Best Art and Craft Shows in California

Best Art and Craft Shows in California

 

Art shows are amazing! Also, the best are in California. There are many art and craft festivals in Orange County, California. This is because the weather is amazing for art shows. It is not cold or windy, meaning things won’t blow every where, and browsers (people) don’t have to freeze. Also, there is plenty of sunshine if it is an outdoor arts and crafts show, which could affect the way the products look. They could look bright, or gloomy but happy, or warm.There are many types of arts and craft shows in different times of the year. Some start in the summer. Some start in the fall, but the most bizarre time of the year to go to a art and craft show are during the winter!

Types of Art Shows

Also, art shows could be of anything. Some are of sculptures, or yarn, or things made from trash. Maybe a sculpture was made of broken potato graters.There are even art shows with just paintings. Also there are many fine art festivals. Such as music festivals, or festivals based on Shakespeare and his plays. Possibly in the Shakespearean festivals people write poetry and present them to an audience. But that is not known for  certain.  Some art shows are of film or photography, video production or editing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fine_art .This is great for people who would like to get out of the house to go see the kind of technology the world is developing, and how it could affect the world. An example, the better cameras are made the better pictures photographers can take, and can make money off of the great picture.

Suggestions:

Some art and craft shows that are available to go see are, The “Holiday Parade of Lights” show, and it is on November 29, 2017. Another option is the “Very Merry Christmas Boutique”, and it is held on December 1,2017. All of these art shows are in different parts of California. A suggestion to find more art and craft shows is,   http://californiafairsandfestivals.net/California-craft-shows.

Also, for more information on the suggested Art and Craft shows, go to the website above.

Walk Through the Process of Having a Craft Business:

Most people start with discovering the kind of art they like. They then master that art and turn it into something beautiful, and meaningful. They work on this art for so long that it becomes a hobby. Eventually, they will realize that they are not doing any thing with their lives, and need to do something about it. So they start to plan out a business plan to some how grow their business. When that plan is complete, they get started by filling out their business plan.

The first step in building a business, is probably finding a product that people would want to buy for a reasonable price. When they find what that thing is, they start to develop a product, and they make enough of that product that quiet a few people would be willing to buy. When they accomplish this task, they will want to expand the business they may do that by creating business cards. They will then somehow distribute those business cards though out their costumers. They may distribute them buy people who have interest in their product. Then they may want to introduce the product to people by bringing the products to a fair. People would want to go to the fair, and see what is there.

The people will then walk around booths and see many business’s fine arts that they have created.  There are many arts that are available at the fair. Some are very interesting and could profit lots of money for the business man or woman.

Statistics:

90% of artists are making their living from selling their craft that they intend to sell for a lot of money. Most producers started selling their craft and had to support it by having a second job. Normally after 10-15 years of supporting their craft business, producers began making their living from selling their craft. This normally happens if the craft is successful,  and makes a good profit for the producer that is better than their normal job. If you are some one that wants to benefit from their hobby, or just likes arts and craft shows, get started on living your life to the fullest and become a craft business person, or person who loves crafts or art and make or spend lots of money!!!

 

 

A Mug Cake as a Gift

So Simple yet so Great

One super simple gift to pull together in a pinch is a homemade mug cake. After procrastinating for the holidays or even for birthdays, a wonderful gift to put together is a sweet mug cake everyone will love!(well unless they have a super strange grudge against mugs… or cake)

What You’ll Need For the Mug Cake:

  • Mug
  • Mini pull string sack
  • Cellophane Wrap
  • Ribbon

These things are part of the gift but are mostly just as a wrapping. So next you will need to decide on a cake type. In my personal experience you can almost make any cake into a mug cake just by dividing the amounts WAY DOWN. For those indecisive or confused people here are some basic recipes you can make for your friends and family.

Confetti/ Vanilla Cake:
  • 5 Tbl. Flour
  • 3 Tbl. White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbl. Whole or Almond Milk
  • 3 Tbl. Mixed Sprinkles (Optional)
Chocolate Cake
  • 5 Tbl. Flour
  • 3 Tbl. White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbl. Whole or Almond milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. Cocoa
  • 2 Tbl. Chocolate chips or chunks
Pumpkin Pie Cake
  • 5 Tbl. Flour
  • 4 Tbl. White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbl. Whole or Almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tbl. Canned Pumpkin

These are a few very basic mug cake recipes so feel free to go off recipe a bit and change it to how you feel would be best. Know that because this is for a gift you will not want to add the milk or pumpkin, and you won’t want to cook it before you deliver. Because of this it would be best to write up a little recipe sheet and instructions so they can finish making the cake or make another one later.

