1. Vinyl Wall Art – Let the Walls Speak

    One of the easiest ways to personalise a room without putting in a lot of hard work is to go for vinyl wall art. Besides lending a unique look and feel to your walls, vinyl art can also be a lot of fun. Not only does a wall with vinyl art look better than its painted counterpart, it can also be removed easily and re-done as and when you want.

    Meaning of Vinyl Art

    In simple language, vinyl wall art is done with the help of stickers that are designed to decorate the interior walls of a home. The stickers are made to stick on most smooth walls and can lend that wow factor to an otherwise dull looking wall. Besides, the stickers can be easily removed when you decide to change the decor of the room.

    Creating Vinyl Wall Art

    When compared to designs made from paint, vinyl art is easy and costs much less to decorate a room. There is a wide range of colour and design options to choose from. You can select from the existing design patterns or create your very own for that unique look. The application is extremely simple and takes just a few minutes to transform your room.

    Advantages of Vinyl Art

    One does not have to be an artist to create his/her own vinyl wall art. You just need to have a basic idea in mind and the experts will help you bring that idea to life. You also have the option of browsing through the manufacturers catalogue to choose the design that appeals to you the most, from the hundreds of designs on display. Keep in mind the existing interiors of your home and then experiment with various available designs.

    A major advantage of vinyl art is that the stickers are not permanent and can be easily removed or changed. Quality vinyl art will last upto three years and can easily be removed subsequently without any residue. Unlike paint, the application process is quick and simple and does not require you to cover the furniture or floor.

    Vinyl Art over Painting

    Vinyl art has many advantages over wall painting as it is less expensive and can easily be done in a fraction of what it will take to paint a wall. Vinyl art can be frequently changed according to the changing decor of your house. The designs can be complex and detailed, unlike what can be done by using paint. Vinyl art looks very beautiful and professional and most people will not be able to differentiate it from painting.



    About the author

    Gary Klungreseth works for Blue Horizon printing, specialists in printing photos on canvas, transforming a photo into a unique work of art. They also sell a massive variety of canvas prints. Visit them at www.bluehorizonprints.com.au or call on 1300 632 332.

  • Artists use a number of styles to put down their thoughts on the canvas. Although an expert will quickly recognize the style of art used in a particular painting, it can be difficult to do so for a layman. Given below is an explanation of some of the common styles of painting, to help you learn about the various styles and identify them.

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    1. Abstract Art: Abstract art was born when artists felt that their drawings did not have to show things that could be identified. Abstract art does not show places, animals or humans in their exact form but uses a mix of colours and shapes to display emotions. Another form of abstract art is non-objective art, called so because it does not portray objects.
    1. Cubism: Cubism is a form of modern art where the painter makes use of geometric figures to display his thoughts and emotions. While early cubists painted in colours like gray and brown, artists in the 20th century started making use of more bright colours. Cubism eventually led to the creation of abstract style.
    2. Expressionism: An expressionist, through his art, expresses his feelings about something. Expressionism is basically about conveying feelings than about painting people or places.
    3. Impressionism: Developed in 19th century France, impressionism is a style of painting that generally depicts outdoor scenes but without much detail. It is like someone just had a glance and painted the subject.
    4. Pop Art: Short form for popular art, it depicts common objects, but in a slapdash way. Some of the famous pop artists include Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Claes Oldenberg.
    5. Primitive Art: Primitive art, as the name suggests, is very simple and old-fashioned where the subject is mostly two-dimensional. This style of art seems to be like a painting done by a child.
    6. Realism: Realism is a style of art that depicts objects exactly as they are in real life. The art form developed in the 18th century and attained its peak in the mid 19th century.
    7. Surrealism: Contrary to realism, surrealism depicts something that in not real. These type of paintings were usually based on dreams and stuffed with well-known objects made to look mystifying and bizarre. The artist, through his painting, wished to stir up people feelings and make them look at things in a different manner.

    About the author

    Mark Phillips works from Blue Horizon printing, based in Sydney, they are specialists in printing photos on canvas and selling a massive variety of canvas prints. Visit them at www.bluehorizonprinting.com.au or call on 1300 632 332.

  • “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.”Wassily Kandinsky.

    In its purest form in Western art, an abstract art is one without a recognisable subject, one which doesn’t relate to anything external or try to “look like” something. Instead the colour and form (and often the materials and support) are the subject of the abstract painting. It’s completely non-objective or non-representational.

    A further distinction tends to be made between abstract art which is geometric, such as the work of Mondrian, and abstract art that is more fluid (and where the apparent spontaneity often belies careful planning and execution), such as the abstract art of Kandinsky or Pollock. http://www.bluehorizonprints.com.au/wall-art-online

    Also generally classified with abstract art are figurative abstractions and paintings which represent things that aren’t visual, such an emotion, sound, or spiritual experience. Figurative abstractions are abstractions or simplifications of reality, where detail is eliminated from recognisable objects leaving only the essence or some degree of recognisable form.

    In Western art history, the break from the notion that a painting had to represent something happened in the early 20th century. Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism and other art movements of the time all contributed by breaking the “rules” of art followed since The Renaissance. Impressionism saw painters not “finishing” their paintings. The Fauvists used colour in a non-realistic way. Cubism introduced the idea of painting an object from more than one view point. From all of these the idea developed that colour, line, form, and texture could be the “subject” of the painting.

