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Aug 02, 2012

A Paint-Loaded Sprinkler Covers Any Space in Rainbows

created at: 08/02/2012

Dutch artist Edwin Deen had an idea. Like, an entirely genius, space program-worthy idea...What would happen if one armed an oscillating sprinkler with a ROY-G-BIV collection of water-based paint? 

And so he built it...and the results are colorfully spectacular.  

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Jul 31, 2012

How To: Make DIY Gradient Typographic Wall Art

created at: 07/27/2012

Wood.
It's my favorite material to work with, hands down. I love the way it makes my car smell when I bring it home from the lumberyard. I love that it goes from a roughly-textured square to any shape I can imagine, and unbelievably smooth when you sand it.

But the best part? Seeing the full character of the grain come through during that last step - finishing the wood with stain or oil. Not until you rub that rag over the surface does the wood truly come alive.  

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Jul 12, 2012

"Millefiori" by Fabian Oefner Mixes Watercolor with Magnetic Fluid

Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner creates these bold, eye-popping images by mixing water color and ferrofluid, then puts it in a magnetic field. 

created at: 07/12/2012

   

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Jun 27, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Tape Dispenser for Your Workshop or Studio

I just went downstairs to check: I have fourteen rolls of tape in various states of use, haphazardly stacked in piles and hanging from random protusions, each equally covered in sawdust and many in paint and woodstain. A few of them are repeats: I have no less than four 1" 3M ScotchBlue rolls started, likely because I wasn't able to find them when in the midst of a project. Clearly, I need a better solution.  

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May 21, 2012

Colorfully Painted Manhole Covers from Japan

created at: 05/21/2012

A few years ago, I discovered the amazing tradition of graphic and painted manhole covers in Japan

Over the weekend, I found the mother lode.    

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Apr 02, 2012

The Originals Factory: A Paint-Dripping Robot that Makes Abstract Paintings

The Originals Factory is a work by Tel Aviv-based artists Liat Segal & Assaf Talmudi. It's essentially "a DIY robot, built and programmed to create landscape paintings in the style of American abstract expressionism." This work-in-progress seeks to fuse together and "[question] digital, mechanic and plastic approaches to art, abstraction and originality."

Click play to watch a video of these thing in action:  

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Mar 27, 2012

Roundup: 5 DIY Modern Easter Egg Tutorials

created at: 03/27/2012

It will come as no surprise that I'm not really into the imagery of Easter. In fact, I mostly hate it. I mean...I like spring (a lot), I'm into finding stuff, and I definitely like candy, but all the nauseating Paas (Paaseating?) chickens and bunnies, the pastel colors, and the bows (what about Easter recollects bows?) don't do much for me.

But...I absolutely love dying Easter eggs. Always have, since I was a kid. I imagine it's because my parents were both teachers that worked in the summer as well, so spring break was the only time we all had off, so Easter egg-dying usually happened while traveling and brought along its excitement. I

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Mar 16, 2012

How to: Make Modern, Colorful Wall Art (on the Cheap!)

Interested in adding some color to your home, but your landlords won't let you paint? Me too...(except I usually just paint, and ask for forgiveness later.)

Instead of grabbing a gallon at the hardware store,

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Feb 23, 2012

Anamorphic Geometric Installations by Felice Varini

created at: 02/23/2012

Swiss artist Felice Varini has been experimenting with optical illustions for nearly thirty years, and from the impressive scale and experience of these anamorphic installations, I think it's say to say he's figured it out.

created at: 02/23/2012

   

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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 08, 2011

How to: Make DIY Spray Paint

I have fifty-four cans of spray paint. Seriously, I just went to the basement and counted. Years worth of specific projects, a couple of content campaigns with the awesome people at Krylon, and it's really become quite a collection.

And I still don't have all the colors I need. See, while spray paint is often the best tool for a specific task, your options are relatively limited. Compared to cans of wall paint, which you can get mixed in thousands of colors at the hardware store, and artist paints like oils and acrylics, the color of palette of spray paint is limited to those determined useful by the manufacturer.

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Dec 01, 2011

How to: Make a Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

When I was a kid, my sister always battled to be the one to put the angel on top of the tree, but my favorite part was always finding where our family had boxed up the bright red nutcracker, and place him somewhere where he could guard our presents against any potential evil mouse kings.

Any the best part? Our nutcracker could actually crack nuts. Nowadays, a functioning nutcracker is nearly impossible to find, and the ones availble in craft stores are kinda junky, poorly assembled, and not something that would fit in any sort of contemporary decor.

So, I decided to give that classic shape a clean and contemporary makeover. And you can too!  

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Nov 04, 2011

Family Room Makeover: A New Face for a Funny Fireplace

For our latest True Value blog squad project, we decided to tackle our fireplace. In our 1960s-ish family room addition, the fireplace takes up a lot of visual attention, and its size and placement make it clear the previous owners built it as a focal point. Here's what we were dealing with:

Our old fireplace, yuck!

(Note: this picture is about four years old)

Last year we decided to paint the fireplace white, but it still lacked some appeal.So, it's not surprising we often chose to 'hide' the fireplace by stacking our daughters various toys in front of it:

What? There's no fireplace here...

The list of things we didn't like about this thing would go on and on. Here are a few photos that are

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Oct 27, 2011

Cool Site of the Day: Online Stencil Generator

created at: 10/27/2011

Strix, the same clever team that brought us the Ransom Note Generator, has released The Stencil Generator. It allows you to upload any photo (or even provide an image URL) and create a stencil for internet graffiti, or to print and cut for an actual piece of art.

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Oct 25, 2011

Amazing Collection of Vintage Spray Paint Cans

Artist Roger Gastman has assembled a new book called, Tools of Criminal Mischief, which features, among other things, this amazing collection of vintage spray paint cans.   

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Sep 07, 2011

Macro Photos of Spray Paint Cans

Okay, so I try not to write blog posts that go like, "holy cow, look at these close-up macro photos of spray paint cans," but...

Holy cow, look at these close-up macro photos of spray paint cans.  

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Aug 22, 2011

How to Print DIY Patterned Fabric

It can be tough to find attractive, masculine-friendly pattern fabric at your local craft store. The solids are usually safe, but save for a tiny check or two, most of the stores are a sea of shiny lamé, pastel animal prints, or, worse, the supposedly masculine-y flamed fleece or sports team prints.

Or, perhaps you simply can't find fabric that matches a room or space...anyone who's ever looked can attest: it can be tough.

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Aug 18, 2011

How to: DIY Painted Guitar Makeover

Most musicians remember their first instrument. If you're a peer of mine, meaning you bought your first guitar sometime between 1993-1997, from some small local music store, and you honed your chops on grunge and classic rock covers, it was probably an off-brand Stratocaster copy, which was most likely black and had a high chance of being covered with stickers. When I taught guitar lessons when I was in graduate school, I was amused/glad to see that adolescents still basically by the same instruments on their first time out.

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Aug 11, 2011

How To: Make Super Easy Text-Based Wall Art

Recently, Elsie thrifted an awesome vintage paint-by-numbers landscape. Which is pretty awesome in itself, though maybe just a tad too kitschy. So, she transformed it into a text-based stunner featuring a song lyric from one her favorite bands with barely any effort.  

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