Pencil Carvings by Ágoston Birtalan

It has been pointed out to me that my post Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti is actually the work of Ágoston Birtalan. So, I did some research to make sure it checked out (which it did) and I have updated the previous post with the correct images. Here is the work of Ágoston Birtalan.

I apologize to both artists! You both create amazing work and should be recognized for your own achievements!

Ágoston is a Hungarian artist who creates pencil carvings. His favorite artists are Dalton Ghetti,Mizuta Tasogare,Kato Jado. So, I suppose it is a good thing that i mixed up his work with one if his favorites if I was going to mix it up at all, right?

Hopefully, more info about this artist to come…

Please be sure to check out Ágoston’s Facebook as well!

 

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Paintings, Not Photographs by Doug Bloodworth

Over the past year and a half I have shown you many artworks that you have to look at twice because you can’t determine whether it is a painting/drawing or a photograph. I love those, obviously. Some of the greatest artists in the world can’t do that but I think it is an aspiration of many. Here we go again…

Doug Bloodworth is another one of those artists. His paintings are so realistic that you have to  look all too closely at the image. Each painting is done in either oil on canvas or airbrush on wood panel. He has done countless other paintings in many different styles. He also does western paintingsmuralscartoonsbillboards and buses.

When I first saw these, I thought, no way. These still lifes are soooooo realistic that i almost can’t believe it. With most paintings or drawings you can see the brush strokes or charcoal marks. I am not find that in these.

“Monopoly”

Doug Bloodworth's Monopoly painting

“Batman & Peanut Butter”

Doug Bloodworth's Batman & Peanut Butter

“Weird-Oh”

Doug Bloodworth's Weird-Oh painting

“Rawhide Kid”

Doug Bloodworth's Rawhide Kid

“Candy”

Doug Bloodworth's Candy painting

“Marbles”

Doug Bloodworth's Marbles painting

“Godzilla TV”

Godzilla TV painting

“Watermelon”

Watermelon and comics painting

“Wonder Woman”

Wonder Woman and chocolate painting

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Pencil Sculptures By Dalton Ghetti

Pencil sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

They say that all artists see things differently; they see things the the average person doesn’t see. I don’t know if I agree with the second half of that assumption,but I do think that artists look for different ways to view a particular object.

An artist by the name of Dalton Ghetti, uses that ability to create complex sculptures from the simple shape of a pencil. He started carving at a young age, but decided to start carving very small sculptures more recently. His goal is to bring people’s attention to smaller objects because he believes that small things are beautiful. The majority of the pencils he uses for his work are found on the streets and sidewalks. It is a recycling process.

Dalton does not sell his work. He sculpts as a hobby and does it for his own enjoyment. He does not plan to sell his work.

Pencil sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

DIY Key Colors

DIY Key colorsI have a billion keys on my keyring and I have so many keys that look alike. So what’s a girl to do about that? Find a way to distinguish them, right?

This is a very quick an easy craft, which makes everyone happy, but it is also an efficient one.

 

DIY Key colors

 

Things You Will Need:
Keys
Newspaper
Fingernail Polish

 

DIY Key colorsStep 1:

Start painting one side of your key(s). Let that dry.

 

DIY Key colorsStep 2:

Flip they key(s) over and paint the other side. Don’t forget the edges!

As you can see, my pink one looked a little rough. so I decided to covered it with a little bit of glitter.

 

DIY Key colors

Beautiful! Now I can determine which key is which!

 

 

 

Creative Ways To Upcycle Old Stuff

 

As most of you know, I am all about crafting and upcycling old stuff. I found a blog post on Twisted Sifter today that gave 50 examples of ways to repurpose, reuse and upcycle. All of the examples were great but I liked the upcycling ones the best. 

So, below are a few of them and if you want to see more, I encourage you to visit the blog post via the link above.

And no, upcycle isn’t actually a word, but I like it and believe that it will soon be part of the english dictionary.

Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls to Organize Cables and Chords

toilet paper rolls used to store cables and wires

Turn Old Credit Cards Into Guitar Picks

stamping old credit cards into guitar picks

Turn Old Picture Frames Into Serving Trays

using picture frame as serving tray

Reuse Ketchup Bottles as a Pancake Squirter

using ketchup bottle as pancake squirter

Use Paperclips to Organize Your chargers

paperclips clipped onto side of table using handles to organize cables

Turn Old Wrenches Into Wall Hooks

wrenches bent into wall hooks

Use Your Old Computer Tower as a Mail Box

turn old computer tower into mail box

Make a Jewelry Organizer From a Bulletin Board

using bulletin board as jewellery organizer

Use a Paper Clip as a Key Chain and Money Clip

Use a Pipe with Valves as a Coat Rack

pipe with valves as coat rack

Make Shelves Out of Old Books

turn old books into shelves with brackets

Reuse Old Cassette Tape Cases as Gift Card Boxes

turn old cassette tape cases into gift card boxes

 Store and Organize Cables with CD Holders

cd cases uses to store and organize cables

DIY Keyboard Upgrade

I found a new, and wonderful blog today! I get excited when I find new blogs with good content. It makes me happy. The blog is called Gurlinteruppted. It says it is a fashion and beauty blog but I found more “pretty” things on it.

