LET'S GET FOLDINGLET'S GET FOLDING
Many times a friend or a deviant has said to me, "oh I could never fold origami, I'm not gifted that way", but it's just not true! As part of projecteducate's Artisan Crafts week, I'm going to show you how simple it is to find and fold something gorgeous and to present it well to your internet audience.
With just a little inspiration and a bit of patience, ANY one of us could fold something absolutely lovely. So what are you waiting for?? Let's get folding!
1) BE INSPIRED
First of all, you need to figure out what you want to fold. You need inspiration from looking at gorgeous origami, from admiring nature and the world around, or maybe it'll just hit you like a random lightning bolt. We are super privileged to have many experienced and skilful origamists on dA, many who create their own models from scratch. From persona
The Artist's Toolbox: TypographyFor more info on this week, please refer to The Artists Toolbox - Schedule at projecteducateThe Artist's Toolbox: Typography2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
In this toolbox you will find helpful tips for digital typography. For those of you new to the topic, let's start with a short explanation
Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible.
Pretty simple, eh? Basically as you are reading this you are "reading typography". What I will refer to in this article is digital artistic typography, though. This is not the everday typography you see on street signs, books or on websites.
It can be anything! Which is amazing and scary at the same time
Here's a little overview of this article:
Read tutorialsGet your hands o
Artist's Toolbox: Origami PaperOrigami PaperArtist's Toolbox: Origami Paper2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The Japanese for 'Paper' is Kami 紙. For Japanese speakers, the word Kami may refer to any kind of paper, but for English speakers, Kami is often used informally to refer to pre-cut packaged squares of paper.
There are a lot of different kinds of paper that you can use for origami. Usually square in shape, there are some that are of different shapes in different materials and different gradients. Based on this, a popular question that is asked is What kind of paper should be used for origami?
There is no single, correct answer. You are free to use whatever paper you like, but it does depend on what you are folding. Here are some types of paper that you could consider using for origami:
Washi paper is the traditional origami paper used in Japan. It is usually considered the finest and most expensive paper and, while it is handmade, it
Artists's Toolbox Project Educate Week: TabletsTablet questions. Anyone who hangs out in the digital art forum or the hardware forums sees these threads constantly, and they pop up other places to. Which tablet should I get? Is it worth it to get a tablet? What's a good starter tablet? This article will cover the basics of drawing tablets: what they are, what they do, if you need one, and which one you should get.Artists's Toolbox Project Educate Week: Tablets2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What is the difference between a drawing tablet and a touchscreen tablet such as an Ipad? Can I draw with both?
To put it simply, a drawing tablet is used solely for art related endeavors, there's no apps or other functions involved. You can't stick a calender and fruit ninja on a drawing tablet. But a touchscreen tablet has tons of different functions and is all touch controlled.
So, can you use a touchscreen tablet for art? Technically, yes. But it can be challenging. Touchscreen tablets aren't as precise and the apps you can get to draw with aren't generally very extensive. This is fine
Introduction to Cross StitchingCross StitchingIntroduction to Cross Stitching1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Cross stitch is one of a number of embroidery stitches, but usually the one most people are familiar with. Whether it was in a school art class or just randomly picking up a cross stitch kit as a kid, a lot of us have tried it at some point. Lets delve into this popular stitch a little bit.
What is a cross stitch?
As the name suggests, is is simply a cross, or an 'X' stitched with thread onto canvas. Typically, it's used to make a picture or a pattern. The stitch will form a complete square, and in this regard it is quite similar to pixel art. Through the placement of individual stitches adjacent to one another, an overall image will eventually appear.
It's an incredibly simple stitch, but can take some time to master. Like many crafts, it can be difficult to notice the
Two weeks for Artisan CraftsThe next two weeks at projecteducate will be all about Artisan Crafts.Two weeks for Artisan Crafts1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
When we first asked the community for help to write articles for this project we were mind-blown by the positive response, so many answered to our call that we had to book two weeks instead of the regular one week event!
Here is the schedule for the upcoming Artisan Crafts awesomeness that is about to go down. Please note that certain articles may change at the last minute due to some members having to step down.
Also, stay tuned for a really fun contest announcement this afternoon.
Two weeks for Artisan Crafts!
