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Check out these awesome musician portraits by Daniel Edlen of Phoenix, Arizona, that were painted on to vinyl records using only white dots. Each delightfully detailed masterpiece is created using only white acrylic paint, which Edlen applies to the vinyl in a pointillism style, dotting to create texture and depth. It is a long and delicate process and often each piece can take approximately a month to complete. In an interview with Modern Metropolis , Edlen explains why he uses this particular style to create his portraits, he said: “it’s challenging painting on raw records because the paint streaks if I stroke it. Dabbing is the only way it works, but consistency is hard because I don’t use any black and I can’t remove paint easily once it’s dried.”
There are some seriously skilled origami artists around today, people who can use the simple art of folding paper in order to create some totally fantastic masterpieces! There’s Star Wars inspired origami of Martin Hunt and Hasegawa Yosuke’s ingenious origami currency hats for world leaders to name but a few, but Kumi Yamashima is the first origami shadow artist I have seen! Yamashima folds the paper in such a way that when light is shone on it from the side – the shadow resembles a human profile silhouette! You’ve got to admit it’s pretty impressive, the way just a few simple little folds and creases can so closely resemble the human form! As part of the project, she created resin casts of the paper profiles which featured 50 New Mexican citizens from different backgrounds.
Lately I’ve been having this huge urge to decorate the house. This is big news. I do not decorate. Arguably, one of the reasons why is because I. absolutely. hate. to. buy. mass. produced. decor. (Also, I can’t ever remember if pink and purple go together or not.)
Hello there! Welcome to day two of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts. Today I am going to show you how to make these fun recipe pot holders. I love hot pads, but mine are getting pretty nasty, so I thought I would try making some. I know a lot of you are familiar with Spoonflower . For those who are not, Spoonflower is a print on demand fabric company that will print your design onto fabric, wallpaper, wall clings, and now even wrapping paper.
Pages Monday, November 12, 2012 12 Days of Christmas--Day 8 First, I have to share with you what we woke up to Friday morning.
This past weekend, I had the excellent fortune to attend NYPL’s Crafternoon ! The topic – hand weaving - was just one of the latest in a number of serendipitous events that seem to be pointing me in the direction of my loom, but the truth is I have been hankering to attend a Crafternoon for the last couple of years. Somehow the timing never worked out – until now. Handmade Crafternoons are the result of the combined genius of Maura Madden , a writer and performer who started crafting parties with her friends over a decade ago and eventually wrote a book about it , and Jessica Pigza , a crafty rare-book librarian at NYPL, who was looking to expand the programming at the library. I have admired Jessica since she partnered with Design*Sponge back in 2008 to create Design by the Book , a series of online episodes inviting various local artists to use NYPL’s vast collection of primary source material to inspire their own work.
Thrifting this weekend, I came across these big bins full of old picture frames. With prices as low as $1 each , I couldn't help myself and I picked out three lovely frames. A little paint can make such a huge difference. I've learned that virtually anything can be spray painted. However they had a pretty limited selection of spray paint at the Hobb Lobb so I found some pretty acrylics .
Do you have any candles that look like this? The wick is too short to light but there's still a good inch of candle left. What a waste! So make a new candle, why don't you? Materials:
As you might remember from the previous Bike Makeover post, it’s been a while I’d been drooling over these magnificent roll up panniers by Brooks; I was so charmed I couldn’t find another bag suitable for my bike. Normal bicycle bags seemed just too plain now, and most of the panniers I found couldn’t roll up at all. I kept searching and all the bags I saw were too bulky, too boring or too expensive, so my bicycle kept going with no bags at all. I showed the roll up panniers (that are much to expensive for my wallet) to my dad, and he exclaimed: ‘Alright, we’ll make one!’
This week’s DIY, requested by a reader, was inspired by the abundant and delightful use of pearls in Chanel ‘s Spring 2012 Collection. Though I’m usually not the biggest fan of pearls, I actually fell in love with the way Karl affixed them along the back of necks and pushed oversized ones into loose updos . His modern interpretation of the underwater gem just goes to show that pearls can be worn any day, at any age! With a few easy steps, you’ll be able to whip up a handful of pearl hairpins as fast as you can say “Sally sold seashells by the seashore” 10 times. Backwards. You’ll need: 8mm – 12mm half drilled crystal ‘faux’ pearls 20 – 22 gauge wire bobby pins wire cutter flat nose pliers super glue
During our holidays last week, I was able to visit one of my favourite little shops. It’s a quaint little place that offers all sorts of beautiful items from artisans from around Ontario. I have purchased some really unusual items in this little shop, where I also seem to find inspiration. Crafts lessons: How to sew a fish net…Inadvertent Knotted jute Demijohn knockoff For example this little sea side jar.
If you take a look in your pantry, you’re bound to find some of the usual store-bought staples like peanut butter, mayo or salad dressing, and most of us don’t think twice about heading to the grocery store for these commonly-used items. But could you get a better product, with less waste, for less money by making some of these items yourself? We say, of course! Difficulty level: Easy What you’ll need: 1 pound shelled and skinned peanuts, roasted 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon oil Food storage container How to make it: 1.
When I did my salt dough gift tag tutorial I didn't post any pictures of how I used the salt dough gift tags. That's because this year I fell so behind in all of my Christmas shopping. I have been trying desperately to catch up and get all my holiday shopping complete. I did manage to get a little more than half of my shopping done, so I'll show you some ideas on how to integrate the salt dough gift tags into your wrapping. I'll also show you how to create some custom stamped wrapping paper of your own.