Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Asian art are popular gift items

Whether one is an art collector, or connoisseur for that matter or not, yet almost everyone takes interest in the varied forms of art at some point of time or the other. This maybe in order to do up their interiors or gift some one something exquisite... For whatever reason, in one or the other there is a strong pull towards varied forms of art.

However, one of the most intriguing types of art work is that from the orient. The Asian art has also been known as spiritual art, as there is a lot of depth and emotions in their work. So whether it is the original Asian art or the Asian American art there is a large demand.
Asian art for sale can be found at various local art galleries or then the museums. Artists into this form of art also put up annual exhibitions to sell their work. They generally advertise in the local newspapers about their sales.

There are also art collectors who host sales of Asian art, from time-to-time. This maybe in the form of an auction, or then simple straightforward sales where a fixed price tag is attached to every piece of art. 

Those who study Feng Shui regularly source out Asian art for sale, as the various painting form a part of this science of healing living spaces. There is no dearth of sources of these pieces of art that are also printed on various types of clothing and artifacts. It is all a matter of preference.

Asian art is a pathway to understand the arts of China, India, Japan, Korea and other south eastern countries of Asia. Since Asia is a home to some rich oldest civilizations, Asian art is one of the most exhilarating in the country. Asian arts give an insight into the vibrant history, traditions and cultures of many countries in it. Since there is so much geographical as well as cultural diversity, Asian art collection is quite vibrant and encompasses a variety of religions that one can see in the form of art. The individual qualities of an art piece also show how techniques and styles are transplanted or duplicated from place to place. Traveling craftsmen and collectors shared their art forms from region to region and thus cross cultural influences can be seen in the art collection of Asia.

Asian art witnesses some common themes for its paintings. Some of these were Buddhism, celebration of seasons, representation of auspicious beasts, tea practices, religious idols etc. The Asian Art Museum holds one of the widest ranges of collections of Asian art in the world. Through its collection the museum to provide an introduction to all the major traditions of Asian art and culture. In the art world the collection contains rare and exceptional objects which are often collector’s item. 

The collection at the museum includes more than sixteen thousand objects ranging from Asian art fabric to tiny jades to monumental sculptures, textiles, paintings, lacquers, furniture, arms and armor, puppets, and basketry, porcelains and ceramics, Asian art fabrics etc. Many of the objects in the museum’s collection were donated. Some of the museum’s most celebrated object is gilt bronze Buddha dated 338 which is the oldest known dated Chinese Buddha in the world. It is also often given as a textbook example of Chinese Buddhist art.

Asian art work is as distinct as the cultures of Asia and the art collection reveals many forms of similarity and iconography by sharing of religion. Common themes and techniques such as blue and white ceramic or ink painting is can seen keenly observed. The Chinese calligraphy, the Buddhist sculptures, the Japanese wood block prints, paintings from Nepal and Tibet all reveal the rich and varied culture of Asia. 

For avid collectors, Asian art appraisals can be done through a lot of art specialists who have starter offering their services online. Art appraisers with nationally recognized certificates should be considered while contacting. Many of the appraisers also specialize in niche art like the Chinese art or the Indian art etc. Many question as to where did Asian art originate from? Many art forms date back to almost thousands of years and it evolved from country to country. For example Japan’s unique art form dates back to almost three hundred years and is known as the ‘Netsuke’. Similarly Indian and Chinese arts too evolved with time.

origami boxes

Origami is an age old art evolved in Japan. Learning the art of preparing origami boxes will definitely give you a sense of conceit and triumph.

Any local hobby or art store carries the desired colors of origami paper that are required to create your own origami boxes. You can even use regular newspaper but it is always advised to use origami paper because that is easy to fold and cut into right shape.
When making an origami box, you need the desired color origami paper, a pair of scissor and ruler. Here we have described step wise instructions for creating origami boxes.
1. Cut a square piece of paper.