19thFIRST DAYAM - Introduction and Schedule for Artisan Crafts WeeksPM - The recycling and reusing contest
How to make a styrofoam sturgeon for opera/theatreHow to make a styrofoam sturgeon for opera/theatre1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I've for a long time wanted to make some sort of tutorial so I thought this was the perfect moment! The only WIP pictures I have available at the moment are these of making this sturgeon, so why not, I'll tell you how I made it and some tips and tricks!
Just one note, english is my second language, so sorry for any weird sentences and also I don't claim this is the best or right way to do it, this is just how I did it
I made this fish for the opera La Boheme when I had an internship at an opera. It was supposed to look like a sturgeon (they are really big!) and seem to be frozen stiff.
I don't know what kind of styrofoam there is in other countries but I used the swedish pink kind that is pretty dense. All types of styrofoam has both pros and cons and to find out what you like to work with you will just have to try them out.
The set designer at the opera wanted the fish to be sort of
Amigurumi- Working Without a PatternAmigurumiAmigurumi- Working Without a Pattern1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Working Without a Pattern
Hi everyone! I'm TheSmall-Stuff and what I love is to make amigurumi, but I'm never patient enough to use a pattern. Because of this, I've found and developed a bunch of techniques that I use while designing the dolls that I make! What I'm going to try to do is explain my thought process in making a doll, and share some of the techniques that I use to form the shapes and the details in a character. Sorry it's long, but I tried to use lots of pictures. I hope this helps! Lets start
Shapes are key!
When you go to make a doll, you need to pick it apart in your head and see all of the shapes that make the character. Sometimes it's easier to draw out a diagram of all of the pieces that go into the doll, to get a good idea of how it fits together. While you're planning, it's good to be thinking "How do I make this?" while you choose shapes. However
Artist Toolbox - Game Art toolsSo as per the theme of Artist's Toolbox week, we continue on with the various tools Game Developers, or more specifically, Game Development Artists would use Now these are only some tools that I will go into detail with (generally the main ones) but I will list various others at the end of the article that I know of but are less common.Artist Toolbox - Game Art tools2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Let's get started!
One of the main Game Development tools out there for concept art, texture art, storyboard art, etc. Photoshop is a must have must know tool in the GDA world and is often one of the main programs installed at various studios. Photoshop has evolved from what it was originally (quite literally a photo editing tool with basic art skills) to a program a large margin of any artists use today. There's tons of tutorials out there for it and many resources out there to help with the learning process.
Photoshop is primarily but not limited to used for: texturing, concept art, post production clean up, cover art, card a
The history of the birthday cakeOrigin of the birthday cakeThe history of the birthday cake1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
In most parts of the world a birthday is just not a birthday without a cake. I thought it would be interesting to learn how this tradition started and how it transformed from one culture to the other.
Cake, the word
The word Cake goes back to the 13th century. The word is of Viking origin, from the Old Norse "kaka". It is described as a baked flour confection sweetened with sugar or honey; it is mixed with eggs and often includes milk and fat.
The cake evolution
Cakes were very different from what we know today, in ancient Greece they started off as bread-like, sweetened with honey.
In the middle-ages, Germany used a sweetened bread-dough in the shape of baby Jesus to commemorate his birthday. It was later that the Birthday Cake truly emerged as a celebration item
PE: Art NouveauArt NouveauPE: Art Nouveau2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
A.k.a. "That beautiful detailed flowery art style".
Art Nouveau is an art movement that was most popular between 1890 and 1910. It originated in England and France, where it spread over the last two decades of the 19th century. The origins in each respective country vary though. For example, the German "Jugendstil" was first used 1897 as criticism against cheap mass production of works from artists like Henry van de Velde. Art Nouveau was by far no consistent art movement; there were several geographical differences, although some basic characteristics stayed the same. Those key features are decorative curves and flowery elements.
All in all "Art Nouveau" constisted of divergent art movements in Europe.
Art Nouveau: France, French for 'New Art',
INTRO TO CROCHETINTRO TO CROCHETINTRO TO CROCHET1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Materials you need, techniques to hold and use the crochet hook and main stitches you must know, all in one article for you to start crocheting right now!
Why crochet is that easy?
Unlike knitting, crochet uses just one tool (a single hook) rather than two (a pair of needles) and you work one yarn loop at a time; these two factors are enough to make it less complicated.
Do you want another reason to choose crochet?
Well, another advantage is that it’s easier to drop your project and pick it up again without losing your work; The stitches won’t slide off just like with the needles, therefore there’s no chance of a line of stitches unraveling before your eyes!
