The Most Famous Art Galleries in Europe (part 2)

  1. The Groeninge Museum, Bruges

Add: Dijver 12, 8000 Brugge, Belgium

For those who love art in Bruges, the Groeninge Museum is perfect for experiencing the mesmerising collection of art work from Belgium and the Netherlands as well, dating from the 18th Century. The Groeninge Museum  displays an eclectic mix of historic paintings including post-1945 pieces. Visiting the gallery can give you a valuable insight into the city’s artistic culture.

  1. The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Add: Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

When you visit the city of tulips, you can’t miss this. The city Amsterdam presents one of its most widely-known national treasures – Van Gogh, in a museum that was dedicated to his life and work. The Van Gogh Museum is complimented by other 19th Century artists as well as contemporaries of Van Gogh. This museum holds an extensive collection of Van Gogh’s work at various stages across his paiting career. Whether you’re a newbie to the world of art or you’re familiar with Van Gogh’s work, this is a place everyone will highly appreciate.

  1. The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome

Add: Viale delle Belle Arti, 131, 00197 Roma, Italy

This is exactly modern art in an ancient city. The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rome was founded in 1883 and prides itself on maintaining a contemporary standing. The gallery is home to some of the 20th Century’s greatest artists such as Dutch painter Mondrian and many of Italy’s finest.

  1. East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall

Add: Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin, Germany

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, in 1990, 118 artists gathered from across the world to transform the remaining section into an open-air gallery with more than 100 paintings. The East Side Gallery in Berlin helps you to take in the location’s historic importance and viewing the wonderful artwork that commemorates the location. After being neglected in the 1990s, refurbishment and restoration has just been completed, making it better than ever.

The Most Famous Art Galleries in Europe (part 1)

If you are a bit of an art lover, head to Europe that boasts some of the best museums in the world. There are several incredible arts to see if you are traveling cities to cities. Make sure to check out the most famous galleries, paintings, and contemporary art on your trip.

  1. The Louvre, Paris

Add: 75001 Paris, France

Let’s start with the biggest. As the famous home of the Mona Lisa, the Louvre is a spot not to be missed when you visit Paris because just the actual building itself is piece of art. Admire the world-famous pyramid, the beautiful architecture, magnificent ceilings, and the spectacular pieces of classic art residing there.

The gallery is presently hosting the Leiden Collection’s masterpieces, showcasing the work of 17th-century Dutch painters including the largest collection of works by Rembrandt.

  1. The Tate Britain and The Tate Modern, London

Add: The Tate Britain Art Gallery, Milbank, London SW1P 4JU

        The Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

They are considered as the art enthusiast’s paradises. For those who first visit London, the Tate Britain is a must-visit spot. Home to British art from 1500 to the present day, this art gallery gives the visitors a comprehensive view of Britain’s culture within the art world.

The Tate Modern is the younger sibling of the Tate Britain. It is home to a collection of international art from ‘1900s to modern-day with an amazing mix of exhibitions, and contemporary art forms.

Located in an old power station, the Tate Modern often comes with an experimental twist, being home to the likes of Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Tracey Emin. It offers paintings, sculptures, and installations that you have never seen before.

  1. The National Gallery, Prague

Add: Staroměstské nám. 12, Staré Město, Staré Město-Praha 1, Czechia

The National Gallery of the Czech Republic is home to the nation’s largest collection of art. It exhibits a mix of Czech artwork, Cubism, and Baroque pieces. The gallery will exhibit items like 14th–16th Century Panel Paintings and the Charter 77 story this year. This is a unique opportunity to see the work of Prague’s most famous artists.

Best DIY and Crafting Apps (Part 2)

Guidecentral (Android, iOS) (Free)

Wikihow features everything, from projects to life and relationship advice. However, it also acquired Guidecentral, a bit more focused on DIY and crafting projects that are divided into broad categories like Style, Beauty, and Technology. Guidecentral covers a wide range of topics, from making your own home organizers to computer stands and crafted jewelry, completes with instructions, photos, lists of needed supplies, and other details. Users can freely browse through guides and signing up allows you to like guides, add comments as well as follow specific Makers to get updates on their latest guides.

