Category: Art

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! 

ArtPhotoshop Touches Up on Some (Alternate) History

 
There are some things that the U.S. government doesn’t want us to know about, but Pittsburgh-based, NYU film grad Matthew Buchholz is finally clueing everybody in. Well, that’s actually not true, but Buchholz does dream up some pretty convincing re-imaginings of history, with a fantastically off-beat and brilliant sci-fi vision.
 
Map of Washington, DC

The Defeat of General Frankenstein at Bunker Hill
 
Homestead Robot

Photoshop is his medium of choice, with a healthy backdrop of witty, deadpan captions detailing the sci-fi’d, pseudo-historical events depicted in the images. The descriptions alone pack as much punch as the clever pictures; check out his hilarious explanation of the Floating Saucer Crafts and the Chicago Fire, below:
 

“The Great Fire at Chicago, Oct 8th, 1871. The Great Fire commenced on Sunday evening, Oct 8th and continued until Tuesday, Oct 10th, consuming the Business portion of the City, Public Buildings, Hotels, Interstellar trading depots, Newspaper Offices, Rail-Road depots, and extending over an area of Five Square Miles. The fire began when Immigrant Aliens, feeling cheated in a business transaction, took to the skies in their Floating Saucer Crafts and employed their Destructo-Ray. Interstellar Trading was suspended in Chicago soon after the fire.”
 
The Burrowing Beast in Hollywood
 
Prints of his work can be purchased via his Etsy site, as well as cleverly campy greeting cards to brighten up those special days.
 
An Unidentified Floating Craft Above Fifth Avenue
 
Inauguration of Vilnar the Destroyer
 
The Signing of the Declaration of Independence
 
Pittsburgh Zombie Outbreaks: A Map
Zombies in Schenley Park
 
This is just a taste of Buchholz’s willdy entertaining collection, so check out his website to witness beer-guzzling sea-nuisances, monstrous, banana-loving ape-creatures, a giant Andrew Carnegie wreaking havoc on his beloved Pittsburgh, and good old-fashioned zombies galore.
Now I just need someone I know to get pregnant so I can send her this awesome card.
 
 (images courtesy of renegadehandmade and alternatehistories)

ArtLashing Out: These Falsies Aren’t Fooling Anybody

 
I’ve worn my fair share of fake eyelashes in my day, but the new paper eyelashes by Paperself are a whole new genre of eye enhancement.
 

 
Inspired by the Chinese art of paper-cutting, these intricate beauties will definitely get you some attention. Very Lady Gaga, no?
 
 

 

 
 

My two favorites have to be the “Deer and Butterfly” and “Peacock” (above). I kind of love how the antlers mimic real lashes, with a touch of whimsy.

These one-of-a-kind faux lashes come in two sizes; the bigger one goes for a dramatic lash line takeover, while the smaller one, below, lets you get creative. Keep it classic(ish) with an outer corner application, or go bold with a full set on top and the smaller size on the bottom outer corner for über-drama.
 

Now, the Paperself site recommends using the little guys to “accentuate the corners of your eyes…for a subtle daytime look.” I would never choose subtlety as a descriptor here. Unless your day job is under the big top, let’s stick to costume parties.
 
DJ duo The Broken Hearts modeling their “Under the Sea” collaboration 

I’ve got to ask, is this a trend with staying power, or just too bizarre for non-Fame Monsters?

 

ArtOff the Wall: Art by Shawn Smith

 
Do not adjust your screen; you are seeing this just right. Why, it’s just the work of Shawn Smith, the Texas based sculptor!
 
Using everyday imagery trapped inside a pixelated view, Smith works as a human 3-D modeling system. By meticulously putting together small blocks of ink-stained wood, the fragmented images are full of movement and a computerized sense of life.
 

 
  The close-up on “Schrodinger’s Hat” (2009) is absolutely incredible. At only 22″ tall, you can imagine how tiny these little blocks are!
 
 
This fox is one of my favorite pieces by Smith; the wide range of tones are so perfectly placed that the image seems to flatten into 2D.
 
A close-up of “Everett” (2008) reveals a network of color that is bewildering, but absolutely wonderful.