Thursday, November 26, 2015

Holiday deals 2015

Who does not like a deal? Now is the best time to save on items you like!

Check the shops below (see stores for offer details and coupon codes):
Sale on selected items at KatyaCoil and AlenaStavtseva shop
5 to 10% off on purchases at Klaptik shop
5 to 25% off on purchases at CreationOfTrueFairy shop
10% off on purchases made on November 27 - 29 at FancyKnittles and Roltinica 
 10 to 20% off on purchases made on November 27 - 28 at FerFoxDesign
10% off on purchases at imali
10% off on purchases on selected dates at LaFiabaRussa
10% off on $15 minimum purchase made on November 27 - 30 at Reginao
10% off on $50 purchases until December 1, 2015 at JewelryFloren 

15% off on purchases made on November 25 - 30 at miopupazzo
15% off on purchases made on November 26 - 30 at ReStyleGraphic
15% off on purchases made on November 27 - 29 at Riotofcolors
15% off on purchases made on November 27 - 30 at PetsLair  and MariannaBu
15% off with minimum $50 purchase until December 20, 2015 at GoodWeather and Albinasjewelry
20% off on purchases at StudioFantasies
Buy 5, get 50% at subwayParty
50% off on everything on November 27th at AleVtinaMaLysh
Free US shipping on $100 total purchase (not including shipping)  made between November 26 - 30, 2015 at socksandmittens

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gifts for everyone

Our picks today are gift ideas for many people we have in our lives. Our friends, co-workers, nurses and teachers are there for us so don't forget to show them that you care!
For a friend

For a Dolls lover
For Both, a Mom and a Baby

Wants to see more? Visit Russian Artists Pinterest boards!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The art of Ebru, part 2

Today I want to continue telling you about the amazing ancient art of drawing on water – “ebru” (see the beginning of this story here). 
From very beginning, I wanted my children to become engaged with ebru. So, we bought a starter set. That includes a plastic tray for tableware, size A4; basic colours and thickening powder. These days they make acrylic paints for ebru, which can also be used for painting on natural fabric such as silk, cotton, etc. Thickening agent is made from synthetic resins. In the set of colours, it is necessary to have one bottle of white colour (better to have two), as background patterns are traditionally made with pastel shades. Instead of traditional used for applying the colours drop by drop, we use fine metal knitting needles. We use the most basis office paper. We also use paper tissues to wipe the needles clean after each movement.

We need to dissolve the thickener in clean water (we usually take 1 liter of water per the A4 tray). Proportions are indicated on the package of the thickener. We mix the powder in a vessel or right in the tray, it needs to be mixed for 20 minutes without any haste, so that not to have any clots there. Then we cover it with a newspaper to protect from dust and leave alone for 6-8 hours (usually till morning).

In the morning, we filter the solution or mix it in a blender and let it stand for 30 minutes so that there are no small bubbles.
Then we put a pilot drop of paint in that solution, preferably light in colour, to see how it behaves. If the drop drowns, possibly the solution (kitre) is too thick. In that case, we need to add a bit of water and mix it again. Then we put another drop. When the drop touches kitre, it must bloom like a flower, turning into a correct circle. 
It is important not to make kitre too thin, as you can’t reverse it! So, proportions are usually indicated for a thicker solution. After you practice making kitre several times, you will know how it must feel to the touch. Skills come through practice. 

When you are ready, you can start painting. You can use fan shaped brushes to spray background patterns. I would advise to cover the whole table with newspapers, as paint can get even on the floors when you spray it, and you cannot wash acrylic paint off when it is dry. 

There are numerous styles of ebru. All paintings on water can be divided into two groups: textures (abstract background) and specific images (mostly flowers). A separate category is ebru with inscriptions which is more difficult and time consuming. They usually use decals for that.
The most basic style is Battal Ebru. For this style, they usually take several shades, mostly four of them, and do spraying in different colours, one after one. This results in a textured marble-like painting. It is also easy to make waved ebru (Gelgit); you need to spray first, and then to make straight lines with your knitting needle, first horizontally, then vertically. This will give you beautiful braid-like waves.

Story by Ekaterina Ryazanova (KatyaCoil) (to be continued).
Translated by Eugenie (MulberryWhisper

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fresh gift ideas for Her

December is right around the corner! Did you get your gifts yet?

Our picks today are Gifts For Her. Take a look and find the right one for yourself or friend!

Wants to see more? Visit our Pinterest board or type in the search box on Etsy: rusteam, gift for her.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Free image to dowload: letters and numbers

Here is a free printables for you from inclipart. These gold rings clip art letters and numbers are great to use for DIY projects for all kinds of celebrations. Great for the coming Holidays decor, wedding, Birthday and of course, New Years!
Download and make something fabulous with them! We will appreciate if you send us a photo of your finished project and it will be published on our blog.
If you don't have time to do it yourself simply contact Inna (inclipart) for a custom order!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fresh gift ideas for Him

Holidays are near and with this in mind we would like to show you what our team members have to offer. So every Wednesday in November we'll publish some ideas of the gifts for you and your loved ones. Stay tuned!

Our picks today are Gifts For Him. Take a look and find the right one for your man or friend!

Wants to see more? Visit our Pinterest board or type in the search box on Etsy: rusteam, gift for Him.
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