DIY App (iOS)

The DIY App is designed to bring the DIY and crafting mentality to kids with interesting, easy-to-learn projects, and a community which is moderated to ensure a fun, kid-safe, and friendly experience. Kids can try thousands of projects and challenges from the online library, including stop motion animation, crafting, acting, and more. Kids can share the results of their projects, comment on, and encourage the works of others. Additionally, if kids complete enough challenges, they can earn Skill Badges that allows them to display on their online profile and buy embroidered patches of the same from the online market.

Houzz (Android, iOS) (Free)

Known as the “Wikipedia of Interior Design,” Houzz is a social network that is dedicated to architecture, interior design, and home improvement. The official Houzz app is a massive repository of articles, photographs, and discussions that budding interior design addicts and home improvement mavens can consult for inspiration and help. If you are looking for design inspiration, DIY ideas, interesting pieces of furniture, or simply want to get in touch with talented amateurs or local professionals, Houzz has something for you.

BrightNest (iOS) (Free)

Part home improvement app, part household management tool, BrightNest is a great addition to the homemaker’s toolkit. Create a personalized home profile, listing whether you have kids, pets, and appliances which require special maintenance and BrightNest will help you set up to-do lists with scheduled tasks for maintenance. Moreover, this app provides thousands of articles with DIY projects, lifehacks, organizing tips, and more.

Best DIY and Crafting Apps (Part 1)

 

It seems that there are apps to help us with everything these days, but apps are particularly useful for those who like hands-on hobbies because they’re easy to share ideas, experience, or patterns, and transfer information about projects. The most basic and popular craft-related apps, like Pinterest and Wikihow, belong firmly on every crafter’s phone. There are many helpful DIY and craft apps that offer assistance, tutorials, inspiration, and also a way to keep track of how much thread you have left.

Pinterest (Android, iOS) (Free)

Pinterest is among the best-known mobile craft apps, showing you a bunch of cool stuff that is doable by yourself. There are cooking recipes, decorations, home improvement projects, and arts and crafts ideas for kids. You can easily pin the stuff you like. However, if you haven’t seen the UI beforethe, you will find it a little bit difficult to use this app. Like most social networks, Pinterest is also totally free.

WikiHow (Android, iOS) (Free)

WikiHow provides thousands of how-to guides ranging from quick repairs, tech and life hacks, DIY projects, and even some food recipes. Ever wanted to clean and maintain a rain barrel? Learn how to change your car’s oil? WikiHow has it all with clear illustrations and videos. Users can search categories, select featured articles, and bookmark ones for later offline reading.

SnapGuide (iOS) (Free)

SnapGuide is one of the most visually attractive how-to apps online, offering numerous projects, recipes, repairs, and hacks with detailed instructions and photo guides. Users can check out a variety of topics ranging from arts and crafts, gardening, automotive, as well as popular and recently uploaded guides. Users can like, share, and comment on guides, or even create their own new guides.

Craftsy (iOS) (Free, Class subscriptions)

Craftsy is suitable for those who are looking for a more guided class experience, offering more than 500 online video courses from photography, painting, jewelry, sewing, woodwork, quilting, and more. Craftsy allows you to take your video courses anywhere or sign up for classes through in-app purchases.

The Most Favorite Artistic Sports

 

According to some websites, people have voted on their most favorite artistic sports. These sports are so well-known around the world that any kind of audience can enjoy them.

  1. Figure Skating

    Figure Skating

Figure skating requires the maximum amount of focus. People who practice it have to spend many long hours on perfecting their art. This sport is the combination of dancing and skating on ice. It has to be nice to look at as well as entertain and amaze the viewers. Moreover, figure skating is pretty dangerous because it carries certain risks. Injuries can occur; therefore, maximum caution is advised. Figure skating also requires stamina. Each skating session can last about up to twenty minutes, so a lot of strength is required. If there are two people practicing the sport on the ice, it becomes more challenging and more beautiful to watch.

  1. Competitive Dance

When competing, dancers are only scored for their art. This art form has been practiced since the beginning of the known history. And it was always joyful to watch and participate in. Nowadays, dancing gave birth to competitive dancing with professional dancers spending years on perfecting their art.

  1. Synchronized Swimming

Synchronized swimming requires great timing and perfect coordination of all swimmers. It also requires a lot of energy to perform. It is so interesting to watch the swimmers doing complicated moves.

