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Maasai Beading: Color & Symbolism [ infographic ]

Maasai Beading: Color & Symbolism [ infographic ]


The Maasai are one of the most well known Indigenous people of Africa. Their colorful attire and unique customs highlight their vibrant culture located in Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

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Have you ever wondered as to the symbolism and social meanings behind their vibrantly beadwork?

"The beaded jewelry made by the Maasai women is a tradition from the Maasai tribe, located in Southern Kenya. The Maasai have been creating beaded jewelry for a very long time. It all started long before the first European contact had occurred. At the time, the tribe used natural resources to create their jewelry. Clay, wood, bone, copper and brass are just few of the materials that were used. When trade with Europeans started in the late 19th century, glass beads were suddenly available, and it is with those that the Maasai decided to continue their tradition of beaded jewels....The colors of the jewels are not only chosen because of the beautiful ensembles they make, but also for their symbolic values. Each color has a meaning that is often related to cattle. Cattle are the main food source of the Maasai and they sustain a deep connection with them. " - Discovered.us

I am really impressed that the Maasai Culture still exits in our world today. With their unwavering culturally-rich history, American culture pales in comparison with our ever-changing fashion trends and cultural whims. They definitely have a deeply rooted culture one can't help but be impressed by.

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The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye

The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye


Tie-Dye, a modern textile craft, is something that has been around for ages and will be around for many more moons to come. Always intriguing, always a new spin off the same basic concept, done in a rainbow of hues to monochromatic intrigues. And while we're on the topic, check out the Rainbow Contest over at Instrucables right now (awesome art prizes). All types of submissions are acceptable, so have some fun with it!

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Tie-Dye became popular in the United States of our more modern world in the late 1960's and heavily saturated the 1970's which sort of branded it to the times and people of "Free Love", tripping on Acid and LSD.

"Although shibori and batik techniques were used occasionally in Western fashion before the 1960s, modern psychedelic tie-dying did not become a fad until the late 1960s following the example set by rock stars such as Janis Joplin and John Sebastian (who did his own dyeing)." ~ Wikipedia

Tie-Dye mostly went in to hiding with the outrageously new Neon trends during the 80's and 90's. Then, along with every popular known trend of each era, it was brought back and re-hashed in our Pop Culture of today's fashion sphere.

If you don't know what modern, American Tie-dye is, you might be living under a rock, but here is a great resource on the technique and style if you've never looked it up.

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Sourced from Tie-Dye on Wikipedia

So how did it literally become an American craft to be readily found in stores everywhere - I love this part. Basically, Tie-Dye came about when a company was trying to save it's brand. RIT® dye, at the time was losing momentum with their prime market clientele, older generation females doing home-dying.

"At the time, RIT® dye was starting to lose it's market; primarily older women that dyed home goods." - Dharma Article, Did you Know...? 

Without getting in to too much detail on the actual specifics because I think that [ one of my favorite online dye resources ] the Dharma Trading Company impressively covered the textbook attributes of this really well in their article, Did You Know: Is Tie-Dye An American Art Form? 

"Artists, opinion leaders, and influencers took to tie-dying almost as if it were a new psychedelic substance. Janis Joplin began wearing tie dye (it was even rumored she wore tie-dye panties) but it was still confined to a small circle of users. The next stop was the fashion industry but they weren't convinced it was anything more then a local fad. About this time, folks heard about a musical gathering that was to take place in rural Woodstock, New York, and it was going to be a big event (understatement of the decade!). Two of the well-known artists in the Village wanted to tie-dye several hundred T-shirts and give them away at the concert. RIT financed the project. Thousands of people showed up at Woodstock from across the country and the tie-dye T-shirts were eye-catching. The idea caught on…big. Joe Cocker, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin all wore tie-dye. Tie-dye became a symbol of antiestablishmentarianism, as no one else could have the same shirt as you even if they used the same colors. It was a statement of being an individual." - Read More... How the Fashion Industry finally took it seriously...

