Sunday, 16 March 2014

Useful Oil Painting Tips for Beginners

An individual who has decided to learn oil painting is soon likely to find him or herself as a part of a large fraternity as oil painting is one of the most popular forms of art in the world. Much of the comfort in using this medium is attributed to the fact that when an artist uses the best oil paints it is usually quite a while after having been applied to the canvas that they start drying. Thus, it is possible for the artist to continue to work on them for a certain period of time subsequent to their application. In addition, since after drying the particular color of oil paint on the canvas can be easily repainted by some other color without affecting the surrounding areas in any manner, it provides the artist with plenty of opportunity to rectify and re-work his painting till he acquires the desired result.



Having decided to try one’s hand at oil painting, it is essential for the beginner to first buy all the requisite oil painting supplies prior to actually embarking on the activity. Needless to say, the list of supplies would be headed by the most important requirements, the oils paints. Some of the best oil paints in the world are thick and buttery and are contained within tubes. Although an amateur artist would have a choice of buying a range of cheap paints as well, he is strongly recommended by experts to buy only good quality primary and secondary oil paint colors in order to be able to enjoy the activity to its fullest. Oil paints can be purchased in form of tubes which contain fast-drying paints, blocks and tubes containing water soluble oils or oil bars which appear as sticks.

Because oil paints cannot be directly applied on canvas, oil primers are required to cover the board or the canvas prior to commencing the painting. While acquiring these as a part of oil painting supplies, a novice is advised to select and buy primers which are meant for acrylic paints as not only do they dry quickly but are also free from the hassle of sizing. Since oil paintings require primers to be applied in form of coating as per the size, a single layer of acrylic primer on paper will ensure the protection of the paper meant for painting from getting destroyed.

Like all the other avatars of painting, oil painting is done with the help of brushes while one must use stiff hog-hair brushes for handling thick oil paints, brushes with long and short handles and different head shapes can be used for performing different strokes and acquiring different outcomes. In this category as well, there are cheaper alternatives which could be opted for and although there is no variation in terms of results, these do not last long and soon need to be replaced.

Since the best oil paints are thick, they need to be diluted with thinners or solvents and in this regard turpentine is the foremost as well as the traditional choice. The most common yardstick for buying thinners is that one must always opt for low odor solvents as the addition of white or mineral spirits results in a watery mixture while the use of solvents acquired from hardware stores could cause the yellowing of paint. Likewise, since one requires mediums for oil paints as well, the use of ready-mixed mediums or various forms of linseed oil are recommended for color dilution, enhancing the gloss and transparency, reduction of drying time for the painting and avoiding over-thinning of paint.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Natural Oil's to Cure Acute and Chronic Nasal Congestions

Dealing effectively with chronic or acute nasal congestion can improve the life of those who suffer from this frustrating condition. A lot of information is available over internet on how to get rid of a stuffy nose or nasal congestion. While this is an essential step, many sufferers also seek a long term remedy that can bring relief.

The use of essential oils has been favoured for hundreds of years as the method of choice for treating various ailments among homeopathic believers. There are several options that are readily available wherever essential oils are sold. They are easy to use and require limited equipment. These oils are most often used with a diffuser. Diffusers help disperse the oils into the air for easy inhalation.


Oregano:

Oil of oregano is said to aid in relieving chronic nasal congestion. It can be added to a diffuser or placed in a warm air vaporizer cup. Some users prefer to put a few drops on a cotton ball and place it near the bed.

Marjoram:

Oil of Marjoram claims to soothe tissues and reduce inflammation. It is used as an aromatherapy additive in diffusers and vaporizers. It can be combined in compresses but, it not recommended for internal use. It can also be applied to a special ring that goes over a normal light bulb. The heat from the bulb helps diffuse the oil into the air. These rings are available at a variety of stores and are usually under five dollars.

Eucalyptus:

Eucalyptus oil is a popular favorite. It contains astringent properties that help reduce inflammation and swollen membranes. It can be used in compresses or aromatherapy devices. It is a common ingredient in over the counter medications too.