  1. Ice Dancing

Ice dancing is 100% viewed as an art form and is also judged that way as well. It is gorgeous to watch ice dancing.

  1. Archery

This art form requires a lot of skill. It has been enjoyed since the early days of humanity. People were competing for the best place as soon as it was discovered. Practicing this sport has had huge value to people who possessed it. Today it is a respected sport as well as an art form.

  1. Skateboarding

Skateboarding is a lot of creativity. This art form is very popular among the younger generations.

Bobby Bowling Paper Craft

With the sports events coming up in the year 2019 and the new favorite sport of my 4 years old boy being bowling, I thought that I would start doing some crafts related to this sport for my beloved kid to enjoy.

The color scheme of Bobby Bowling was made with Great Britain for first, however, it would also work for the USA, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Cuba, the Netherlands, Dominican Republic, the Cook Islands or Vietnam. Remember that you can print the templates in black and white, then color them creatively in whatever way you like!

I realize that bowling isn’t an Olympic sport. But it is a sport that is quite simple and many people, especially kids, love!  In addition, I figured that it’s the sport that many children have done with their family or their friends at birthday parties.

Materials:

  • printer
  • paper
  • a pair of scissors
  • glue
  • something to color with such as markers, pencils, crayons, and paint (for B&W version)

Craft Instructions:

Step 1: Print out the template you choose (if you want to make it less coloring, you can mix and match the color versions and the black and white version).

Step 2: Color the template pieces if you choose to use the black and white version – you can freely use different materials for coloring them to add the creativity or personality to the project (markers, pencils, crayons, and paint are all fun choices).

Step 3: Cut the template pieces out (you should help the younger children with this step).

Step 4: Glue the pieces of the bowling buddy together:

  • Glue his head on his neck (shirt)
  • Glue his face on his bowling head
  • Glue his arms under his shirt sleeves
  • Glue his pants under his shirt
  • Glue his bowling pin into one of his hands
  • Glue his legs under his shorts

 

How to Make Yarn Pom-Poms (part 1)

 

Pom-poms create a fun pop of texture and color for knitting projects and other fun crafts. They’re also easy to make without any special tools or supplies.

Making pom-poms by yourself is helpful because you can match the type of the yarn to your projects. It’s also a useful and easy way to use leftover yardage. For example, you can knit a simple hat with a big pom-pom topper or add to the ends of a scarf a row of small pom-poms. Whenever you use them, these colorful and fluffy accessories add fun.

Pom-Pom Making Supplies

You can buy pom-pom making supplies at any craft stores. If you’re planning to make lots of pom-poms, you should invest in different sizes. But if you’re planning to make just a few of pom-poms, you can create your own pom-pom making supplies with a piece of cardboard.

Materials Needed

  • Cardboard
  • Circular items to trace (small glass, lids, DVD case, etc)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Yarn

Make Cardboard Pom-Pom Templates

Use the lids or other circular items to trace circles on the cardboard. Then, trace a smaller circle inside them. The larger circle outside help determine the diameter of your pom-pom.

You can make several sizes of pom-poms by making different sizes of templates.

Cut out the larger circles. Then, cut a slit to get to the smaller circle inside and cut away the smaller circle. You can make it easier to pass the yarn through by widening the slit a tiny amount.

Start Wrapping Yarn Around the Template

Start wrapping the yarn around the cut ring. Hold the end of the yarn while wrapping over the end, which secures it.

Keep wrapping the yarn around the entire ring, filling in all if there are any gaps.

You can do the wrapping near the slit of the ring, but you must be sure that it doesn’t get too close to slip off the ends of the cardboard ring.

20 Useful Crafting Tips (part 2)

 

Sharpen Punches with Tin Foil

Craft punches are very useful but it’s not easy to keep them sharp. There is an effective and useful way to do it is to punch aluminum foil. You should punch several times and the punch will cut better than ever!

Eliminate Hot Glue Gun Strands with a Hair Dryer

Another way to get rid of hot glue strands is to use a hair dryer with the project is done. That will make them melt away.

Mini Bolt Fabric Storage

Wrap small fabric pieces around the cut pieces of a cereal box to store them easily. Then you can set them up in a drawer to easily sort through them.

