Imikimi Musical Frames

August 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Inspirational, Music, Photography | Leave a comment
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“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams is a very wise man. This can be interpreted that everything you do and everything you have done defines the person that you are; all your experiences make you unique, including things as your favorite type of music or your taste in art. Imikimi frames are art ― each unique frame carries with it the person who made it. Likewise, the person who chooses each frame and what picture to put in it can be termed an artist of sorts.

Pictures & Music & Imikimi

It has been said and is pretty common to still hear now that a picture is worth a thousand words. According to Brigitte Bardot,  “A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” Imikimi provides thousands of ways to enhance these special instances in your life. If a photograph is worth a thousand words, an Imikimi frame with your photo in it is worth two-thousand words!

Like photographs, music can also take us through time and all eternity. Hans Christian Andersen once said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” Likewise, Kahlil Gibran stated, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” Music means so many things to so many different people. It hurts and is sad, yet it has the power to heal and make happy. “Music is the universal language of mankind.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Since pictures and music are so powerful within themselves, why not combine them? Imikimi has many artists who have done just that! Take a look and don’t forget to check out Imikimi.com to find your perfect frame!

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist heniapak

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist lovelyMarie08

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist heniapak

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist marialedesma1958

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist DizzyTizzyToni

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist mmrcss

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist Sinnlich

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist mmrcss

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Photo Credit: imikimi Artist miras46

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Up and Coming Careers in Art

August 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Conventional Art, Digital Art, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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What makes art so amazing is that it means so many different things to different people.  There are graphic designers, photographers, musicians, painters, carpenters, and cake decorators who all call themselves and deserve to be called artists.  However, it is difficult to have a career as an artist, we have all heard the term, “starving artists”… Actually, now more than ever, it is possible to have a lucrative career as an artist.  Let’s take a look at some of the exciting up and coming careers in the arts that could potentially earn you big bucks: Continue Reading Up and Coming Careers in Art…

Best Photo’s of July!

July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photo Opts, Photography, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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For the Best of series for the month of July, we here at Imikimi.com thought that we would showcase some beautiful imagery from NationalGeorgraphic.com. Using the theme of light and water, these images not only visually exhibit a beautiful digital contrast the water and light, but they also provide some great ideas for digital art projects that anyone can do….
Light Waves and Dark Currents
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geograpic 2photo credit: National Georgraphic
This photo first caught our eye because it sort of reminds you of a storm around a beautiful lake maybe on the evening of fourth of July. What does it remind you of? A led light was used in this photograph to define the direction of the waves.
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Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Geographic 3photo credit: National Georgraphic
“The camera and film allowed me to extend my exposure time an hour or longer, though 40 minutes was often about right with the camera settings I needed.” Joel James Devlin
The photographer for this photo used a Mamiya 7, a medium-format rangefinder camera. This image can remind you of a humid July evening while taking a walk in your local park, trail or favorite wooded spot.
Photograph by:  Gordon Gahan, National Geographic
Best of National Geographic 4photo credit: National Georgraphic
The light reflecting off of the water in what seems like an endless tunnel is not intriguing but brilliant photography done by National Geographic’s own Gordon Gahan.
 
Gentle Stream
Photograph by: Joel James Devlin
Best of National Georgraphic 5photo credit:  National Geographic
The photographer used a small LED light floating on the stream to create this beautiful, peaceful as well as calming image.
“The speed of the light is quite important, so a gentle stream is ideal. If it was too still the light would just stay in one place and blow out [in the photo],” he said.
It is amazing how light can take an image to a whole other level. Whether using led light, other lighting or even altering an image using your favorite image editor, use the this months pics as an inspiration to explore the beauty of light outdoors. See what effects you can create.

Inspirational Photo’s – What Inspires You?

July 12, 2013 at 10:35 am | Posted in Inspirational, Photography | Leave a comment
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Hey there! Have you ever wondered what goes on in different cultures around the world? I mean, the different inspirational things that happen everywhere and most of us don’t even realize it? With over 7 billion people populating the earth today and not one of them being exactly like another one person, it is inevitable.

Every place is different. Every person is different. Every culture is different. So it would stand to reason that each unique individual is inspired by something equally unique to themselves. Granted, groups of people can be inspired by the same genre of photo’s, but the meaning will be something deeper that reaches the individual on a personal level.

What inspires you?

There are many, many forms of inspirational art. Some are simply photo’s of animals, landscapes, or random items. Other forms are actual paintings and sculptures of people, place, and things. Abstract art is an increasingly poplar form of inspiration because it can be interpreted a million different ways according to the unique mindset of the viewer. Take a look at some of these inspirational photo’s:

Photo Credit: flickr.com

Photo Credit: flickr.com

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Photo Credit: tumblr.com

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Photo Credit: designyoutrust.com

As you can see, inspiration can come from the oddest and most unique places – a beautiful landscape in Australia, a Native American Pow Wow, or even an “onion bulb.” Minds can be inspired by absolutely anything; that is the beauty of being our own individual selves. From photographs, sketches, paintings, drawings, and digital art to famous and infamous quotations, there is inspirational motivation all around us. What is your inspirational motivation?

