The best position for reading

You can read in almost any position, but there are some rules that serious readers should adhere in order to avoid neck strain or arm fatigue.   I recently overheard a conversation in a library (yes, I go to library regularly; and yes, I …

How to craft with broken china

Believe it or not, there is one small step from “Oops, I broke a plate!” to “Look at my work of art !” With appropriate equipment, some skill and a lot of patience, it is possible to give broken china (or porcelain) a second life. Consider these …

Transfer your photos to wood

Got some time on your hands? Select a few favourite photos and transfer them to wood panels! You will be creating lovely family mementos, and with some practice perhaps even true pieces of art. There are several techniques for transferring images to …

Art with hidden meaning

The great artists infused their works with a genius for form, colour,  composition, as well as meaning.. Much has been made of the tones used by van Gogh in his oeuvres, with speculation associating his vibrant palette to mental disease. The placement of …

Get crafty with wood blanks

Do you feel that taking up a craft hobby would improve the quality of your leisure time, but worry about biting off more than you can chew? Consider wood blanks. Their beauty is in their versatility. They come in a wide range of shapes. They also lend …

5 movies to look out for in 2017

The future of the year 2017 looks very bright when it comes to movies. It looks like most of the movies coming out this year are a continuation or rather a link to past movies, which brings even more excitement. The year took off with the release of Fifty …

Collecting art

Everyone can collect art. You don’t need to be an authority on art. You don’t need to have lot of money. All you need is passion - passion for art and passion for collecting. Granted, art collecting requires more effort, forethought and dedication than …

How to write well

You may not be consumed (yet) by the burning ambition to write the next great South African novel. Still, you need decent writing skills in order to:   Put together an email message that’s easy to understand; Compose a social media post …

DIY Christmas photo booth

It’s nearly Christmas, which means it’s time to eat, party, celebrate and sleep! If you want to add some fun to Christmas and make it even more festive than what it already is, why not create your very own Christmas photo booth? This blog post will give …

How to do mosaics

The ancient art of mosaics has a long history that began in the 3rd millennium BC. The history of this art form can be found in a variety of different religions and cultures throughout the world. The presence of mosaics in early times was found among the …