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Ceramics for Mental Health

Art for Mental and Physical wellbeing

Understanding how ART might improve our mental and physical wellbeing. By Francesca Geromino aka Fra’s Ceramics Have you ever tried art to overcome challenging periods of your life? How many of you have found a sort of relief from emotional pain and anxiety by making art? I would like to share my experience with you. […]

Green is for Emerald

Emerald is the Sign of Spring

EMERALD: Emerald is the sign of spring is regarded as one of the most desirable gemstones, Gemstone Group- Beryl Chemical Composition- Beryl is a silicate of beryllium and aluminium with the formula of Be3A12(SiO3)6. The fine intense green is caused by a trace of chromium and/or vanadium replacing the aluminium in the beryl structure. Emerald […]

Diamonds

Diamonds are Forever

DIAMOND: Diamonds composition is Carbon, C Diamonds are formed deep in the earth’s mantle under high pressure and high temperature in a carbon rich environment under cratons at depths of 200km’s below the earth’s surface. Diamonds then undergo a brutal journey to the earth’s crust from the earth’s mantle. They travel from 100-600 km’s from […]

Jarrah

How to recognize Jarrah Timber

“Eucalyptus marginata, commonly known as jarrah, djarraly in Noongar language and historically as Swan River mahogany” (Wikipedia) Jarrah is a treasured Australian hardwood, Jarrah trees are generally only found only in south-west Western Australia. Trees will grow to 30 to 40 m in height with diameter at base to 2 m. Renowned for its versatility, […]

Printmaking Activities

Printmaking Activities for Kids that you can do at Home

by Nicola Bessell-Browne Here are some simple activities that you can do with your kids at home as an introduction to Printmaking. You don’t need any special artistic abilities to do printmaking, or to achieve very impressive results. The key to success with both methods is having the right consistency of the paint/ink, and applying […]

Bob MAckie Arid Timber Design

Caring for your Timber

by Bob Mackie For all timber lovers and those to be craftsman Bob Mackie from Arid Timber Art tells tips on caring timber art products. Timber lives, it moves, it grows bigger when humidity is high and gets smaller when the atmosphere is dry. Timber is warm and ageless. Each piece has its own grain […]

Printmaking

by Nicola Bessell-Browne   At its simplest, printmaking is the process of creating Artworks by printing, most usually on paper. Fine art printmaking usually refers to the process of creating prints that have an element of creativity and originality about them, not merely making copies. Each print is considered an original, and is numbered as […]

Cindy Wright at bench

What is Lampworking?

by Cindy Wright   Early lampworking was done in the flame of an oil lamp, with the artist blowing air into the flame through a pipe or using foot-powered bellows. Most artists today use torches that burn a mix of natural gas and oxygen. Lampworking is also known as flameworking or torchworking, It involves holding a glass cane […]

What is Polymer Clay?

Polymer Clay has been around, in one form or another, since the late 1930s. A German doll maker Fifi Rehbinder, was having trouble finding her usual supplies, due to the political upheaval of the time. Born out of necessity, she developed a plastic clay she called “Fifi Mosaik”, which she used for sculpting doll heads. […]