Artist Makes Creepy Self-Portraits Using His Own Frozen Blood

This article is pretty weird but quite unique so I had to share it.

Many years ago British artist Marc Quinn started an art project where he created cast self-portraits using his own frozen blood. On one hand, it’s incredibly creepy and unsettling. But on the other, how many artists’ can turn to their creations during a medical emergency?

Starting as far back as 1991, Marc has been creating these self-portraits every five years or so, with each one requiring about four and a half liters of blood extracted over a five-month period. And while it might sound like a macabre medium to work with, crafting in blood is far cheaper than making a copy of your masterpiece with an inkjet printer.

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Art of the Toilet Paper Roll by JUNIOR FRITZ JACQUET

  Art of the Toilet Paper Roll by JUNIOR FRITZ JACQUET French artist Junior Fritz Jacquet has been fascinated by paper since a very young age. Among various other paper and cardboard creations, he transforms plain toilet paper rolls into remarkable miniature masks. His technique is inspired by origami, in that it uses a single piece and folds it into a shape, but has a unique smoothness that deviates from the sharpness and jagged edges of origami, creating shapes that are astonishingly human. The masks are sculpted by hand, then coated with shellac and different pigments. A testament to the power of taking something incredibly simple and transforming it into something impressively expressive, each piece exudes a complexity of human emotion conveyed in just a few brilliantly orchestrated folds.

Strips of Geometric Vinyl Tape

A pretty neat post by My Modern Metropolis that I had to share. This is pretty awesome!

 

Glasgow-based artist Jim Lambie can transform any space into a visual delight with his geometric tape designs. Using everyday vinyl tape, he creates angles and lines of contrasting colors that suggest movement and optical illusions. He can convert a once empty and quiet room into a space filled with energy. As viewers enter a converted space, they instantly have a visual interaction with the artwork.

The labor-intenstive installations take up to several weeks to complete. When speaking about his work, Lambie says, “Is the room expanding or contracting? Covering an object somehow evaporates the hard edge off the thing, and pulls you towards more of a dreamscape.”

As a former musician, the artist draws on musical references as inspiration. Often, the titles of his pieces refer to iconic bands or songs, including The Doors, Morrison Hotel (2005), and Careless Whisper (2009). The pieces depend on the architecture of the space, and thus are unique and fleeting installations that cannot be exactly reproduced anywhere else.








Jim Lambie’s website

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DIY “Blanks”

My coworker decided to go on vacation this weekend so, he left work Wednesday afternoon. Another coworker and I decided to make a small replica of his family and put it on his desk for when he came back. I took him and his wife and my coworker took the two children. I will take a picture of the whole “family” on his desk tomorrow so you can see how the kids turned out also. This will be a step by step to show you how to make your own. These make some cute gifts because people are always amused by them. You can pick them up at almost any craft store for about $3 a piece. Enjoy!

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Things You Will Need:
Water
Brushes
Blanks
Newspaper
Acrylic Paint
Picture of your victim(s)

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Step 1:

Pop of the head and paint both pieces the same color (I chose peach). I recommend you paint 3 or more layers on just to make sure it is even.

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Step 2:

Once the “skin” is dry go ahead and start on the hair. This one will take a while to dry because you will want to use a lot of paint to get the strokes that resemble hair. Once you finish with these, set them off to the side.

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Step 3:

Pick a color that the person you’re replicating wears frequently and paint on some shirts. I’ve never seen my coworker’s wife in person so I’m guessing here. I saw a picture of her wearing a red or pink shirt so I am going to go with pink. And my coworker always wears a blue Polo.

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When the shirt dries you can add some details and touch up anything that may need it. Make sure you add faces to the heads. They will look pretty funny without them…

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And Voila! You have a recreation of your people! Aren’t they just the cutest? Don’t ask me why they aren’t wearing pants. I’m not 100% positive why I decided to just go with the shirts but I was shooting for a cartoony look and if you think about it, most old school cartoon characters only wear shirts. It is appropriate.

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Here’s the whole “Blank” family 🙂

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Happy painting!

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Clever Ideas

25 Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier

Here are 25 clever ideas to make life easier.

Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a strawVia: amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com

Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw).

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Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches Via: apartmenttherapy.com

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.

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Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screensVia: unplggd.com

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).

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Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brownVia: athomewithrealfood.blogspot.com

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

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Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcasesVia: marthastewart.com

Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

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Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifierVia: realsimple.com

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music.

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Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storageVia: savvyhousekeeping.com

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

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Clever ideas: baby powder to remove sand from feetVia: iheartnaptime.net

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily – who knew?!