Peppermint:

Oil of peppermint is another favorite. It can be used in teas, compresses or with diffusers. The peppermint is well tolerated and has a pleasant smell. Many people like to use this oil throughout the home, due to the crisp clean smell. The peppermint reduces inflammation and swelling in the nasal passages.

Lavender:

Lavender is used in a variety of applications. It is easy to obtain and smells fantastic. It can be used alone or in combination with other oils. Some users like to add lavender petals to hot baths for quick relief. In addition to its soothing properties, lavender has healing properties that help reduce pain and muscle aches.

Oils can also be combined to use in rubs and compresses. A popular chest rub involves mixing 1 drop of lavender, 1 drop tea tree oil, 1 drop niaouli, and 1 drop of sandalwood into a cup of Vaseline. Rub the mixture on the chest to relieve congestion in the nose, sinuses, and lungs. Another favourite includes mixing 4 drops of tea tree oil with 2 drops of sandalwood oil and 4 drops of lemon in either Vaseline or 20mls of sweet almond oil. Using sweet almond oil instead of Vaseline makes it easier to add the mixture to compresses.

Most of these oils are easily accessible, but they do require you to purchase items and keep them on hand. For those who suffer daily nasal congestion these oils can really help.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Few DIY Ways to Eliminate Flies

Flies are one of the most annoying insects in your household. There mere presence can make you feel yucky but most people do not know what these pesky creatures are actually capable of doing.
Flies are the carriers of various disease causing microorganisms. They collect microorganisms while sitting at filthy places and after that when they sit on food items they contaminate them.

A fly can reproduce very quickly and a handful of flies can translate into thousands in few days. The lifespan of a fly is only about a month but during that period it could lay 5000 eggs.
In this post, I am going to share few DIY methods that you can use in your homes to get rid of flies. So, let’s get started.

Note: You could also find more ways at: How To Get Rid Of Flies


  1. Using homemade Fly papers: Homemade fly papers are a great way to kill flies. To make your own fly paper at home you just need brown paper bag, a pair of scissors, corn syrup, thread, heating pan. First cut 2 inch strips from the paper bag, then heat the corn syrup in the heating pan and merge the strips in the pan for 8 hours. Later take the strips out, let them dry and then tie a thread to them and hang them in the areas where you have most flies.
  2. Using Herbs: Certain herbs like Basil, Bay leaves, Mint, Lavender and Rosemary help to keep flies at a bay. The reason behind this is, these plants secrete certain scents that flies hate the most and due to this flies cannot stay in the presence of such plants. You could grow these plants indoors or outdoors to eliminate flies. One important thing that I would like to mention here is that while watering such plants do not water them at leaves as this closes their leave openings and hence the quantity of scent emitted reduces significantly.
  3. Using Dish Soap Spray: Do you know what is the main ingredient of an ordinary dish soap? It is Borax. Borax is an element that has insecticidal properties and it is particularly effective against flies. To make Dish Soap Spray, take an empty spray bottle and pour 3-10 drops of dish soap (lemon or apple flavoured dish soaps are better than floral ones), next add 2 cups of warm water to the bottle. Close the lid and shake the mixture well, now your dish soap spray is ready to kill flies. To use it simply spray this on the flies and you will see them dying almost instantly.
  4. Using Sugar baits: It has been proved scientifically that flies are 200 times more sensitive to sugar than human tongue. And you could use this fact to kill them. Take a jar and pour sugar syrup in it, next create a paper cone and cut a hole of 1 cm diameter at its apex. Now inset the cone into the jar, upside down but make sure that it should not touch the syrup.
  5. Using transparent plastic pouch: I have heard many people saying that, when they hang a transparent plastic pouch filled with water and few pennies near their entrances, the flies magically clear up on their own. This method really works and is based on a scientific fact that flies have compounded eyes that act as 8000 lenses coupled together. This does not mean that flies have a great eyesight but it indicates that flies are very good at detecting changing light patterns and this is the way how they detect movements. A transparent plastic bag filled with water refracts light in all possible directions and flies see it as a constantly changing motion.
So, this was all about the topic. Do share if you know any other interesting or wired ideas to kill these pesky creatures.