Tips for Painting Your Home With Water-Based Latex Paint

Have you ever wondered if painting your walls is something that you could do yourself even without much experience? The truth is that painting will never be too much trouble for anyone as long as they understand what paint they use and what the previous paint on the wall is. Of course, choosing the right brush and instruments is essential as well but nothing can substitute the good understanding of the type of paint you use. So if you are willing to make the step and “do it yourself” get ready to read a few articles about the different kinds of paint (and the internet has a pretty good variety of those articles). Then do some research on the market for the brand of paint you wish to purchase. Keep in mind of course that even the best painter cannot do much with a bad paint. Nobody likes uneven color on the walls, and thin, almost transparent paint which looks more like milk rather than wall paint.

Let’s assume that you are getting ready to paint your interior walls. The two main types of paint that you will encounter, as you probably already know, are oil and latex (emulsion) paint. Each of them has its positives and negatives. Oil-based paint is preferred for exteriors rather than interiors and mainly when the walls underneath have already been painted once with an oil-based paint. It requires additional work to prepare an oil-based painted wall for emulsion paint but that’s not something to be discussed in this article. So if you are decorating your walls on the inside you are most probably using water-based emulsion paint. This kind of paint provides a large range of colours and can give you a matt or a silky covering, depending on your personal preferences.

So you have your water-based emulsion paint ready with the great color you wish to transform your home in. You first step will be cleaning the walls. Make sure there is no dust as that could damage your new paintwork. Some people suggest using a good detergent and water. I have had great results at home with just cleaning off all the dust with slightly wet broom or a piece of cloth. Then you take a look at the backside of your new paint. There are some general instructions on the back of the can. Some of them will say that you should add 10% of clean water into the paint, some of them won’t mention anything about adding water. Consider the previous paint on the walls. If it is slaked lime paint or any other absorbent type of paint you could still apply emulsion paint on top of it. There is however one trick to make your color is even. I usually repeat every wall I have painted at least twice. There are some one-coat paints that are good enough but for a slaked lime paint the trick is to make the first coat with a paint in which you have added a considerable amount of water (70 or less % paint and 30 or more % water). To the absorbent type of paint this will act as a good base and you don’t have to spend more money on an under tint. Then, the second coat could do with a thicker paint. If the paint underneath is already an emulsion paint you can still add some water on the first round. Not as much as you would usually do with the absorbent paints but it is still a good way to ensure the color at the end matches your expectations. To ensure no paint peeling or anything unpleasant can happen you can always do a sample on the wall before starting your paint work.

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Five Logo Design Principles Every Graphic Designer Should Follow

Logo design requires more than artistic talent to create an emblem or a brand that will capture the market’s attention. Like in any artistic field, effective logo design follows five fundamental principles that every graphic designer should know. These principles may serve as criteria for judging whether the design effectively conveys the message to its target audience.

Logos should be simple and easily recognizable.
An effective logo design puts together elements in a simple setting that is easily recognizable to anyone who sees it. The sign should be easily identifiable to people from different cultures or cities. The design elements cross boundaries of geography, culture, age and educational background.

Logos should be distinctive and clear.
Aside from simplicity, an effective design should be unique and deliver a clear message to its target audience. The overall design should be easily memorable for anyone who sees it. Too many elements can crowd the design and produce visual noise, which blocks the marketing message the logo tries to convey.

Logos should be timeless.
Another measure of effectiveness is the timelessness of a brand, which appeals to the tastes of future generations. As long as the branding follows the rules of simplicity, distinctiveness and clarity, the logo will survive other eras. For example, the logos of Chanel, Mercedes-Benz, Nike and Shell did not change much through the years. Their classic designs continue to appeal to generations of consumers.

Logos should be versatile.
Logo design makes use of vector art more than photography because of scaling and applicability problems. Logos created with high-definition imaging software scale down to a smaller size without destroying the logo’s design. The use of photographs, however, brings problems of pixelated and skewed images. Thus, all logos use vector graphics for creating images.

An effective logo design should also factor in the way images are transferred from one media to another. A good logo created in the vector format may be used for websites and for marketing and packaging. The colors used should not change in hue when displayed on a website page and on a poster or a streamer in public.

