the newer digital media, but the sticker business changes with the times and demands, so I think that will change.

The drawback to removable adhesive is that over time, like with permanent acrylic adhesives, it will harden and become permanent. So, if you want a sticker to be temporary, it would be important for your vendor to know how long these decals would be expected to be adhered to the glass. For a semi-temporary solution, these types of stickers are recommended.

The other option, mentioned earlier, is static cling decal material, and is a vinyl with added plasticizers (softeners) that enable it to “cling” to glass or other super-smooth surfaces (such as acrylic or non-porous glossy painted surfaces) without the use of adhesives. While these can be moved, we do not recommend moving it after the first couple of weeks as the plasticizers migrate out of the material over time, but a static cling, left alone, could last up to two years, sometimes longer. For a temporary solution, this is our recommendation, as there is not glue residual left around the edges, and they are quite simple and easy to remove.

MeconoMorph – A New Business Promotional Concept With the Help of Business Cards

MeconoMorph or MMORPH is a new art concept which combines business, art & math together and converts them into an incredible piece of art. That art is a growing, closely packed space of Mecon whose shape and size can be changed anytime. The best of all – it's a stunning 3D structure made entirely from…

MeconoMorph or MMORPH is a new art concept which combines business, art & math together and converts them into an incredible piece of art. That art is a growing, closely packed space of Mecon whose shape and size can be changed anytime. The best of all – it's a stunning 3D structure made entirely from business cards.

Unlike most commonly used cubes, MORPH concept is a lot different. It is because in this concept 'mecons' are used for creating 3D structures. The business cards used in building these 3D structures are artistically folded, smartly joined, strategically managed and superbly displayed to create an amazing 3D view which is an ultimate attention grabber. It's extraordinarily appealing and colorful enough to pull people closer from a distance. It attracts awe and visibility to the art and the business cards used in the structures.

Using business cards for a piece of art is not only a brilliant concept, it is also one of the most innovative and economic way of promoting a business and boosting its sales. Business cards are not just pieces of cardboard with some letters printed on them. Every business card is a result of a very intimate and sometimes painful process of putting together everything which is important for a given business or activity. Businesses use their own brand, buildings, and employees in art and photography to promote their business, provide a certain aesthetic appeal, build their brand, and to strengthen their corporate culture. MMORPH can be used in creating a unique 3D view with the business cards of a business house andave it a different appealing identity with cost effectiveness and innovation.

MMORPH is a collaborative piece of art. Usually People / Businesses participate in it by mailing their cards. There is also a card collection box nearby all the MMORPH structures. There are a very few artistic projects which allow people to participate, MMORPH is one of them. It also creates an astonishing feeling in people when they find their card in the MeconoMorph super structure.

There is no end to MMORPG 3D structures. The more creative you are, the more astonishing structures would be. Every new concept has it's own success stories. Until the invention of MMORPH idea, it has been turned out to be successful till date. Many ideas does not last long and easily forgotten with time. Will this concept turn out to be one of the best business promotional concept ever? Time will tell.

Benefits of Online Graphic Design Courses

Online graphic design courses have become very popular in the last decade or so. There are plenty of reasons behind that. We will try to explore the various benefits of such courses in the following paragraphs. According to educational experts these courses come under top five mostought after courses online. Flexibility Flexibility is a great…

Online graphic design courses have become very popular in the last decade or so. There are plenty of reasons behind that. We will try to explore the various benefits of such courses in the following paragraphs. According to educational experts these courses come under top five mostought after courses online.

Flexibility

Flexibility is a great advantage offered by these courses. You can learn them anywhere, anytime. Whether you are aiming to pursue a full-time career in this field or just want to hone your design skills; these courses offer you the flexibility of learning. Unlike a regular course in your nearby design school you need not adjust other works in your life to fit into the course. Rather you can adjust the course to fit into your daily schedule. This is the primary reason for which people favor these online courses.

Cost

Cost is another huge factor behind the overall success of these online courses. As we all know, design software cost a lot. So, if we enroll in regular classes in our neighborhood then the total expenditure will not be affordable for many. So, one prefers the online option to learn graphic designs. It helps one to save huge amounts of money in tuition fees, commuting etc. So cost saving is a great feature of online design courses.

Best guidance

When you opt for a design class online you have the option to choose the best. You need not compromise on the quality of the mentor when you go online. If you try to learn the course in a conventional manner then you feel the problem of distance sometimes. For example, there might not be any local branch of the best design school in your country. But when you sign up for an online course you can get in touch with the best brains in the field of graphic design. This is not possible in your conventional schooling practices.

