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Spray Painting Equipment and Booths

Spray painting is a technique in which a spraying device is used to coat a surface like furniture, walls, automobiles, etc., with paint through air. Read on to know more about spray painting, its equipment, and booths.

Spray painting is a process in which a device (i.e., a paint sprayer) sprays a coating of paint through the air onto the surface which is to be painted.

There are different types of paint sprayers which are used for spray painting. These are also referred to as spray guns and spray applicators.

While using paint spraying equipment, it is essential that the person wears gloves, goggles and preferably a face mask too, to avoid inhaling the resultant fumes.

How do Paint Sprayers Work?

Paint sprayers or spray guns use a process called ‘Atomization’ to spray the paint onto different surfaces. The spray gun directs the paint onto the surface which is to be painted. This paint is formed using a rotary atomizer or an ultrasonic atomizer or by forcing the paint through spray paint nozzles using pressure.

The basic paint spray equipment include a spray painting gun, a pressurized container of paint, a system of compressed air and flexible tubes which connect all of them to each other. The container of paint is pressurized and the paint flows from that container to the spray gun via the tubes. The pressure in the container of the paint is responsible for this movement. Atomized air is supplied to the tip of the spray painting gun. This air breaks up the paint into small particles and pushes it out of the gun to the surface that is being painted.

Types of Spray Paint

There are a variety of spray paint types available in the market. Some of the commonly used types are listed below:

Canned or Aerosol Spray Paint: This is the most common type of spray paint which is easily available in the market. This consists of a metal aerosol that is highly pressurized and contains the paint. The paint gets atomized and is pushed out of a valve that is operated by depressing it with a finger. The most commonly found use of this kind of equipment is seen in the painting of graffiti on walls.

Airbrush Spray Paint: In this kind of a spray gun, the compressed air is combined with the paint which is then directed towards the area or surface being painted.

High Volume Low Pressure Paint Spray Equipment: This is similar to the airbrush equipment, but in this case the pressure on the paint is comparatively low. Thus, the spray gun needs lesser pressure, that results in higher volumes of paint being applied to the surface. The advantage of this is that less amount of paint gets sprayed in the air around the surface being painted.

Low Volume Low Pressure Paint Spray Equipment: This is again a bid to improve on the previous type of paint spray equipment. The spray gun needs less pressure and also delivers less volumes of paint on the surface being painted. Thus, there is a double advantage of less paint volumes used and less paint being sprayed into the surrounding atmosphere.

Tutorial on Learning the Art of Calligraphy

Calligraphy refers to an ancient design of writing. The word is derived from a Greek phrase that means beautiful handwriting and is also known as a kind of visual art. Though it is a very old form, it is still being practiced all over the world. Since it has been developed in many countries, a variety of styles are available today. These include Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Roman, English, and many more.

You need not be an artist or extremely creative to learn the art of fancy lettering. It is quite simple and can be mastered with consistent practice. The basics can learned on your own by following some simple instructions. Before you can start learning, you should select a particular style from the ones mentioned earlier. The Roman pattern is easy and would be ideal to start with. Also, you should know about the tools, lettering, alphabets and fonts used for this penmanship.

Required Tools

The tools consist of special pens, nibs, ink, and unique paper essential for scripting (or lined parchment paper). Pens can be either felt pens, fountain pens, or quill pens. You will also need a ruler and powdered ink. If you are not sure about the type of pen you would want to use, you can purchase a set for beginners.

Before Beginning
Select the necessary tools, and keep them handy.
Seat yourself in a comfortable position, on a firm and wide table, preferably with a tilted desktop.
Choose the style that you would want to learn, and place it on the table on your right side. You can use a book that shows the basic strokes.
Hold the brush or pen at an angle of 35°. Dip it in the ink if you are using a quill pen, and start practicing the basic strokes.
You can start with the lower-case alphabets, and if you find it difficult in getting it right, try practicing by tracing the alphabets.
You will need to practice the letters over and over again to gain mastery.
Tips on Learning
When you seat yourself to practice, make sure that there are no shadows on the paper, as they can interfere with the detailing of the strokes.
Start from practicing basics, and perfect writing the letters before proceeding towards intricate formations, techniques, and designs.
Stick to learning one style at a time, and practice on a daily basis for mastering it.
When you want to lift the pen off the paper, do not do it in a sudden jerk. Hold the pen at the position for a second or two, allow the ink to get saturated at the point, and then lift the pen.
You will need to pay attention to the spacing between the strokes and the width and weight of your strokes. Do not use ink excessively.
Aim at consistent practice and achieving the perfect spacing, perfect strokes, and perfect lettering.

