Category: Art

ArtGranny Goes Guerrilla: Yarn Bombing Rages On

 
Remember how badass your grandma always looked, sitting there in her rocker, knitting afghans? Yeah, me neither. Which is why yarn bombing (guerrilla crochet, knit graffiti, yarnstorming, or any combo of the former…) is so freakin’ awesome. Sorry Nana.
 

 
The mother of the yarn bombing movement, Magda Sayeg, ambushed ninety-nine(!) trees with some shock and awe here in Texas (above), the birthplace of warm and cozy graffiti.
 
 
This world-brightening practice has gone global, and it manifests itself in a variety of styles, from subtle pops of color against the drab landscapes of the world…
 
 
…to full-fledged assaults on cars, buses, phone booths, you name it!
 
 
Who knew knitting could be so awesome??? I also LOVE what Juliana Santacruz Herrera has done on the streets of Paris, with her own special, super creative take on knit graffiti, below.
 

Called projet nid de poule, or Pothole Project, Santacruz Herrera takes unsightly cracks and potholes in the pavement and transforms them into beautiful works of art that are sure to put a smile on even the crustiest old curmudgeon’s face.

So rage on, knitters! I salute you!

 

ArtSparks Fly: the Artwork of Ignacio Torres

A brief statement from the artist: “This project began from the theory that humans are made of cosmic matter as a result of a stars death”.
Enjoy.
See more of the work by Ignacio Torres here!

ArtDIY: Things to do with Old Wine Corks

 
 
Ever wonder what to do with all of those wine corks? Being a wine enthusiast myself, I thought there had to be a better way than just tossing the old corks out. I did a little research and found out a bunch of awesome things we could all do with them! Corks are derived from the Cork Oak Tree. Corks can be reused for so many projects, so why waste them? 
 
Wreath:
 
Supplies
 
-Corks
-18” wreath
-Hot glue gun
-Florist’s wire
-Fabric for a bow
 
Instructions
 
*Glue corks to wreath, staggering them as you go. Continue all the way around wreath. Tie a bow around the florist’s wire and attach to the wreath.
 
 Arrangement:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Empty vase
-Glass candle holder
-Candle for center
 
Instructions
 
*Clean your empty vase well.
*Place candle into your glass candle holder.
*Place candle in the center of the vase.
*Proceed to fill corks in all the way around, leaving some space at the top.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Cork Curtains:
 
 
 
Supplies
 
-Heavy string
-Needle
-Beads
-Small wooden beam
-Hammer
-Nails
 
Instructions
 
*Use the needle to string the corks. Alternate between beads and corks for a beautiful arrangement.
*Hammer nails into wooden beam 1/2 inch apart, leaving nail head sticking out halfway.
*Wrap excess string at end of bead chain around the protruding nail and tie off. 
*Hammer the nail the rest of the way in.
*Repeat until finished!
 
 
 
 
Bulletin Board:
 
 
 
 
Supplies
 
-Any kind of base board (matte, foam board, etc.)
-Hot glue
-Push pins
 
Instructions
 
*Simply hot glue the corks onto whatever base you choose.
*Let dry before hanging on wall.
*Use push pins to hang up little notes!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Place Card Holder:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Razor blade
-Sandpaper  
 
Instructions
 
*Flatten one edge of the cork by sanding it down
*Use a razor blade to cut an even and thin notch through the rounded side of the cork
*Add a name tag and you’re done!
 Cork Ornaments:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Paper clip
-Ornament holder
 
Instructions
 
*Cut a paper clip in half and shove both ends into the cork
*Use an ornament holder to hang on tree
 
 
 
Coasters:
 
Supplies
 
-Hot glue
-Ribbon
 
Instructions
 
*Arrange corks however you see fit
*Glue together as you place them next to each other
*Put a decorative bow around arrangement and glue, securing ribbon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Jewelry: 
 
 Supplies
-Long necklace
-Jewels or gemstones
-Small rings
 
Instructions
*Cut cork into think slices
*Paint the corks, glue on jewels, it is up to you!
*Fasten corks by drilling a small hole in each end of the cork. Bring together with rings
*Break the old necklace in half and attach each end to the small loops
 
Check out this AWESOME cork window display I saw in an Anthropologie window that inspired this blog:
 
 
Enjoy! 
 