Short duration

Regular or main graphic design courses are quite lengthy in nature. But we all like to learn faster. We can not wait for months to complete the course and get the certificate. But online courses run for only a few weeks so saving us a lot of time. For the fact there are some courses which can be completed within a week only provided you can grasp the subject matter in detail!

Delete unnecessary parts

Conventional courses are full of unnecessary content in its course syllabus so that it takes time to complete. But online courses are prepared in such a smarter way so that one does not feel bore while browsing through the course content. Moreover all the unnecessary, basic and outdated information is erased from the course material.

Online Graphic Design Courses – An Overview

Graphic design is an inseparable part of human civilization. One can not think of present day designs without the earlier efforts in the field of graphic design. The roots of this field can be traced back to early human civilizations when designs were made to communicate to each other. It worked as a replacement for…

Graphic design is an inseparable part of human civilization. One can not think of present day designs without the earlier efforts in the field of graphic design. The roots of this field can be traced back to early human civilizations when designs were made to communicate to each other. It worked as a replacement for language. With time it got a separate identity of its own.

The Importance of Graphic Design in Current Times

Nowadays, we can see its presence everywhere we go. Whether it's the newspaper or the billboard staring at us; we can feel its presence everywhere. This growth and development has made this field a hot career choice for many people around the world. This article is an attempt to explore the area of ​​graphic design courses.

Mainstream and Online Courses in This Field

The various courses in this area can be clubbed under two major heads. One is mainstream and another online. Mainstream courses include those courses which are available through regular schools, colleges and universities. Moreover specialty schools are there which offer exclusive courses on this subject. Then there are online courses which are available through the medium of internet.

Details About Online Various Graphic Design Courses

Online graphic design courses have become quite popular in the last few years. As more and more people are becoming interested in this field these days the popularity of the courses has also increased. But our busy schedules do not allow us to attend a regular school to learn this form of art. But online courses help us learn it without many hiccups. There are some courses which provide course material by post. Those are basically self-learning materials which come in the form of CD or DVD along with a manual. Then there are some courses which have video tutorials to help out the learners. The biggest advantage of those courses is that you can learn them whenever you want. For example, you can learn them during your lunch break or during a boring road trip.

Cost Factor

The cost of such a mainstream course is manifold higher than an online course. This is so because there are a lot of operational costs associated with a mainstream school. Such costs are quite minimal or almost nil in case of online courses. So, you would be required to pay less in an online course for sure.

If you like the world of design; if you like to create your own business card or if you want to pursue a career in the field of graphic design then wait no further. Sign up for an online graphic design course today itself and see the difference in your life with the advent of designs.

What Graphic Artists Can Do For Your Business

Design is used in numerous facets of business, which include logos, display advertising, product packaging, employee uniforms, interior and storefront designs, and Website design. Nowadays, good design is no longer reserved for firms that are able to afford it. It has become a requirement – something which customers expect even from small companies and startups.…

Design is used in numerous facets of business, which include logos, display advertising, product packaging, employee uniforms, interior and storefront designs, and Website design. Nowadays, good design is no longer reserved for firms that are able to afford it. It has become a requirement – something which customers expect even from small companies and startups.

What makes design crucial to business?

Great design is a thing that must be given significance by businesses, irrespective of size and type. Consumers view firms that use well-thought-out and imaginative designs as both sophisticated and customer-centric, and are thus willing to advocate them, share about them to their pals, and develop a great sense of loyalty for them. So long as a product falls within their budget, buyers will choose, typically, an item with a good-looking design over a visually uninteresting one. One must also remember that consumer trust ties heavily on branding, and effective branding relies on good design.

Should you work with a professional designer?

Because of the effect that design can have on your company, companies are best served by hiring a design professional to develop their branding and promotional materials. For starters, as a business owner, you may not have the time. Getting a designer will enable you to start and generate income from promotional projects that you have been putting off since you're busy. One other reason to hire a professional is for you to differentiate yourself from competitors. Using one of a kind ads will make buyers recognize you quickly and will improve your chances of being considered first whenever they need products or services similar to those you offer. Cohesion in design is another benefit to using professional graphic designers. Good graphic artists are detail-oriented and will make sure that your ads really mirror your brand.

