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Home Decor: 5 Types of Mosaic Art

Home Decor: 5 Types of Mosaic Art

Are you bored of the same old paint and wallpaper in your home? Do you get tired of seeing your bathroom or kitchen floor because they are so boring to look at? Well, have you ever considered making some changes, and adding mosaic art to your home?

This is a great way to make any room in your home look fantastic, and there are many ways that you can use mosaic art on floors, walls, and even countertops. You can find inspiration for tile projects using these materials on sites such as Mozaico Blog.

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Types of Materials Used

First, let’s discuss the various materials used to create tiles for mosaics. The most common is ceramic tile, which you can even find in craft stores for your home improvement projects. This tile is easy to cut, and the least expensive. Next, there is vitreous glass tile, which is also inexpensive, and easy to cut. Smalti glass tile is much thicker, and much more expensive. Organic tile is made from such materials as marble, basalt, granite, and limestone. Then, there is creative tile, which is made from a variety of things, including broken bottles, broken china, marbles, jewelry, and more.

Types of Mosaic Art

There are five basic types of mosaic art: classical, pebble, industrial, hand-cut and custom ceramic inserts. Let’s learn more about each type, and how you can incorporate them into your home.

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Classical Mosaic Art

Anything that is made the old-fashioned way takes longer, and that includes mosaic art. But, it is also often the most beautiful, and well worth the effort and cost. In most cases, classical mosaic art is made on a commission basis, using such stones as granite and marble. A thick, Italian glass is also often used, and it looks wonderful when combined with the stone. In some cases, the work is not grouted, giving it an interesting appearance.

Pebble Mosaic Art

If you prefer a more rustic look, pebble mosaic art may be the thing for you. This is a type of mosaic art that is faster to create than other types, although it can take a lot of time to pick just the right pebbles to create various effects. This is also a costly type of mosaic art when done using the traditional method, because of the amount of work that does go into it. As the designs become more intricate, the cost goes up.

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Hand-Cut Mosaic Art

This is another time consuming form of mosaic art, but it is faster than the classical method. This type of mosaic art is usually done with ceramic and glass tiles. These tiles are cut thinly and shaped by hand with glass cutters and tile nippers. You can get some beautiful and complex designs in a variety of colors, and there are also a variety of material options available.

Industrial Mosaic Art

The fastest and least expensive type of mosaic art is the industrial style. The tiles are cut with a tool called a small scale tile cutter, and very little work is done by hand. Tile pieces are arranged into simple types of patterns, with various effects that can be created. It takes a lot less time to create a mosaic with this method than the rest, and if you aren’t particular about having the absolute best, it looks just as good for a lot less money.

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Custom Ceramic Inserts

You don’t necessarily have to get a whole floor or wall done in tiles. It may be that an insert is all that you need to really jazz up a room. These inserts will give you texture, and create effects that can’t be done with other types of mosaic art, such as lettering and other fine detail work. You can also use this method in combination with other types of mosaic art for something truly unique in your home.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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