(photos courtesy of pinterest and nikki in stiches)

ArtAlice in Waterland: Elena Kalis Gives the Classic Tale a Watery Spin

 
Before Tim Burton brought us his modern twisty tale of Alice in Wonderland, Russian born photographer Elena Kalis decided to put her own spin on this classic by shooting her own version . . . underwater. With 12-year-old daughter Alexandra as her model, Elena at once captures the youthful joy and innocence of swimming, stories, and surprise.
 
 
Having only specialized in underwater photography for a little over four years, she mixes her love of Brothers Grimm fairytales with the beauty of her now home-nation of the Bahamas to create an underwater fantasy world. Welcome to a world of magic, dreams, and imagination!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
In addition to these beautiful fairy-tale pictures, Elena also creates some other really beautiful underwater photos. Read this interview about her work and then check out her website and Facebook for some more stunning creations.
 
(Pics courtesy of wicked-halo.com and nonsolokawaii.com.)

ArtDIY: Paper Flower Key Holder

If you’re anything like me, you lose your keys. Every. Single. Day. No matter how hard I try, they always go missing just seconds before I am running out the door, already five minutes late. In fact, I even have a spare backup key stashed in my makeup drawer for when they’re really MIA.
 
Finally,
after many tears,
enough was enough.
 
It was time to make a permanent resting place for my keys.
 
Hence, the
Paper Flower Key Holder!
 
 
What You Need:
 
Scissors
Cardboard
Wire Coathanger
Hot Glue Gun
Nail
Stapler
Book or Magazine Pages
Krylon Clear Coat (or any other kind of clear spray paint)
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters
  
How You Make It:
 
* Cut out a small circle of cardboard, about an inch around. You can vary the size of the cardboard circle depending on how big you want your flower to be.
 
* Cut a piece of coat hanger about 10″ long with the wirecutters. If you use one end that’s already bent, that will save you a lot of trouble rebending the wire, but whatever is easier for you.

* Using the picture above for reference, shape the piece of wire to have two loops at each end: a rounded section for the key hook, and a twisted section to glue onto the cardboard circle.

* Glue the twisted section onto the cardboard circle. (You can feel free to use a ton of glue if need be. Nobody is going to see this part, so be as messy as you want – just make it stick!)

* Next, cut out six big flower shapes from your book or magazine. Consider cool pictures from a travel magazine, or pages from your favorite poet. If you don’t want to ruin a good book or your favorite new magazine, hunt down old books at thrift stores or pretty ads from the pages of your mom’s old Marie Claire magazines – be creative! I used a combination of ads from Glamor and Cosmo magazines I had lying around my apartment because I wanted something colorful and inexpensive.

* Stack all six layers on top of each other and rotate them so the petals stand out at different angles.

* Staple them all together in the center with an “X” shape. By stapling one over another, it makes them stronger and prevents the petals from coming detached from the others.

* Pull up all the layers so they stand up in a 3D shape.

* With another page or scraps of a page you’ve already used, make another smaller “flower” shape with thinner strips for the center of the flower. Hot glue it in the middle to cover the staples and create a full center.

* Before gluing the flower onto the cardboard, coat the flower with a layer of clear spray paint and let it dry.

* Add a few more coats of clear spray paint until the whole flower is crisp and strong. (Note:  I used the glossy kind of spraypaint, and it turned out with a really neat finish. Consider experimenting with different finishes for unique looks.)

* Glue the whole flower to the cardboard circle. Because I happened to have glitter glue, I also decorated the “petals” with some squirts of silver glitter just for fun.

* Once the glue is dry, hang the key holder on the wall.

Ta-da! Enjoy no longer hunting for your keys (for a day or two anyway – lets be realistic).  Not only is this a great way to store your keys, it’s also a wonderful homemade present. It’s quick, cute, and quirky, and the fact that it’s homemade is even cooler.
 
I got the original idea for trying this out from fiskars.com, so check out their own tutorial for more tips and pics!