    Abstract Expressionism, which emerged in the 1940s, applied the principles of Expressionism to abstract painting. The action painting of Jackson Pollock, in which paint was dripped, dropped, smeared, spattered, or thrown on the canvas, is a good example.

    In 1864 the critic Ernest Chesneau wrote that if the trend the Impressionists were setting continued, paintings would eventually consist of nothing but “two broadly brushed areas of colour”. What would he have thought of the art being produced 100 years later?

    Article courtesy of About.com

    Blue Horizon Printing has a range of Abstract art canvas prints. These giclee prints are made in Sydney but delivered all over Australia. We specialise in printing quality, well priced giclee prints.

  • Colour  Psychology and Painting

    This is a great article on choosing the colour scheme to suit each room. Choosing the art for the wall is just one step to achieving a great overall effect.

    The color scheme that you select for a room has the ability to create the mood of the individuals that enter the space. Psychologists believe that color can inspire people to action, conjure up memories from the past, promote intellectual thought, or even calm the human spirit. http://www.bluehorizonprints.com.au/canvas-photos

    When you prepare to select paint colors for decorating, consider the effect that the color scheme you choose will have on people in the space. Below are some examples of color and the mood that it inspires.

    Sand, shell, coral, pearl or seaweed colors: These are neutral colors that create a sense of peace and well-being. This is because these colors are those from nature. Natural tones have historically been capable of creating a mood of serenity in human beings. These are excellent colors for walls and furniture, with other shades being used for accent pieces throughout the decor.

    Gray, blue, red, burgundy, and cranberry: These colors create a mood that inspires intellectual thought. These colors also lead the individual to think of travel and education. While many may consider some shades of these colors to be too bold, the color red, for example, is sharp and clean, leading to a mood of intellectual security and freedom. Depending on the shades of these colors, they can be used as either one of the prominent colors in the room, or as accent colors that compliment neutrals.

    Bubble gum pink, buttercup, wintergreen, all the berry colors and crayon colors: These are playful colors that can create a mood of excitement in any room. The decorator should be careful in the use of these colors because if overdone they can also lead to an exhaustive feeling after a period of time. Yet, when used in moderation these colors lead to a mood of movement, activity, playfulness and freedom. When used in a child’s room, for example, these colors should be offset by both natural and intellectual colors in order to ensure that the mood of the room does not create a mood of too much activity. Color psychology has become an important part of the interior design project in the last few decades. Color psychology focuses on how colors that exist around us create moods, or induce certain emotions.

    Red: Inspires passion and intimacy. In color psychology it is considered a good color for bedrooms and living rooms.

    Yellow: Creates joy, relates to sunshine. In color psychology, yellow should be used in any space that you want to transform from dark and gloomy to bright and cheerful.

    Blue: While some people may contend that blue is a cold color, color psychology focuses on blue as a tranquil and calm color because it can be associated with water. Blue is an excellent choice for bedrooms, guest rooms and living rooms. With so many shades of blue to choose from, there are many possibilities with blue as a central color in the decor of your home.

    Green: This color is considered a natural, peaceful inclusion in decorating. Color psychology suggests that green can be used in any room because it is welcoming and inviting. Many people elect to use green in their kitchens, either as a central color or as an accent color because of the traditional use of kitchens as a gathering place for families and friends.

    Orange: Most people associate orange with Halloween. Color psychology suggests that this is because orange creates a mood of warmth and seasonal change that brings happiness in the fall season. Orange is a good color to use in living rooms or family rooms for this reason.

    Violet: An important color in color psychology, violet is considered the most effective color when attempting to create calm and tranquil moods. Many modern operating rooms will paint their recovery areas in violet for this reason.

    This article has been provided by Executive Touch Painters. For more information, please visit www.etpainting.com.

  • Storm Trooper pop art canvasBlue Horizon Prints is pleased to announce its latest art range. We now offer a unique Star Wars art range of canvas art prints. These timeless retro art prints are a great expression of the little boy trying to get out of every guy!

    Star Wars is one of the all time movie greats that was reinvented to the latest Generation with the recent second trilogy. Our canvas prints feature the classic favourites, Darth Vader and the Storm Trooper. The fantastic colour contrast between black and white makes the images striking (an analogy or theme that runs across the whole series), these Star Wars prints make a great addition to any batchelor pad or as a great present for a friend, son, husband or boyfriend.

    Our Star Wars Canvas Print range consists of 5 images, the Storm trooper in action, a single Storm Trooper’s mask, Darth Vader standing on his own, A trio of Lord Seth and his 2 co-workers, Mr and Mrs Storm Trooper and lastly a close up of Darth Vaders Mask. See below for a picture of all of the images.

    These 5 Pop Art images are just a small part of the Movie Pop Art range we offer, in this great range we have a Pop Art canvas Print for everyone, ranging from the classic beauty and grace of Audrey Hepburn art and Marilyn  Monroe through to other guys favourites Scarface and Enter the Dragon. All of our prints are Hi-res and can be made into very large prints if required. Our standard sizes are small, medium, large and XL but we can offer different sizes to suit different wall spaces if required. These canvas prints are also available in a variety of colours.

    Our canvas prints have a reputation in the industry for quality and price. We use the best inks, canvas, and kiln dried wooden frames that are thick and built yo last. Our quality has to be seen to be believed. Contact us today at photos@bluehorizonprinting.com.au or 1300 632 332.

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