New Offerings from Image Revolver

By: Diy maven Aug 07, 2009

Print/Frame Preview

A few months ago I posted about a cool site called Image Revolver that offer original artwork that you can download and print at home or through your favorite image processor. As of this week, Image Revolver is now offering a lovely collection of giclee prints as well as a small hand-picked selection of gallery-style frames.… Continue Reading

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Free Wall Stencil Downloads.

By: Chrisjob Jul 28, 2009

Free Stencil Download

Nope. This isn't the result of a fun new (giant roll) wallpaper, or those new fancy new vinyl wall decals. These brightly colored orbs are the handiwork of good old stencils and a paint brush. Holly from Decor8 passes along this great .pdf from Elle Decoration South Africa full of stencils. Click here for the good stuff.

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New Papercraft Creatures.

By: Chrisjob Jul 28, 2009

Jessica from How About Orange features these FREE papercraft creature designs from Dutch "paper engineer" Marshall Alexander. I love the Retrobot and Zombie George. Fun and free! Get folding!

Thanks Jessica for the link and the photo!

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iArtist: DIY Kits for Re-Creating Notorious Contemporary Art Pieces.

By: Chrisjob Jul 23, 2009

Damien Hirst's Love of God? Banksy's famous sprayed stencils? Everyone I have Ever slept with 1963-1995? Now you can make them, too!

"IARTISTLONDON is the cool new brand that enables you to make real contemporary pieces of art from the comfort of your home. All those pieces that you always wanted to have but couldn´t afford. We believe art should be for everyone. Our boxes contain all the necessary elements so you only have to… Continue Reading

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How to make a photo kaleidoscope.

By: Diy maven Jul 22, 2009

(Get ready to have too much fun!) Fold Play shows how to make a photo kaleidoscope (either hex or oct), which just might be one of the coolest--and free--ways to display your photos ever. Make one or a dozen and you'll amaze not only your friends but yourself as well with your cleverness.

To make one, you'll need:

  • Photos of your choice 
  • An 8 1/2 x 11 piece of printer paper or lightweight card stock
  • A ruler
  • A boning tool (optional, but I'd… Continue Reading
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Ten Ways to Look Sharp in Photos.

By: Chrisjob Jul 21, 2009

Forget ignoring the temptation to stick your tongue out...apparently it matters where you place your tongue behind your closed teeth.

Reader's Digest offer this and nine other tips to bring out your best in photographs.

1. Eyes just above the camera lens.
2. Tongue behind closed teeth.
3. Arms at your sides.
4. Test clothing in natural light.
5. No patterns!
6. Watch the make-up.
7. Classic model pose.
8. Keep your body at attention.
9.… Continue Reading

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How to: Make an Easy and Inexpensive DIY Frame for Posters and Art (Video Tutorial)

By: Chrisjob Jul 21, 2009

An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.

So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.

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Classic Craft: SunPrints

By: Chrisjob Jul 17, 2009

With just a bit of cyanotype paper, wonderful, natural modern prints are just a walk-through-the-park away. The Light Garden offers their experience with this fun old-school craft here, here's a bit of the science behind the process, and a link to the supplies.


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DIY Iron-On Transfers.

By: Chrisjob Jul 17, 2009

The craft and DIY blogosphere has featured TWO tutorials for creating one-of-a-kind iron-on transfers. Using varying types of fusible fabric, both Rice Babies and Cookie magazine will have you customizing your clothes, bags, and bedding with all sorts of imagery.

[ironons.png]The Rice Babies' Approach.


DIY Iron-On Onesies from Cookie Mag.



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My First Experience with West Coast Imaging

By: Diy maven Jul 09, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I snubbed my nose at Target's photo processing department and embraced fine art processing. I've been taking photography classes for over six months now, and I've taken some nice pictures (IMHO), and I wanted to treat them in a way they deserved. I mean, this is art, right? So why not seek out a purveyor of processing that understands that? My search was easy, however. I just followed my photography instructor's advice and went to West Coast Imaging.Continue Reading

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DIY Stickers!

By: Chrisjob Jul 06, 2009


Sometimes, you've got an image you need to stick somewhere, the soft pixelatedness of inkjet sticker paper simple won't do. Sir Brittanicvs provides a recipe for some homemade adhesive to place on a contact paper substrate that gets your message where it belongs.


White Vinegar
White Glue
Your design(s) printed out on paper
A wide brush
Tupperware container OR jar
Packaging tape OR Clear Contact Paper
Straight edge
Little spray… Continue Reading

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Guerilla Art Installations in Big Box Home Improvement Stores.

By: Chrisjob Jul 03, 2009


Regine at WeMakeMoneyNotArt writes,

"Encastrable is a series of guerrilla art residencies held inside gardening and DIY megastores in the Paris area... At no cost at all, the young artists have at their disposal a huge array of material that they can grab, move, superimpose, and organize onto temporary installations and sculptures. Authorization of the manager of the establishment is obviously never… Continue Reading

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Making Mossy Wall Art

By: Diy maven Jul 01, 2009


Mossy Wall Art

Remember the Styrofoam wall art post? Well, here's another version making cool art out of the stuff but using faux moss instead of paper and fabric. To whip a nature-y triptych up of your own, you'll need some stuff, which… Continue Reading

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Easy Crafty Starburst Mirror

By: Modhomeecteacher Jun 29, 2009

View this gallery at The Indianapolis Star: DIY: Starburst mirror
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Bead & Wire Collage

By: Diy maven Jun 29, 2009


created at: 2009-06-29

A few weeks ago, after seeing a show at my local art center and coming home completely inspired, I tried my hand at mixed media collage. Yeah, the outcome was mixed alright. It was a mixed-up mess. I'm talkin' fugly. I nearly pitched the entire idea of collage when it occurred to me that paper might not be the best choice for me.… Continue Reading

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