Crazy Sculptures

Here is yet another amazing thing that can be done with 3D printing. It has the potential to change everything, even the art world. Just like 3D printing, I don’t have the slightest idea how this works. I’m completely amazed by how the sculpture changes from one thing to another. I want to see one in person!

What interesting designs! I love the effortless way that it changes from one thing to the next. Though if I’m completely honest, it made me a little nauseous to watch. It was spinning so fast! The sculpture is based on the work of Leonardo Fibonacci. The ‘Golden Ratio,’ mathematical sequences of numbers, and all sorts of things I don’t understand. Even without getting that part if it’s design, it is still awesome!

Here is another type of sculpture that changes and evolves. But this one uses the wind. Find it at Gizmag.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

DIY Paintings

Looking for some decorating inspiration? You might find it here. I know that I did! I need to try some of these right away, my home has more blank walls than I would like to admit. I keep meaning to do something with them and I think these simple and beautiful DIYs might be the solution.

I heart these. They are easy and kid friendly. What kid doesn’t love getting covered in paint? You can use all sorts of strange things to make art. Corn on the cob, leaves, lemons, scotch tape, and other random things from around the house. DIY art gives you the chance to make you home as unique as you are.

The family hand print is adorable! It would make a wonderful gift for Grandma and Grandpa. #12 is one of my favorites. I also like the projects that have painted initials or quotes. #27 is horrible! I would never drown a teddy bear in paint like that! It’s stuffed animal cruelty! She Knows has some better animal crafts than that. Lol, find them here.

Find the full article from Home Esthetics here…

HomeEsthetics: 31 Amazing DIY Paintings For Your Blank Walls

How It’s Made, Decorative Candles

Have you ever seen food to pretty eat? Well here is a candle too pretty to burn. Creating hand carved decorative candles is an old German craft but it’s new to me. Apparently they were pretty popular in America in the 70’s and 80’s. I don’t remember them but I’m told that you could find these candles in mall kiosks and at county fairs everywhere.

I’m embarrassed to even think about my layered crayon candles! They take about 5 minutes and a child could do them. But these decorative ones are only for the professionals. It takes a year of training to get ready! The temperature has to be just right when creating and carving the candle. The carver only has 15 minutes to finish their design before the wax become too hard to work with. Talk about pressure!

I love that this one was covered in tulips, they’re my favorite flower! It’s so pretty I wouldn’t want to burn it for long. Just long enough to be able to fit a LED candle inside it. The way the light shines through the designs is lovely! TopDreamer has some other creative candle ideas. Find them here

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

This Kitchen And Backyard Took Five Years To Create. Wait Until To You See Why.

There are some seed beads in my craft drawer. Why are they called seed beads? Because they are so so tiny, the size of seeds and they are impossible to work with. Liza Lou, featured at Viralnova has an amazing gift when it come to details and seed beads. She created a whole kitchen and yard out of those miniscule things! There are 250,000 blades of grass in her ‘backyard.” I can’t even imagine how many beads are on each blade, tiny seed beads. That is dedication!

I think the bag of potato chips are the best! And the sink full of dirty dishes really is a work of art. The whole thing has me amazed and I know you will Loooove it too!

Here’s the link to Liza’s work and Viralnova’s full article: Viralnova: This Kitchen And Backyard Took Five Years To Create

If you’ve never heard of seed bead art before, then you might want to research an artist called Liza Lou. She created almost a whole house from millions of tiny beads the size of seeds. It’s impressive to look at, and it’s even more impressive when you consider the amount of patience that was required to build this and not go crazy in the process.

Very Realistic

The house took five years for Liza to make and is extremely detailed. It’s made up of millions of miniature beads which makes the home look very realistic. Even the 250,000 blades of grass which make up the back yard are all made from individually positioned beads. The artist only used her patience and a pair of tweezers to create this beautiful piece of art.

The attention to detail is outstanding. Even everyday objects and well known brands have been painstakingly recreated with seed beads.

Creating your Own Seed Bead Art

If you want to try making pieces of art from seed beads yourself then there’s nothing stopping you. The materials and equipment needed are actually quite minimal. The overall process is fairly simple, but you will need a lot of patience. You might want to try a project that doesn’t take five years to complete though.

