Decorate Your Walls

Walls are essentially blank canvases. They are smooth clean surfaces waiting to be painted on or decorated. Your options really are endless when it comes to decorating your walls. They can be used to make a space seem bigger or smaller, they can make a room darker or throw more light – it just depends on what you want to do with it. In fact with so many options available for wall décor today, it could actually be overwhelming to make a decision which is why we are here to help!

Make a statement

The best way to utilize wall space is to create a statement wall. This makes the decorating process a lot simpler. What this means is that you pick a wall – any one wall in a room or a key wall in a house and you make that wall stand out from all the rest. In individual rooms like bedrooms, the easiest way to do this is to paint that one wall a different colour to the rest. A fun alternative to painting one wall is to wall paper just one wall. The great thing about creating a statement wall is that the colour or print will not overwhelm you or the room later in terms of the attention it draws, allowing you to experiment and take some risks like pick an oversized floral wall paper for one wall.

Paint a mural

Painting a mural on a wall is also a great way to make a statement wall and decorate your walls. If you’ve seen professionally painted murals then you may be a little intimidated but have no fear, you could do it yourself if you are on a budget. All you need to do is google pictures that are colour by number for adults.

Pick an image you like and have it printed to scale or print the image in reverse so that you can project it onto a wall. Then simply buy your paint colours and get started. Follow the guide on the colour by number for adults image – each colour has a number and you paint all areas with that number a particular colour. It’s actually very easy!

Gallery walls

Yet another fun option for wall décor is to create a gallery wall. Now this can be done against a simple white or other light painted wall or to add extra oomph you could have a gallery wall on a patterned or brightly painted wall. Pick your favourite photographs, art prints and drawing and have them framed. Having a variety of sizes is good as long as the frames are in the same colour palate. Then hang your images so they hit at eye level and you are done!

Symbols Used In The Australian Indigenous Artwork

Written and spoken language at the beginning of every culture was not fine and advanced, as we study at our schools, colleges and universities. A good example of this are the various symbols inscribed in Egyptian pyramids. Every culture has a rich ancient background that has evolved into the present modern era. Therefore, in the past, our ancestors used different symbols or images to convey a message, record stories and so on. You might have seen archaeological evidence such as pictures, documentaries on ancient drawings. Similarly, the ancient Australian Aboriginal culture used such styles of drawings with different symbols. These were important in teaching generations, as there was no written language for them. Therefore, it’s important to understand the differences in these symbols, which is evident in various paintings. Just like there were different styles in various regions in these types of artworks, the symbols and icons varied greatly. The use of these symbols can be dated back to the prehistoric era, which continues to be used in the present artwork as well. Even after many generations, this community understands and uses these icons in the paintings, teachings, etc. Moreover, this is a significant factor of this type of art. With that said, here are some of the symbols that you would notice in the drawings of famous traditional and contemporary artists:     Circles Just as there are different styles of these drawing such as Gloria Petyarre paintings for sale, which used bush leaf, circles were also prominent is works of other artists. What did circles represent? Mainly it meant that there was a group gathering, while a concentric circles meant they gathered for a meeting, around a fireplace and so on. This icon was combined with other symbols to paint a story.     Letter shapes Even today, there are symbols that represent certain words, things, etc. such as the symbol that represents females and males. Even in these arts used letters that are similar to some letters in the English alphabet. For instance for a man the ‘U’ shape was used and ‘V’, which was three pointed for an Emu and so on.     Fine lines and ochre colours Other than dots, bush medicine leaves seen in Gloria Petyarre paintings for sale, even lines were used. That is, in order to represent various ceremonies that were unique to different clans or communities, they used iconography and symbols with fine lines and ochre colours. Each of the symbols and colours represented something such as animal designs, fire, etc. These symbols hold rich information about sacred, traditions of these communities. Each of the iconography depicts various meanings, some of which are mentioned above. It represents people, animals, cultures, seasons and many more. Therefore, when you visit an exhibition the next time, indulge in the moment of understanding a great story that has been painted.