Make Your Own Pixelated Portrait from Paint Chips.

By: Chrisjob Oct 04, 2009

Earlier this month, Apartment Therapy Chicago featured a home with a pixelated portrait of Lincoln, which the owners created "by pixelating a photo and boiling it down to 9 shades of gray (both done in Photoshop). [Then they] built the canvas, gridded it off in 2 inch squares, and mixed the different shades of paint. At that point it basically became a paint by number."


Then, some clever AT reader took the approach, and recreated the aestheticContinue Reading

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New Posters from Keep Calm Gallery

By: Diy maven Oct 01, 2009

Keep Calm and Carry On. Could there be a more appropriate motivational message for our current economic climate? The people that brought that sentiment back to life have new messages to share. Here are some of my… Continue Reading

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Vintage Card Table Turned Wall Art

By: Diy maven Sep 30, 2009

For the last 2-1/2 years I dreamed of artwork for my foyer with a 17 high ceiling.  No extra funds puts a slight damper on those dreams.   

Filed in the 'how clever is this?!' folder is Candy's use of an old card table as wall art. She noticed a stack of them at the side of the road. When she spotted the black and white table in the pile, she knew where it was going and what she was going to do with it. Home and on the… Continue Reading

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Making Burnt Brown Bag Sculpture

By: Diy maven Sep 23, 2009


Never in a million years would have I considered taking a match to a paper bag slathered in tacky glue to see what kind of effect would occur. But then again, I'm not in the habit of testing glue for flammability, which is exactly how this technique was discovered back in the 60's. It's a very cool way to get a metal sculpture look without the metal. To give it a shot, you'll need to gather up the… Continue Reading

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Cardon Copy: Guerilla Art with Public Flyers.

By: Chrisjob Sep 12, 2009

Cardon Copy's mission is simple: redesign self-distributed flyers to convey the same intended information with a professional visual aesthetic, and then put it back in it's original location.

Cardon Copy's effect is tremendous. Though i wonder if the new works are hard to take… Continue Reading

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DIY Lens Option for Macro Photography.

By: Chrisjob Sep 10, 2009


Bigger, sharper, and more refined. We continue to push our digital cameras to get closer and more detailed macro photos our of projects, food, families, and great vintage finds. Captain Molo shows us how to make a macro lens snoot for super close up images and crazy detail out of preground glass lens and a cardboard tube.



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Join the colored pencil of the month club.

By: Diy maven Sep 08, 2009

created at: 2009-09-08

Imagine receiving 25 colored pencils a month for 20 months. Each pencil's color is as unique as its name. (Have you ever wondered what color a Mermaid's Gown might be? How about Frog… Continue Reading

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Laundry Face Art

By: Modhomeecteacher Sep 05, 2009

created at: 2009-09-05

Bored at the the laundramat waiting for your undies to dry? Try biding your time with some strategic folding to create expressive faces and profiles to entertain your fellow laundry doers. Crooked Brains blog Continue Reading

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Shattering Door (and more!) by Leandro Erlich.

By: Chrisjob Sep 04, 2009

There's something about art in context that beats the pants off of a portrait hanging on a white wall. This Shattering Door is one of many fantastic installations by Leandro Erlich, on display now at Luciana Brito. Check out a few others below, and Erlich's website for many more!leandro-erlich-swimming-pool


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Vintage Signage turned Wall Art

By: Diy maven Sep 04, 2009


I found 12 old tin signs that used to hang in grocery and liquor stores to create this patchwork of wall art. Many of them were in sad shape with rust setting in so it didnt feel so bad cutting them up. I just love the graphics and the colors!

Jenny over at Junk Market Style collected 12 rusty, old tin Canada Dry signs, cut them up with a tin snips and then drilled tiny holes into their edges. Using blue tacks, she fastened them to a… Continue Reading

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2-Stall Garage Tuned into Art Studio

By: Diy maven Aug 28, 2009

Art studio of artist Shannon Christensen, which she created in her two-car garage

Artist Shannon Christensen decided to turn her 2-stall garage into an art studio. The outcome suggests it was an excellent idea! Just take a… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Photo Puzzle Blocks.

By: Chrisjob Aug 18, 2009

It's true...everyone loves blocks. Still. Always have, always will.

So, Photojojo came up with a tutorial to create a set of blocks you'll never be embarrassed to leave out when company comes over.


  • 16 wooden blocks 
  • Ruler
  • Square format image(s)
  • Matte photo paper
  • X-acto knife and cutting mat
  • Glue, rubber cement, or Mod Podge
  • Small paintbrush

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How To Carve a Mushroom from a Radish.

By: Chrisjob Aug 17, 2009

Whether you bento or not, this Super Mario-inspired mushroom is worth giving your paring knife a workout. Anna's instructions are quite clear, and the step-by-step photos guarantee you'll be able to slice one out yourself.


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Ugly House

By: Chrisjob Aug 15, 2009

They came from the dark, murky depths of Craigslist and part-time suburban realtor classifieds...Careless, cluttered, and often unbearable, these are, as the comments for this photo remind us, "these are the actual photos that sellers approve to market their homes."



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Funky Lunch :: Sandwich Creations.

By: Chrisjob Aug 09, 2009

These are way cooler than those gnarled tomatoes with the scary eye implants.

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"Funky Lunch was born out of the desire to turn an ordinary lunchtime sandwich into something a bit different to encourage children to try and eat a varied and healthy lunch."


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