Photo Credit: quotes-lover.com

Photo Credit: quotes-lover.com

Photo Credit: verybestquotes.com

Photo Credit: verybestquotes.com

How to Craft a Photo Collage Puzzle

May 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Craft Corner, Imikimi, Photography | Leave a comment
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Looking for a unique gift for that special person? How about a collage picture..made out of a puzzle! This can be a combined treasured and challenging piece for any special occasion. A keepsake that a family can work on together that will result in a treasured photo to frame.

This remarkable crafty gift can be given as a wedding, birthday, retirement, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even as an announcement for the birth of your new addition to the family. First, start out on Imikimi to create download your favorite picture in cool frame. Then let the crafting begin!

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Things You’ll Need

  • Standard puzzles (for reference)
  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Pictures
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Large laminating sheet (if you plan on laminating the project yourself)
  • Pencil
  • Exacto knife
  • Camera
  • Gift box
  • Glue medium/brush (optional)

Now lets begin with the instructions on your special gift: 

  1. Decide on the size for your project. Use one of the standard puzzles that you have for reference.
  2. Cut your poster board to size. Use one of the standard puzzles as a template.
  3. Place your favorite pictures on the poster board in different ways. Once you have a pattern you like, start cutting and trimming them to fit. Or, upload your picture in one of Imikimi’s collage frames and just print! That easy!
  4. Glue them down. After getting your picture layout just how you want it, glue the whole thing down to the poster board. Glue this down to a piece of cardboard that’s the same size.
  5. Laminate the front and back of the project. You can either do this step at home with large laminating sheets, or take it to an office store to have it done for you.
  6. This step is the trickiest so making similar cuts would be a good start. Trace a light outline in pencil of the cuts that you are going to make.
  7. Cut out the pieces with an Exacto knife and then put them back together to make sure they fit properly, trimming any stray edges as you go.
  8. Take a picture your puzzle picture.

Make a puzzle box to hold your puzzle picture as a gift box.

  1. Choose a gift box. If at all possible, try to find a box the same size as the one that went with the puzzle you used for step 1 of making the puzzle picture.
  2. Enlarge the picture that you took of the finished puzzle picture to fit the top of the box and print.
  3. Glue the picture on top of the lid of the gift box that you chose. Or you can laminate your puzzle picture.

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Crafting and putting together your puzzle collage picture will bring out your artistic abilities, but it can be a bonding experience as you spend time together constructing your new project into one beautiful picture.

May’s Best Imikimi’s

May 21, 2013 at 11:00 am | Posted in Imikimi, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Digital frames have the ability to change our photos and allow them appear stylish and classy.  May has many highlights, to include Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and the fact that Spring has really sprung!

Mother’s Day

A great time to celebrate our Mom’s and everything that they do for us year round! Take your favorite photos and give Mom something that she will cherish forever.

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BestKimi's

Give your Mom something that she will cherish and hold on to forever! What a great surprise for her to receive.

Memorial Day

Honoring our Fallen Hero’s of the armed forces is the key to this Holiday! What better way to honor those you know by giving them a patriotic picture that will show them how much you care and appreciate their sacrifices.

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BestKimi's

BestKimi's

Showing your patriotism can be simple and mean the world to someone who has fought in the Armed Services.  Almost everyone knows someone who has served in the military, show them love this year.

Spring Time

Although “Spring” arrived in April, it wasn’t until May that most started to feel the warmth of the sunshine and spend some much-needed time outdoors.  Take those wonderful outdoor pictures and dress them up!
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BestKimi's

May iss full of holidays and spring adventures.  Visit Imikimi so that you can explore even more amazing frames for your photos!

All photo credits belong to: www.imikimi.com

An Inspirational Journey Through Nature

May 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photography | Leave a comment
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When we as human beings begin to seek out sources for inspiration, we more often than not find ourselves turning toward Nature for a helping hand. Nature isn’t just a hodgepodge of animals, plants and landscapes but rather a plethora of community, survival and awe. In this post I wanted to go beyond capturing just the imagery of each picture and take a closer look at the elements such as emotion that are contained within.

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

It is morning, and our journey begins in the Serengeti of Tanzania, where a congregation of Zebra find themselves gathering in an effort to cross a river filled with unknown predators. As we traverse our way through the river and reach land on the opposing side, moss and low-lying vegetation surround our mud-infused feet. After drying ourselves off we begin to tread further into the forest where our eyes are captivated by a spotted Rhododendron housing a very-rare teal-colored butterfly simply looking for something to eat, which is by far one of the more unique things that can be found in the midst of all natural environments.

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

Basic survival and group activities aren’t the only elements that exist within nature. Have you ever heard the terms ‘An Angry Sky’ or ‘Oh Boy, Its Such A Star-Filled Evening’? Well if you haven’t, the next two destinations on our journey clearly represent those terminologies and are sure to inspire you. We begin this portion of our journey way down under in a place called Dunedin, New Zealand where the clear and humid night sky is exemplifying a very boisterous and active Milky Way, complete with an abandoned fish shack in the foreground.  The second portion of our journey highlights the anger and emotional behavior that can our when weather-fronts collide and form atmospheric offspring, better known as funnel clouds or tornadoes.