I could quite literally quote this entire article it's so interesting and well written. I'll leave the quotes to that, but how amazing to see how a pretty modern fad became a huge trend over trying to save a brand name product.

In summary, basically the traditional methods, techniques and practices of the tie-dye movement from the 1960's and 70's we know of here in the USA were brought over from African traditional art to save a brand name. Amazing!

Video Tutorial: Create Your Own Tie-Dye in Seamless Lite (to Janis Joplin)

Feel free to use this exact technique to practice and get the hang of it! :) 

Templates You Can Tie-Dye Yourself - Show me what you've got!

Do you have a favorite template that works for tie-dye? Please share!

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Cosplay Disney Princess Ultimate Costume Guide [ Infographic ]

Cosplay Disney Princess Ultimate Costume Guide [ Infographic ]


What are the three most memorable physical characteristics of a Disney Princess? Aside from their tiny waistlines, I don't think it's a stretch to say: big eyes, big hair and big dresses. Pop culture has wildly re-defined so many traditional visuals these days. The styles of Cosplay + Steampunk + Disney Princess = Pure Awesomeness.

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Most cosplayer's value the DIY aspect of creating the costume. How well they can pull off the challenging aspects a costume may behold. The first thing you need to decide when planning out one of these Disney Princess costumes is to go traditional or add a steampunk flair. Both are pretty fun, but each will require certain points to consider. A traditional princess costume will by far be your quickest route. A steampunk princess version will give you more flexibility to add your own abstract vision to the entire look and feel of your end product, essentially garnering more "oooh's and aaaahhhs," but be careful about getting too creative and getting the,"So who are you supposed to be?"

Check out some amazing PIXLR Comic Con Galleries here!

To avoid confusing people of your characters identity at a convention, make sure you stick to the basic signature traits of your character. Here are four idea's to get your started and a ton of great tutorials and DIY guides linked below.

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As promised, all the physical sourced tutorials are linked here! Some simply have more detailed content, some have video. Enjoy!

Hand-Selected Source List for Costume Tutorials:

Tiara's & Crowns: 

Elsa: Disney Photo | Steampunk Photo | Disney Dress | Steampunk Outfit | Tiara DIY (instructables) | Overall Great Costume & Tiara DIY | Another Great DIY Tiara | If you just want to buy one, Etsy has many! My favorite Etsy Crown |  Elsa Heels DIY | Hair Tutorial

Anna: Disney Photo | Steampunk PhotoDisney Dress | Disney Dress Sewing Patterns | Embroidery Guides | More Embroidery Guides | Anna Books DIY | Hair Tutorial 

Cinderella: Disney Photo | Steampunk PhotoDisney Dress | Steampunk Outfit | Hair Style Guide |  Modern Heel

Ariel: Disney Photo | Steampunk Photo | Disney Dress | Tail Options: skirt-tail scales skirt-tail DIY skirt-tail (Instrucables) | Hair Tutorial |

Hair Dye & Wigs: Wig Making & Dying | Cosplay Wigs 101 | Wig Supply (white wigs to Dye)  | How to Dye Synthetic Wigs | Remove Wig Shine for a nice matte finish tutorial 

Body: boobs hack - make your boobs look bigger (video) | Make realistic boobs for revealing cosplay costumes DIYCorset DIY

Shopping Links for buying or detailed inspiration: Disney Dresses & Outfits (one stop shop & full of style inspiration | Steampunk Princess Outfits & Inspiration (one stop shop or ideas)

If you're looking to go non-traditional Disney Princess and rock it up a little, check out these re-invented Disney Warrior Princesses or another take is Pin-up Disney Princess Villains. More pop culture Disney Princess Villains! And then again, how about a Moulin Rouge Disney Princess Cosplay?

Do you cosplay? What are your favorite characters?

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Friday Fashion Passion: Fun & Funky Panties & Undies

Friday Fashion Passion: Fun & Funky Panties & Undies


The great thing about your undies is that they are normally something kept all to yourself. Perhaps you have a fantastic personality yet your job requires you to wear a boring uniform with absolutely no way to fun it up, or is there? Well here's your chance!

