Candy Centerpieces for any occasion

Centerpieces don’t necessarily need to me made out of flowers or candles. With candy, glue, vases or flowerpots and a little ribbon you can create beautiful designs. I found these online, so I don’t know who to give credit to! These center pieces are good for weddings, parties, birthdays, indoor and outdoor events, and a kitchen accessory.

For creating this design you will need a flower sponge ball, stick, ribbon, gum-balls, glue, bucket and paper.You can bunch up the paper in the bucket and insert a stick in the center. Bit by bit you glue on the candy on the sponge ball and let it dry, when you are almost done, insert the ball on the stick and add the remaining candy.



You can use a donut flower sponge for this design. Glue on two rows of Ferrero Rocher chocolates and in the center you can either stick the flower stems in the sponge or just keep them in a cup of water.

(you will need a flower donut sponge, wrapped candy or chocolate,  glue, flowers and a cup)4564373377This centerpiece is similar to the first, with a different choice of candy and hand painted flower pots. Matching ribbon is an adorable touch. You can use seasonal candy, peppermints, toffees or etc.



How cute and colorful is this centerpiece?! Again just bunch up some paper and if you prefer, you van put a flower sponge under it all. Stick the lollipops and add some Jellybeans, M&M’s or whatever you have.

(you will need paper, candy, flower pot, lollipops)candy-centerpiece

Color Vocabulary

Color vocabulary

There has been a tremendous amount of research on how color affects human beings. Color affects us emotionally, with different colors evoking different emotions so it is wise to know the psychology of color in advertising and design in order to obtain the results we want. vocabulary of color includes:

 refers to the names of the primary colors, red, green and blue.

Value: lightness and darkness of the color – the amount of white or black added.

Intensity: the purity or saturation of the color

Monochromatic color: use of one color where only the value of the color changes

Analogous colors: colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel,e.g. yellow and green

Analogous colors next to each other on the color wheel “get along” and are referred to as being harmonious. Analogous colors are often used in visual design and have a soothing affect.

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Complementary colors: colors opposite to each other on the color wheel, e.g. Blue-violet and yellow, represent colors positioned across from each other on the color wheel. Complimentary colors exhibit more contrast when positioned adjacent to each other -for example yellow appears more intense when positioned on or beside blue or violet

Warm colors include: yellows, red and orange we associate these with blood, sun and fire.


Cool colors include: violet, blue and green because of our association with snow and ice.

The strongest compositions are created by complementary colors. For example the Los Angeles Lakers: Yellow and purple. The Florida Gators: Orange and blue and etc.monochromatic-2warmcool



I am a Graphic designer. So what do you do? websites?

enhanced-buzz-9307-1375283008-17When asked: “what do you do?” I say “I am a Graphic designer.” Most of the times people have no idea what it means and pretend they do or they respond: “oh cool, so you do the websites…?!”

Um no, I don’t do the websites,the web designers do the websites, I do the artwork for the websites. I do not code. I am proficient in 6 softwares and don’t have the bonus skills of coding in 4 different coding softwares like some rare species out there.

I have noticed some employers post job descriptions that have nothing to do with what the job title. They want a receptionist/ graphic designer or  a graphic designer/ web designer…

Yes employers have become very stingy to pay you what you are worth and unfortunately there are a lot of desperate college students that will accept the minimum wage pay.

So so sorry to break it to you if you have a B of A and years of experience with no connections and a great portfolio, because 280 people have applied to the same job you have applied to and the HR lady’s neighbor’s boyfriend will get the job because it’s unfair and you don’t do websites.


Portfolio for a design job

portfolioNowadays with the help of amazing technology, the need for printed portfolios are decreasing drastically. Come to think of it it was a true hassle to have your amazing artwork picked out then printed out in high resolution CMYK colors on superb card-stock, then my least favorite- mounting the prints, and finally inserting them in a fancy shmancy portfolio book.

Some things have not changed though, like the need to have around 10 master pieces to showcase your ability. It is very important to start with a strong piece and end it with a strong piece. And be very aware that you would be asked nit picky questions about each piece, specifically who was the client and “Did you make this for school?”. It is important to have the ability to show your work in person, not just by giving them your website link.

