Make your own moss graffiti

After learning about how cool moss graffiti is, I decided to learn how to do it on my own. So, here is what I have learned and I want to share it here.

Instead of using toxic paints and chemicals to paint graffiti on your outer wall, why not try moss? Moss graffiti is a form of wall painting that uses living moss to create an eco-friendly design.

First, plan your project.

First you need to plan your project. Select a wall to paint on that’s somewhat porous where you have permission to do your graffiti. Surfaces that are painted or sealed can sometimes work, although they’re less than ideal. It’s harder to get the moss to grow on these sealed surfaces, and when it does grow it will often damage the paint.

Second, gather your moss.

Moss comes in a variety of species and types. Moss that grows on ground may not always grow well on stone and walls, so find moss that grows on rocks and stones. Once you about a handful, rinse it under cool water to remove as much of the dirt and mud as you can.

Make your “Moss Milkshake”.

In your blender, combine the moss with two cups of buttermilk or unflavored yogurt. Add 2 cups water and ½ tbsp. white sugar. Blend it until it’s completely smooth. If it’s a little too runny, you may want to add a tablespoon or two of white corn syrup to thicken it up.

Paint the Wall!

Some people will simply use a paintbrush and freehand their design on a wall. If you’re looking for something a bit more formal, you can use stencils, but sometimes it takes several applications of moss milk before it really takes off. Depending on the surface you’re using, you might trace your stencil with a ballpoint pen before you begin applying the moss; that should last through at least two applications of moss milk.

Making it Grow

At least once a week, you’ll want to check on your moss graffiti. Spray it with a water bottle to get it growing well. The first few times, you may want to add an extra layer of moss milk to help it thicken up.

For Best Results

Slugs love moss, so moss graffiti works best on surfaces that aren’t on the ground or near the ground. If the slugs start eating at ground level, they’ll climb up to get to the good stuff! For best results, plant your graffiti in the spring or fall in a moist atmosphere with partial sunlight. If you mess up or need to “erase” something, lemon juice or lime juice can be used to kill moss.

As with any forms of graffiti art, you’ll need to make sure you have permission from the property owner before you begin. If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of moss graffiti, it might be best to purchase moss from a nursery or plant store rather than taking it from its wild, natural environment.

Creating The Perfect Work Environment At Home

If you are like me, then you are a freelance designer who does all of their work at home. Personally, I love it and would not have it any other way. You get a whole different type of freedom when you are doing your own thing from home versus having to go into an office where you have a cubicle out like everyone else.

Of course, as great as being a freelance designer from home might be, it is not always great. There are some challenges that come with working from home that you do not experience when you are working for a company in an office with lots of other employees.

Staying motivated is one of the things that is really difficult for me on some days. I think it is because there are a lot of things at home that are distracting that you do not have in a regular office. For instance, if you have any video games at home then you might be tempted to play those instead of getting your work done.

That is why it is important to set up a dedicated place for you to do your work. And it is important that you only do work in this space. Otherwise, you will really mess up your productivity since your brain will think that you can play instead of work when you are sitting at the work space.

Another thing that you have to deal with at home versus working out of a regular office building is other family members who might interrupt you. This is especially common with children. If there are young kids in the home, then you really have to try to teach them that when you are in your work space that you are not to be bothered. It can be challenging to get this point across to them when they are young, so it takes a little bit of extra work. Know that if you stop to play with them once, it will create a pattern in their brains and really mess with your work time.

Noise from family members at home can also be a problem. You will have to ask them to keep the television volume down as well as any other noises. You may even discover that you need to replace some loud appliances that are used regularly so that you do not get interrupted by every day activities, this includes things like looking for quiet coffee grinders and cleaning equipment.

And most importantly, choose a work space that has a door. This is the single best way to block out all the outside noises and distractions so that you can stay focused and get all of your design work done. Plus, it is an easy way to prevent the kids from coming up to you while you are trying to work on a project.

Moss Graffiti Is The Coolest Thing Ever!

I know that I might be a bit behind the times here, but I totally just learned about moss graffiti. Have you heard about or see this sort of thing before? It is pretty much the coolest thing that I have ever seen. Really. It is super rad and it has me wanting to get started on my own right away. Of course, I rent an apartment so I am not really sure on how I will make that happen, but I am so going to figure it out.

Meanwhile, if you are completely new to this awesome new (to me) way to be creative, then let me share some of the sweet photos of it that I have managed to find on the web. I hope that you think it is as cool as I do! Cause it is seriously all that I have been looking at and reading about for a couple of days now. I guess you could say that it is my newest artsy obsession.

