Category: Visual Graphic Arts

Technique Of Water Gilding

Water-based sizes are often used when gilding object surfaces with gold and other metallic leaf. However, one perception is that water sizes do not allow for burnishing after the gilding; they leave behind a gluing surface on the gold or metal-covered object that does not allow polishing and burnishing.

Water-based sizes, however, are still quite popular among artists and often used when gilding with gold leaf. Gilding with water-based glue should not be confused with water gilding.

Water gilding is a technique that results in a shiny mirror-like finish on the object and is achieved by using loose metal leaf, usually gold and silver and a water based size.

The technique of water gilding with gold leaf and size

The object surface that has to be gilded is coated with water size. The loose gold leaf is picked up carefully and placed on the gilding surface, now covered with water-based glue or size.

Care must be taken to ensure that the workplace is free of drafts and breeze. Loose gold leaf is extremely susceptible to any kind of pressure, including air currents, however weak.

When water gilding with loose leaf gold and silver, or other precious metals, ensure you follow …

By Gregory June 4, 2019 Off

Natural Resources for Artistic Expression

Plant Source

This is the resources obtained from plants and the trees in the environment. Virtually all the parts of a plant or tree can be utilised for the production of functional artefacts. For instance, the leaves of some plant species like the palm tree can be used in producing interesting temporary hats for joyous occasions. The palm fronds or branches can be split and woven into baskets and other forms of receptacles for the storage and preservation of farm produce and personal belongings. The trunks of plant species like Sese, Asanfena, Sapele, Mahogany, Wawa and others can be used for carving beautiful and functional sculptural figures. What about the seeds from these plants? They can be stringed with a thread and used for producing various beads for body adornment. The form, shape and textures of the trees were and are powerful sources of idea development for both past and present artists. The harmonies in the colours of flowers have been mimicked by designers of packages and other visual communication tools as their colour schemes.

Animal Source

This refers to the resources obtained from animals. Paramount among them is the skins, hides and kips of both small and large animals …

By Gregory May 23, 2019 Off

Remove a Wrinkle From a Vinyl Banner

The more “plasticizers” that are used in the manufacturing process of a vinyl banner, the softer and more supple it will be. However, we always suggest to never fold their banners, because they will wrinkle, and the wrinkles may or may not be removable. Always roll your banners, and preferably on a hard cardboard or plastic tube core so that it won’t be crushed or folded.

These types of displays are made using a loosely woven nylon fabric, which is encased in hot PVC vinyl. Once it cools, it is trimmed and rolled onto larger rolls, typically 50 yard or meter rolls, and shipped to distributors world wide. You’ll note that the vinyl banner material is not folded, but rolled, because vinyl banner material was not made to be folded.

However, if enough heat is applied, it is possible to reduce or possibly even eliminate wrinkles, dependent on how deep or heavy the wrinkle is. This a bit of a sticky wicket because too much heat will actually melt the PVC material, but not enough won’t remove the wrinkle.

My best advice is to go slowly, although you need a heat gun to get the heat you need to actually …

By Gregory May 21, 2019 Off

Appeal of Lighted Bronze Sculptures

Artist-Quality Lighted Bronze Sculptures

Bronze is a material that never seems to go out of style. Its timeless look makes it a classic that can complement any décor. While some may purchase a mass-produced sculpture that has been outfitted with a lighting feature, it is not nearly the same quality and artistic rendering as a work by an artist whose offerings are unique and even customizable. Lighted bronze sculptures designed by a renowned artist can provide a great focal point to an interior space or even an outdoor room. Depending on the motif you prefer, a lighted bronze sculpture can enhance any room of your home as a stand-out feature.

Placement of Your Sculpture

When you commission or purchase your sculpture, you probably have the ideal space to showcase it in your home. Your sculpture can be a dramatic foyer piece or the centerpiece of your living room where it hangs above the mantle. You can employ this artwork in a bedroom, sun room, or a dining room with great effect. The lighting element will set off your sculpture to perfection so that it may better be admired. The lit feature may also provide a bit of light for dim …

By Gregory May 10, 2019 Off

Create Two and Three Compositional Effects In Art

Two-dimensional artworks are works that have length and breadth. They do not have depth or height. They are flat and are viewed and appreciated as such. Examples of two-dimensional arts include photographs, posters, mosaic etc. In two-dimensional compositions, the artist has to give particular attention to how the various elements of design are organized or arranged. Their arrangement should be governed by the various principles of design in the given space. For instance, the text and images in the picture area should be organized in such a way that there will be balance, dominance, rhythm, unity etc. at work. If serious thought and considerable time are given to the way the various elements in a two-dimensional work is composed, the entire work will be seen as a unified whole.

