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   Deborah and I thought it may interest some of you to know a little about why

we came up with the concept of Aarart Applique.  Long story short, every home

has a wart so we came up with a wart bandage!

    Seriously though, not everyone is into pictures-in-frames and yet do not relish

bare walls either.  Also, framed paintings aar a little out of place on the ceiling. 

There aar beautiful wall paper murals available but what do you do if you forget

there is an obstacle?  Your beautiful natural scene has a large headless animal

because someone thought it would be good to put a window just there!  Your

beautiful wall or ceiling has a crack.  You crack and fill and crack and fill until

you’ve had your fill!  You can alter your state-of-consciousness however you like

but, it would much better to do something about getting cracked.  Aarart It!  A

peculiar sense of building design can leave one with a crooked neck, or, you can

Aarart it!

    Aarart can work just as well for the young and old as for someone with a

particular slant on life.  It does demand some work on the part of the creator but

Aarart can be twirled, mounted and remounted again and again until all the

participants aar completely satisfied and in need of rest.  Yes, it is much easier

and more satisfying to not do this alone but instead, be joined by lots and lots of

eager beaver helpers.  They should be good with floppy bits though.  They do

come up.

    This whole project started life as something considerably simpler and with not

nearly so many bits and pieces to work with, but then, options are always good

fun.  Take your time and think about what you hope to achieve.  In planning lays

success.  We didn’t plan enough to see what Aarart would grow into and it cost

us three years of work!  And, it isn’t over yet!



    Remember, our applique can be remounted multiple times when they aar 

properly handled.  That means that you can change your mind or move things 

around or even give them to someone so keep that party list handy!  That is 

creative power at it’s best.



     Let me tell you a bit about ourselves and our applique.  We named our

enterprise Aarart, after a river in Switzerland plus it will remind you of us when

you proudly unveil your creation and say “What do you think of arr' art?”  We’re

sneaky that way and to be truthful, our name is kinda close to the beginning of

the alphabet as well.  Handy, that.  Also, not too many letters to remember

(unlike our professional name).  All in all, we aar quite happy with our choice so

let’s move on to how we do it.

    The 100% designation you find connected with our catalogue numbers and on

the “Add to Cart” buttons denotes the size we did the original art in metric, with

just a few exceptions.  You can find imperial measurements in our free

catalogues. Big art takes time.  Lots of time.  Everything is done first as sketches

on large layout pads and then transferred to either water colour paper or the

computer.  We do our traditional work on 150 lb. water colour paper cut from a

role and stretched on 36x48x3/4 inch fir plywood.  Believe it or not the paper

bows the wood as it dries.  We work with an array of acrylic paint brands used as

opaque or mixed with water and used as a water colour giving us the best of both

worlds.

    Deborah and I both work on each piece.  Sometimes together, with Deborah on

one end of the piece and me crouched meekly at the other or in shifts.  Somehow,

always get the late shift.  That can lead to deep discussions.  Deborah and I aar

married, work in the same studio, live in the same house, watch the same shows,

both cook and such but we each have our end of the studio.  Ah, for the space

after over three decades of married bliss.

    I have to scan late at night with all the blinds down and the lights off because

our studio is nice and bright, even well after dark.  I can digitalise a traditional

piece on our Epson 10000XL in nine to twelve scans at 1200 dpi and after a

night’s sleep, stitch them together and then erase the blank paper to produce the

master file.  Tip:  Always scan as hi-rez as you can because, you can always go

down easier than you get it up.

    For larger works, I hand paint in PhotoShop using a stylus and pad.  It is just

another medium and I do not allow myself to cheat.  I still start with a pencil

sketch on layout paper and proceed from there.  I do the work at size as or larger

which has led me to some ridiculously large files with two dozen or more layers. 

I can’t work at quite the dpi levels I scan at but someday there may be a computer

and applications that will allow it.