Crochet projects develop more quickly (this is ideal for beginners and impatient people)
What do you need to start?
You won't need many materials to get started. The basics you'll need consist of a croch
Short review of most popular semiprecious gemsSHORT REVIEW OF MOST POPULAR SEMIPRECIOUS GEMSShort review of most popular semiprecious gems1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello, it's me again!
Today I'd like to show you a little who-is-who in gemstone world. It will be probably most useful for jewelry makers but gems are used in so many artisan crafts that I hope even those of you who don't make jewelry will find the article interesting. So here we go!
Since I'd like to stay on topic, today's article will be just about popular stones, not about differences between precious and semiprecious or definitions or tips how not to buy a piece of crap instead of real stone. Maybe I will write about those things in future and if you have any questions or need help with identifying some stones feel free to note me, I'll be happy to help
Now let's get those stones rollin'
Quartz is one of the most popular minerals. It's a base for many other gems, like chalcedony, agate, jasper and others. The name 'quartz' is reserved for macro-crystals of tr
Artists Toolbox: Photography DIY Tools Home Made TripodArtists Toolbox: Photography DIY Tools1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
I've shared this nifty little trick before - a home made tripod. It sounds impossible, but actually it's really practical and much easier than lugging the real thing around with you if it's not needed! Check out this articlefor more information on how to create it!
Source: DIY Cameras
Home Made Reflector
Reflectors can be pretty expensive from time to time. I've been lucky to pick up a couple cheaply on Ebay and they serve the purpose but if you really want to save, then why not try making your own? This article shows you how with just three materials and the video below also provides further guidance - check it out
PE: Presentation mattersPresentation mattersPE: Presentation matters1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
It's not just the artwork that tells you something about it's creator - on the internet, the way you present it is at least equally as important. Your painting can be a masterpiece, hanged in a local gallery, but as long as you post a blurry, badly cropped picture named "1564873" along with "..." in an artist's description, nobody will ever bother visiting your gallery. Creating a nice, representative profile page and setting a certain visual quality standard takes extra time and effort, but if you really care for your work (even if it's just a hobby), you should treat it with some respect.
I've already written a related article called The power of context that tried to explain how to place your work in a context in order to better connect with your audience, this one is focused
Artist's Toolbox: Origami ToolsOrigami ToolsArtist's Toolbox: Origami Tools1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Origami is not just about paper and paper folding, even though that is what it appears like from the outside! In fact, there are many other tools associated with origami, other than paper. This article aims to focus on the variety of tools that may be used for origami. For an article on the different kinds of paper that you can use for origami, please feel free to read it here.
You do not have to use any of the tools described below, but some of these tools may aid you with origami, whether you are simply preparing the materials, or in the process of folding the paper:
A Paper Cutter is essential if you do not want to buy pre-cut square paper, as paper cutters make it easier to cut many sheets of paper more precisely and accurately. These paper cutters come in two types: guillotine and razor.
Other Paper Cutting Tools
Artist's toolbox: Watercolor EquipmentArtist's toolbox: Watercolor Equipment2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
✿ Watercolor Equipment
Watercolor is a painting technique in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble binder. Usually, the result is transparent and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a relatively pure form with a few fillers obscuring the pigment color. This medium was never taken as seriously as "high art" techniques such as oil painting and was rather seen as pale and miniaturist, but it's gradually reclaiming it's place as a vehicle for the most beautiful and unexpected artistic expression. Watercolor can be vibrant and large, very vital, spontaneous and leaning a little on luck. All these aspects make watercolor painting a medium with great potential for new discoveries.
✿ This article will introduce the most ba
PE: Preproduction is Key!Surprise! Contrary to what rydi1689 announced, I'm here to deliver one final article on Manga & Anime week! And it's pretty huge... prepare yourselves.PE: Preproduction is Key!1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Special thanks to my partner in crime, J-Cleo, for helping me write this!
Creating manga is quite daunting as a project. You have to worry about so many things and prepare for unforeseen problems. While I don’t claim to be an expert on the field, I can at least share with you my experiences while on a quest to create my own manga.
Bear in mind, this guide is geared towards individuals serious about entering the field or wanting to create a well-developed story. That doesn’t mean you can’t use this advice if you’re a hobbyist (more power to you!) but this focuses on taking it that extra step.
