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Feb 02, 2012

The Cartoon Color Wheel

created at: 02/02/2012

Here's a quick mid-day pickmeup that'll make you smile: the clever minds at Slate have organized some classic, interestingly-hued cartoon characters into an interactive color wheel.  

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Jan 25, 2012

Cooking up a Rainbow

created at: 01/24/2012

It's not that often that I'm wowed by a TV commercial, but today I am. This ad for Lurpak, a Danish brand of butter (margarine?), is really great. The narrator's voice is a little strange, but I guarantee after watching this you'll be singing "Chop chop chop chopping!"  

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Dec 12, 2011

A Candy Coated DSLR

Pentax has released some crazy digital SLR cameras, including a bright red one and a weird robot version, but they've got nothing on this Canon 7D, which looks like it was sprayed with a hose full of Nerds and Skittles.

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Dec 09, 2011

Amazing Photos of Paint Being Dropped into Water

The cover of my tenth grade chemistry book was amazing...it featured three graduated beakers full of blue liquid, into which bold, colorful liquids were being dropped, blooming and swirling wih clouds. I used to stare at it during tests when I'd forget my stoichiometry; perhaps to calm myself, or maybe because I was hoping I'd magically absorb the info inside.

   

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Dec 06, 2011

The Chromatic Typewriter Prints Colors with Its Keys

Artist Tyree Callahan hacked into a Underwood Standard typewriter from 1937 to create this absolutely amazing piece, dubbed the Chromatic Typewriter. The "typebars" are replaced with ink pads, and the keys given a corresponding color. From the duo of tones on each key, it looks like the artist even preserved the "shift" option.

As a scultpture, it's plenty striking, but the piece actually works to create original "paintings" by typing on the keys:  

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Oct 31, 2011

DIY Idea: Turn Cinder Blocks Into Art with Colorful Mortar

Cinder blocks are quite possibly the most boring material ever. And really, when's the last time you saw someone make something creative with them? Well as it turns out, it actually doesn't take a whole lot of effort to transform boring old cinder blocks into a work of art.

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Oct 10, 2011

CMYK Embroidery

CMYK is the four-color subtractive offset printing process, with the letters refering to the colors used - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black). Open up most home inkjet printers, and you'll see it in action.

Artist Evelin Kasikov recreates the process with embroidery thread, using color halftoning to amazing effect.

   

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Sep 02, 2011

The Art of Clean Up: Meticulously Arranging Everyday Objects

created at: 09/02/2011

One last bit of Friday inspiration for those who thrive on symmetry. We are with you. (I am you.)

created at: 09/02/2011

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Aug 09, 2011

Translucent Ants Turn Colorful after Eating Rainbow Liquids

created at: 08/09/2011

One afternoon, Dr. Mohammed Babu's wife, Shameem, directed his attention to a family of ants in their home, who turned up to sip on some spilt milk.

Interestingly enough, the ants had "turned" white, as their translucent bodies displayed the milk they'd consumed. So the scientist decided to get creative.  

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Jul 26, 2011

DIY Idea: Rainbow Melted Crayon Art

Artist and designer Jessica Kerbawy creates these amazing rainbow wall art pieces by gluing a spectrum of crayons on foam core, and then strategically melting them

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Jul 19, 2011

Amazing Carved Crayons by Pete Goldlust

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 07/19/2011

We've seen intricately carved pencils before, as well as Crayolas sculpted into the twelve Chinese zodiacs, and these hand-carved, boldly colored crayons from artist Pete Goldlust are equally exquisite.  

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May 10, 2011

Rubbish Rainbows: Spectral Art Made Entirely from Garbage

created at: 05/10/2011

Austrailian artist Liz Jones is a crafter and collector of trash: beautiful, rainbow-colored trash that washes up on Melbourne's urban beaches. She says, "I wanted to show the slightly disturbing nature of human need for disposable plastic, and the fact that these everyday items tend to last for an indefinite time after they are disposed of. I am attracted to the variety of rainbow hues and the contrast of beauty and ugliness."  

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May 05, 2011

High Speed Destruction, In Rainbow

True, most of us have seen lots of high-speed photography. (Wasn't there a TV show at some point? On before Mythbusters?)

But, it never gets old, especially when it involved boldy colored objects being smashed into bits.

   

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May 04, 2011

Thermochromic Urinal

Oh, the possibilities...

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Apr 25, 2011

The Edible Color Palette

Blue No. 1. Yellow No. 5. Red No. 40. "Without them, soft drinks would be clear, Cheetos would be beige, Froot Loops would just be Cheerios, and Easter eggs wouldn’t be nearly as much fun."

Such begins IDSGN's fascinating look at the actual colors that go into those foods that you'd like to say you don't eat, but color your tongue all the same.

created at: 04/25/2011

    

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Mar 22, 2011

How To: Spray Paint Like a Pro

I just went into my basement and counted. The results?

I have twenty-eight cans of spray paint. Okay, that also includes spray primer, and probably a clear coat or two, but twentyeight? I was surprised.

So, what's it mean? That spray paint is awesome, and the perfect medium for all sorts of DIY and art projects, of course!

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Feb 22, 2011

Five Easy DIY Wall Art Ideas

created at: 02/22/2011

The blank white wall. It says classy. It says timeless. It says...

You haven't picked a piece of artwork yet.

Even the cave dwellers understood that blank walls are an instant downer. But artwork, especially the good stuff, can be expensive.

So what's left to do? Make your own.  

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Feb 15, 2011

Amazing "Pour" Paintings by Holton Rower

created at: 12/01/2010

created at: 02/15/2011

New York-based artist Holton Rower (and friends) create these boldly colored abstract works called "Pour" paintings from...you guessed it: pouring paint.

While playing with the fact that paint is a liquid is nothing new, it's fascinating that these works are so engaging. It's obvious how they were created, and the effect is something we all experimented with in elementary school art class. Plus, I love that these pieces are necessarily also 3D sculptures, as there needs to be an added element of height from which to let the paint flow.

created at: 02/15/2011

 Watching these things in process is amazing; they serve as both paitings and kinetic sculptures. Check out this video:

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Oct 01, 2010

Colorful Modular Tetris Bookshelf

 

Homeowner Mario and his wife Tete, from Sao Paulo, got inspired by a Tetris bookshelf he saw online, and started designing. His piece was custom fit into his space, built by a woodworking friend.

The shelf is 2.20 meters wide, 2 meters tall and 30 centimeters deep. It's made of MDF wood and the colored parts are Formica sheets.

 

As you can see in some of the pictures, all the parts are independent of each other so it's a modular project. I can unscrew half of the shelf and use it at another place or I can re-arrange the parts as I see fit (and the holes match too, it's a very artisan project!).

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Sep 01, 2010

How To: Make a DIY, Best Made Co.-Inspired High End Hammer

created at: 09/01/2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Peter Buchanan-Smith and Best Made Co., and I haven't been able to shake the imagery of their color-adorned urban axes since. I can't help but check out the ax and shovel handles at the hardware store and garden center. And while I have immense respect for Best Made Co. and their amazing work, I'm just not at the point in my life where I can swing investing in a high-end functional art piece.

But that doesn't mean I couldn't take a cue from their bold color meets wood-grain handles and deep silver blades - so I decided to create my own colorful high-end tool, using a claw hammer. And you can too.

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