An art print for your wall

Time to provide the wall with new inspiration? First of all, you have to decide whether you want to hang a painting or an art print or poster. How or why to choose an art print? You choose an art print if you: like variety,easily mix multiple styles together,have a small budget but would still like to hang a work of high quality. You choose a painting or original artwork if you: want something in the house that no one else has,have a somewhat larger budget,want to vary on the wall in with original and art prints. Flexible An art print is flexible, you can easily…

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It doesn’t have to be perfect all at once!

Today I would like to give you some short drawing tips. Without being very serious, and setting the bar very high. There are many things where we push very hard for ourselves and are "how it should be". Things we feel we have to meet. If you also do this with your creativity, your creativity will be under unnecessary stress. I would like to start with a thought exercise with you. Read the questions below and find out for yourself what answer comes to your mind. Without thinking about it for a long time, it can also be a feeling, but sometimes you quickly have an…

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Why whale poop can save the world …

The largest whale, and that happens to be my favorite (guess why... ) is the Blue Whale. This whale can grow up to 25 to 27 meters long. The average body weight of a blue whale is 100 to 120 tons. To get an idea of its size, the fin whale can get almost as heavy as a Boeing 747, its tongue weighs about 2 tons and is the size of an elephant. The heart of the walis can weigh up to 900 kilograms and is comparable in size to a small car. Read more about the blue whale ... Because whales are such large creatures,…

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Abstract art, when is it a good work of art?

Some "good" abstract works do nothing for me. But other works do touch me again. The list below is therefore not necessarily about taste. But it is more of a short checklist that you can use to analyze a work of art. 1. Consistency This refers to the coherence within a painting and the of an artist's portfolio. Consistency is important in one work, the work must be in balance, finished in the same way everywhere and the lines and shapes must appear planned. An artist's portfolio must also be in balance. If it is incoherent; nice work here and there but sometimes also of mediocre…

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7 tips to paint better

7 tips to paint better Painting can be quite complicated if you are just starting out. You may know the materials and how it works. But how do you make a good painting? What should you start practicing with? Here I have listed for a number of painting tips which I found useful when I just started painting. 1. Big Tools Use large to medium sized brushes and palette knives. I am a huge fan of palette knives, you can apply a big dollop of paint, you wipe them and they are ready for a new color. If you use a large brush or palette knife,…

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Getting inspired and generating idea’s … how do you do that?

Maybe you do not have any problems at all with getting idea's, but it is something that often comes back in my practice as a teacher. "Miss, I have no idea what to make." Or I hear: "I'm not doing anything today because I have no inspiration." With my adolescent students at the last hour of the day, the latter usually just means: "I don't feel like it." :) There are many different ways to gain inspiration. Below is a list of different ways to get the engine up and running again. Because I think that is the most important thing, generate a spark arises that…

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Making art is not an endpoint, it is an adventurous route

Everybody can make art But not everyone realizes that quite some perseverance is needed. A work of art doesn't suddenly appear. It is hard work, even if it looks like a simple work of art, there is often a lot to do beforehand. To be creative you need a certain mindset. First of all, you have to be a bit cocky... preferably stubborn. This will activate your imagination and you can challenge the status quo and ask yourself: "Why?" And "How?". That can lead to a: "This is better / nicer / more interesting / etc.". Everyone can do this. Sometimes you just have to wake up the inner teenager. ;) If you use…

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Creativity is a way of thinking

I know, this is a drawing website, but not only drawing is an expression of creativity. Being creative is a way of thinking. Solving problems and looking at the world in a different way is creative. In the video below, Katerina Kamprani shows how she uses her creativity to look at the world in a different way. You can see more examples of her work on the website about her project The Uncomfortable.   Divergent thinking  Katerina's way of thinking is a good example of divergent thinking. This means that you do not think in one solution, but that you can interpret a question in several ways.…

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7 reasons why sketching is more important then drawing

  It seems to be a contradictory claim because making a beautiful drawing is often the ultimate goal. Nevertheless, I think it is extremely important to be able to make a good sketch. Perhaps this is more important than being able to draw nicely.   Huh, isn't this a website to learn how to draw better? Yes, that's right, but I have 7 reasons why sketching is an incredibly important part of drawing. You have to be good at sketching before you can make really good drawings. Okay, first the 7 reasons, then I explain them below. It is easier to start again. Sketching creates less…

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Drawing is important for everybody!

What came first, text or drawings? Everyone who ever saw a picture of a cavemen drawing knows the answer to this. Drawing is something we have done for a long time. And although modern man sometimes tries to deny it, it is very important to who we are. Looking We are visual creatures. We look at everything and everybody if we get the chance. With large sunglasses on a sunny day or in our digital meeting places, like Facebook, Instagram, Google Steetview, etc. We look at the world around us and have opinions about it! Right now we are bombarded with a large amount of images.…

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