Wall art can be a simple way of transforming a room, creating a mood, and turning the ordinary into something extraordinary. Whether you use original artwork, prints, commissioned art, or anything in between – you can create a home that you’re not only proud of, but one that is as unique as you. The world of art can be daunting, and it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to decorating your home. In this article, we look at some of the things you might want to consider, as well as providing you with some great wall art ideas to get you started.
It’s often said that a kitchen is the beating heart of a home, and a dining room is an extension of this. So, when it comes to buying a dining table rug, you’ll want to give it the consideration it deserves. Invest well, and your dining room table rug will bring you many years of enjoyment to come. Needless to say, a dining room is more than somewhere to simply eat. It’s a gathering place, a room for entertaining, a space for friends and family to come together and enjoy good company. Every aspect of the room tells a story, which is why it’s important to get the décor right. A dining room table is often thought of as the centrepiece of the room. But really, it’s the dining room rug, that brings it all together. So, consider it an investment piece. But before you go spending your hard-earned money on soft furnishings, here’s eleven inside tips to help you make the best choice.
Once you’ve found a work of art that you love, that inspires you and that is going bring new life into your interior space, you’ll want to do it justice by finding the perfect frame. Of course it’s possible to purchase a standard size frame from your local housewares store to simplify the process and cut down on cost. However, it’s important to remember that an original work of art doesn’t always come in a standard size and that having a work of art framed properly can ensure that not only will it be an elegant edition to your home or office, but it will also be protected from potential damage for many years to come. This guide was designed to help you consider all of the options and decide what is best for you and your artwork.
Due to the popularity of our product reviews of common artistic media and tools, like this article about the best brands of acrylic paint or this one about how to choose a brand of oil paint, and in response to several requests from readers in the WonderStreet community, we have decided to expand the scope of our blog with a new section around Home Appliances. This section of our blog will feature product reviews related to the most popular home appliances on the market, with the aim of finding a wide range of objects that make your house a home.
Our calligraphy pens article compares the best brands of pens and nibs that are available on the market for calligraphers of all skill levels. Based on the feedback of artists from the WonderStreet community and our analysis of thousands of online reviews, we present the pros and cons and a brief description for each product. Our findings are summarized in a “Final Thoughts” section at the end of the article.
Mechanical pencils can be used for a variety of purposes, including writing, sketching and drafting. In this article, we’ve compared the best brands of mechanical pencils in two different categories – professional and student grade – to help you decide which one fits your needs.
Whether you’re just starting out with drawing, or you’re an accomplished artist, a drawing board is a practical investment. The purpose of this article is to present the most popular brands of drawing boards and to compare their relative advantages and disadvantages.
We’ve written a lot about the various media and tools that are available to today’s artist. Now we’re taking a closer look at the products that are used to clean up after a painting or drawing session. In this article, we closely examine several brands of brush washers and cleaning systems, solvents and brush conditioners. Using feedback from artists in the WonderStreet community and reviews from consumer websites, we’ve compiled a list of the best cleaning supplies on the market.
In this article, we explore the world of pencils and all of the different variations on this popular artistic medium. This guide has been written as an introduction for beginners and as a reference for more experienced artists who may be searching for a new product or looking to compare their current favourite to other pencils on the market.
In this article, we define and explore the 9 main styles of easels that are commonly used by contemporary artists. Easels are wood or metal structures used to support and hold work of arts while they’re in progress, or to display them once they are complete. They have been used by artists for centuries. We see images of easels in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Roman author and philosopher, Pliny the Elder, mentions an easel being used to prop up a work of art in his book, Natural History, which was published in 77 AD.
Shopping for art supplies can be overwhelming, especially with regards to paintbrushes. There are literally hundreds of options when you consider the various styles and brands available on the market. This guide was written to help you make better-informed decisions when shopping for paintbrushes and to provide some recommendations from artists around the world.
Someone once said that painting with watercolours is a lot like playing golf… every stroke counts. Unlike acrylics and oils, the artist who paints with watercolours has less margin for error and lacks the possibility to go back and correct mistakes. For this reason, it’s particularly important to choose the right brand of paint. In this article, we compare the brands most frequently used by the watercolour artists of the WonderStreet community, using their feedback and consumer reviews from a number of online retailers.
