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Drawing made easy : a helpful book for young ar...

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Urban Sketchers Portugal Toilet Paper Origami Toilet Paper Origami is the origami-style folding of toilet paper. 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: Left: classic triangulated toilet paper origamiMiddle: pleated toilet paper inspired by HotelChatter Right: pleated-tuck toilet paper inspired by P O'Brian Books Stephen Gill spent 3 years photographing the folded toilet papers in hotels from various countries. which shows the folded toilet papers.

How to Draw Fabric Folds Tutorial by Barbara Bradley Look for Several Types of Folds Five of the seven fold types--pipe, half-lock, diaper, drop and inert--appear in the abundant cloth of this Roman's toga. The more fabric there is, the more types of folds you'll see. TYPES OF FOLDS - An Illustrated Tutorial from "Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure" by Barbara Bradley 1927-2008 - Recognized as one of the best and most inspiring teachers of drawing in the country. She was one of a handful of successful women in a male-dominated profession, although she didn't consider herself a pioneer; she merely did what she loved to do. {Tutorial} Journal Covers Journal covers make great gifts and are a super-fun way to use fabric scraps. 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.

From Russia with Love… Uzbekistan photographer Ravshaniya knows how to make a visual statement in her work. From silver painted models wearing unicorn horns to brides being literally swept off their feet, she creates a dramatic world in her art that is hard to surpass. Gaze in wonder at her meticulously crafted set design. All images © Ravshaniya Via 500px 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. 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. 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. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a professional artist, Totally Tangled can transform your casual, fidgety backpage doodling into a powerful meditative creative outlet. Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. Share on Tumblr

Facebook DIY Satsuma Candle A friend of mine DIYed her own candles, made from the peels of Satsuma oranges, for a recent dinner party. 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. The stem side of the Satsuma will be the bottom and base of the candle. Because Satsumas are known for their loosely attached peels, the orange should easily be removed. Once the flesh of the orange is taken out, the pith connecting the outer stem should remain. Pour a few glugs of olive oil into the orange, leaving just the very tip of the pith exposed. Depending on the length of the pith, the candle should burn for at least a couple of hours. (all images via HonestlyWTF)