Use a Magnet to Pick Up Pins

It is hard and so tired to pick up a ton of pins dropped on the carpet after a late night sewing session. Use a strong magnet to easily pick them up!

Paper Towel Ribbon Storage

If you find it difficult to store and access ribbon to do crafting, try using a paper towel holder. Just push down the roll onto the holder and layer them, especially for cardboard rolls.

Protect Your Knitting Needle Tips

Putting wine corks at your knitting needles’ end to protect yourself and the others from an accidental stabbing.

Paint Brush Storage in a Chip Container

Use an old chip container to store brushes and other long crafting items like chenille stems.

Plastic Lid to Paint Palette

Use a plastic lid as a makeshift paint palette. When finishing, you can rinse the lid and save it to use for the next time.

Soften an Old Tape Roll

If you have any tape roll which you haven’t used in a while, it’s difficult to peel the end off. Just put it in the microwave for 10 seconds to loosen it up.

Put Nails in Straight with a Comb

It’s not easy to make sure that a nail goes in straight sometimes. A comb can help guide the nail when you hammer, and when the nail is secure, simply slide off.

 

 

20 Useful Crafting Tips (part 1)

Binder Clip to Yarn Guide

Using a binder clip on the edge of a jar helps not only to direct your yarn but also to prevent your balls from going over the place. Remember to set this up before starting knitting!

Sharpen Scissors with Sandpaper

You can sharpen your scissors easily just by cutting through sandpaper several times. Medium grit works best for this tip.

Pick Up Glitter with a Lint Roller

This is one of the most favored and useful crafting tips because it’s really hard to pick up glitter. If you have the glitter that can’t be easily cleaned, use a lint roller to pick it up.

Cardboard Box Spray Paint Booth

If you live in a small place, you may not have enough space to spray paint outdoor. If this is the case, use a cartoon box stood up on its long side to spray paint. It’s a great idea for the winter in your garage, too!

Store Glue in a Glass

Store the glue upside down in a glass so it is right there in the bottle when you need to use it.

Paint Chips from Popsicle Sticks

It’s not easy to define the color of acrylic paint by looking at it in the bottle. Therefore, make paint chips by using popsicle sticks so you can color match easily.

Cut Duct Tape Easily

To cut duct tape more easily, wipe your scissors with a baby wipe. This can prevent the duct tape from sticking to the blades.

Freezer Prevents Stringy Glue Sticks

Keeping glue sticks in the freezer before using can help them from stringing as much.

Store Really Small Items in Ice Cube Trays

Using a plastic ice tray is a perfect way to hold tiny items which have no other place to go. Moreover, you don’t have to buy many storage containers.

Make Sewing Patterns from Newspaper

If you want to make your own sewing patterns, for example, the recycling bin – the newspaper is perfect!

 

 

Homemade Playdough for Kids

Many parents love to get their children Play-Doh for birthdays or Christmas. It always makes kids happy. It is a good thing for your children to use their hands to be creative in their play with dough.

However, there’s a problem with Play-Doh: the green and orange mesh into a mess, the soft yellow mixes with the bright purple, and before we can realize what’s happening, we have been stuck with five cans of murky pink Play-Doh.

And as if this isn’t enough, our kids tend to drop significant percentages of dough on the floor. Before they finish playing, half of their Play-Doh has been dried out and must be swept up.

As a result, I don’t often buy dough for my kids. It is not necessary to spend money on things that won’t last long. Although store-bought play dough comes with amazing colors and cool playsets, we can make it so cheaply at home.

There are some recipes for homemade Play-Doh. But here is the simplest possible recipe because many recipes contain ingredients that you may not typically have on hand.

Ingredients

1 cup of flour (whatever kind you have)

½ cup of water

¼ cup of salt

3 to 5 drops of natural food coloring

Instructions

Step 1: Mix the flour and the salt together.

Step 2: Add a few drops of food coloring into ½ cup of warm water.

Step 3: Pour the water slowly into the flour and salt mixture, stir as you pour until combined. Use your hands to knead with until the flour is completely absorbed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick anymore.

 

This homemade playdough is natural, simple, and perfect for entertaining kids. Your children will enjoy helping you make it as much as enjoy playing with it! And they can play with this soft homemade playdough for hours.