In this article we present feedback on 29 well-known brands, which we have gathered from a variety of consumer review sites and thousands of artists who display their oil paintings on WonderStreet’s platform. To our knowledge, this is the most comprehensive comparison of oil colours that you will find online.
Today, we take a closer look at the top 19 brands of acrylic paint that are most frequently used by artists around the world.
We have some good news for all London-based artists. A new art supply shop in the Shoreditch area in a beautiful space of about 800 square metres at 41-49 Kingsland Road, is now open for business. GreatArt has been in operation online for the last 15 years and has finally opened its first flagship brick and mortar location.
Here at Wonderstreet we were delighted to be able to speak recently with world famous illustrator, Lynne Chapman. Lynne is perhaps best known for her distinctive illustrations in children’s books such as ‘Bears on the Strairs, ‘Class Two at the Zoo’ and ‘Giddy Goat’. Her style is bright and bold, yet has delicate textures, achieved through her use of chalk and pastel paper. Perhaps less well known is Lynne’s work as an urban sketcher – someone who draws people and scenes in everyday settings, in-situ, often without them knowing! These sketches capture natural expressions and commonplace situations that we can all identify with and recognise. We talked to Lynne about these main facets of her career, but also learnt that she has many, many other strings to her bow!
In this article, we have analyzed and summarized thousands of reviews for the best sewing machines that are currently available on the market, ranging from beginner to advanced models. To further assist those who are new to sewing, we’ve also included some basic information about sewing machines.
At Wonderstreet we love to find out more about our artists. This week, artist Jill Griffin from Devon has taken time out of here busy schedule to answer some of our questions.
We've already revealed some of the best ways to get your pictures to the top of the Wonderstreet homepage. Here we reveal another great tip that will help ensure that your pictures get noticed by the people you want to see them.
From January 20 to January 23, the rooms of the Meliá White House hotel in the charming Regent’s Park area of London will be transformed into an exhibition space featuring the work of 70 different artists from all around the world. The show is called ARTROOMS and has been offering artists and collectors the chance to interact face-to-face in a somewhat unconventional space since its foundation in 2015. Each artist will have the opportunity to transform one room into a showcase of their individual work. We spoke with Cristina Cellini Antonini, founder and art-director of ARTROOMS, to ask her a few questions about this exhibition.
Being associated with top-rate cricket and popular TV programmes clearly isn’t enough for Phil Tufnell: he is now also turning his attention towards keeping children safe by backing a brand new safety campaign.The Tufcat campaign follows in the footsteps of those 1970s, 1980s and 1990s promotions aimed at teaching children how to stay safe in a number of different circumstances. Famous previous campaigns included the Tufty Club (for road and rail safety), the Green Cross Code (famously backed by stars such as Alvin Stardust, Jon Pertwee and footballing legend Kevin Keegan) and Charley the talking cat (to protect against stranger danger).
Think you’ve seen the world? Think again. Here we present 11 mind-blowing places that will make your jaw drop.
We recently spoke to Tom Henderson Smith, an artist based in Cornwall specialising in landscape and seascape paintings. We learned more about his experiences in Africa where he spent part of his early life, his years in Italy after graduation and much more.
As one of the UK's largest online art and design platforms, Wonderstreet has thousands of UK-based artists and designers posting their photos every day. There are now over 20,000 pictures on WonderStreet, with around 1,000 more being contributed each week. All of that is great news for visitors to the site looking for inspirational and beautiful artwork, but how do you get your pictures onto the top of the homepage? In this article we'll give you some hints. If you follow these tips you should soon see your pictures reach the top of our homepage regularly - and all for free!
We recently spoke to Anne Bate Williams, an artist from Cheltenham who has a passion for mixed media/collage. She studied art and education at LSU in Southampton from 1969-1972. After completion of her studies she worked as a primary school teacher coordinating art at schools in Birmingham, and Swindon, and was also art coordinator in Cheltenham. Today we talk to her about many of her experiences as an artist and as a teacher.