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Holy moly, the panties and underwear coming out of creative heads these days are fun, funky and hilarious... and admitedly, sometimes a little gross. I don't recommend googling "men's funny undies" ...needless to say it gets a little, ahem, interesting.

Personally, I think Etsy Seller, FlashYouAndMe really hit the spot for selling fun and funky undies to both women and men with their line of Couples Underwear! For real! Not to mention their imagery really rocks with super character rich illustrations mixed with attractive models full of expression! Take note if you run a fashion accessories etsy shop.

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raindrops | green stars | stripes (aka chocolate bar) | gray (truly yours) | "pertrol green" with turquoise dots | "stars Nr6" (lavender + black stars)

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A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk

A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk


The Steampunk Trend has been building such momentum for some time now. This vintage-modern abstract style garners the marriage between beautiful and sleek with a  mechanical-industrial flare, bordering at times on "trashy" if done wrong. It's a style of opposites meshing to make a fantastical smash to fashion.

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I am so drawn to this ultra creative Steampunk trend, yet I'm not sure what to do with it in my every day life. I want it, but how? As a photographer and creative in general, I find myself meandering (ahem, wasting time) perusing all the steampunk crazed Pinterest boards dreaming up excuses to bring some Steampunk in to my life.

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wedding dresses & jewels | red corset | necklace | globescale braheaddress | watch

What I love about this fun trend is that you can incorporate it in to anything! Visually it's super appealing, so applying it to some of your home decor is easy and simple and is almost an edgy version of "rustic" trends. Jewelry is easy to incorporate in to your every day style. And if you're really looking to make an impression host a Gatsby themed party. I am loving the beautiful dresses adorned in metals for weddings completely decked out in steampunk.

Steampunk takes on a modern twist to historic trends, like the medieval age collided with an industrial era.  Do you love this trend? Is it too gimmicky for you?

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Vintage Art by Summit Avenue

Vintage Art by Summit Avenue


Joell Norberg of Summit Avenue is an artist, vintage junk collector & designer of templates & graphics for creative people. You can find her eclectic mix of work on Creative Market, where you'll find gorgeous designs, such as vintage flowers, ribbons, beautiful backgrounds and more. Be sure to check out the vintage holiday digital papers. They are fabulous!

Laurels and Wreaths

This pretty set of laurel branches, wreaths & divider designs are perfect for using in scrapbooking, invitations, websites/blogs, logo design and lots of other creative applications.

Vintage Lace Borders

Here you'll find some pretty lace borders to decorate your favorite projects. These are perfect for blog dividers & decorations, page layouts, crafts, albums and photo frames!

Think Spring Digital Art

This fresh set of organic, hand drawn designs & word art will have you feeling happy spring time thoughts in no time!

Vintage Doodle Frames

A delightful set of hand drawn frames are perfect for any picture.

Divine Vintage Paper Frames

Chalkboard Facebook Tabs and Web Icons

Make your Timeline stand out and look more professional with custom App Buttons! These are also great to use as social icons on your blog or website.

Vintage Typewriter Key Social Icons

Add some stylish Social Media to your blog or website with these vintage Typewriter Key design icon buttons.

Vintage Holiday Digital Papers

This pretty set of vintage holiday patterned papers are wonderful for all your holiday photo & craft projects!

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I hope you have found these design as inspirational as I have. Let us know what you think.

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Meet Prixel Creative

Meet Prixel Creative


Prixel Creative is comprised of a husband and wife team (Kendra and Justin Skinner) located in Springfield, MO. Together they share a passion for great design and premium photography. They have a collection of great Lightroom presets to enhance your photos and beautiful hand drawn graphics to add to any design project. All can be found at Creative Market.

Lightroom Presets

These beautiful Lightroom presets help you to add some unique color and highlights to your photographs.

Rose Garden

This set of Lightroom presets help add a touch of nature and natural color to any number of photos.

Subtly Sweet Lightleaks

This set of presets offers your photos a sweet finish and a subtle touch of color.