When you are applying for a design job, you are usually required to have a PDF portfolio of 7 to 10 pieces in RGB color format emailed along with your resume and cover letter. You should always have the file on your Ipad or tablet along with your resume on the day of the interview. Even when you were not asked. If you are short on money borrow one or worst case burn a CD and put it in a Labeled case.

So what should be in this PDF portfolio? It depends what you are applying for. For example if you are a Graphic designer applying for a packaging design position, you will need to have at least 90% of your work showing your packaging design on products. It is best to have the design on a product as well as having the design layout on a page. So if you have created a wine label, you should have the label on the page along with a wine bottle with the label mocked up on the bottle so the viewer can see the 3D results as well as the 2D design.




- Make sure that all your files are the same size

- If your files are CMYK convert them into RGB

- Make sure you can show your files offline

- Ask a few opinions if you have trouble choosing your best work

- Do not include your weak work just to fill up the portfolio

- Name your portfolio, for example: Name_LastName_GraphicDesign_Portfolio_2014

- You should convert your files to a single PDF, DO NOT SEND INDIVIDUAL FILES!

- Don’t put too many files- snooze

- Be prepared to talk about the story of each image


The Rule of thirds is your new best friend

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The rule of thirds is an invisible guideline that consists of two horizontal and two vertical lines equally dividing the frame in 9 pieces. When placing an element on any of these lines or intersections we seem to have a stronger layout and create more visual interest in most cases.

I say most cases, because sometimes in photography for example a centered portrait shot may be more powerful than having a non symmetrical image.

Understanding proportion and various elements of design are guidelines only and you should always follow your instincts combined with your knowledge, try to experiment and try something drastically different.

That said many works of art have followed the rule of thirds and created a great visual interest for the viewer. Pay attention to these images, and how the placement of the tree and grass change the focus of the picture. When the tree is on the 1/3 or 2/3 of the frame it has more dominance and importance. Even with the tree/ sky balance the meaning of the image changes.

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If you take a photograph of the beach and ocean and you frame the water and sand 50/50 it won’t be as interesting as framing it 30% sand / 70% ocean or 70% sand / 30% ocean. Or in this case the sunflowers.

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The placement of the elements in a frame may have a strong role on the meaning of the element.

Which one do you like more? Which one is more successful?

Negative Space is not Negative

negative_spacePositive space is where shapes and forms exist; negative space is the empty space around shapes and forms Areas of a picture or art work that contain “nothing” are important visual elements that provide balance in an image.

Nowadays simplicity and clean looking design is the new trend. We tend to have enough stress and chaos in our everyday life, so we are naturally more attracted to pieces that can “breathe”.

Negative space=good

Having the negative space gives the viewer an uninterrupted focus on the message you are trying to convey.

In most cases less is more, like posters. Compare these posters and notice how the negative (empty) space which does not have images or text helps you focus on the main point the artist is trying to make. In some designs, so much is going on that the viewer doesn’t have a specific direction or point to focus on. The eye may wander on irrelevant elements instead of the important text or images; in that case the designer did not do a successful job.




What you will notice more in your everyday life is business card designs. It’s important to make your business card stand out, but keep it clean not chaotic. Some people want to put a family photo, all their social media information, a picture of their dog, and 3 addresses, older people would like their fonts to be in 13 point so they wouldn’t have to use their glasses… NO, just NO. Remember negative space is your buddy. Use it wisely; not like these realtors who want to fit a A4 page of info on a 3.5”x2” format. Please remember to leave breather space between your content and edges.

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Notice how powerful logos and words can be by vitalizing negative space. The FedEx logo has an embedded arrow between E and X which upgraded the logo from vanilla to super double double fudge.



I know you will disagree about negative space if you work in a direct mail company! Let’s all be friends J just because you are paying for the print does not mean you need to smother the page with elements.

Victor Vasarely positive negative space pic

So next time you are flipping through a magazine you will embrace the powerful layouts that have utilized negative space and turned it into a positive tool to please your eyes.