Gateways To Creativity

Gareways coaching for Artists & Printers


Every Picasso, DaVinci, and Monet each started at the fundamentals. At one point their skills were at where yours are today- the beginning. At Gateways to Creativity we have a special mission to coach the future talents of the worlds.

Artists and painters alike, we do our best to offer the newest tips, tricks, and industry secrets. There is a lot of hard work, long hours, and dedication that goes into the life of the artist. We want to see your success and be with you every step of the way.

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If you are planning on getting married soon, then you are probably considering lots of ways to make the day extra-special. One thing that many people like to do is get the perfect wedding ring, and what better way to get exactly the band that you want to symbolize your marriage than to make it yourself, with wedding ring coaching provided to ensure that it turns out perfectly?

Make Wedding Rings Coaching Provided

There are many courses that will help you to make wedding rings coaching provided. These courses will help you to create the perfect circle, a band that is a symbol of the infinity for which your marriage should last. The actual physical process of making a piece of jewelry is not as hard as you might think, but making something that looks great and that represents what you want it to is harder.

How Long Does it Take To Make a Wedding Ring?

When you go on a course to make wedding rings with coaching provided, it is a good idea to save some time to plan and come up with the design. Courses are often booked on a per-day basis, and you will ideally want to give yourself four days to work on your design. Usually, if you have some idea of what you want your finished piece to look like you won’t need the full four days – two or three will be ample, but having booked and budgeted for four will take the pressure off and give you more time to play around and be creative. It also means that if you make any mistakes they won’t be a huge crisis.

Before you go to the studio you should have some thoughts in your head about what you want to make. If you have no idea, then the course provider can guide you, but you’ll be making someone else’s vision then. It is much better if you have something that you love yourself, and that is “yours” to work from.

When it comes to the materials that you would use to make your wedding ring, you have a few choices. You can buy recycled gold or other metals from a lot of jewellers, or you can bring in your own ‘family jewellery’ that you want to recycle – things like earrings that you’ve lost the pair to, chains that are broken, or dated pieces that you never wear and that don’t have any sentimental value for you. You can melt these down, and then use them to make your ring. If you don’t have any metal to use, then you can buy some – and the price will depend on exactly what you want to work with. Be realistic though – some materials are easier to work with than others.

A Symbolic Experience

Making your own wedding ring can be a spiritual experience, or a hugely symbolic one, depending on your leanings and what you think up for your finished band. To some people, it’s a purely practical thing, but to others, it’s something much more than that, and the circle is a representation of eternity. The collaborative process of brainstorming then actually making the pieces is something that can be a test run for the marriage itself, and the work that goes into making it is special too.

You don’t have to be the creative sort to make your own wedding ring. You don’t need hands like a surgeon and you don’t need an art qualification. You just need patience and a willingness to listen as the coaches offer helpful advice and tips about what designs are likely to work and what might not. If you want something that is particularly ornate and you don’t have the skills to make it yourself, then it could be that it would be better to bow out and let someone who can carve and etch do it for you, but having the ability to say that you did the design “DIY style” yourself is hugely valuable. It’s a lot of fun to come up with your own designs and you’ll walk out of the studio with something that will last forever and that could become a family heirloom.

Special Metal at a Special Price

Compared to buying a band from a standard jewelry store, making your own could save you a lot of money. Indeed, you can think of it as an investment. The piece that you make will have a “money can’t buy” value to it because it is something that you made with your future spouse. It can be passed on to your children, and to their children’s children, becoming a part of the family history in a way that a store-bought piece would not.

It’s well worth traveling to find somewhere that will coach you in the craft of making rings or even sets. Some people do the whole ‘wedding, engagement, eternity’ set to make a stunning piece that all goes together. If you have a layout and a set of stones in mind then this is a lovely thing to do, and it will make a grouping of rings that will look amazing when worn with a dress outfit. If you’re not into jewelry, then you don’t have to do that. You can just have a small, understated item that you wear for the ceremony, and perhaps wear on days that you want to dress up.

Getting married is a huge life event, and a truly special day that you and your spouse will look back on for years to come. Why not start it with something symbolic and loving, and an experience that you can share with your kids. Linking items to stories and events give them extra meaning, and having that shared experience provides a wonderful start to your marriage. Yes, you’ll be sharing the rest of your life – but as Billy Joel said “this is you’ll turn back to and so will I” – make this a day that you’ll always recall.

