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Speed Drawing Typhlosion

AM CreativeSparks Presents, “Speed Drawing Typhlosion”

The Craftys Awards 2015

The Craftys Awards 2015, celebrate the best in crafts and D.I.Y across the U.S. Hosted by Mark Montano.

If you like to create your own DIY or Crafts now is the last day to enter the Craftys Awards for your chance at winning cash and prizes. To enter go to: TheCraftys.com.

If you would like to view and vote on the DIY/Craft nominees go to: TheCraftys.com so you can login and vote on your favorites.

Amazing Illustrations Created by Juan Casini

Graphic Designer & Illustrator Juan Casini of Buenos Aires, Argentina creates fun and unique cartoon style illustrations. Each illustration he creates is vibrant in beautiful colors. The illustrations he created below are from an app/game project he worked on called, “Skymath.” What is Skymath? “Skymath is an educational app for the iPad developed by Circumventure Learning USA. A self-directed digital learning tool based on math game exercises while the kids travel across magical floating islands.”-description from juancasini.com
According to Juan Casini’s website the Skymath app will be available soon in the app store.
Images below from: Juan Casini “Skymath” project on BehanceJuan Casini Skymath

Juan Casini Skymath Illustrations

Juan Casini Skymath IllustrationsJuan Casini Skymath Illustrations
Juan Casini Skymath game illustrations
To check out some more of his fantastic work check out his website: http://www.juancasini.com/

Innovative Artist

Innovative Artist Willard Wigan creates micro-sculptures. His microscopic art is small, but very intricate in design. Each piece fits inside the eye of a needle or on head of a pin. Some of his sculptures are so small that they can only be seen with a microscope. It is amazing to see his micro-sculptures- check out the video below the pictures to see how he creates these beautiful microscopic art pieces that will shock and amaze you!
Images from: Willard-Wigan.com

Earth microscopic sculpture by Willard Wigan

Peter Pan Micro-sculpture by Willard WiganTango micro-sculpture by Willard Wigan

The Fairytale microscopic sculpture by Willard Wigan

https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/willard_wigan_hold_your_breath_for_micro_sculpture.html

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Animation Of The Month August 2014

“Glued” is a creative animated short film created by animation students at Bezalel Academy of the Arts.
“Glued -” A short film about a mother trying to deal with her video game addicted son.”-summary by Glued on Vimeo.com
It’s interesting to watch this short and discover references to many popular games. If you’re a gamer be on the look out and see if you can catch all the game references. I thought it was funny and a good quality animation. It really makes you think about the youth today and the technology that surrounds them. It’s good to take time to get unglued from technology by putting down the video game, walking away from the computer and explore the world beyond a screen. Check out “Glued” on YouTube and Vimeo

Behind The Scenes Glued Movie Blog: GLUEDMOVIE.BLOGSPOT.COM

Animation Of The Month July 2014

Found this fantastic, creative  animated short film called, “Silent” created by Academy Award® winning Moonbot Studios (http://moonbotstudios.com). Presented by Dolby.The sound was created by Oscar® nominated sound designer Steve Boeddeker (http://www.skysound.com/bio/steve_boe…). -It celebrates how storytellers, inventors, and technology work together to create cinema magic.

Butterfly Pressed Leaf Project

Pressed Leaf & Petals Butterflies Projects

This project was inspired by Martha Stewart’s Pressed Leaf Butterflies Craft Project.
I seen the beautiful, “Pressed Leaf Butterflies” Martha Stewart made and felt inspired to go out collect a couple of leaves and give it a try, but as the gears in my mind began to turn I wondered what else could I use or do to make mine different from hers. I decided to collect a couple of rose petals and try to put at least one butterfly on a darker paper to give it a more dramatic effect.

Materials Used to create this project:
-White paper, black paper or any color paper you would like to try
-Scissors & (or) X-acto Knife
-Clear glue(or glue that dries clear)
-A colorful collection of Leaves, &(or)flower petals
-A heavy book to put your leaves & or petals in for pressing
-A frame if you plan on displaying your work of art

How to  Create Pressed Leaf Butterflies:

1.First go out take a walk and collect some colorful leaves or go to your backyard. There are bound to be some fallen leaves somewhere for you to collect; same for the petals-just make sure your not destroying your Mom’s prize winning roses in the process.
Leaves & Flower Petals

2. Take the leaves & or petals that you have collected -begin putting them inside a heavy book. Spread the leaves and petals on the pages and don’t over crowd each page you place your leaves and petals in. Once all your leaves/petals are inside the book close the book. If the book you are using is not heavy just put something heavy on top of it. Wait about 1-2 days for best results.
Rose Petals in a Book

3. Once you have waited 1-2 days for the leaves/petals to be pressed. Take them out carefully. Use your scissors to cut the leaves down the center. Butterflies are symmetrical so make sure that the leaves/petals that you will be using on one side closely resemble the other side.
Cut Leaves

4. Arrange your leaves & or flower petals to resemble a butterfly. I did mine by overlapping some of the pieces of leaves and petals to give it a colorful design. You can use the stem of the leaves to create the body and the antenna of the butterfly.
Pressed Petals Butterfly

5. Once you have your design you can begin glueing it to the paper in layers or layer depending on what design you have decided to create.
pressed leaf butterfly

6. Next wait for the glue to dry before framing if you plan on framing it don’t forget to create a mat so the leaves/petals are not smashed against the glass.
Framed Pressed Leaf Butterfly

Thank you I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did and please share some pics of your finished Pressed Leaf Butterflies.
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Artist of the Month April 2014

Altered books sculptures by Susan Hoerth Image

Susan Hoerth is an artist  that enjoys collecting antique books and giving them a 3D pop-up book effect by artistically altering the books. This pop-up book style makes it appear as if the books stories are leaping right out of the pages. Gives new meaning to bringing a story to life.

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If you would like to create your own altered popup book- check out Susan’s website: Abandon Attic on her website she gives you step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own 3D Altered book. Have fun! If you would like to purchase some of Susan’s work here is a link to her Etsy shop: “The Abandon Attic” (Raiders Of The Lost Art) All images (above) from: http://abandonattic.blogspot.com/

  Video from: Susan Hoerth’s Youtube Channel

Artist Of The Month October 2013

Ray Villafane is an artist that specializes in sculpting. He is famously know for sculpting 3D pumpkin carvings. The detail on each pumpkin he sculpts is incredibly intricate and looks lifelike. He also does other forms of sculpting such as sand sculpting- to check out more of his wonderful sculptures check out: http://villafanestudios.com/gallery/ Happy Halloween!

Ray Villafane Artist

Ray Villafane Pumpkin Sculpture Collage
Ray Villafane Pumpkin Sculptures Collage
Ray Villafane Pumpkin Sculptures

Artist Of The Month August 2013

Carl Jara is a sculptor that uses sand as his medium to create innovative 3-Dimensional works of art. Carl Jara is a World Champion Sand Sculptor. To find out more about Carl Jara visit his website: http://www.artcleveland.com/personal.html and to view more of his sand sculptures check out his flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/graindamaged/

Sand Sculptor Carl Jara

Carl Jara Sand Sculptor