How to hire a graphic artist

The most effective way to identify a great designer is by word-of-mouth. Request referrals from people you know and trust, or from other businesses whose designs you like. If personal recommendations are hard to come by, professional associations of designers can offer helpful leads. Do not pick only on personal referrals though. You should find out if the graphic designer's style and experience meets your requirements. Studying the designer's portfolio will help you decide if they are a good match to your company or not. Keep in mind that although a more experienced designer will cost you more, you will get more out of this professional relationship than if you hired someone who's new in the field.

My Call To Worship Through Christian Banners

I grew up in a good Christian family … even attended a Christian University in the mid west. I always felt like my life was in God's hands. Of course there were ups and downs, but the hardest trial of my life came only weeks after our fourth baby arrived in 1988. Seven weeks after…

I grew up in a good Christian family … even attended a Christian University in the mid west. I always felt like my life was in God's hands. Of course there were ups and downs, but the hardest trial of my life came only weeks after our fourth baby arrived in 1988. Seven weeks after my daughter's birth, my husband, James, died of a sudden massive heart attack. This began my personal call to worship through creating Christian banners for churches.

In the midst of this dark, devastating time in my life, the only comfort I could find was that of knowing my husband was with God and that I wanted to have the same assurance I would get there too. Yes, I attended church all my life, but I had not always placed God first. With four little children and no family nearby, God had me right where He wanted me; alone and needing Him. I played my praise and worship tapes (that's what we had back then) as often and as loud as I could without disturbing neighbors. While the two oldest children were in school, I sometimes turned up the volume so great that I had to distance myself and take my two babies outside. Little did I realize that this was a cleansing. I was actually filling my home with worship and God's presence as it was bringing healing to my soul.

I began looking for an outlet to take my mind off my loneliness. I noticed a banner on the wall of my church that had a slightly crooked design. So I asked around and joined the church banner-making team to lend my help. In hind sight, it was God's direction to help me. God had already given me artistic talents and the skills to sew and be creative. After a very short time, word spread, and other churches began asking me to make banners for them. So that began more than 20 years of a banner-making business / ministry.

I have come to understand, first hand, the power of worship. God met me in my personal darkness and became my refuge. The presence of God came as I worshiped Him from a pure heart and a broken spirit. In turn, this welcomed peace, healing and always joy. I know I live because of Him and in His presence there is joy.

I desire to inspire others to worship and serve our Lord through Christian banners. My two personal banners are “GOD is MY REFUGE” and “REFINER'S FIRE” banners.

Art Sets for the Development of Children

Art sets for children are a great way for children to express themselves creatively, but that may just be the beginning of the benefits that come from the use and love of a good quality art set. One of my favorite tools is a socket set that I received as a gift from my wife…

Art sets for children are a great way for children to express themselves creatively, but that may just be the beginning of the benefits that come from the use and love of a good quality art set.

One of my favorite tools is a socket set that I received as a gift from my wife about 30 years ago. It came in a shiny black case with a clear cover on the top; it had both standard and metric sockets. Every tool had a spot where it belonged, the largest to the smallest. Over the years, I have bought or received any number of tools, but this one remains one of my favorites. It remains a favorite because it always has its pieces. When I use it, I always know where everything is and if one of the tools is missing and not back in its place, I know it right away and I search until I find it.

The same holds true for art kits for children (or adults for that matter). When you give a child a quality art kit, it has a place for everything. A good quality set will come in a neat tray and some may come with an easel that will be new and shiny like my socket set. Most sets have very specific locations for each item in the set, showing the child where to replace the object. Each paint brush has its own spot, and each tube of paint goes in a different, specific location. The child learns organizational skills, and he or she learns to keep and care for their beloveds by putting each item back where it belongs. They will find a sense of pride in having an organized and clean work area. The colors and sizes of the art sets help in developing visual and spatial organization skills.

In addition to the learning of organization skills, many art sets come with a variety of media; paints and brushes, drawing pencils, pastels and charcoals. The vast media options allow children to experiment with all mediums and find what item fits the child best or the item that the child favors most. Most of the Royal & Langnickel art sets meet the criteria that a young artist needs to develop organizational skills and have fun experimenting with art.

Once a child has discovered the medium they prefer to work with, the set lasts to provide usefulness. They become more specialized. One can purchase an art set with only watercolors or acrylics. You can purchase an art kit for drawing and sketching. The joys of having an art set can continue as the child becomes better equipped to create art with the medium of their choosing.

Art sets can be a foundation for life skills that can be nurtured and developed far beyond the enjoyment of our expression and talents.