Anyway, the specific blog post that caught my eye was Does Your Keyboard Need A Makeover? She walks you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to use washi tape and scissors to upgrade your computer keyboard. What a fun idea!

Washi Tape Keyboard Upgrade Tutorial

http://gurlinterrupted.com/2013/03/20/does-your-keyboard-need-a-makeover/

Source: designaglow.com

DIY Abstract Tree Painting

Abstract Tree PaintingA few weeks ago, during Make Something Mondays, you guys voted for a tutorial on an abstract tree painting so here it is! It isn’t exactly the same as the one I showed you before but it is similar. Just remember that it is abstract and that it can be anything that you want it to. It all comes from your imagination.

materials for the DIY Painted Tree

Things You Will Need:
Water
Canvas
Paint (acrylic)
Paint brushes

brown ground

Step 1:

Paint a section, about 3/4 down the canvas, and paint it brown. I combined a light brown and a dark brown.

Gesso paintStep 2:

This step is optional.

Paint a layer of gesso over the top 3/4 of the canvas.

blue streakStep 3:

Start painting a streak along the line of your designated ground. This will keep the paint from bending together.

blue sky paintingStep 4:

Start to paint your sky. Don’t spend a lot of time on this though. The goal here is just to get some color on the canvas so that you don’t see white between the leaves in the final painting.

tree outlineStep 5:

Paint an outline of a tree on one side of your canvas. Remember that the majority of this tree will be covered with leaves as well, so if you are going to focus on making it look good, focus on the bottom.

treeStep 6:

Start to fill in your tree. I used one shade of brown and a small brush so that when I painted, it made a texture like in the image above.

treeStep 7:

Paint some roots for your tree.

painting yellow leaves

Yellow leaf

Step 8:

Get a lot of paint on a medium-sized brush and dab it on the canvas. It should look something like the above.

A little texture is a good thing.

brightly colored leavesStep 9:

Randomly spread some leaves out on the canvas. Avoid the tree for now since the paint is still wet.

brightly colored leaves

Step 10:

Add set of leaves in a different color.

brightly colored leavesStep 11:

Continue step 10 for several more colors.

brightly colored leaves brightly colored leaves

Step 12:

When the canvas is filled up but has a bit of space left, go back through with other  colors and fill in the negative space. Don’t forget the ground!

Abstract Tree PaintingVoila! Hope you enjoyed this one!

Happy Monday!!!

Duct Tape Prom Attire = $10,000 Scholarship!

Stuck at Prom Scholarship Content

This is the coolest scholarship I’ve ever seen! Students are encouraged to create prom dresses and tuxes with duct tape. If they had this scholarship when I was in high school (provided I knew about it), I would’ve been all over that! Anyway, the winner(s) receive $10,000. You can apply solo or as a couple. Applicants have to submit a photo of themselves in their prom attire to be considered. The finalists are chosen based on workmanship, originality, use of color, accessories, and use of duct tape. Check out the rules if you are interested. Warning, they are a bit lengthy.

Let’s get to the fun part… The duct tape prom dresses and tuxes!

blue and zebra duct tape prom dress leopard and blue duct tape prom dress and tux blue and black duct tape prom attire purple and blue duct tape prom wear matching duct tape prom dress and tux pink and black glow in the dark duct tape prom attire Pastel colored duct tape prom dress and tux

Chevron patterned duct tape prom dressIt is unbelievable, the talent that goes into these prom outfits! Take a look at the gallery; there are a ton of couples and singles that have created dresses and tuxes for the scholarship.

What a way to bond with your prom date. Not to mention, these kids probably saved themselves, or their parents, hundreds of dollars. Who needs designer dresses anyway?!

 

 

 

 

Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji

Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji

These animal-like tire sculptures just blew my mind!!! I keep looking at them in amazement. How did the artist, Yong Ho Ji, cut the tire so perfectly, and mold it so precisely, that it created a familiar creature. Holy cow, I can’t get over these! That is how you can tell he is a good artist. When you sit there and stare. There are a billion questions running through your mind, but you can’t come up with an answer to any of them. What he has created is so intriguing that you can’t take your eyes off of it, you can’t figure out how it works.

The tire sculpture process is an interesting one. First, the artists sculpts his form out of clay and wire. When the initial design is perfected, he makes a plaster mold and then, makes a resin sculpture. The tires are added afterwards.

Yong Ho Ji is a Korean artist. He was inspired to make tire sculptures because of a childhood memory of the spare tire on his family’s Jeep Wrangler. The jeep was symbolic of the distinct contrast to his rural home. It was the link between environment and industrialization.

So, the animal sculptures aren’t made entirely of tires, but they are still breathtaking.

Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji

Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
Animal Tire Sculptures by Yong Ho Ji
Images ©  Yong Ho Ji