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INK33_01. DIY Marbled Glassware. When graphic designer and artist Joanna Bean Martin shared with us her technique for marbling the bottoms of glassware with nail polish, we couldn’t wait to try it ourselves.

DIY Marbled Glassware

Who knew it would be such an easy way to add color and pattern to your next tablescape or party? Remember, the brighter and bolder colors you use, the more the glasses will radiate and glow. Have fun! You’ll need:flat bottomed glasswarevariety of colorful nail polishclear nail polisha disposable plastic containernail polish removerpainters tapetoothpicks Mask off the bottom of the glass with painters tape. Fill a disposable, plastic container with water. Layer the colors one on top of the other. Submerge the bottom of the glass into the polish. Allow to dry completely before applying a layer of clear polish. Once everything has dried, remove the painters tape and touch up with nail polish remover and a cotton swab.

Your glowing glasses are finished! Bottoms up! Se ami disegnare, sei nel posto giusto! Zentangle: Pattern-Drawing as Meditation. By Maria Popova If greater creativity and more mental balance are among your new year’s resolutions, look no further than Zentangle — a type of meditation achieved through pattern-making, created by artist duo Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts.

Zentangle: Pattern-Drawing as Meditation

Each pattern is built one line at a time, organically combining simple patterns into complex zentangles in unplanned, unexpected ways that grow, change and unfold on the page as you enter an immersive state of flow. Totally Tangled offers a fantastic introduction to the relaxing and beautiful practice through step-by-step instructions and over 100 original tangles. We’re particularly taken with Zentagle because its basic principle — building on simple shapes and combining different patterns into complex creativity — is such a beautiful visual metaphor for our core philosophy of combinatorial creativity. Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month.

Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr. Toilet Paper Origami. Toilet Paper Origami is the origami-style folding of toilet paper.

Toilet Paper Origami

There are two ways to do this: - fold the toilet paper while it is still on the roll, or - fold a single sheet of toilet paper. Fold Toilet Paper while still on the Roll This is seen in some upscale hotels where the cleaning staff will fold the first sheet of toilet paper into a triangle. The triangulated toilet paper informs the guests that the cleaning staff has been there, and has finished cleaning the room. The act of folding the first sheet of toilet paper into a triangle has spread to many hotels and to many countries.

Some hotels and resorts have taken toilet paper origami one step further by making more elaborate folds: Home decor. DIY Satsuma Candle. A friend of mine DIYed her own candles, made from the peels of Satsuma oranges, for a recent dinner party.

DIY Satsuma Candle

I was so excited by this simple yet clever idea, I had to share the tutorial on HonestlyWTF. My only regret is not discovering this sooner when Satsumas were at their absolute peak in December. Hopefully, you’ll still be able to snatch up a few at your local grocery store or farmer’s market and impress your guests at your next dinner party! The stem side of the Satsuma will be the bottom and base of the candle. Lightly score a ring around the top 1/3 portion of the orange.

Because Satsumas are known for their loosely attached peels, the orange should easily be removed. Drawing made easy : a helpful book for young ar... Peacock drawing - wall mural idea. {Tutorial} Journal Covers. Journal covers make great gifts and are a super-fun way to use fabric scraps.

{Tutorial} Journal Covers

My tutorial is based off of this one by Jennifer Paganelli with a few modifications. Appearing here by popular demand! It's designed to cover a composition book, which measures 9 3/4" x 7 1/2" and has a nice firm outer. These are widely available at back to school time in the States or anytime at an office supply store. I buy the "grid rule" kind online via Staples, since graph paper is great for sketching quilts. Step 1: Prepare Fabric I've made journal covers in a myriad of piecing styles. As I'm designing a cover, I keep a composition book on hand for visual reference. If your fabrics are very light in color, you may want to add a second layer of lightweight muslin or the like to prevent your cover from being see-through. Step 2: Side Edges Turn under the 12" sides of the cover by 3/4".

Finish the turned under edge with a 1/8" topstitch. Step 3: Sew it Up! Pin along the line over the folded portions. Art techniques and tips.