2. Fold the square piece diagonally into a triangle.

3. Unfold the paper and make sure that the crease is visible.

4. Fold the first corner to the center creased line and unfold it.

5. Repeat the same with the other corner.

6. Hold the tip of one corner and fold it to the creased line caused by folding the corners.

7. Unfold the flap and repeat with the other flap.

8. Fold the edge of two corners to the first creased line and unfold.

9. Make sure that you can see 7 creased line on an open square piece of origami paper.

10. Repeat all the steps of folding and unfolding the corners, edges and flaps to form a checkerboard on the piece of paper.

11. From the two ends of the paper, cut the sides of opposite sides by two folds.

12. Turn the direction of paper and fold the uncut sides inwards till it reaches the cut ends of the paper.

13. Repeat the same from both ends.

14. Fold the side of the walls inwards on the turned pieces and hold it securely.

15. Repeat the same from all edges to make four walls of the box.

16. Hold the cut flaps and fold it inwards over the side walls. Make sure that these flaps fall within the box.

17. If you want to have a lid, repeat all the steps starting from a square piece of paper with the paper slightly bigger than the base box.

18. This will help the lid to comfortably fit the box.

Here your origami box is completely ready to store and gift.


Potpourri is simply defined as a blend of aromatic and dried plant material. This has become one of the most popular dried arrangements these days. The trend of spreading natural scents in houses and offices using potpourri started in France. During the early times, people there used to display rotten pods or jars with fragrant mixture of dried spices and herbs. Even the word ‘potpourri’ comes from a French word that means rotten pod.

 Eventually, the trend passed on from city to city, country to country and now has spread across the globe. Today, in many houses you will find various different types of potpourri containing various dried herbs and spices. These are commonly used as air freshener, mothballs and as simple arrangements. Some even decorate these aromatic herbs in ashtrays and soft toys fillings.

 Potpourri can add extra charm, elegance and fragrance in any interior. Various different scents and oils are used for spraying on the mixture of dried plant materials. The most familiar scent is the flower scent that is simply sprayed on the mixture whereas essential oils like those extracted from rose, lavender or violet has to be mixed well in the potpourri arrangement. The best flower scents that are used for potpourri arrangement are rose, carnations, violet and lavender. Spices and citrus scents like thyme, nutmeg, lemon, cinnamon and rosemary can also be used.

 Fixatives are mainly used for making elegant and charming potpourri because these help in absorbing moisture and retain the aroma and color of the natural flowers. Common fixatives used are oak moss, fiber fix, cellulose and benzoin. After that you need fillers if you need to add bulk to the arrangement especially in case of pillows.

 Originally, potpourri was preserved in closed ceramic jars. These jars were kept opened when people used the place and were closed when they move out. But now, potpourris are beautifully displayed in glass containers, decorative baskets and silver dishes. There are endless ways to arrange dried flower to prepare the most attractive potpourri. The only thing you need is wild imagination and creativity.
The dried flowers and dried arrangements needs to be taken special care of or else the beauty and appeal of the flowers will fade off. These dried flowers are very delicate and can be preserved using several methods or techniques.

 The very first thing that needs to be kept away from dried flowers is moisture. Exposure to excess moisture can result in rotten flowers and can even develop molds. Therefore, they should always be stored or preserved in low humid and low moisture location. Most of the florist keep the dried flowers sealed using an aerosol sealer. This helps to retain the original color of the flowers. Dried flowers can also be wrapped in newspaper in order to absorb moisture. The wrapped flowers should be then placed in a box with plenty of room for air circulation. A good space in the box will also avoid crushing and falling of dried petals.

 Other important consideration while preserving dried flowers is given to light. Direct exposure to sunlight can easily fade the vibrant colors of natural flowers. In order to retain the originality, it is necessary to preserve these dried flowers in closed cardboard box. A clear plastic container is not feasible because light can easily pass through it.

