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Talking Van Gogh on World Suicide Prevention Day

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, we decided to talk about one of the most famous western painters in modern history, Vincent Van Gogh. Where do you start with someone as influential as this? How do you express that the turbulence of his artwork was also soothing? Because it was.  A dutch painter, born...

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Chinese Art vs. Western Art

There are many complex factors that go into the ways that an artistic tradition develops, including the philosophies and histories of the artists involved. When examining the differences between traditional Chinese and Western art, we see differences in composition, medium, use of color and tone, perspective, and the list goes on. While much of traditional...

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A Brief History of Marbling and Five Fun Techniques to Try

Marbling is a long-standing and elegant art form, often used to decorate paper for calligraphy, bookbinding, collage, and stationery. With traditional marbling techniques, each paper created is unique, meaning that no two marbled papers are exactly alike. One of the beautiful draws of marbling is how it allows you to maintain control over the design’s...

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Hand-Lettering vs Calligraphy: What’s the Difference?

You may be wondering, if calligraphy simply refers to the art of beautiful writing, then why aren’t all words, when they’re beautifully represented, considered calligraphy? Hand-lettering and calligraphy are both expressions of artistic lettering. However, there is a very distinguishable difference between these different lettering methods. This distinction boils down to differing methods. Calligraphy relies...

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Ten Italian Fashion Designers To Know

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – prime Milan shopping destination! Photo: Visual Hunt How could we conclude a month’s worth of blogs on Italy without talking about fashion? After pasta and espresso, isn’t it what every Italian can’t live without? Italy has produced fine fabrics, laces and other luxury products for centuries, and is still one...

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