To Make the Cake:
  1. Add all dry ingredients together and mix in the mug
  2. Add wet ingredients into the dry stirring constantly
  3. Put in microwave and cook for 1 1/2 min or until it’s no longer liquidy
  4. Let cool slightly so you don’t burn your mouth off, and Enjoy!

These simple instructions make a quick and simple cake that helps with that sweet tooth that just won’t stop sometimes! Now that we now how to make the cake we need to now how to make it into a perfectly pretty gift. There are 2 major ideas of how to wow your friends with how well you can craft a sweet treat.

Instruction Mug

One cute way to gift a mug cake is to get a solid color or white mug, and write the recipe and instructions on the mug and bake it on.

Picture of a white mug with Mug Cake instructions and recipe written on it.To do this first wash your mug and dry it. You then write the instructions on with a sharpie marker. Once you have it to your liking bake it in the oven at 350* for 20 minutes. Just remember to be careful because you could get burned.

This way the recipient of the gift will always be able to have the recipe to be able to make the cake. Though this way takes some prep and time to do, a simpler and still adorable way to go is to write the recipe and instructions on some cute paper and tie it onto the mug with some ribbon.

Putting it all Together
  1. In a bowl add the dry cake ingredients together
  2. Either draw and bake or write on paper the recipe and instructions for the cake
  3. Put the cake “mix” you made into a mini drawstring bag
  4. Add cellophane into the mug long enough to come out and tie off
  5. Put the mini bag in the mug in the cellophane
  6. Tie off top with a ribbon (if needed add recipe papers to the ribbon at this point)

After following these steps you should have a well crafted gift ready to be delivered and soon to be eaten by a grateful friend or family member.

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10 Best Places to Take Pictures in Paris

10 Best Places to Take Pictures in Paris.

Paris is the most photo-frenzy city in the world, it is almost impossible not to take a selfie or two…

The Louvre:

There is only few place to capture the beauty of the Louvre that would be the courtyard. Night time is the best time to take pictures in my opinion. It is the perfect place for weddings or for pictures with a friend. Its definitely the number one favorite for most people. the loveure is really see through. it is also super cool. You are going too love this perfect photo spot.

For some more pictures of the Loveure

The Pont Alexandre III:

Pont Alexadre is the a beautiful river bridges in Italy. It was built in 1900.

The bridge connects places together. Add in views of the Eiffel Tower and it becomes the perfect area for wedding photographs. the place pont alexandre III is really long. it is also super cool and beautyful. You are going too love this perfect photo spot.

For some pictures of The Pont Alexandre III

The Eiffel Tower:

The Eiffel Tower is the most essential picture you have to take. It is the main reason to why most people want to come to pairs. the Eiffel tower is really tall. it is also super cool. You are going too love this perfect photo spot.

The Eiffel Tower also is one of the most well known towers in the world,along side the Statue of Liberty. You are going too love this perfect photo spot.

For some pictures of Eiffel Tower

The Atop Notre Dame:

Now when I say Atop Notre Dame I don’t mean the movie Noter Dame, however i am talking about the building Atop Notre Dame in Italy. Atop Noter Dame is also a picture perfect place. the Atop Noter Dame is really tall. it is also super cool and a great tourist spot. You can also see the Eiffel tower in the background of this picture. You are going too love this perfect photo spot.

For some pictures of Atop Noter Dame

The Pont des Arts:

I love Pont Des arts, I love that people come to lock away there love. I would highly recommend going to Pont Des Art and getting tons of pictures. the place pont des arts is really amazing. its also super lovely. You are going too love this perfect photo spot.

For some pictures of Pont Des Arts

 The Sacré Coeur

Sacré Coeur is a very tall building, however It can be seen almost anywhere in pairs. Also It super wight it almost impossible to miss. In my opinion the best spot is to take it at the bottom of the stairs. The super cool place sacre Coeur is really tall. its also super cool. You are going too love this perfect photo spot.

