I would personally like to welcome you to the site and i do hope that you find something of interest here to help you in your own creative journey.
This page will give you the basic run down of how this particular site works. You will also find helpful information regarding how to set up your profile, how to upload photos, how to write a blog/ start a forum discussion and some basic yet important site guidelines regarding what is expected of you.
First of all some guidelines:
1. Self promotion is all good and encouraged. You may even have links to your Etsy, blog or website but only on your profile page. Advertising, including ads for other sites, in Blogs or Forum is a No No. It is also not appropriate to advertise your business, or products on other members profiles unless invited.
2. Photos and Video: When uploading photos to the site it is asked that each photo be a maximum of 100Kb and no more than 72Dpi. This helps us and it helps you by reducing the likelihood of people stealing your images to be used illegally. If you are unsure about resizing please watch the tutorial provided below on how to do this using Photoshop. If you don't have Photoshop you can use a free program called GIMP. Just google it. All images uploaded are to be clearly titled and the description box must have some information about the image e.g materials, size, what is the work about etc. And to make it easier to find images of a similar nature, please make sure that the tag line is completed. (By titling and adding a description about your images it is showing people you are professional, so please make the effort otherwise your images maybe removed). Videos- Ideally videos should be run through another party site like Youtube as videos do take up a lot of space.
Members may upload a maximum of 5 photos per day.
Because this social network is based on Mixed Mixed Art,we are asking that all photos be of an art nature. No family, animal photos are to be added unless maybe in the occasional blog! Once again we reserve the right to remove photos which we feel aren't in theme with what this site is about.
3. Respect your Fellow Artists – Not everyone is comfortable with open criticisms on their work, look for the invitation and comment in an open – positive and friendly manner. This also applies to our debates and more controversial topics – Remember to be respectful in your words while still being true to you.
4. Age Limit. According to NING Terms of Service and Federal Law, no person under the age of 13 may sign up for an account on any NING network, including Lovin Mixed Media (which does not accept persons under 15). We reserve the right to remove and ban any member we find to be under the age of 15.
5. Image and Language content: Due to NING terms and conditions, nudity of any kind is not permitted on this site and will be removed.
Also due to the nature of this site certain swear/cuss words will be censored. We have a lot of academics, teachers and students who frequent this site for research and development purposes. Therefore we ask that you are mindful of using swear words on this site.
6. Site Content. Work which falls into the craft/folk category is not in keeping with the artistic direction of this site, there are numerous other supportive sites for this type of work.
Site Administrators reserve the right to delete comments or blogs that are seen as offensive or rude. Administrators have the right to remove any member who threatens or verbally abuses another member. Abuse will not be tolerated.
HOW TO INFORMATION
Home Page Key Features
The home page is where all the action is, so it is important to understand the layout. It will take you some time to get accustom to the site's layout but hang in there, it does get easier. I have prepared a video tutorial to watch below .
Setting up your Page
Click HERE to watch a short tutorial video on how to set up your profile page. Setting up your page is all about you and your personality. It shows people the type of person/artist you are so be creative. Note: That while we allow you to make your page as creative and unique as you like, removal of the site's name ' Loving Mixed Media' is not permitted. Note:Once you have finished watching the tutorial just click the back button to return you back to the Lovin Mixed Media Site.
Adding a Blog/ Forum Discussion
Click HERE to watch a short tutorial on how to add a Blog discussion.
Adding a Blog or Forum Discussion is pretty easy, but what is the difference between the two?
Well, to help you decide which category you should post your discussion in, I have outlined a brief description for each.
Blog Posts - Are where you share ideas, personal stories, updates, venting, interests, concerns and information about the neighborhood and yourself with the entire community.
Forum Posts- where you will find and share resources such as techniques, Critiques, Art Discussions and site Challenges.
Resizing a photo in Adobe Photoshop
Click HERE to watch a short tutorial video on how to resize an image in Adobe Photoshop which is a suitable size to upload.
Click HERE to watch a short tutorial on how to upload photos to your Page.
Adding photos is an important way to show people your work. A picture is definitely worth a 1000 words. When uploading photos to the site it is important that you are aware of some guidelines. Please be advised that the maximum file size for each photo is to be no more than 100KB and 72dpi.This helps me and it helps you, as it makes those wanting to steal your images harder to get a high quality photo for printing or reproduction.
Creating a HyperLink
Have you always wanted to know how to create a hyperlink in your discussions?Hyperlinks are a great way to help explain what you are talking about, or to show people something fantastic you have found on the internet. First of all, what is a hyperlink? Well look at the picture above to see the example. A hyperlink is usually highlighted and underlined and is a link to another website page. I have prepared a short tutorial Video below on how to do it.
Please watch in full screen by clicking on the button on the lower right of the video.
So once i have my image printed onto transparency film, I take my Ezscreen silk screen which has been coated in light sensitive emulsion (These sheets come pre-coated so they are ready to use). Place it onto a black board, then place the transparency image on top (this part needs to be done in a dark room with no direct sunlight). I take it outside and expose it for 1 minute and 40 seconds (but time varies depending on time of day and strength of sunlight). After i have exposed the image i place it into a tub of water for around 5 - 8 minutes. Then i rinse the screen out under fast running water until the unexposed area (the black) washes away. I then expose the screen to the sun for a further 20mins to completely harden the light sensitive emulsion.
And this is the completed screen ready for printing. I simply use an old credit card to spread the ink over the screen making sure i do one complete full stroke across the screen (holding the credit card at a 45 degree angle). I immediately wash the screen out under fast flowing water and pat dry. I use fabric screen printing ink which washes out in water (which makes the process easy).
I love this product, their website is http://ezscreenprint.com/ (for full instructions and details on how to purchase this awesome product).