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Beautiful Gifts To Make or Send

As artistic as you are, there may be times when you come up short on ideas for that special someone. When an occasion arises, and you find inspiration lacking, you can turn to some easy, fun and knock-their-socks off gifts. Take a look at some of the ideas below that you can either whip up in advance and keep on hand or order up online and have delivered for any occasion.

Picture Frames

You may have seen designer shows where crafters use wood to create a beautiful and simple picture frame. You don’t need to go hunting in the woods behind your house either. Take a look at the scraps leftover in your garage. Find a piece of wood that is bigger than the picture you want to include. Stain it any color you choose (natural tones are in style at the moment) and mount clips or small clothespins to hold the picture in place.

Sweet Treat Baskets

Baskets are almost always a hit, especially when you fill them with treats. Creating cookie gift baskets is as simple or ornate as you want to make it, but these type of gifts often get the most praise. Find a basket the appropriate size. You can use store-bought cookies or homemade. There are even companies that will create and deliver the basket for you using the variety of cookies you choose. The possibilities with this gift are endless, and it is 100% versatile.

Date Night Fun

If you are creating a gift for a close friend or family member who needs a break from the norm, craft a date night ready present. You can make it something that is enjoyed at home, like a paint-yourself kit that includes all the supplies required including the inspiration, or it can be an outside date with gift cards. Either way, getting a couple to spend time together can be the best gift you can give.

Finding a way to get creative even when the mood isn’t there is as simple as consulting a list of ideas and thinking ahead.

The Best Essential Art Tools For Graphic Artists

There might be no part of globe or any profession that does not need the service of a graphic designer. The least indirect interaction that any business can expect with a graphic designer is creating an awesome logo for its business. Today, lots of software and tools have been developed to make the complex tasks of graphic designers very easy and fast. Let’s have a look on some of the best art tools for the graphic artists.

Deviant ART

Deviantart is probably one the most popular art tools for graphic artists. It is an online platform for community of artwork, photography and videography. It offers the artworks in several categories such as digital art, photography, traditional art, flash, literature and skins for applications. Supplementary features comprise polls, journals, portfolios and groups.

Pixlr

Pixlr is a famous cloud-based platform for image tools and utilities. It offers numerous photo editors, photo sharing service and a browser extension for screen recording. The app of Pixlr provides the best feature of simple to advanced level photo editing.

PicMarkr Pro

PicMark Pro is the software which helps the graphic artists to Import the photos and pictures from computer or Flickr account, Add image or text watermark to the pictures, provides professional presets for watermarks related to text and gives an opportunity to edit all the characteristics of watermark such as fonts, transparency, backgrounds, color etc.

Wacom Bamboo

Wacom Bamboo is a Pen Tablet which enables to see the virtual canvas of your computer. It allows you to generate digital artwork just with pen touch. The Wacom bamboo tablet can simulates the instinctive feeling of pen on the paper thanks to its textured feature. Wacom pen tablets are easy to set up with user-friendly features. It can work with lots of creative programs. Moreover, it comes in bundled packs of software which are designed for just for the creative such as ArtRage® Studio and Autodesk SketchBook Express.

Christmas gift ideas for college students

Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I have written about this list before but it can still provide some insights on what to give your picky college students. You can add to this list.

    • Camera – This is probably for those who like arts and taking pictures.
    • A good book – There are still a lot of people right now who cannot put down a good book. A college student who is supposedly more serious will appreciate this.
    • USB flash drives in different designs – There are some people who just cannot resist the unique designs of the USB.
    • Accessories for Gadgets – College students are usually busy and would like to keep their gadgets protected with the right accessories.
    • Journal – A lot of people would not admit it but they still write their thoughts on paper.
    • usb piano keyboard – This is perfect for those who love music and music gadgets.

These things will surely be appreciated.