Virtual Spaces Foster Creativity and Fulfillment

News Release
Oct 1st, 2021

Contact: Shahar Boyayan
801-680-7220
hello@curiousmondo.com

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Our digital world is expanding every minute. The pandemic has forced us apart in the physical world, so we turn to online spaces to connect. The emergence of “Positive Technologies” has risen; these programs seek to provide personal enrichment. Online spaces aim to foster self efficacy, gratitude, community, and social connection.  Over the past year, millions of people around the globe tuned in to internet broadcasts. We are finding new ways to stay connected and motivated.

Studies have proven that virtual learning provides fulfillment and happiness. We learn how to manage stress and open our minds to new possibilities. The future of technology gives the user more control to strengthen their creativity and life management skills.

The Director’s Chair is one of the newest features added to Curious Mondo’s art classes. With this tool, you control our live art classes! Watch the Editor’s View to follow the class with our live editors. Or you can switch between three different camera angles throughout the show. Use our Top View, Side View, or Mobile Camera to get the best shot. Switch it up to stay engaged and focused during the show. You can even open more than one camera angle to view at once! Watch a three-dimensional view of our guest artist so you never miss a single detail.

We always offer a live chat during our classes, so creatives can come together to discuss art and techniques. At Curious Mondo, we empower and connect artists around the globe. The Director’s Chair allows creatives to pilot their viewing experience. Join us to watch for free in over 30 countries at CuriousMondo.com!

Curious Mondo Gets Gamified!

News Release, June 25th, 2021

Contact: Shahar Boyayan
801-680-7220
hello@curiousmondo.com

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Learning a new skill can be daunting. Studies show that adults and children learn better when they’re having fun!

Nick Pelling coined the term ‘gamification’ in 2002. This means adding game elements to a process to increase engagement and enjoyment. Applying game mechanics engages viewers and motivates them to reach their goals. It also makes their goals more structured, solid, and achievable. Gamifying makes learning easier and more fun!

Gamification aids education in a few ways. Adding elements like points systems and leveling up encourages learners to reach achievements. Social interaction within the game provokes friendly competition. Leaderboards help track achievements and provide recognition for hard work. Rewards, like badges, encourage players to complete objectives. These don’t only drive engagement and entertainment; they are also proven to increase knowledge retention.

Curious Mondo is using these ideas to create a brand new, interactive look! We know that learners learn best when they’re having fun, so we’re adding cool new game components to our art classes. Viewers will be able to interact with the class, earn badges, and level up. We’re also introducing player control. Students can sit in the virtual ‘Director’s Chair’ and choose 4 different camera angles to watch during the show. Curious Mondo is the first and only virtual art class in the United States to incorporate gamification.

At Curious Mondo, we are always looking for innovative ways to share art with adults around the world. We stream live art classes for FREE, featuring professional guest instructors. To see our exciting new updates, go to CuriousMondo.com! Come see our artists teach stunning skills in an updated and entertaining format.

Soothing Stress Through Art

News Release – July 30th, 2021

Contact: Shahar Boyayan

801-680-7220

hello@curiousmondo.com

Salt Lake City, UT – The process of creation is an important tool for stress relief. Creating art allows us to express emotions that are too powerful for words. It helps us work through issues and feel better about ourselves.

Psychiatric circles have long used Art Therapy to help people express themselves. Creating an image about an issue allows the person to distance themselves and gain clarity. Creativity causes a relaxed state, which can allow a person to access buried memories.  Art is a safe way to explore difficult emotions within boundaries and structure.

Crafting art can boost self image as well. Making something unique provides a sense of accomplishment and control. It empowers the creative, giving them individual choice and freedom. Making a piece of art is a problem solving process, which teaches better coping skills in life. Putting an emotion into a physical form can also offer catharsis.

The world we live in now has made it difficult to connect with artists physically. With many feeling isolated and alone, artistry is even more essential to us. Art provides an escape to a freer space. Making art connects us to other times, places, and cultures. It has the power to provide a link between people across the globe, who would never have met otherwise. The internet has proven to be an essential vehicle for sharing art.

Curious Mondo’s goal is to empower creatives around the world to make more art. The company’s founder, Shahar Boyayan, commented, “I love making art. It gives my brain time to buffer, forget about the problems of the day, and focus on creating something beautiful.” This is the spirit that Curious Mondo hopes to share with the world. To join us for free, live art classes, go to CuriousMondo.com.

From Trash to Treasure

Experts Share 12 Upcycling Projects for Your Home

Do you have unused items hidden away in your closets? Or maybe an old dresser that is falling apart? Instead of letting your items go to waste, why not attempt an upcycling project? Upcycling is a process that takes old, unused materials and refashions them into something new and usable. 

To help you get started, Redfin reached out to experts across North America, from San Jose, CA to Calgary, AB, including us, to share our best upcycling projects. From repurposing old glass bottles to transforming old metal grating, keep reading to see what we had to say.

Check out From Trash to Treasure: Experts Share 12 Upcycling Projects for Your Home.