Butterfly Wall Decoration for a Vibrant Room

Nature and garden themes have always been one of the most popular choices for home décor. Whether it is flowers, birds, mountains, grass or birds and bees, make them a part of your interiors, and see how they transform the atmosphere in your house. Speaking of nature themes, these days, wall art décors, which have butterflies on them, have become increasingly popular. Butterflies, with their numerous colors and patterns, add an unmatchable appeal and a splash of color to the home interiors. Whether it is the living room, bedroom or your kid’s room, butterfly wall décor can enliven any space in your house.

Creative Ways to Use Butterfly Wall Decoration

For a Kid’s Room…
If you are planning to have butterfly wall décor for your kid’s room, a good idea is to go in for butterfly wall decals. Wall decals are very easy to use as all you need to do is to peel and then paste them on the wall. There are a number of innovative ways for making butterfly wall decoration for your kid’s room. For instance, you can paste a big butterfly wall decal, which almost covers one whole wall of your kid’s room. On this wall decal, you can paste colorful photographs of your family. On one of the butterfly wings, you can leave room for your kid’s “artwork” and change it every week. If you want to keep things simple, write your kid’s name on top of the butterfly wall decal and some cute quotes concerning childhood or “growing up” beneath it. Or alternately, you can create a “garden scene”, where you have various wall decals, such as a sun, a river, a small house, flowers, etc., and in the midst of these, a bunch of colorful butterflies!

For a Living Room…
It is said that a person’s house reflects the kind of tastes and personality he has. So, if you are a nature-lover and you want to present this facet of yourself through your home interiors, butterfly wall art décor is perfect for you. These days, butterfly wall art made from metal is highly in vogue. You simply have to hang it on the wall, just like any other wall art. Or alternately, if you are someone who wants to add a bit of drama to your living room, go in for metallic butterfly wall art that can be hung from the ceiling. If you search carefully, you will find that there are numerous designs in metallic butterfly wall art décor. Choose the one which matches the décor of your living room.

Tips to Enjoy Finger Painting

Playing with colors is always an activity enjoyed by children. Toddles do not have control over the paint brushes and often end up putting their tiny fingers in the paint bottles. Finger painting for toddlers is a great art activity to introduce your child to the art of painting. It can help in bringing out the creative skills of your child and will also help you spend some quality time together.

Toddlers enjoy getting messy with paint all over them. They love to watch the different designs that develop on the paper. Basically, it is one of the fun-filled, kid-friendly activities enjoyed by kids of all ages. You just need to help them get their creativity on paper.
Getting Started
The task will eventually turn messy, but with a little preparation, it can be a wonderful experience for the toddlers as well as their parents. The following tips will help you and your toddler have a joyous experience with this activity.
Setting Up the Area
In a nice weather, you could plan this activity in the garden area. Your kids are surely going to love painting outside! Another benefit is the easy clean up without having to worry about where the paint goes. Clean the area where you want to take this activity, spread some pieces of newspaper, place a variety of water colors on a palette or washable tray, and your activity area is all set!
Dress Code
Have your child wear old clothing. Put a paint smock or a large plastic bib on your toddler. These are easily available or can even be made at home. Make sure he/she is wearing old clothes so that you do not have to worry if they get dirty!

Encourage their Creativity
Old toothbrushes or empty paper towel holders can make a great addition to your kid’s art experience! You may need to guide their hands to get them started! Supervise them while they paint and make sure they do not put paint in their mouth or eyes. And last but not the least, watch your toddler paint beautiful masterpieces on the paper.
Painting Inspiration
Dollar Sign Finger Painting
Colorful Finger Painting
House Finger Painting
Painted Palms Finger Painting
Red-green Finger Painting
House Palms Finger Painting

Edible Homemade Paint Recipes
Toddlers have a tendency to put things in their mouth and they might end up eating the finger paint. What you could do to prevent this, is use edible finger paints. Here are some recipes for edible paints for the next time you’re conducting the activity.

Pudding Paint
In a muffin tray, pour the pudding-mix half way up.
In a bowl, mix up the pudding as per the instructions provided.
Add different food color in each cavity of the muffin tray and mix well before beginning.
Corn Syrup Paint
Add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl.
In small bowls, pour couple of spoonful of corn syrup.
Mix the colors properly and start the activity.