Seed beads can be purchased from any craft store or online. There are lots of different stores online selling the beads in a variety of different shades and colors. To use these beads for art rather than for making jewellery with, you will need plenty of different colors.

For your own Seed Art project you will need:

– Seed Beads
– Tweezers
– Cardboard (optional)
– Glue

Depending on whether you are designing a flat picture made from seed beads, or a more sophisticated 3d model resembling the actual thing, you will require different materials. The easiest thing to do is make a flat painting like picture using seed beads. To do this you can simply draw out a design on a piece of paper or card, and then stick seed beads in the right place to create the picture. Experiment with using different shades and colors to create the right contrast and build up the picture.

If you want to do something more advanced, similar to what Liza created then you will need even more patience. You will need to first start by building small models from cardboard. For example when you want to make a cereal packet you will need to make a tiny cardboard box. Alternatively you could use the foam used for flower modelling and carve out the right shapes of objects.

Then it’s just a matter of covering the three dimensional model in the tiny seed beads. Use small amounts of glue to secure the beads onto the surface of the model. Be very careful not to use too much glue as this will affect the look of the model. You really need to take your time using the tweezers to make sure the beads are placed in the correct position.

Seed bead art can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite frustrating. With practice you should find it much easier to complete even more complex projects. In a couple of years perhaps you will be just as good as Liza Lou.

Additional Resources: Looking for more awesome artwork?
Don’t miss this article by Mail Online and also this one from My Modern Met.

Fruit Turned Animal Art: 30 Creative Creations

I’m not sure I could eat any of these! Fruit is delicious but these creations are works of art. I can see some huge fails in my future if I were to attempt any of them. The watermelon dragon took some serious skill and banana Poseidon just blows my mind! I’m green with envy that some people are so talented.

See all the delicious creatures here…

HongKiat – Fruit Turned Animal Art (30 Creative Creations)

Image Credit: hongkiat.com

 25 Wonderful Wall Art Crafts

Today, I’m excited to feature Craft Gossip and the 25 terrific wall art ideas that they have gathered up. I love having so many options to choose from all in one place. You may fall in love with a specific craft to decorate that blank wall or you may get inspired to create an original all your own. Whatever you decide, have fun decorating!

See all 25 here…

CraftGossip – 25 Awesome Wall Art Ideas

Image Credit: homeandgarden.craftgossip.com

Heart Key Art

Here is something fun! Keep this in mind the next time you are in need of a craft project, a gift, or there is a blank space on the wall that needs art. Take old buttons, keys, jewelry, or really anything that you like the look of and use them to make a pretty design. Create any shape that fits your fancy! Set your design, paint your “knick-knacks,”and frame them. Voila! The easiest craft/art that also will help you clean out the junk drawer.

Here’s all the details on this project…

DesignSponge – Kate’s Uncommon Valentine

Image Credit: designsponge.com

Anastasia Elia’s Miniature Diorama Worlds

The medium Anastasia Elias uses for her artwork may seem strange but the finished pieces aren’t! She creates mini dioramas inside of toilet paper rolls. They are delicate and detailed, and they really do bring tiny worlds to life. Each roll has a small silhouette scene inside and they are then back lit to give that three dimensional feel. This isn’t what we made it Kindergarten folks!

See more of her amazing work here…

Enpundit – Miniature Worlds Created Inside Toilet Paper Rolls

Image Credit: enpundit.com / Anastasia Elias

Beautiful Butterfly Footprint Art

Mother’s Day is May 11th this year. It’s a hard holiday for me to remember because there isn’t an easy set of rules for when it will be. Thanksgiving is always the last Thursday in November and Christmas is always December 25th. Even though it may not always be on the same date, Mother’s Day is one of the most important holidays out there! Mom’s do so much for everyone around them and they need to be celebrated. Mommy Potamus turned her kiddos footprints into butterfly art for Mother’s Day and now I want to do the same! Gather up a canvas, some acrylic paint, brushes, and a marker. The best gifts are homemade ones!

Here’s the link to the tutorial…

MommyPotamus – How To Make Butterfly Footprint Art

Image Credit: mommypotamus.com