The Story Concept
The first thing you need should be obvious: the concept, or idea, for your story. This could be something you’ve had in your mind for a while, a sud
PE: The art of OrigamiWhat is Origami?PE: The art of Origami1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami.
History of origami
Have had the most extensive tradition, there is evidence of an independent tradition of paperfolding in China, as well as in Germany, Italy and Spain among other places. However, because of the problems associated with preserving origami, there is very little direc
Trick or Treat Contest - WINNERS!!**SCROLL DOWN TO THE END AND FIND OUT WHO WON!**Trick or Treat Contest - WINNERS!!1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Halloween is coming up fast and the Artisan Crafts CV team wants to throw a special contest in it's honour. At the same time we want to promote the Artisan Crafts community so all of the entries will have to be categorized as such to be eligible.
The contest starts on September 18th and ends on November 1st 2013.
If your entry does not follow these rules, it will be automatically disqualified!!!
1 entry per category maximum.
Artisan Crafts only!!Entry must be created on or after start dateLink to this contest so that we know you've read and understood the rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Categories & Prizes
BEST PUMPKIN CARVING
Just as the title says, we're looking for the best pumpkin carving. It needs to be carved by you.1 year subscriptio
Artisan Crafts Week MacrameTHE PERFECTLY UNPECUNIARY PECULIARArtisan Crafts Week Macrame1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
POCKET PACKET PROMOTING PIZZO
(The Pocket Guide To Macrame)
Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.... (C B Demille)
"With new crafts, like all skills, remember!: We all, ...usually, start with fairly "rough-looking" pieces..."
(your talent may make you an exception to this rule...
...in which case you'll probably end up having to work far harder than the rest of us...), (PTK)
"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it will become a butterfly..." (Buckminster Fuller)
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION TO MACRAME
MACRAME DIVERSITY CONTEST
THE ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF MACRAME
TOOLS AND WORKING
TYPES OF MACRAME
BASIC MACRAME TECHNIQUES
AFTERWORD: WHAT NEXT...
PART TWO: APPENDICES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
APPENDIX 1: SELLING
APPENDIX 2: RECOMMENDED READING
APPENDIX 3: FUR
Songwriting: The BasicsSongwriting: The BasicsSongwriting: The Basics1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Because there is no way to submit audio files to deviantArt, songwriting and composing are art forms that are somewhat left out on dA. However, since there is a category for songs and lyrics, the art of creating songs has not been completely overlooked. In this article, I will cover the basics of songwriting, such as the elements of a song, hooks, and song structure, as well as share my own writing process. I’ve also included a feature of my favourite musical pieces on dA.
Elements of a Song
According to most books about songwriting, a song is made up of three things: the melody, the harmony, and the rhythm. If we are talking about popular genres, such as rock, pop, or country, I also like to include the lyrics as part of the elements.
If we consider a pop song (or a song in another non-instrumental genre), the melody would be what the person is singing. When you are humming along, you are singing the melody. The harmony,
An Overview of EmbroideryAn Overview of Embroidery1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Embroidery, according to the Free Dictionary http://www.thefreedictionary.com/embroidery is ornamentation of fabric with needlework. But that doesn't quite cover it. Embroidery by sewing with fiber has been done with everything from cotton to wool to gold, and with mediums as thin as sewing thread, and as thick as ribbon. While it is believed that embroidery itself is older, the oldest surviving examples are from the Chinese Tang dynasty and from Egypt both are over 1,000 years old.
Embroidery has appeared on clothing, shoes, wall art, and cushions on furniture. Most comm
Artist's Toolbox - Using Powerpoint as an Art ToolPowerpoint for Making Art!Artist's Toolbox - Using Powerpoint as an Art Tool2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 is primarily a tool for creating slideshows or presentations that incorporate text, images, and animations. Common uses for the software are for business presentations, school reports, or instructional materials. However, there are a handful of options available in Powerpoint that can be used to create art with good quality. Powerpoint can be a great tool for beginners who would like to explore with their creativity without having to learn complex software in the process.
Here are some art made with Microsoft Powerpoint 2010:
Most of the Pow
PE: SculpturesPE: Sculptures2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What are Sculptures?
Sculptures are the visual arts that operates in three dimensions, and one of the plastic arts. They come in various colors, shapes and sizes, and together with carving, assembled by welding, modelling, molded, or cast.
What can I make with Scuptures?
A simple answer: Anything you want to!
and other things.
Types of Sculpting