Category: Art

ArtNight Sky: Incredible Time Lapse Photography

I don’t know about you, but this is enough to make me ditch the warm cocoa and hot fires and race off into the snow with my camera and tent.
Okay, not really. But almost.
These pictures were taken by Ben Canales, who actually won the National Geographic Traveler Grand Prize for this year’s Photography Contest for the above photo.
 So awesome, right? Well, continue to be amazed. Let me now introduce you to renowned Norwegian photographer Terje Sørgjerd, who has created one of the coolest time-lapse videos I have EVER seen.
Check it out:
Shot in April of 2011, itis set on El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain.
Above is a still frame from an upcoming video to be entitled “The Fairytale,” and below I’ve added another insanely awesome time lapse video because, well, it’s just that awesome. 

Aren’t these guys just amazing? This takes some real passion and true talent.
To end, I’m going to borrow this quote from Vincent Van Gogh off Ben’s bio page:
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
(Pics courtesy of Urban Times and Google Images. All photos by Ben Canales and Terje Sørgjerd.)

ArtNapkin Folding Idea: Thanksgiving Turkey!



What You Need: 
Cloth Napkins 
Flat Space
Nimble Fingers 

How to Do It:
First, watch this video:

 If they went too fast, here are the steps:
Step 1. Fold the napkin in half vertically. Have the open edges point to the right. 
Step 2. Starting at the bottom, fold the napkin up an inch. 
Step 3. Then fold it under an inch. Continue making accordion pleats until you have about 2″ left at the top. 
Step 4. Now fold the napkin in half, with the pleats on the outside. Make sure all the open edges face to the right.

Step 5. Tuck the top right corners into the bottom left corners. Make sure they’re snug.
Step 6. Open the napkin to the left, stand it upon the little balancer you’ve just made, and arrange the pleats.  

To finish, set the napkin on a plate, and place a gourd at the front. If you’re feeling especially creative, add two cloves for eyes and a stem or cornhusk for a beak. Add a few feathers at the back if you’re feeling REALLY creative, and ta-da! 

Note:  In the video, they iron the napkin every five seconds. While this does result in the crispest results possible, it’s also time-consuming and kindof a pain. My suggestion:  starch and iron your napkins ahead of time, and you’ll get similar results.
If you want more napkin folding ideas, check out the Better Homes and Gardens YouTube Channel and their video section on their site. They seriously have everything- pumpkins butterflies, bunnies, snowflakes, trees, roses, leaves – you name it.
(Steps from Rookie Mom 101. Pics courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens and Social Couture.)

Art“Vanitas” by Collage Artist Ashkan Hornarvar

Vanitas by Ashkan Hornavar.

ArtDIY Decorations: Thanksgiving Wreath!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner (eek, next Thursday?!), it’s time to put your Christmas music on hold and get to work on some decorations for THIS holiday. My house is currently barren of any decorations, so as I was hunting around the internet for some fun crafts, I decided that I needed something easy and quick to spice things up in a hurry.
Luckily, my good friend Ashley found this idea from that’s both beautiful and fast. We both tried it, and now I am passing it onto you lovely ladies!
What You Need:
Wreath (crafting stores have premade ones, or you can make your own) 
Felt sheets (depending on how many flowers you want, you’ll need 4-6 sheets, any colors)
Hot glue
Fake berries
What You Do:
Step 1:  Cut spirals out of the felt. You can use the pattern from their website, or you can just cut out a circle and then make your own spiral. They don’t have to be perfect at all, but do make sure you make a little rounded section in the middle. (Tip:  you want to make the spiral strip kindof fat. If you make skinny strips, the roses turn out kind funky.) If you want multi-color roses, attatch a second color onto the second half of the spiral.
Step 2:  Now, starting at the end, roll up the spiral. You can adjust the height as you roll to give the rose shape. Once you’re done rolling, leave out the rounded section and cover the rest of the bottom of the rose in hot glue. Press the rounded bottom into the glue, and you’re done! 
Make as many roses as you like.

Step 3:  Next, glue the roses onto the wreath. You can put them all together, or space them out. I chose to clump them together on the bottom right side.

Step 4: Take your berry branches and rip them apart so you can weave them into the brances of the wreath. Again, you can spread them out across the whole of the wreath, or place them near the roses. My berries were a little finicky, so I ended up glueing some of them down when they tried to fall out. You can also stick in some leaves if you feel so inclined.
Final product! 
All in all, this maybe took me an hour, tops. I also did it while watching really bad movies on Netflix, so that may have slowed me down as well.   
Happy crafting!

ArtDot-to-Dots for Grown-Ups? Yes, Please

Anybody recognize this famous lady?
Watch this video…
How about now?
Allow me to introduce Thomas Pavitte, a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based graphic designer who makes the world’s most complex dot-to-dot drawings. His first project, the Mona Lisa (above), is composed of 6,239 dots, and took Pavitte 9 hours and 15 minutes to connect. To keep track of all the tiny, numbered circles, he color-coded them to change every 400 dots. Pretty cool. Plus, the smaller and blurrier it gets, the more it really looks like da Vinci’s muse.
Since Mona Lisa, Pavitte has moved on to create several more dot-to-dot creations, this time with a transformation twist. The first 335 dots in his Michael Jackson portrait reveal a young Michael, then (Pavitte recommends changing colors) the remainder of the dots morph into the late King of Pop at the time of his passing. Watch:
Also loving his “Yes You Can”/Obama portrait:
What’s so cool is that anybody can do it! You can actually purchase a print online and experience the dot-connecting magic for yourself!
Dear Santa….