30 March 2016

WAIT! WHAT! I'M MARRIED TO A 50 YEAR OLD

Wine Label and Birthday Card

MY HUBBY HAS TURNED THE BIG 50





My Hubby celebrated his 50th on the 27th of March and we will be celebrating 25 years of married life on the 6th of April. We have lived in 3 countries, South Africa, Mauritius and Abu Dhabi, and within those countries we have moved more times than I care to count.  With all the adventures we have had, life has had a way of creeping up on us and here we are now...






Chalkboard inspired Poster

Party Props



I had no idea what to buy my DH (Darling Husband) for his birthday nor what to get him for our 25th, grrr.  He is an A380 Captain and pretty much buys what he wants, when he wants, as the world is his oyster for gifts.  Nonetheless, there is one thing that I can do, and that is be creative.... I turned to Pinterest for additional ideas and these are what I created for my beloved on my Silhouette Cameo for his Party.




He was in Cape Town on the 6th of March, to ride the Cape Town Cycle Tour, 110 km's (with a newer, faster bicycle he had bought for his Birthday). See....something he just bought for himself, because he needed it.... Leaving me scratching my head some more with what to buy him.... As you may have gathered, I live in the Cape and he lives in Abu Dhabi and we have been commuting for the last 5 years, until our daughter Matriculates and then I will return to Abu Dhabi, until he RETIRES.....

Anyway,  I thought that this day would be a great excuse to host a party.  I hired a chef who cooked a delicious lamb on the spit, roast vegetables and salad, and I made the snacks and dessert. Of course, lots of wine was consumed, we do live in the Cape after all.  It was a memorable occasion with much laughter and fun had by all.

As I write this post, I am still scratching my head as to what to get him, but think that I may have stumbled upon an idea: An Aircraft Window Photo Frame now I just need to make a plan to courier it to the UAE.

23 March 2016

QR CODES EXPLAINED

QR CODES FOR THE ART OF CREATIVITY STUDIO


Download your own QR Code Generator/Reader from the App Store.  This app will allow you to generate your own QR (Quick Response) Codes as I have done.  It will also be able to read barcodes, scan documents, business cards, puzzles and more.

You can just scan the QR Code with your Smartphone by opening the app, pointing it at the QR code  image and it will link you directly to a website and even allow you to login without using passwords.

They can be seen almost everywhere from websites, packaging, advertisements to store windows.  These codes contain a lot of useful information and can even be used at checkout points, such as SnapScan, (currently only available for South Africans) soon to be in operation for purchasing The Art of Creativity Studio Handmade Treasures.



QR CODE FOR FACEBOOK

QR CODE FOR INSTAGRAM

QR CODE FOR PINTEREST






17 March 2016

PHOTOGRAPHING TEXTURES AND PATTERNS

CAPTURING THE FEEL OF TEXTURES AND PATTERNS


Don't you just love the feel of different textures? I do and best of all, is to try and capture that feeling on a photo. Similarly, the visual impact of patterns can also stimulate your senses.

 The Definition of Texture: Fine Arts.

  1. the characteristic visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used.
  2. the imitation of the tactile quality of represented objects.

a. usually repeating artistic or decorative design: paisley pattern

Look at the world around you and you will find texture and patterns everywhere from marble, wood  (images 5, 16, 17, 18 & 26), leaves (images 6 & 10), metal, water, paint, feathers, fur, hair, skin, bricks, books, fabric, rope, rust (image 21), gemstones (image 27), rocks (image 23), sand (image 13), to even creating your own textures and patterns on canvas (image 2).
I recently accompanied my husband to a Car Museum, which truth be told, I thought was going to be rather boring....However, as I was armed with my trusty Nikon D3100, I made the most of the occasion and starting zooming up close to capture the details of the textures, colours, patterns and reflections I could see on all the Vintage Cars as seen in Images 11, 12, 14 & 15.

Everyone's skin is so diverse from wrinkles, freckles, white, black, young, old with the result you can create amazing texture images. Animal hide (image 28), fur (images 29 & 30), birds feathers (images 3, 4 & 7) all lend to capturing a different texture image every time. 

I am fortunate enough to live very close to the ocean and often go there when I am stressed.  I love to watch the ebb and flow of the tide and take my dog for walks along the waters edge.  Water is ever changing and has it's own textures and colours, as seen in Images, 22, 23 & 24. 

There are many free texture stock photo websites, however, just ensure that you check out the copyright issues.  Download some freebies from: Deal jumboGraphic BurgerGraphic StockCreative MarketTheHungryJpeg and Mighty Deals

Try being creative and use different textures as backgrounds in your word art (image 25), artwork, paper crafts, card making and as a mock-up for work you're wanting to display or for layering in Photoshop, the possibilities are endless. Get up close, use the Macro setting on your camera, look for contrasts, try different filters, crop it, flip it, change the opacity and zoom in/out of focus. 

Go on what are you waiting for? You know you want to grab your camera and and let your creative self have fun.