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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.

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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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

Innovative Crayon Art

Ever wonder what to do with those old crayons you don’t use anymore. Below are a few people who have found new, artistic and interesting ways to use crayons. Check out my top four picks for innovative crayon artists and how to create your own innovative crayon art.

My Top Four Picks for Innovative Crayon Artists

1. Photographs Composed of Crayons by Christian Faur
http://www.christianfaur.com/

Christian Faur Crayon Art

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Christian Faur
“Christian Faur’s crayon art exemplifies a unique and exciting new technique. Instead of utilizing traditional medium such as oil paint, pastels, or watercolors, Faur turns to a material from our childhood: the crayon. Faur works with this familiar object in a novel way. Using crayons like pixels, he arranges thousands upon thousands of colorful handmade crayons into beautiful and elaborate works of art that allude to aspects of Pointillism and digital photography.”-Info From http://www.christianfaur.com/


2. Herb Williams

Herb Williams

Herb Williams works with many different mediums and materials, Herb is one of the only individuals in the world with an account with Crayola. He creates original sculptures out of individual crayons that may require as many as hundreds of thousands. Mr. Williams artwork hold records with Ripley’s and Guinness . His sculptures have been placed in public arenas, such as children’s hospitals, corporate lobbies, museum walls, and the White House. -Info From http://www.herbwilliamsart.com/#/bio/4575695378

3. Pete Goldlust
Pete Goldlust Carved Crayons
Pete Goldlust is an artist from Arizona he carves into crayons to create unique, colorful sculptures. For more info go to: http://petegoldlust.com/statement.html

4. Don Marco
Don Marco Crayon Artist River Elk Artwork
“Don Marco was born in Northern Minnesota in the late 1920’s. His interest in art was evident even before starting school. As a young adult in the Army Air Corp, he began his life’s career in Air Traffic Control, which continued until his retirement from Honolulu International Airport in 1973.Much of his spare time was spent as a professional artist. Before retirement, Don started developing a technique to create fine art using Crayola Crayons. Shortly after retiring he published his first print. Living in Southern California,his work was in demand including commissions from Burt Reynolds and a one-man show at his Dinner Theater in Florida.”-Info From: http://www.themastercrayonartist.com/shop/aboutdon.aspx

How to Create Your Own Innovative Crayon Art
Below are a few videos I found on YouTube that contain ideas on what to do with old crayons to create your very own crayon art.

Here is a website that contains “What to do with Crayons: 35 Uses for Crayons:
http://handsonaswegrow.com/35-kid-activities-with-crayons/

Innovative Photography

Found an interesting and inspirational website: fubiz.net. It is full of beautiful, and innovative photography. The website says it provides a “daily dose of inspiration” and I believe that statement to be true just by looking at some of the photography they posted. Below is a list of  my favorite top 3 photographers from fubiz.net . Check them out they are truly inspiring and maybe you’ll find your own favorite artist/photographers on fubiz.net.

My Top 3 Favorite Innovative Photographers on Fubiz.net:


Ionut Caras Photography
1. Ionut Caras
The work of Romanian photographer Caras Ionut is hardly classifiable. At the crossroads between surrealism and magic, it enhances the art of collage by making his work ​​poetic and mysterious.-info from http://www.fubiz.net/2013/06/14/ionut-caras-photography/

Gaikuo-Captain Comic Book Illustrations into the real world
2. Gaikuo-Captain is a Chinese student in chemical engineering but it is also a talented illustrator and a comic books and mangas lover. He has created giant illustrations with which he confronts and interacts, facing heroes such as Batman, Hulk or characters from the world of One Piece manga or video games like Pokemon.-info from http://www.fubiz.net/2013/04/04/comic-book-illustrations-into-the-real-world/

Jared Lim Photography3. Jared Lim
The work of Jared Lim, photographer based in Singapore, is intensely graphic and geometric. In urban areas, he make first come out the lines and curves, preferring the pattern to the whole building.-info from http://www.fubiz.net/2013/06/18/urban-photography-by-jared-lim/

Photographer Of The Month June 2013

Clark Little is the AM CreativeSpark blog-Photographer of the Month for June 2013.
Clark Little is an amazing award winning photographer from Hawaii. To learn more about Clark Little, view some of his amazing work and even purchase some of his work go to his official website: http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/

Clark Little Photography "Rainbow Shave Ice"

I was very curious to see how Clark Little captures his beautiful photographs, I found this video(below) on Clark’s website showing how he does what he does. Watching this video should come with a jaw drop warning-Warning Be prepared to be shocked, amazed and have your jaw drop by his artistic creativity. He is very innovative in how he captures his stunning images. Check out the videos below to see what I’m talking about.

Artist of the Month (May 2012)

Artist of the Month
May 2012

David Garibaldi

David Garibaldi is a very creative and innovative artist/entertainer.  He not only creates his art pieces live in front of an audience, but he also incorporates music to make the audience really get into the creative process of his art pieces. I feel very inspired by the way he creates his artwork. I love listening to music while doing my artwork but he takes it to a new level. Check him out on youtube!

David Garibaldi official website:
http://garibaldiarts.com/