Anyways, here’s some of those photos…

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My Favorite Design Accounts on Twitter

One of my favorite ways to waste time is by hanging out on Twitter. Not only do I use the site to keep up on current events and chat with friends, but I also use it to check out cool designs and designers. Today, I want to share some of my favorite Twitter accounts that are related to graphic design. Keep in mind that these are just my current favorites and this time two months from now, I might be digging something completely different.

So, here are some of my favorites for now…

@Colossal

This one is probably my top favorite right now. Lots of great tweets on design, art and just visual culture in general. One of my recent favorite shares of theirs is below.

My Modern Metropolis

A great option for all art enthusiasts out there. They do tweets on all different types of art from photograhpy to drawings and everything in between. A recent tweet of theirs that caught my eye is below.

So, those are really my top picks right now. If you are still looking for some additional accounts to follow on Twitter, I suggest checking out this list of individual designers. It is a little outdated so you will miss anyone who is new and cool, but it is still a pretty decent resource for people looking to add a few designers to their follow list. So, give that a read and I’ll try to update this post in the future as I come across new and cool designer accounts on Twitter.

Success Tips For Designers On Fiverr

fiverrIf you have decided that it is time for you to start making a little bit of extra cash on the side, then you might consider looking to Fiverr for your source of side income. It does not take too much time looking around the site to see that there are a lot of designers out there getting a lot of work from the online marketplace. You can do everything from logos to website design all on the same site. Basically – anything and everything that you can think of using your graphic design skills for, there is a place for it on Fiverr and probably people looking to pay you for it.

That is the great thing about using the site to earn some extra money.

The bad thing is that with a base level account, you can only charge the $5 for your service and they take a 20% cut of what you earn. So that $5 job turns into to just $4 for you.

Fortunately, that is only for level one sellers and as you gain feedback in the form of reviews, you have the ability to move up in account levels. When you do this, you are then able to add on services that people can pay extra for, which means that the $5 job could turn into a $25 job and losing 20% of $25 gives you more in pocket money than if it were 20% of just $5 for the work. A good example of how you can upcharge once you get your account level raised is something like $5 for delivery in 24 hours – this is a common one that you will see sellers offering.

In order to know what you can offer for sale on the site, it is a good idea to first check out the gigs that are currently being offered to see how you can compete. You can also see how many jobs people have pending and how much feedback they have – this lets you know how many hungry buyers are out there waiting to give you their money.

Over time, you will build up a good profile with lots of reviews, which will allow you to make more and more money from the site. As you will see, this is a great way to make a little extra money doing something that you actually enjoy. Best of luck to you!

Tips To Teach Yourself Graphic Design

The art of graphic design is everywhere. Graphic design is used in marketing, image branding, signs and everything from product packaging to online electronic media. This specific design niche is both creative and practical. A graphic designer creates print and computerized visual concepts while assisting with overall layout and organization in advertisements, magazines and other media. Learning graphic design can be a lucrative career option that is as fun as it is prestigious.

Tips for learning graphic design on your own

Graphic designers specifically create their art as a communication tool that can be universally understood and interpreted consistently, regardless of audience. They differ from fine-art artists who leave interpretation up to each individual. Becoming a graphic designer can be self-taught by:

• Collaborating with other creative professionals on projects

• Accepting entry-level assignments and industry experience whenever possible

• Research graphic design projects and become familiar with styles you favor

• Begin the design concept in your mind rather than getting down to business on a computer; and

• Know when to recognize a final-quality design without spending excessive time in production mode

Additionally, while being a creative individual is requisite for this career, personal drawing talent for example, is not as critical. Actual drawing skills in graphic design aren’t necessary since the designer only needs to imagine a rough idea to successfully create a graphic design concept. Teaching yourself to be a great graphic designer is as convenient as reviewing books, visualizing the end product and absorbing online resources.

Making a portfolio

A graphic design resume can be presented to prospective clients as a collection of examples neatly bound together portfolio style. Showing clients the quality of the work that you are able to produce will entice them to allow you opportunities and work with you on their campaigns.

Design-software literacy

It is vital to know how to utilize design software well. Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are three of the most prevalent graphic design software systems available. Being able to edit images and create web design attractively is where graphic designers become successful at their trade. Specializing in one area of graphic design is also an important consideration. Since the industry of graphic design is so vast, knowing how to perform a specific task such as typography for example, at expert level, will become invaluable.

