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Aug 12, 2015

How to Stencil with Fire: Making Large-Scale Typographic Wood Burn Art

Oh... we know you can imagine the possibilities. Giving a hunk of hardwood that classic "branded" Western look. Creating an original poster or piece of wall art with a natural woodgrain background. A sidewalk sign or marquee for a local store or event.

There are plenty of reasons you'd want to make a wooden sign with a burnt design. Here's how to do it:   

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Aug 01, 2014

Weekend DIY Project: How to Stretch Your Own Canvas for Custom Art

created at: 08/01/2014

A stretched canvas is - poetically and literally - a blank space on which to apply original creative works: paintings, screen prints, photo transfers, spray painted stencils. They're a great way to add some custom wall art to your space, matched to the vibe of the room, it's color scheme, etc. 

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May 07, 2012

How to: Make a "Vulcan Salture" Hooded Sweatshirt

created at: 05/07/2012

When fully zipped, this DIY sweatshirt project simply displays a bold, graphic right hand, perhaps a bit influenced by street art. But unzipped halfway, and you're offering a whole 'nother message.  

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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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Jan 09, 2012

Amazing Map-Inspired Stencil Art

created at: 01/08/2012

This is hands-down the coolest piece of street art I've seen in a long time (do I even need to stay street art? How about just art instead?). The piece, titled Blinking City, is more than just a aesthetically pleasing spray paint stencil. It's actually a collage of several neighborhoods in Bejing and is a commentary on the "inadequacy of traditional maps for city environments characterized by fast pace transformation and urban growth"  

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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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Mar 23, 2011

How To: Print Your Own Fabric

 

As I'm sure you've noted my lots of my original projects on ManMade, I'm a fan of projects with clean lines, but that were still made by hand. So, I'm big on printmaking, as it allows for a well-organized, consistent look on a piece that's still handmade.

And, of course, we're huge fans of craft projects that are handmade from start to finish, so the ability to print your own fabric, and then create an awesome project from it. Be still my crafty heart... (I, of course, never actually say things like that, but I'm trying some new stuff out. Whatcha think?)

 

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Nov 09, 2010

Guy Creates Famous Banksy Stencil in Costume

created at: 11/09/2010

Last year, it was the Lichtenstein-alike halftone costume that took the prize. And this year, this Halloween costume is the internet's most impressive.

George Schnakenberg took inspiration from Banksy's perhaps-most-famous 2D stencil and created a full scale, 3D version of it, flower bouquet and all.

created at: 11/09/2010

Click through to see a side-by-side comparison.  

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Oct 04, 2010

How To: Precision Pumpkin Carving

 

Sometime around the late 80s and early 90s, the Halloween scene got knocked on its head. Publishers released pumpkin carving pattern-and-tool books,  and jack-o-lanterns went from simple triangle-based faces to full on cackling witches and haunted house scenes.

And we are all thankful...except in the fifteen years that followed, every home started using these patterns, making these newer more complex scenes just as ubiquitous as their predecessors.

Thankfully, in the last few years, DIY stencil creation has gone through a revolution of sorts, and you can now create detailed custom pieces without need to buy a book at all.

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Aug 04, 2010

Cool Graffiti Work by Ukrainian Street Artist

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...  

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Jun 15, 2010

How To: Make Low Cost Pop Art

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ManMade reader Jordan sent in this great how-to from the music website The Needle and the Groove. Frustrated by the ubiquity of poster images and the high pricepoints of original artwork, the two bloggers/friends got creative. " I’ve always been ridiculously frustrated trying to find posters for my dorm room – everyone has the same posters (sorry, but John Belushi is a bit played out) and none of the posters really depict artists I want to hang on my wall.  So when preparing for Duke a couple of years ago, I hit eBay (the greatest site of all time) to find some posters of Outkast, Talib, and Dizzee Rascal.  I managed to find some sweet

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Jun 10, 2010

How to Make Hand Printed Mouse Pads

created at: 06/10/2010

Here at ManMade, we're always on the lookout for craft and home décor projects that’ll work from a masculine perspective, but to be honest, the stuff that gets us the MOST excited are gender-neutral projects – you know, those that can be customized to suit any taste, and are accessible to anyone.

created at: 06/10/2010

So, with that in mind, here’s an easy way to whip up a hand-printed mouse pad that avoids all the effort and special equipment of silkscreening, thus fitting another of my favorite crafting categories – quick and easy. If you’re not in need of a mouse pad, no worries – this technique can be translated to all sorts of media, empowering you to put anything you can write, draw, or type onto any surface you please.created at: 06/10/2010     

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