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Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toysVia: realsimple.com

Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

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Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceilingVia: flickr.com

Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

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Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost itemsVia: instructables.com

Gotcha! Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.

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Clever idea: box lid cupcake holderVia: realsimple.com

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.

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Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheetVia: stephmodo.com

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

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Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storageVia: sprwmn.blogspot.com

Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins (and tweezers and clippers) behind a vanity door

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Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packingVia: realsimple.com

A tip for holiday packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel!

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Clever idea: muffin pan craft storageVia: familyfun.go.com

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

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Clever idea: bread tags as cable labelsVia: unplggd.com

Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels.

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Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream conesVia: kiboomu.com

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Definitely doing this!

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Clever idea: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bagVia: squawkfox.com

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.

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Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottlesVia: jengrantmorris.blogspot.com

Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!

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Clever idea: how to make heart-shaped eggsVia: 9gag.com

Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. Aww shucks!

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Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowlsVia: wilton.com

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila – you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. Click here for recipe.

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Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burnsVia: realsimple.com

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.

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Clever idea: gutter veggie gardenVia: lifehacker.com.au

Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

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Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storageVia: re-nest.com

Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

Comical Rock Sculptures

I really liked this post from http://www.eteignezvotreordinateur.com/de-lart-de-faire-parler-la-pierre/ but, unfortunately it is written in French so I can’t read all of it. From what I understand, the work is produced by a Japanese artist named Hirotoshi Itoh. He uses the stones from the river near his house to make comical sculptures. Pretty neat!

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My Weekend… (and my reason for not posting)


Saw this on my way home today. Beautiful rainbow!

And this is what I’ve been doing all weekend that I haven’t been posting…. watching two long-time friends marry each other. i can’t believe they are actually married.

*This is the 2nd of 4 weddings I am in this year. You will see some more around August and November.

The bridal party (girls)

Do you think she’s dreaming about it?

Cherie and her sister. Yeah, hard to believe they are even related lol!

Cherie, Healther and little Ana

Ring bear and flower girl

The groom!

Erin!

We’ve been friends since elementary school.

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DIY Hanging Frames

For this Monday’s tutorial I am going to teach you how to make hanging frames. You can buy hanging frames in stores for anywhere from $15-$75 depending on where you get it.  This one is going to cost you less than $5 and looks really cute!

It is very important that you get craft frames and not finished ones. The craft frames are made of wood and have no finishing or sprays on them. These frames are very light weight and are about $1.00 at Michael’s and other craft stores or $.97 at Walmart. If you get them at Walmart they are in the craft section with the beads and crayons.

 

 

Things You Will Need:
Pencil
Brush
ribbon
Mod Podge
exacto knife
3 craft frames
scrapbook paper

 

 

Step 1:

Choose 3 pieces of scrapbook paper that are similar in color or have a similar design. Once you’ve chosen your 3 pieces cut them to the size of your frame.

 

 

Step 2:

Brush a think layer of Mod Podge onto the frame and press the scrapbook paper onto the glue. Push hard on the edges and corners to make sure the paper is going to stick. Put some pressure on it.

 

 

Step 3:

Once the glue has dried add a thin layer of the Mod Podge on top of the paper. Repeat twice. Make sure the paper is dry or it will begin to ripple to tear.

*Repeat steps 1-3 for the remaining frames.

 

 

Step 4:

Line up your frames vertically and measure the ribbon to the size you are going to need (depending on the size of your frames).  Hot Melt glue the ribbon to the corners of the frames. You want to ribbon to follow the edges and come back down the other side like above. Add in some pictures and you have yourself some decorative hanging frames (that no one will know was only $5).

 

 

 

 

Hopefully you enjoyed my tutorial!

 

 

 

 

Easy DIY Wedding Decorations

I don’t know about you but I know a ton a people getting married right now. I’ve been doing some searching for a few friends and brides and have come across this cute site. http://www.bravobride.com/blog/easy-diy-wedding-decorations/ is a site where you can buy and sell used wedding decorations, accessories, dresses etc. These are just a few cute DIY options for decorations.

Another good site is Donate My Dress which is a great site to donate your dresses to. These dresses go to girls who can’t afford to buy them for Proms, small weddings, etc. It is a good cause. I am in 4 weddings this year and will donate many of the dresses that I’ve bought.

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Heikki Leis

Wow, I have been SO busy the past few days. I feel like I’ve neglected my blog. So now, I am going to overcompensate. I found this amazing and talented artist named Heikki Leis from Tartu, Estonia and I found the work on Behance. These are all pen and pencil drawings that will blow your mind! I hope you enjoy it. If you would like to see more then please visit the site. There is plenty more drawings available.