A three-dimensional art form refers to any art form that has height, breadth, depth and can be viewed and appreciated from different directions. They are free-standing and are sometimes referred to as ‘works in the round’. Examples of three-dimensional works include basketry, sculpture-in-the-round, ceramic ware, bead etc. In three-dimensional compositions, the arrangements of the various parts or components of the design should be guided by the principles of design. Also, in …

By Gregory May 3, 2019 Off

Make Natural Home Fragrances

A reed diffuser bottle! The choices in containers can be of various types, according to your home décor and your likings. Here’s how…


  • a reed diffuser bottle
  • essential oils (e.g. lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus)
  • reeds or bamboo skewers
  • vodka
  • water


  • Fill the reed diffuser bottle with water, add a few tablespoons of vodka and an essential oil of your choice. Use the ration of 12 drops of essential oil per 1/4 cup of water. Mix the ingredients together.
  • Place one end of the reeds into the solution, allow to soak and then reverse the reeds so the opposite end is submerged. You’ll need to rotate the reeds weekly.

Make Your Own Deodorizing Spray

Store Bought Deodorizing Sprays are supposed to freshen up your home and fabrics – but it’s packed full of toxic chemicals that are dangerous to our health. Plus, it can be outrageously expensive.

It is so simple to make that you’ll never have to buy it again.


  • a spray bottle
  • distilled water
  • one teaspoon of baking soda
  • 12 drops of essential oil – such as lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, orange or anything you prefer


  • Add the baking soda to a bowl, add the essential oil
By Gregory May 2, 2019 Off



  1. It assists clients in differentiating the product of one company from the other. This serves as a tool in checking counterfeit or fake products.
  2. It helps the manufacturers of the product in maintaining the quality of their products. This heightens the value of their products.
  3. It gives information about the origin of the product so that customers who are dissatisfied with the specifications of the product can relay their queries with little or no difficulty.
  4. It serves as a legal property of an association or institution. Logos serve as symbols of authority of a company. It assists foreign investors and traders in quickly identifying the owners of a particular product so that they can do business transactions with them.


  1. It must be simple in design to aid in easy identification and recognition by clients.
  2. It should be able to give quick description of the activities of the company or association.
  3. It has to be highly original and distinct from those already used by other companies.
  4. It must be attractive in design, shape and colour (if any).
  5. The shape must have symbolic or philosophical meanings that have a bearing with the values, ideologies and aspirations of the company.


By Gregory April 25, 2019 Off

Creating an Impact Graphic

To save money brief the designer with solid outlay of what it is your business wants and any ideas you have. Designers don’t have crystal balls and can only work with what they are given. A solid brief will get the message across quickly so the designer doesn’t have to fumble around and use your money on time to work out what your business require. Send the designer all the images/text/ and possible layout roughs.

Then leave it up to them after all that’s there profession give them a deadline and sit back and wait for the magic to appear. The graphic designer you hire should have an online portfolio so make sure to check that they are suitable to do your artwork and you like there style. Each and every graphic designer has a different outlook so portfolios will differ. With the design process rolling now is the time to gather all your content and get the exhibition ready, call printers and gather quotes don’t be afraid to ask them to drop the price it’s a competitive world. Ok! So you have now briefed the designer, gather quotes from print houses what is next? Arrange for the printer to …

By Gregory April 20, 2019 Off

Importance of Colour Modes for Graphic Design Artwork


RGB colour mode is primarily used working on graphics to be displayed on television or computer monitors (i.e. websites or video) Red, Green and Blue are the primary colours when working with Light. So how can you tell it uses RGB, look very closely at your screen to see a small pattern including Red, Green and Blue dots (RGB colours). When RGB colours are blended together equally and it creates white none of the colours present black is created. This colour is known specifically as ADDICTIVE COLOUR.

The secondary colours are Cyan, Magenta and Yellow. A simple theory is imagining sitting in a dark room with no light at all the wall in front of you will appear black. Now with three friends sitting directly behind you were to shine three lights Red, Green and blue, the three colours would appear and any overlap creates the white light.

Red and Green create Yellow light, Green and blue create Cyan and blue and Red create magenta light. But interestingly when the three colours combine together equally they then create White. This is called RGB colour mode and is why it is used on video and website design graphics.


This …

By Gregory April 15, 2019 Off

Poster Printing

Important: Just because you have the latest copy of Microsoft Word or a basic drawing program does not make you an effective poster designer. There are certain guidelines you must follow when developing an effective, eye-catching poster in terms of fonts, colours, size etc.

A professional poster designer will be able to not only provide you with a great design but also advise you on the correct paper type based on where the poster will be displayed. For example, a poster that is south facing, outside and by the coast consequently exposed to high levels of UV and rain will need to be printed on different paper than a poster that will be displayed indoors, within a poster frame.

Keeping your initial design ideas simple is paramount. Choose a design that your market can relate to. Don’t overcrowd the paper and keep your wording simple so that all ages and types of different potential customers that pass by will be able to understand it. Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” You only need to look at any Apple products to see the truth in that quote.

Another factor that you will need to think about is the …

By Gregory April 14, 2019 Off