It's almost Valentine's Day! I love this holiday because: A. love is a lovely thing, B. exchanging cards or little gifts is always fun, and C. chocolate! What's not to enjoy? You know what else I'm totally loving right now? Enamel pins (hello 90s fashion - it's nice to see you again!). If you're looking for a cute gift to give to your friends, coworkers, or gal-pals, these faux enamel pins are quick and easy to make.
I'm a self-proclaimed pillow hoarder. Because of this, I tend to drive my boyfriend crazy, so I try to limit my pillow purchases, but since I love swapping out my couch pillows often, I like to try DIY techniques that can help me save money. When I stumbled upon this Urban Outfitters typographic pillow, I instantly thought "I can make that." It's easy to update a throw pillow with marker to create this abstract typographic look!
I thought these DIY paper pencils would fit in quite nicely with the "art" theme we're rocking this month. The possibilities are as endless and pretty and artsy as you want them to be!
With this creative DIY idea, Jen Morris may just receive this year's Coolest Mom Award. Going off of her son's doodles and drawings, she created this incredibly unique (and totally awesome) custom "monster" duvet cover!
For students, artists, kids, or crafters this simple no-sew pencil holder is the perfect DIY project--or gift!
I don't know about you, but when it comes to certain pieces of furniture I can be extremely fickle. For instance, my bed. I see a new headboard I want at least every other day. Could this be the answer to my indecisiveness?
So, take a cue from Charlotte Mann, and doodle your own. Her complex black line drawings liven two-dimensional white walls into explosions of texture and scale.
Using two cups and saucers she found at her local thrift store, Aya created a one-of-a-kind tea set. Can't draw? Aya suggests writing a poem or a favorite quote on your dishes instead.
Twenty years ago, Charlie Kratzer decided he wanted alot of impressionist-style art in his home...so, he figured he was gonna have to make it himself. Ten dollars later (which is what, eight sharpies?)...he's ended up with this:
As seen in the famous "Centaur" photograph of Picasso, or the current (and excellent) crop of Sprint commercials, the combination of a controllable light source and some long exposure photography can lead to some amazing artwork. Check out the fabulous work of the Japanese collective PikaPika here (Flickr) and here (animation).
Thankfully, Lori and Stuart from LightDoodles.com are offering some help. Though they don't detail the exposure settings...
Drawing a moving picture book, or ‘flip-book’, seemed to be out of my grasp until I stumbled upon Robert Truscio’s tutorial. And all you need to make one is a pencil, a pad of paper, a little patience and Robert’s great advice.
First, Robert suggestions you choose a subject that lend themselves to movement, like animals and vehicles. He also says stick figures work well too.
Next, determine how the action, or the motion of your subject, will start...
This is odd. A website, called ellips, sells these very cool convex shelves. That’s not the odd part. The odd part is that they include measured drawings of the shelves. Knowing the dimensions of the shelves before buying them is helpful for people willing to hand over the cash for the ready-to-assemble cubbies. (The ‘Big Jim 200’ costs 1,120 Euro, which is about 1,500 bucks.) But a measured drawing for DIYers everywhere?? Score!!
One can make the argument that all artistic renderings of "real" objects are simulations of the actual things themselves, even if the things only occur in the imagination. The outcome of this...