1) Thrift outdoor lighting to improve your home’s aesthetic 

Why spend upwards of up to $300 on new light fixtures when you can do it for a fraction of the cost? I thrifted two identical outdoor light fixtures for $7.99 each. I didn’t like the grey metal they came with but loved the shape and style. But with one can of spray paint and an hour of work, I had two brand-new-looking outdoor light fixtures. – A Wandaful Thing 

2) Create beautiful garden art with old glass bottles

Take old glass bottles and upcycle them into beautiful and long-lasting garden art. These offbeat and quirky house numbers were made from recycled wine bottles and add lots of personality to your home. – Curious Mondo

3) Use stencils to paint designs

One of the easiest ways to update your home is with stencils and paint. Not only can you use stencils to create a modern accent wall, but you can also use them on furniture, pillows, and old ceramic flooring. Instead of ripping up old tiles and replacing them, you can paint and stencil right over them for an updated look. – One Handy Momma

4) Install a plate wall to elevate your space

Do you have vintage plates or family heirloom china hiding in storage? Plate walls are one of the easiest, most impactful, and eco-friendly upcycling projects you can do to elevate any space in your home. Give new life to these old treasures by arranging and hanging them on your wall. – The Brooklyn Teacup  

5) Turn scrap wood into new furniture 

Do you have old wood furniture taking dust in the basement or attic? A bit of unscrewing, sanding, and cutting can give you enough wood to create your dream desk, shelves, or a bench without spending a penny. Seal your new creation with hemp oil and add a touch of color by mixing in some earth pigments or applying a few layers of milk paint. You’ll end up with a stunning eco-friendly and VOC-free finish. – Marianne Faguy 

6) Repurpose an old metal grating to create storage

A broken laundry cart was used as vertical storage by mounting it to the wall. You can also use clothespins to make it a message board or add curtain clips with hooks to hang small things like paint tubes. Empty plastic gelato containers clipped in a row and along the bottom keep pens, pencils, paper clips, and scissors tidy and organized. – Crossing Light Studio

7) Transform the mood of a room with a mural 

While not everyone is able to commit to painting a wall with a bold mural, painting the design on larger pieces of furniture instead of a wall is a great way to achieve the same effect without the commitment. I like to stack pine cabinets to create a large, flat surface for painting, but a mural can go on any piece of furniture. – EC Mazur

8) Use tempered glass to create new furniture pieces 

Over the last fifty years, I developed several ways to use reclaimed tempered glass to make tables, countertops, light fixtures, and sculptures – all done using no heat or large machines. – Silastial Glass Art

9) Swap plants with family, friends, and neighbors

Ask your gardening neighbors and kin if they’d like to swap cuttings or plants that can be easily rooted or divided and transplanted – like hydrangeas, hosta, ferns, and Lenten Roses. Then the next time you walk through your outdoor spaces you can think of them and find greater enjoyment in these deeply rooted relationships. – Redeem Your Ground

10) Use old books to create a floating book wall 

Upcycling is a way to create original objects with a history and provide your interior a special touch by giving old objects a new function. You could use old books as support for a stunning floating book wall. – UpcycleDZINE

11) Install durable, low-carbon concrete 

Utilize CO2-enhanced concrete additives in any concrete used inside or outside of the home which is made of waste powder feedstocks and CO2 that would have otherwise been emitted into the atmosphere. The low-carbon concrete looks and feels the same as traditional concrete, but is stronger and more durable so you can build with greener, stronger, and more durable concrete. – Carbon Upcycling Technologies

12) Create your own cleaning solution with unused fruit 

If you like the smell of citrus and love a clean home look no further than orange peels. You can create your own cleaning solution with orange, lime, or lemon peels by adding them to a jar, covering them with distilled white vinegar, closing the lid, and waiting a week (or more for a more intense smell). Once ready, pour the cleaning solution where needed, and you can now clean with your favorite scent. – Jali Fruit Co.

Bonus: Turn spare PET bottles into jewelry

You only need PET bottles (bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate), a candle, accessories, and wires/hooks. Cut them into shapes, heat them using candle heat to bend & shape them, and assemble them together with your flavor of accessory parts. – Upcycle with Jing

Helping Australian Wildlife

Lots of rescuers are doing all they can to save the life of thousands of animals. Many items are needed.

I’ve posted here some items any crafter can make.

Follow this link to get different patterns

You can ship directly to Australia or to Curious Mondo and we will make sure it gets there. 2875 South West Temple, SSL, 84115

Patterns and and info are from Animal Rescue Craft Guild

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1YK876K-oEpgYeC-6nk7-Bb7Td7RrvK_z

Download all Patterns here

How To Choose Needles For Needle Felting

This week on Felting TV we show you the different types of needles for needle felting and the purpose for each one. Happy felting!

Felting needles are barbed needles used to interlock wool fibers. As the felting needle is moved up and down, the barbs on the needles catch the scales of the wool and entangle them creating a material called felt.

needle felting needles

Interview with Megan Nedds from Woolen Wagon Felt Creations, Needle Felting

This week we interview Megan Nedds from Woolen Wangon a young felt artist with amazing animal sculptures.

She makes realistic needle felted animals sculptures

megan neds

Wool Roving, Felting Wool & Needle Felting Wool Tutorial

Wool Roving, Felting Wool & Needle Felting Wool Tutorial.

Check the different types of wool for wet felting and needle felting in this brief tutorial. covering the difference between wool roving, wool batting, wool sliver and wool top.

We show samples of our merino cross batting, New Zealand corriendale, merino top, merino silk blends and more. Also covers which wool you might choose for your wet felting and needle felting projects

 

wool roving

A Bit About Felting

We talk about fibers, needle felting, wet felting and I show a few of my creations! Share the word about felting. It is so much fun!! 🙂

FELTING is an age-old craft. Perhaps developed in the Middle East, perhaps the Far East, it is a process that has evolved with local traditions wherever it was used. And it is still used today, by kids in kindergarten to nomads on the great plains of Asia living in felt yurts. The technique is basic, requires very little experience or tools, and “mistakes” may well lead to interesting results.

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