So, last week, in my epic marathon of singleguyness, and in an attempt to replenish my to-be-read pile, and the Twitterverse exploding about the final film, I decided something, pretty revolutionary for me.
I'm gonna read all the Harry Potter books. For the first time. In order, and fast, so I can then watch the movies, and be up to date with the rest of the Western world. My sweetheart had them all (but the third one, I discovered yesterday), andI was able to score the audiobooks from my local library, and have been reading while home, and listening while doing some long bike rides. (Trail only, one earphone in, just talk, no music. Be safe people.)
Even the humble garden gnome has the potential for a full-on, justice-inducing, evil-butt-kicking alter ego.
Clever guy Kris came up with a fun and easy way to transform everyday Winklebottoms and Figgleforths into slug-stomping, possum-punishing superheroes!
He used bit of Sculpey clay, autobody filler, and some clever painting techniques for a very funny, very creative result.
File under "why didn't I think of that?!"
Silhouettes are the stuff of artistic genius. Got a picture of your dog? That's nice. Got a silhouette of your dog? Provocative! A painting of a guy with a beard is quaint, but a silhouette of said beard is instant culture. Ooo, how about one of a political figure? Or the American flag? Okay, that would just be a rectangle, but you get my point.
The best part is that, as these super easy paintings point out, they don't just have to be solid black fill on white, like that one your mom made you sit still for for like two hours while that weird lady shined a lamp on your face. Well, mine did.
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!
I'm with John. The selection of toolboxes at hardware stores is awful: flimsy black and yellow junk emblazoned with brands, or cheap synthetic fabrics with seams that are already beginning to come apart.
So, like John, I'm always on the lookout for old metal toolboxes and tackle boxes when at the thrift shop and other secondhand stores. And, over the years, I have a pretty heathly collection of perfectly usable, albeit rust cover and pretty shabby looking, old steel toolboxes.
Some bloggers and stylists have called out chalkboard paint as being a fad that's overdone and now out-of-date. But we think the objection here isn't a re-writable surface, but big gray walls in interiors where they don't really work.
So, it's totally awesome to find this tutorial, which allows you to make DIY chalkboard paint in any color you wish.
I recently spied the new book DIY Art at Home at my local library, and immediately added to my pile. It features 28 projects, all of which can be translated to pretty large scale wall art on the cheap.
Women's Day recently featured a full project from the book - a geometric triangle pyramid-y piece created with potato printing. The stamp is inked up every few rounds, so you get different levels of opacity as you continue to print. This is a pretty unique effect for such limited tools and technique.
Folks are calling street artist Sharik "the Ukranian Banksy," but I think its safe to say there are LOTS of politically charged, humorous street artists making paintings and installations all over the world.
Okay, so maybe his stenciling and color choices are a little "inspired" by some of Banksy's work, but c'mon! A milk bottle holding that militarized Coke hostage? Stands on its own...
NPR Music is featuring this exclusive premiere of the "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" by the Avett Brothers. The visuals are sparse animated paintings by Jason Ryan Mitchum that detail the rise and fall of a single landscape's urban development.
" 'Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise' was written about the temporary nature of our buildings and our mentality,' says Scott Avett. 'Accepting the temporary state we may be in. (Artist) Jason (Ryan Mitchum) with his landscape paintings, and some that I'd seen that he'd animated, dealt with the temporary nature of the world around us.'
"Rather than make a bunch of different
Guy couldn't decide what color to paint his wall...so he went with all of them.
Inspired by Amirko’s ‘Change It’ Wall Design Concept, Guy used a bit of clear tape (we're thinking something like this) to mark off the squares, and then filled them in with a total of twenty-seven shades. We love how it's not just a straight, blended spectrum, but how the pixels vary in tone, in an awesome controlled randomness.
Belgian artist and graffiti writer ROA has taken a unique approach to street art: add some naturalism to stark urban settings. His work has an incredible anatomical accuracy, with just a splash of stylization to create his captivating animals.
See more of ROA's work at Damn Cool Pics
San Francisco-based artist Dan Kenneally has created Lunchbox, a series of 18"x18" sandwich paintings, that each use a minimal colored stripe to represent ingredients.
"Lunchbox presents a curious departure from an ordinary subject matter which is unprecedented in the art community. It communicates volumes though use of complex arrangement of color, and simplification. This ambitious feat achieves harmony through balance and composition."
I like that these are physical paintings with texture and drips, etc, rather than simple stripes drawn on the computer.
This day-in-age, a simple embossed logo and your name in a classic serif simply won't do. We're in the era of digital networking, and in order to make a business card work, it needs to stand out.
Bofthem has figured out a way to do just that: do-it-yourself scratch off printing.
New improvements in special consumer paints have openned up all kinds of opportunities for projects and home customization.
Chalkboard paint allowed Kate to create a whole new take on tablescapes:
And magnetic paint on the back of this bathroom door turned it into a helpful storage solution:
But, there's a new kind on the special paint block, and it may be the best one yet: Phosphorescent paints that make anything they cover GLOW IN THE DARK!
PaulBo from Fangleelectronics used this amazing stuff to create an art wall, that's eternally reusable...like a giant glow-in-the-dark Etch-a-Sketch. "We isolated a good amount of wall with
A reader sent this to me in response to yesterday's spray-paint themed Handmade Haiku. I love how the colors and aesthetics match, but the pattern on each is just a bit different. There's no official how-to, but I'm thinking some empty cans and a few Hemma light cord sets are a great place to start.
January 27, 2010: The Tough Guy with the Pinking Shears.
Spray paint is the thing
when you want to feel like your
crafts are illegal.
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