Teaching yourself graphic design can be an endeavor that results in a highly valuable, enjoyable career. Moreover, becoming a graphic designer doesn’t have to stop there. Graphic design has a broad range of specialties and positions such as:

• Content Developer

• Web Designer

• Illustrator

• Interface or Logo Designer

• Visual Journalist

• Brand Identity Developer; and

• Package Designer

The more experience you gain as a graphic designer, the more responsibility you can take on including titles like, Art Production Manager, Art Director and even VP Executive titles.

Graphic designers perform a multitude of tasks and there are a myriad of professional possibilities. From free-lancing to corporate positions, the job security is limitless. Since image based design has the ability to powerfully communicate through pictures and images while other aspects of graphic design use symbols, logos, and image type to represent a message, graphic designers have the luxury of learning a little bit of many styles and determining which one works best for them when exploring self-taught graphic art concepts.

Tips On Teaching Yourself Web Design

In today’s every growing fast-paced internet world, the growing need to be able to run your own website, and to create enticing content, is key to a successful online business or charity. It can be used for anything from your local book club meetings or key events in local neighborhood watch programs. There are so many services online to order yourself a nice professional with the skills to not only create a beautiful layout but also with the skills to rob your wallet of money you want to keep. Therefore, instead of shelling out those hard earned dollars, teach yourself the basics and beyond of web design.

An individual can learn today’s web design on their own time and at their own pace but must realize that the process will never be fully over as it is an ever changing field that grows with time. New technologies and programs become available at an alarming rate which must be kept up with consistently. Formal education is advised if you want a business in web design but is not necessary to get started as long as you can produce a portfolio of your work to potential clients. Show not tell.

There are several key tips to begin learning web design. There are extensive books and hundreds of web pages to read out there, but just a few things need to be understood to begin:

XHTML/HTML:

Without learning the very basics of HTML code, you will find yourself floundering in the water very quickly. There are amateurs in the design world that use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors and think they know how to do it all. This is so far from reality. It is a cheat sheet only. You can write very nice websites with it but you won’t be able to cater to real clients that have more extensive demands without this knowledge. You need to be able to write the coded language to make your page do what you want and how you want it. You want to be able to stand out above the average person using editors. In the beginning, it is an invaluable resource to look at the source code of a favorite website layout. This is done in various ways through different browsers but is a good way to look through and see how the designer arranged the code to make an element work.

CSS:

CSS is short for Cascading Style Sheets. This is to be learned after the HTML is mastered to a level where you are comfortable writing language code to create a basic web page. CSS is used to give the designer much more control over how exactly a web page is displayed. When performing the code within your web page it is important to test out your creation using different browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer to make sure that the code works good on all.

GRAPHICS SOFTWARE:

Hardly any professional looking website that are out there are all text based. To be visually appealing, graphics and pictures will make the page look appealing , welcoming and certainly more user-friendly. A good way to be able to incorporate the best photos and images into your website is to invest time in learning one of the popular graphic software programs out there. Two of the best known ones are Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. When you start out on these programs, it is fun to take a few family photos to practice on with wonderful results that make your family albums stand out whilst learning the new skills needed for your projects in web design.

PRACTICE:

Getting up and running with proficiency in the early stages of learning the skills for designing requires trial and error and is very much hands-on with different techniques. There are a lot of resources out there for free and tutorials with examples on many different sites catering to learning it. The most important thing is to begin by having fun with it (and wowing a family member or two), understand ing that there are many steps to becoming an expert. Practice different codes for different effects, copy some code from the sites you love and see how they work by tweaking it to your own desired outcomes. It can be fun and exciting learning the new skills.

Why A Logo Is Important For Your Brand

Logos have been in existence for a very long time. This is because they are an indispensable part of any brand. They anchor a company’s brand, and they are also the most visible manifestation of the company to the target market. Unfortunately, a number of people do not understand this, and they do not pay enough attention to their design and implementation. To help such people realize what they are missing on, below are the benefits of a logo when it comes to branding.

Brand Identity

Today, there is fierce competition for different markets from different companies. As a result, you need to ensure that your brand can easily be identified by potential customers and even the loyal ones. Your company logo is the most effective piece of the company that can do this. If used properly on your website, products, business cards and stationery, a logo can actually differentiate the pros and amateurs which helps in building a perfect brand identity for the company.

Consumer Loyalty

Initially, a logo is meant to identify your brand. Once people can use it to associate with your products, its work does not end there. It also goes on to solidify customer loyalty. Most logos are based on repetition and in the business community, this creates familiarity and hence loyalty.