    We have more work waiting and in the works so, in the meantime, visit us at

our Aarart Applique website:  www.aarart.com  Download a free thing or two,

pour yourself something inspirational and let your imagination take a fresh look

at your walls and ceilings!




    We thought, with the help of others, that a recap of how to get the most out of

your Aarart Applique may be in order so here we go.

    First thing to remember is that your applique can be remounted multiple times

when they aar properly handled.  That means you can change your mind and

rearrange things or even give an image to someone you care for.  That is creative

power at it’s best so, keep that mounting party list handy!  Check out the new

concepts in our free updated Aarart Applique Brochures at aarart.com.

    Next thing to remember is that there is simply no way to know what you aar

ordering without the catalogues.  Using the catalogues and careful planning at

scale aar essential for you to reach your full vision.

    When you download the free Aarart Catalogues, you get a complete list of all

our images scaled to 12:1 and ready for printing.  That’s great for planning your

creation and doing past-ups onto your hand done or digital photo layouts.  You

may need to set your printer for actual size though.  Along with scaled images,

you get all the catalogue numbers (SKUs) for ordering.  At the end of each

catalogue number you will see two sets of numbers separated by an ‘x’.  These

aar the image’s dimensions in centimeters.  Under each catalogue number, in red,

aar the dimensions in inches for your convenience!  FREE!  How handy is that! 

Some of our largest images were too big for the catalogues so you may have to

compensate by enlarging the next size down when printing.  We aar sorry for any.

We put percent reductions on the catalogue pages to make it easier when ordering

on line.  Just go to the correct percentage on the Order Applique page and ‘click’  

on the SKU menue and then choose the one you need.

    We hope this has helped you to better understand how Aarart Applique has

been organised to make your experience as pleasant as possible.  All the best

from us, to you.



    Aarart Designer’s Layered Catalogues!  The next step up in making digital

planning and layouts as simple as a copy and paste or drag and drop session with

the images you are interested in viewing, in situ.  Here is how it all works.

    The designer creates a .psd op .pdf friendly layout of the space they aar

working in and then copies and pastes or drags and drops the desired images into

place.  You will  notice that each image is on a separate layer, with no

background, making assembly as quick and as easy as possible.  Once you have

all the images assembled, it is a matter of trying various arrangements and

elements in situ to achieve a stunning result with little or no risk.

    Another great feature of the Aarart Designer’s Catalogues is that they contain

all the scaled oversized images that did not fit in the Aarart Applique Catalogues,

providing a clearer impression of the composition.

    The designer’s catalogues aar not only for professional designers.  Anyone can

utilise them, providing they have .psd or .pdf friendly applications, so go ahead

with down loading them and get creative!

 


    Some of you may have discovered that many of our applique aar a tad on the

large size and thought “Aar they joking?  How am I supposed to know exactly

where to put the first one up before I know where the others go?”  Quite the

conundrum.  Or is it.

    A great way of starting your planning is to download our free ‘How To Do It’s’  

and save your hair and sleep!  Or.

    Rather than removing the backing from your applique and having everything

go sideways from there, let us suggest tape.  Yep, low tech does it beautifully. 

Now please, please understand that we aar not talking about the pull-a-

locomotive or suspend-an-automobile sort, or even duct tape.  And definitely not

the rip-the-flesh-from-your-body type either.  Let’s focus on a mild mannered

tape used by painters.  Painter’s tape, in fact.

    At this point we should also remember the plans and layout you so diligently

worked on and decide you should now frantically try to remember where you put

the ruddy things.  Now you aar ready to start.  Do any necessary measuring to

check on your eye-balling and use only as much tape as necessary to put up the

main focus of your creation.  This is your gauge point from which you can start

with the applique that is underneath all the rest and work up from there.  Remove

your main focus, or anything else, when necessary and put it back, if necessary,

as you go.  A well ordered, step by step approach is the safest bet and least likely

to lead to hair loss, or worse.  It is helpful to include chocolate for it’s calming

effects.  As to whatever else you and your friends may enjoy during and after

your mounting party, enjoy!