 After protecting your dried flowers from moisture, humidity and light, keep them dust free using a blow dryer on a heatless setting or canned air. If molds or bugs are found on any piece of the dried arrangement, it is advisable to remove the piece immediately in order to avoid spreading of the problem. If in case any time, the petals or flowers become wet, place them under good amount of air circulation to re dry.

 Preserving dried flowers can help in extending the life and retaining the original beauty of dried arrangements like bouquet, wreaths, sachets and centerpieces. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mobile accessories for Promotional gifting

Tech gifts are always popular, particularly with geeks and IT industry in India.

Here are gifts which can be chosen depending on client budget :

 Power banks are latest craze in gifting in India.

It is interesting to note the conveniences of accessories that make communication very easy on a mobile. They are handy, space efficient and very easy to operate. Shopping for mobile cases, memory cards, data cables as well as stereo systems meant for a mobile is easy facilitated via online channels.

Memory cards
Storage is now so easy for the data captured on the mobile. Be it a handy way to store your contacts or load some pictures, the  memory card is light weight and come in a easy case which makes your travelling also easy. Warranty is also available on the cards and you can choose from varying GB capacities. Recommended site for purchase of custom or promotional memory card wholesale  ( Bulk ).

Mobile covers 
Covers for mobile give protection and also keep it grime free. The best colors are seen for the use of ladies and also the most durable variety is seen in flip cases and sturdy covers for all types of mobiles. Metallic and acrylic finish covers are also a specialty with the best glamorous designs and luxury geometric patterns on the cover.

Mobile Screen guards
 A luxurious feel with the best visibility is possible with mobile screen guards. It is great to find the texture even and bubble free as now guards are available for mobiles pertaining to any size or design. The quality is good and long lasting giving proper care and aiding precaution to the mobiles.

Mobile Headphones 
The best comfort and convenience is now available with the headphones that are available in varying sizes. The quality is superb and it does give good audio facility and makes it possible to listen to music as you commute for long hours. Easy to use and plug the durability is high here.

Mobile Chargers 
Highly flexible and available in a smart pouch, the variation in chargers along with the stand are available in select quality shops online. It is great to note that the sockets are simple and give due care to your mobile. Chargers are available for all types of mobiles.

Mobile Batteries
Batteries for the mobile need to be reliable and dependable. The best batteries for your mobile are now available online for all types of mobiles. Long lasting and compact, the batteries suit the modern mobiles with ease. The lightweight variety is also available as per mobile specifications.

Data cables
The right length and durability is seen in the data cables for your mobile. Perfect as an accessory and full of good use, the cables are strong and aid in several aspects pertaining to exchange of data and transfer. Available in a simple case that adds ease to  your need to travel, it is one of the best offers from technology for mobiles.   Recommended site for bulk purchase for Mobile and tech gifts : mobile accessories wholesale

Monday, June 18, 2012

Camper awnings

Most camper awnings are manufactured to look aesthetically attractive and colorful, since it is used on joy trips in the wilderness. It is often said that the setting of the venue sets the mood of the visitors. So while people camping in the confines of natural surroundings make the most of being one with nature, when they dine and relax during the day, they do require some man made protection and shelter.

The camper awnings are generally made from canvas, since it is easy to carry. And most important of all, dismantling and assembling it is not too difficult. These are usually the smaller ones and are operated manually. 

As per requirements there are larger ones too for large camps or holiday resorts. The larger ones are mainly the automatic ones, yet they can be easily dismantled and assembled in a matter of minutes. Apart from the size there are two primary reasons why camper awnings are required:
  • To protect the interiors of the tent. Basically these awnings are fixed to the tents and provide shelter in case of rainfall as well as ad to the aesthetic of the tent
  • To function as a temporary shed of dining and cooking, as well as other activities. These awnings come with poles and can be set up to function as a temporary and much needed workshop for campers
Campers generally prefer manually functioned awnings since there are less chances of facing a problem. Sometimes due to unexpected circumstances an automated awnings may not function and it may not be possible to have it repaired there and then. Though it would rarely happen, yet most people prefer not to take any chances and so opt for the manual camper awnings.