For some pictures of Sacré Coeur

The Pont Nerf:

Pont Nerf is a beautiful bridge in Italy. Although it is used by cars there is a few spots a bit away. there is a lot of perfect angles to take pictures. there is of course an abundant amount of bridges in Italy, however it wont be easy to find Pont Nerf. it is a very lovely place to visit. Also the place Pont Nerf is really tall and well… cool. its also super beautiful. You are going too love this perfect photo spot.

For some pictures of Pont Nerf

Carousel 

The carousel is very close to the Trocadéro gardens. it is a very good spot to take photos. You are going too love this perfect photo spot. It is right next to the tallest tower i know of that is in pairs, the Eiffel tower. Also the place carousel is really fun and for adults as well and well… cool. its also super beautiful. You are going too love this perfect photo spot.

For some pictures of carousel

Atop Arc de Triomphe 

Looking down the top of atop the Arc de Triomphe is super chilling to me. its a twelve avenue stretch out. You can see as far as the way down the to the Eiffel tower, which proudly peeps above some  of the Parisian rooftops.

For some pictures of Arc de Triomphe

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realistic drawing: tips, tricks, traits

Realistic Drawing

Drawing realistic images is not a simple thing to do but with the right tricks and time you can do it. Realistic art can vary across anything not just faces. however, drawing realistic faces is what I will be talking about. Some common ways to start a realistic drawing is by using a grid, simple shapes, and still life(looking at image and drawing what you see). However, drawing a face is more than just shapes and lines. Realistic drawings involve a lot of shading, adding dark black and bright white and every shade in between. With smooth blending and no harsh lines or scribbles.

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Portraits

The image above is a portrait drawing I did. it took me about a week to complete working on and off all day.(the @ on it is my art Instagram where I post all my art). I started with a grid of 9 x 12 and created a rough sketch. I then erased the grid and began to fix details and shade. The shading is what takes the longest. Because, there has to be solid black and bright white and everything in between.  All of it must stay blended into each other so it doesn’t have harsh lines or edges. I just used a mechanical graphite pencil and a blending stub which I will describe soon. I find grids to be an easy drawing starter because you can go one square at a time thinking of everything as lines and shapes instead of one big complicated image.

Materials

the image above is also a drawing that I did using the following materials: Bristol paper, blending stub, graphite pencil (wooden or mechanical are both okay), Kneaded eraser, and reference image. The Bristol paper is a thick smooth paper that professional artist use a lot for realism. I found my Bristol sketch book at my local craft store. I find most of my materials there. The blending stubs are used to blend out graphite to create a smooth appearance and soft transition from light to dark. When it comes to pencils used for the most part any pencil will work I use a standard mechanical pencil. The kneaded eraser is not used for erasing mistakes but for adding highlights and lightening areas. The reference image is not required if you prefer freehand from your imagination which you don’t need a reference for.

Color vs Black and white

The image above is another drawing of mine. most of my art is in black and white. I do color as well just not as much. This drawing took me just over a week. I started it like I do every drawing. With a simple rough sketch using a grid then erased the grid and added details. then I started to color and shade it. Shading with color is not nearly as easy as with black and white. For one, you cant really erase colored pencil so I always slowly build up my color. instead of packing it straight in.

in order to keep everything smooth because blenders don’t work with colored pencil I use small circular motions with my pencil. This blurs away scribbles and harsh lines sometimes that doesn’t do the trick completely and I want my drawing to look smoother that’s when I use rubbing alcohol and a Q- tip to blend the colored pencil.

Shading

Shading is “the darkening or coloring of an illustration or diagram with parallel lines or a block of color”. the blending stub is used to blend the graphite to give a smooth gradient finish. This is very important in realism. when shading it is important to remember that it is easy to add color or darken areas, it is not easy to remove color or shade. When shading a realistic drawing I always start by making everything really light then slowly and carefully darken it. Shading is the key to realism. when things get shaded correctly they come to life. A little bit of solid black and a highlight can really change the appearance of a drawing. For example, the eye. When I shade the eye I have solid black in the center and a highlight in the top corner. This gives the eye a wet appearance. learning to shade different objects like a sphere is very helpful. I’ve linked a sphere shading tutorial here

Practice

The best way to improve your drawing skills is practice. Practicing shading will be the biggest help. If you can shade basic shapes then your realistic drawing skills will improve. Practicing different genders is incredibly helpful as well.  the female face is the hardest to draw so practicing that more will help improve your skills.