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Photo Credit: National Geographic

The last part of our journey focuses on two very distinct animals, an elephant walrus pondering what to do next in her sleep, and a diamondback rattlesnake coiled up in a defensive position. What brings us to these two specific animals, you ask? Although neither is related in any sense of the word, both of the animals allow us to look deep inside ourselves for various types of emotion and inspiration. How have these images of Nature, inspired you?

Spring Digital Art – Beauty Right in Your Front Yard

April 30, 2013 at 9:00 am | Posted in Digital Art, Inspirational, Photography, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Spring has to be one of the most beautiful, welcoming and rejuvenating seasons in the whole year. With the fresh smell of blooming flowers, birds chirping, calming afternoon showers and a breeze that is not only cooling but calming as it hits the trees and makes them sway gently. It is the perfect time to advantage of the beauty that is right in your front yard and use it as motivation to get artistic juices flowing.

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photo credit: Macrobiotic Life

Flowers:

Flowers can provide a colorful inspiration to any artist. Take a look at the variety of colors in dandelion or even a rose. Using more than just your vision, use your other senses to capture a more diverse side of a flower. What do you envision? How does it make you feel? What does the fragrance represent? Tell a story of more than just a floral arrangement. Make your art stand out as an expression on how you view spring time beauty.

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photo credit: Spring Garden Show

Showers:

Showers and thunderstorms can make for a bad and gloomy day for some. Take a deeper look into spring showers. They can be motivation to correctly create an array of artistic pieces based off of the calming beauty of the rain drops and the breeze. With the melody of the raindrops tapping  against your window, play around with colors and drop like patterns to create art that will turn a rainy day frown to a smile from its beauty.

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By just looking at your window, front yard maybe even take a walk around a beautiful garden, you will definitely find new ideas to incorporate into your digital art projects. With flowers in full bloom, birds chirping to their own tune, ’tis the season to let playful colors embrace your art. Spring is finally HERE!!!!

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photo credit: Digital Art Gallery

Inspiration in Art: the Environment

April 23, 2013 at 8:00 am | Posted in Digital Art, Imikimi, Inspirational | Leave a comment
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The topic of the environment can spark a heated and passionate debate about what we as a society are doing to destroy or preserve our Earth.  Are we doing enough to change the damage that generations before us unknowingly caused or are we simply adding to the destruction?  Digital Art has the ability to transcend spoken words and yet still spark that same emotion and conviction from people.

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Phrases such as global warming, eco-systems, carbon footprints, el Niño and la Niña float through the news airways on a weekly basis.  Are we doing more harm than good? Is there an actual way to fix the problem? Will simply recycling and going “green” make a large enough impact to change the damage already created? More companies are coming out with “green” products and the appliances that are now produced are made to be energy efficient which not only cuts down on the money spent monthly in energy costs but also leaves a smaller carbon footprint on the Earth.

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Extreme Enviornment or Responsible Practices

The environment like many issues seems to spark the extremes in people.  We see shows on television such as Whale Watchers where their goal is conservation and on the opposite end see shows about hunting and killing animals, who is in the right? Both, neither, this is a debate that will play out until the end of days.  Days set aside each year such as Earth Day where the sole purpose is to help the environment, from planting trees or picking up trash.  Garbage companies are starting to offer free curbside recycling which has in turn lowered what was being put in the landfills.  Recycling has never been hard, however, we are a culture of convenience and by the garbage companies offering a service to help our environment has made it less of a burden and more of an acceptable and easy answer to the waste that one puts into the world.

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environment photo credit: fineartamerica.com

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Spring has Sprung into Digital Art

April 2, 2013 at 8:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art | Leave a comment
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The calendar went from Winter to Spring on March 20th yet across the country mother nature has not gotten the memo!  Cold fronts have swept the north and south, bringing snow, frost and major wind storms that knocked out power to different areas.  Here at Imikimi.com we wanted to bring a little sunshine to your cold spring day with some interesting and beautiful spring digital art.  Digital art can be abstract in nature or simply a photograph that has been changed digitally to spark the interest of the viewer.  Art in all forms is beautiful and unique with the beauty always in the hands of the beholder.

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Spring comes in many shapes and forms even if we do prefer the warmth after a long cold winter.  The saying from childhood of “April showers bring May flowers” is what helps on those blistering cold days where even the birds are hiding instead of singing their spring songs.  Flower festivals sprout up around the country bringing the vibrant spring colors of red, blue, purple, pink, green and yellow.  From Washington’s Tulip Festival to the Dogwood-Azalea Festival in Missouri, flowers are synonymous with the thought of spring and what better way to celebrate than with parades and street fairs that typically accompany the flower festivals.

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Art has the ability to inspire and change a persons perspective on the world as a whole.  Hopefully this art will bring you out of the winter slump and bounding into spring!

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