Logos should be appropriate for their intended audience.
Logos should speak to its intended audience. The type of font, the vector images and the colors used should match the demographics of the product’s target market. The meaning should be immediately apparent to the logo’s intended audience. For example, sports logos often signify explosive movement, which reflects athleticism. In another example, children’s products use bright colors and fun fonts to appeal to children.

In general, the type of content in a logo does not necessarily convey the actual products sold or the services rendered by a company or business. A restaurant logo does not need to include food or a software logo does not need to use an image of a computer or laptop to let people know what it is. By way of example, in its logo design Apple uses the image of an apple, which someone obviously has bitten in one corner.

How To Begin To Collect Art Collectibles That Will Make Your Home Unique


Numerous individuals have ended up enchanted with the side interest of gathering distinctive things and a standout amongst the most remunerating is that of gathering workmanship collectibles. There are such a variety of various things that can be gathered in this sort it really boggles the brain. In the craftsmanship collectibles class one can gather anything from rice grains that have little sketches on them to mammoth artistic creations or notices or even divider woven artworks. There are additionally uncommon things that are numbered and constrained that can be gathered, for example, the plates or certain figures that you may see publicized on TV or in magazine.

Numerous individuals take after specific specialists and gather essentially that craftsman’s work. One of my top picks is a craftsman by the name of Wyland who spends significant time in works of art about marine life. His artistic creations are exceptionally beautiful and the animals he paints practically appear to be alive. This specific craftsman is additionally known for his tremendous paintings that are painted on structures and called “whaling dividers”. These wall paintings delineate a wide range of types of whales. We have one close me in Destin Florida.

Silk Dresses: Glamourous and Green?

No clothing material provides a greater aura of luxury and glamour than silk. For long ages, this product of a humble insect has provided the adornment of queens, courtesans and all who sought a highly visible means of displaying not only beauty but also wealth and elevated status. In modern times, vastly increased production has made this adornment of affluence available to a much wider community while providing employment and wellbeing for thousands of deprived rural dwellers in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Silk production started in China around 3000 BCE, spreading to India in the second century of the Common Era and to the Byzantine Empire in the sixth century. The industry is reputed to have reached Western Europe after Roger II of Sicily attacked Corinth and Thebes, two important centres of Byzantine silk production, during the second crusade in 1147.

The essential foundation of silk production is a mulberry plantation. The silkworm larvae feed upon mulberry leaves and spin a cocoon from a continuous filament of silk. Placing the cocoons in hot water dissolves away the gum binding the filament and allows it to be unwound onto a reel. Filaments are about 1000 metres in length but are so fine that 48 are needed to be spun together to constitute a single thread, and several threads may be plied to create yarn for weaving into cloth. This natural fibre is so light that it takes 5500 silkworms to produce one kilogram of raw yarn.

Silk is a natural renewable product made by thousands of small cultivators in some of the world’s poorest countries. As such, it seems to have excellent green credentials. However, silk production has been criticised by animal-welfare activists because placing the cocoons in hot water kills the larvae. Mahatma Gandhi was critical of silk production based on the Ahimsa philosophy “not to hurt any living thing”.

It could be said that every luxury comes at a price to nature but silk production does not threaten the extinction of a species in the same way as, for example, the trade in ivory or rhino horn. On the contrary, the growing demand for silk can only increase the global population of silkworms. Most people would agree that silk production is much greener than the manufacture of fibres from non-renewable mineral oil. Ladies seeking to share the elegance and romance of past ages are justified in choosing this most exquisite means of adornment.

How to Hunt Down Profits with Your Hobbies


Having a diversion is awesome. It satisfies your life in more routes than one – giving you joy and unwinding your psyche and body. Yet, did you know it’s likewise conceivable to procure cash from the things you appreciate?

A great many individuals all around the globe are profiting from their interests. It may be something idiosyncratic like taking metal refuse and making excellent centerpieces from it, or something tame like written work true to life.

For all intents and purposes any diversion can be transformed into a cash making thought. How you begin stirring benefits can be inadvertent or intentionally. Maybe you’ve weaved a delightful scarf and associates are presently requesting that you sew them one. That is unintentional benefitting.