- 5 Affordable & Easy-to-Use Online Design Tools
The most frustrating part of any project is having a vision for your project, yet little to no help in having it manifest into something beautiful. I have compiled some go-to resources to tackle any 2D design job. The following resources will help you to navigate the world of online design tools and allow you to make the last decision on if you want to learn how to do the work yourself or hire a freelancer for the job. DIY: FOR THE MOTIVATED I usually do the work on my own, having been self-taught, I always loved the trial and error of learning how to effectively complete design projects for myself and others. The following sites are great for students, artists and entrepreneurs who don't necessarily have the graphic design skills, but still have a little time to practice design. These online web design tools come in handy when needing to create marketing materials or visuals for your blog. Most of them offer free plans and/or affordable premium plans. 1. Picmonkey: Affordable Graphic Design Tool Picmonkey has been my go-to app for online design for years. I have seen the tool evolve over the years and I am impressed by the ease-of-use, as well as its accessibility. Picmonkey makes for a great photo editor and design tool for budding artists. Cost: Basic Plan: $7.99/month or $72/year Pro Plan: $12.99/month or $99.99 Team Plan: $300 2. Adobe Spark: Professional Design Tool Adobe Spark is a tool which can be used to design graphics, videos, and web pages. Adobe Spark is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud plan, or available for purchase as a stand-alone plan. Spark is a great app to use if you want to include cinematic motion in your projects. Cost: $9.99/month or $99.99/year 3. Canva: Free Graphic Design Canva is a popular graphic design platform used primarily for social media marketing, posters, presentations. It's easy-to-use drag-and-drop features are great for making quick business cards, logos, and brochures. Cost: Free: $0 per month Canva For Work: $12.95/month, or $119.40/year 4. Pixlr: Free Photo Editing Pixlr (formerly Pixlr Express) is a free online photo editing app. Effects, filters, overlays, simple to expert tools are available, as well as the ability to open almost any image format. Cost: Free: $0 per month 5. Infogram: Easy Infographic & Chart Maker If you are a rising entrepreneur, a good infographic goes a long way. Whether you are designing for your blog or presentation, Infogram is a good tool to use for quick, clean, and colorful graphics. Cost: Basic Plan: Free Pro Plan: $19/month, billed yearly Business Plan: $67/month, billed yearly Team Plan: $149/month, billed yearly Still need more design help? Contact us for help with your next project.
- 7 Design Tips for Creating an African Decor Sanctuary
This year, spring cleaning has taken an extra special role in our lives. Since most of us are stuck at home, an essential part of our everyday lives has been creating comfortable, functional spaces in our homes. From creating offices to reorganizing playrooms, new decor may have become your best friend. Home should be a place of peace and tranquility - even in times of panic and uncertainty. There's something about an interior design project that is both therapeutic and innovative. Here are a few things that can help you to create the perfect space with just little effort. 1. Handmade African Baskets One thing I love about African baskets is than you can't have enough of them! Throwing the most miscellaneous items into these baskets can give the feeling of a superior organization. The bold prints and colors of these baskets are perfect for any home. Replacing your old laundry baskets, toy bins, and planters with African baskets is both eco-friendly and cost-effective, as these durable beauties can last for years to come! Types of African baskets: Small Baskets, Lidded Baskets, Plates & Bowls, Floor Baskets, Planters, Pet Beds, Vases, boxes, 2. Throw Pillows African print throw pillows are great if you don't have the budget to make a total transformation but still want a quick change. The fun thing about throw pillows is that you can mix-and-match patterns and colors. Order pillows from your favorite shop, or participate in a DIY project - it's your choice! 3. Wall Art Depending on the size of your room, you should consider hanging art on the walls. From posters to masks to mirrors, some of the best home decor hangs above your head. Framing photographs or children's art can create a warm, welcoming environment. You don't always have to reach for a can of paint to make your walls beautiful. 4. Buy Fair Trade There are many Fair Trade organizations and companies that work with independent artists and artisans in Africa. Many handmade baskets and home decor are handmade by women. These creations are not only eco-friendly, they provide a livelihood for artists who otherwise may not be able to make a living from their unmatchable talents. The baskets in our shop are sourced through Fair Trade organizations that provide women with regular employment. Make your home look beautiful while also supporting entrepreneurship in Africa. 5. Thrifting It may be difficult to find good products at a low cost, and sometimes buying fair trade can be costly. The thrift shop can be your best friend, and now you can shop for your favorite second or third-hand products online. A good antique lamp or chest can add be a great addition to your design project. Try Etsy or eBay for access to unique vintage furniture and home goods. 6. Handmade Textiles A good piece of cloth can go a long way! You can use hand made textiles such an adinkra or bogolanfini (mudcloth) as throws, table runners, or even wall tapestries. Leftover cloth can also be used to make your own custom pillows or coasters. Even though they can be a little costly, handmade textiles such as mudcloth and Kuba are long-lasting, durable, and age like fine wine. Each piece literally tells a story and can be a conversation piece in any home. 7. Houseplants Houseplants make the best home decor. They are cost-effective and can create an at-home oasis for any 'green thumb'. The local farmer's market and home store have plants available for each season. Use small baskets as planters to add a splash style to any interior design project. You can purchase the African home decor featured in this blog at www.culchashop.com
- 5 Things Your Face Mask Should Have
Many people have been skeptical about wearing a face mask. Whether you are on one side of the fence, or the other, the fact remains that we have to wear them. So... what should you be looking for in a good face mask? A good face mask should: 1. Fit snug yet comfortably against the face. 2. Be secured with either ties or ear loops. 3. Have multiple layers of fabric. 4. NOT restrict your breathing 5. Be washable Our collection of face masks are durable, washable, nose wire for contouring and ties for comfortable fitting. Shop our full collection of African Print Face Masks today!
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- Conscious Products & Services for Creatives | Culcha Shop
CONSCIOUS PRODUCTS & SERVICES PROMOTING A CREATIVE LIFESTYLE. SHOP NOW 1/4 Sign-Up for Updates! Join for Culcha Updates Give thanks! All Products Quick View Bambara Crossbody Regular Price $64.00 Sale Price $44.80 Add to Cart Quick View Tassel Adinkra Crossbody Regular Price $64.00 Sale Price $44.80 Add to Cart Quick View Tassel Bogolan Bronze Crossbody Regular Price $68.00 Sale Price $47.60 Add to Cart Quick View Adinkra Day Crossbody Regular Price $62.00 Sale Price $43.40 Add to Cart Quick View Bambara Crossbody Regular Price $64.00 Sale Price $44.80 Add to Cart Quick View Tassel Adinkra Crossbody Regular Price $64.00 Sale Price $44.80 Add to Cart Quick View Tassel Bogolan Bronze Crossbody Regular Price $68.00 Sale Price $47.60 Add to Cart Quick View Adinkra Day Crossbody Regular Price $62.00 Sale Price $43.40 Add to Cart CREATIVE BLOG A space for creatives where we share some of our art, design, and lifestyle knowledge. READ MORE FEATURED BRANDS The products we design, create, or source on our site are created by a family of artisans, as well as some fair-trade businesses. You may find that your orders come from various locations and that the packaging is slightly different, but rest assured that the quality will always be top-notch. READ MORE