Some useful links:

irishtimes.com all-that-glitters-what-look-out-for-when-buying-jewellery

Fine Jewellers Association

dccoi.ie lustre-an-exhibition-from-dccoi-jewellery-and-goldsmithing

Retail Excellence

CCPC Getting Married

Oil painting has been a tradition of artists for centuries. It’s ability to produce quality, versatile, and colorful works will always increase its popularity compared to other certain mediums. Getting into oil painting is relatively easy, but there are a lot of small details that go into the works compared to acrylics and other styles of paint.

Here are our basic tips on how to get started with oil paint.

Organize Your Space
When working with oil paints, you need to be in a clean and well-ventilated area. Oil paints are a long process, and your ideal location will be somewhere where you can keep your palettes and supplies out and at the ready in your studio. Having your paintings out and on display where you don’t have to put them away also gives you the chance to think about your work even if you aren’t painting.

Prime Your Surface
No matter what type of surface you wish to complete your oil painting on it’s important to first put down primer. The primer for oil paints is called Gesso. Gesso stops oils from seeping into the different surfaces of what you’re trying to paint. It also has the bonus of protecting your chosen surface from the acids within the paint and provides a base coat that allows your oils to stick effortlessly. If you don’t wish to Gesso your surfaces yourself, pre-primed boards are an option for you to purchase.

Start With A Sketch
Much like any other painting, you’ll want to start with a sketch of what you’re doing. This is often referred to as an underpainting. Turpentine is added to the paint to dry quickly to help the artist lay out the composition and values of the piece.

Keep Your Brushes Clean
When moving between colors in your oil paints clean your brushes with soap and water. Oil painting is a very messy process. Having rags at the ready to wipe off paint from your brushes will come in handy. Consider having two containers at your painting desk available. One can be for turpentine while the other is used to mix with your paint.

Keep It Clean
Many new oil painters seem to forget that oil pants are a toxic substance if they are absorbed into the skin. It’s also not a good idea to paint within a non-ventilated area. Dispose of paints, rags, and palettes properly after use.

Watercoloring is said to be one of the more difficult paint mediums to work with. Unlike acrylics or oil painting, you can’t wait for a layer to dry or scrape off to re-do something you don’t like. Watercolors are even more permanent than markers, as whiteout or acrylics are still an option to make changes.

While watercolors are challenging to master, they aren’t impossible. Here are some of the basic supplies that you’ll need to start on your journey.

Item #1 – Watercolor Brushes
While we recommend getting a watercolor brush set if you are only trying out the medium at the moment and want one brush to go for a #8 round red sable. Overall, synthetic brushes are the best option for watercolors. Slightly larger types of brushes other than the #8 would be helpful for large, flat areas of color. Likewise, smaller brushes are great for fine details within your work.

Item #2 – Watercolor Paint
From cakes to tubes there are a lot of options when it comes to watercolor paints. A basic 12-color set will help you get through most of the paintings that you do at first. If choosing to go the route of watercolor tubed paint, here is a suggested primary palette: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Hooker’s Green, Phthalocyanine Blue, Phthalocyanine Green. This mixture of cool and warm colors helps to create a bright and balanced palette of colors. Avoid pure white or black watercolor paint when possible unless necessary for your piece.

Item #3 – Watercolor Paper
Any type of watercolor paper that is block, loose paper, or pad of a #140 weight or higher will suffice. You want a heavy paper that can handle warping when damp. Larger sheets are preferable just because it then gives you the later opportunity of cutting them in half to what you need. Paper is also about texture. Try different surfaces to find what looks best to you.

Item #4 – Watercolor Palette
The paint sets out there for watercolors usually have built-in palettes. Depending on how many colors you need, this should be enough space. If you go the route of tube watercolors, any type of flat plastic or metal covered palette will suffice. Cakes are a little bit more difficult, especially if you want to build up and mix colors ahead of time. You’ll need a palette with indentations to be able to hold the different volumes of watered-down paint.

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If you’re looking for more information on more types of personal instruction and training of our crafts, use the contact information listed on this page to get a hold of us. We have plenty of staff members that look forward to the opportunity of teaching you more about every type of painting skill.

Whether you’re aiming for creating highly details portraits or putting the next happy little tree on your canvas, we’re here to help.

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