Increased Sales

As customers identify and like a particular brand, they are likely to respond very well when they come across a logo. This response can lead to increased sales and hence high returns for the company. Furthermore, a professionally designed logo creates an impression of professionalism and competence which are key when it comes to attracting new customers.

Ownership

A business logo or just any other logo is like a signature. It proves ownership of whatever products that it is used on, guarding you against substandard imitations and forgeries which are rapidly flooding the market today. This means that if you get your logo used on products that are not yours, you have all the rights to initiate legal litigation against forgers. Other than just showing that you own the brand, customers also have a great sense of ownership when they are linked with your brand, and your logo is unmatched when it comes to this.

The sales team may be doing their job in creating leads and potential customers, but you can also make this easy for them by creating a logo that stands out from your competitors. This way, you will gain these and many other benefits.

Tips on Using Fiverr For Logos and Web Graphics

The site Fiverr allows freelancers to offer their services to customers for five dollars. Fiverr can be used to have a freelancer design logos and web graphics for a business, fundraiser, or other causes. There are some tips on how to use Fiverr to get the best logos and graphic designed.

When ordering this work be prompt when sending the details of your project. When looking for a freelancer you are allowed to post a general description of what you are looking for. If you need specific details get it to the freelancer as soon as possible. The sooner they are the project requirements the sooner they will be able to complete the project.

Be specific about what you are looking for. If you have ideas for your logo send all the details to the freelancer. This is the same for graphic design. This includes any colors that you have in mind for your logo, any pictures that you want included, and anything else that you feel must be included within you project. The more specific you are the better chances you will be satisfied with the project.

When hiring someone to complete your project it is fine to ask them questions. Read their qualifications first to see if they have the skills needed to complete the job. Ask to see some of their previous works and see how they came out. Read their feedback from other people that have used their services. Information listed on their feedback section will give information about the quality of their work, if they were able to complete it in the given timeframe, and if they were able to follow any directions that were given to them regarding the project. If a person has several negative comments they may not be the best choice of freelancers to work with.

If you like the design be sure to leave feedback for the person who completed it. Many of the freelancers rely on this feedback in order to attract more customers. If the work was not satisfactory give them a chance to rectify the siutaiton.

Fiverr allows a business or a person to get graphics, logos, and web design completed for as little as $5. While this price is cheap a person needs to make sure they still get the quality work they are looking for. Be sure to find out as much information as possible and provide a great deal of information when hiring people on Fiverr.

Top Schools for Graphic Design

Interested in going to school to learn graphic design? Well, if you want a degree in this subject, you will find many schools offer this program. Check out my ranking of the best ones below.

1. Rhode Island School of Design

Location: Providence, Rhode Island

Tuition: $42,932

The Rhode Island School of Design was founded in 1877, and is one of the oldest and best known 4-year art colleges in the United States. They’re a private school and very selective (they admit 27.3% of applicants each year). The RISD graphic design program offers a four-year undergraduate BFA degree, a two year MFA degree, and a three-year MFA degree in graphic design. Students of RISD have access to astounding facilities that revolve around bookbinding, screenprinting, and papermaking. Students have access to any resource involving digital and traditional printing. RISD has programs for undergraduates, graduates, and students who would like to pursue their graphic design degree in the summer.

2. Art Center College of Design

Location: Pasadena, California

Tuition: $35,052

The Art Center College of Design is a private, 4 year college that has created a strong reputation for themselves for 80 years since they were founded in 1930. They train artists and designers to make a large, positive impact in their chosen fields. ACCD accepts more than half of their applicants (63%). The graphic design program and ACCD tends to go over and beyond the typical graphic design degree teachings. They have a philosophy that if they teach non-traditional design courses such as design history, pop culture, the language of moving image, and design research, they can prepare their students to become leaders in the graphic design industry.

3. Parsons The New School for Design

Location: New York City, New York

Tuition: $64,021

Parsons The New School for Design focuses on training students for a rapidly changing world. They help students collaborate with industry leaders and communities around the world in order to jump-start their career. Parsons is a 4-year private school with an acceptance rate of 69.3%, and they were founded in 1896. Their graphic design program focuses on more traditional graphic design teachings. They incorporate logical, real world challenges into the curriculum in order to prepare the student for their future career.

4. Maryland Institute College of Art

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Tuition: $40,890

Maryland Institute College of Art is a private, 4-year college, and accepts about half of the students who apply (55%). It was founded in 1826. Their philosophy on teaching is that students learn best when they exercise their thinking, doing, and questioning skills simultaneously. MICA influences their graphic design students to view themselves as the visionaries of the future. The graphic design program is all about personal image and growing each graphic design student as an individual.