Vintage Lightroom Presets

Take your photos back a few years and move your skills forward with this set of vintage Lightroom presets.

Doilies

This set of doily graphics allows you to mix and match to make lovely shapes and custom combinations.

Hand Drawn Paisley Pieces

These gorgeous hand drawn paisleys are great for organic patterns and backgrounds. You can find them both in PSD and Vector formate on Creative Market.

Hand Drawn Arrows

Below you can see a beautiful set of hand drawn and very unique arrows in vector format. The set comes with 30 different styles.

Gears

An assortment of machine and clock gear shapes in vector format, which include 35 total gear shapes.

Speech Bubbles

Hand drawn speech bubbles for are great for multiple uses.

Borders and Frames

So much thought and love went into these beautifully hand drawn borders and frames.

Ornate Lines

Ornate lines are ideal for bordering or highlighting hand written text.

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What do you think of these beautiful creations? You can check them all out (and see more) at Creative Market.

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Creative Fonts from Yellow Design Studio

Creative Fonts from Yellow Design Studio


Are you looking for a fun and creative font that isn't expensive? Then, check out the amazing font families from Yellow Design Studio. You're sure to be impressed by the quality and type of these font families.

Thirsty Script Rough from Yellow Design Studio

Thirsty Script by Yellow Design Studio

Veneer by Yellow Design Studio

Melany Lane by Yellow Design Studio

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10 of the Most Creative and Colorful Website Designs

10 of the Most Creative and Colorful Website Designs


I've searched the web for some of the most creative and unique web design designs to inspire you to create an awesome blog or website of your own. Check out my favorite picks from around the web:

Bagigia: This is probably one of the most creative websites out there. Not only does the site feature parallax design, it's page navigation is completely unique and interactive. You can navigate the page by scrolling with your cursor, using the circle navigation panel on the bottom right hand side, or dragging the mock "zipper" along the bottom of the page. As you transition from page to page you get to experience the unique features of the Bagigia products, it's truly a unique and interactive experience.

IndoFolio: What I love about this page is it's unique parallax design that involves horizontal scrolling. As you transition between pages you find that the background picture transforms and moves with you making page navigation fun and exciting.

Thibaud: This awesome portfolio design is one of my favorites because it allows users to select their preferred method of site navigation. You can alter and change the way that you navigate the portfolio by selecting various styles at the bottom of the screen.

Dulla: I love the animation and hand drawn illustrations featured on this site. The landing page is so creative, it draws users in and makes them want to learn what the site is all about.

Organic Grid:This landing page is so colorful and fun. I love using the navigation elements to experience new and different artists.

The Kennedys: I just think this landing page looks SUPER cool. I love all of the flashing colors and amazing illustrations. I feel like I could just stare at this page for hours upon hours.

VlogIt: I absolutely love the navigation on this site, it's so much fun to watch the images change on the site and navigate through this interesting circular panel.

Ray's Lab: I love how colorful the artwork is on this landing page. Simply because of its colorful layout and design, I'm intrigued to learn more about the site.

Tori's EyeI love the animated background on this site, and how the site continues to change and adapt to your actions and movements.

Tamron Island:This site looks so cool, it makes me want to visit this amazing land and never leave. It simply looks SO cool and navigation around the site is creative.

I hope you've enjoyed some of my favorite picks of the most creative website designs from around the web. If you're looking to start your own site or re-vamp a site you already have, check out these awesome themes and templates from Creative Market to get you started.

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Colorful Photoshop Text Effects and Tutorials

Colorful Photoshop Text Effects and Tutorials


I absolutely love stunning text effects that are easy to create. There is so much that you can do with Photoshop, that I could never come up with on my own, so I thought I would share some of my favorite text effects and tutorials on how to make them.

 

Grunge, Glowing Text

In order to create this awesome text effect, check out these products from Creative Market:

 

Concrete Style Text Effect

I love this fun and funky grunge text effect. If you're looking to create this, check out these products from Creative Market:

Copper Text Effect

If you want to create this awesome text effect, check out Creative Market's resources:

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