Novelty toys

Until over a decade ago almost every child grew up playing the same games that were passed down through a number of generations. It was the same teddy bears, dolls, learning games, jigsaw puzzles, etc. In fact, there was minimal innovation in the area of toys. However, things began to change and all over the world one could witness a growth in the number and variety of toys being manufactured.

In spite of the children's market being almost saturated with toys, there still seems to be space for more novelty toys. This is because in today's world of technological advancements and innovation the process of creating something unique and new seems to be a never-ending process. This is more so attributed the media boom that has happened around the globe, which is exposing children to al that is happening around them. Take for example, an animated movie released in Hollywood, is released in other countries at almost the same time. And the characters are promoted by producing merchandise such as children's clothes, cutlery, school objects and toys.

In the last couple of years, preschool consultants and educationalists have been constantly researching into the play way method of learning for early childhood development. They have found that children learn better when they are taught through games and toys. In fact the concepts are learn in a way to lay down stronger foundations. This means that phonetics, numbers and recognition, world building and over all development is promoted by indulging children in games and toys.

The novelty toys manufactured include those for toddlers upwards. There are a large variety of teethers and rattlers and even the walkers are rather toy-like. The others include the mini-automobiles, bikes, planes, and varied wheeled animals. Then there are innovative educational toys and kids gym equipemts, as well as the soft toys that have gone beyond the brown teddy bear that most people grew up owning.

shop for promotions and novelties

Broadly speaking, there are two types of novelty stores:
  • The specialized novelty stores that deal in one or two types of novelty products. Take for example and electronics store that deals with only innovative electronic products. Or novelty gift store that specializes in selling only gift articles such as soft toys, showpieces, wall clocks, greeting cards and other common gift items
  • The general novelty stores stock up all kinds of novelty products that include clothes, telephones, electronic gadgets, cutlery, household appliances, lights, etc. They function as novelty departmental stores.
Irrespective of the kind of novelty store, the fact is that all products stocked are original, innovative and the latest in terms of trends and fashions. These products may not have long life span in terms of its trend or fashion life, but do otherwise come with a minimum warrantee and guarantee. Especially in the case of electronic gadgets.

Today novelty stores are regarded as a prosperous business venture, as the products sold are in demand and the price in comparison to other products is less. This implies sales, irrespective of the items or number of items placed. However, the most important thing is to be aware of what is presently in demand. Some retailers wait to off load everything in their store before bringing in new stock and in the bargain they miss out on making hot sales when the product's demand is maximum.

When setting up novelty stores, one should be completely aware of the products they are stoking up. They must know how the product functions and should be able to explain anything that their customer needs to know. The retailer should also not attempt to go overboard in pricing just because there is a demand for the products, as another novelty storeowner could sell the same product cheaper and still earn reasonable profits. The main thing is that the novelty storeowner should be buyer customer-friendly.

Undoubtedly, branded items are preferred over novelties, and more so over wholesale novelties. This is because as far as branded manufacturers concerned, they are more quality and longer lifespan conscious, and one has to pay a heftier price. In the case of the latter, something new is created all the time and you can replace the old with new without feeling a pinch as such. For instance, if you are a person interested in the latest gadgets and gizmos, then surely you would like to upgrade them as and when something new appears in the market.

Well so to speak the electronic novelty manufacturers do produce gadgets and gizmos in keeping with times, but their components may not be of the same quality as the original devices.
This brings down the price. They do come with a minimum warrantee and guarantee period that is less than he original brands. But for a person whose hobby is to constantly upgrade his or her gadgets, electronic novelties is a preferred option.

If you are a dealer then you can avail wholesale novelties from the various markets. Most cities have separate markets for each novelty item. From there a retailer or trader can make his purchases and mark up the price in his shop accordingly. Wholesale novelties have no fixed prices and one can bargain in such markets.