 

The BEST Potato Grater

The Best Potato Graters

Introduction to Potato Graters:

Although there are many potato graters in the world, only one can be the best. Of course, the best would all depend on what kind of grater you’d like.

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Hand Held Potato Graters

If you prefer to hand grate your potatoes then some great options would be a classic safety grater. These graters only require minimum cleaning, while getting the job done. And following this, you will feel the full confidence of grating these fine vegetables all by yourself!

Mechanical Potato Graters

Now, if you’re lazy like me you’ll prefer to use a mechanical potato grater. Not just any mechanical potato grater, you want one that will get the job done quickly, smoothly, and require very little cleaning efforts. For this you’ll want the Nemco 55200AN-8 Vegetable Slicer. Although this may be costly, it is very recommended by restaurants and will require you minimal effort, along with very easy use. As for cleaning, mechanical potato graters require many pieces and parts that will need cleaning. So I apologize if taking this machine’s parts off requires much effort.

History

Now that you know the best hand held and mechanical potato graters, if you have the time here is some of its history. Wikipedia shares, that the cheese grater was invented by a Francois Boullier in the 1540’s. (I know a cheese grater, lame right?) But in France, Boullier invented this grater to grate harder cheeses, but little did he know that this could grate not only cheese, but potatoes as well!

Why Grate Instead of Cut?

Well you could say that grating is pretty grate if you know what I mean (;. As my cuisine lovers would know, when you grate a food it allows it to cook in a different manner. Wikipedia also shared, “This allows the grated material to melt or cook in a different manner than the shreds of mostly uniform thickness produced by the grating blade of a food processor.” An example of this could be potato pancakes, which melt more easily when grated instead of processed.

Do Graters Work For Every Potato?

Yes and no. Mechanical potato graters can be used to grate most anything, but hand held potato graters won’t work on every potato. Why is that you ask? Some graters just aren’t strong enough to cut through the hardness of some potatoes. Yes people, there is more than one kind of potato, up next you’ll get yourself a potatofication (potato education).

Basic Types of Potatoes:

There are very many potatoes in this world. To start there are Idaho and Russet potatoes. Reader’s Digest Editors gave us a great description of these potatoes, “Larger in size and thicker skinned than new potatoes, russets have a “flaky” texture thanks to their high starch and low moisture content. This quality allows them to easily absorb milk and melted butter, making them the perfect potato for baking, mashing, and making gnocchi.” Next there is the Yukon Gold potatoes, where these same editors shared their description as being, “Famous for their yellow hue and rich flavor, Yukon golds are in many ways the best of both worlds. Starchier than new potatoes, they make tasty mashes and, unlike Idahos, they’re great for boiling, steaming, and adding to soups.”

Finger Looking Potatoes

Then there are the fingerlings, they got their name from what they sound like(looking like fingers). “Recognizable by their thin, finger-like shape, fingerlings are basically an elongated variety of new potatoes. Fingerlings’ waxy texture makes them ideal for roasting, puréeing, or using in salads with or without the skin.”, Reader’s Digest Editors shared this as well. Then last, but not least of the few potatoes I am sharing there is the Purple Puruvian/ Blue potatoes. Reader’s Digest Editors happened to have a description of these potatoes as well stating, “Like Yukon golds, these purple or blue-fleshed spuds have a medium starch content, making them equally delicious mashed, roasted, or in salads. This variety tends to be slightly less rich in flavor than some of the others, but their unusual color lends dishes an exotic appeal.”

(Thank you and a big shout-out to Reader’s Digest Editors! Read their article: “Potatoes 101: A Guide to the Most Common Varieties” for more information.)
Potato Quotes:

Just to make your mood even GRATEr here are two potato quotes for you! (That rhymed!) “Haters gonna hate. Potatoes gonna potate.” and don’t forget, “Friends are like potatoes, if you eat them they die.” Both quotes are from unknown sources. Thanks for reading!