July 25, 2012

ArtistCellar Pari map stencil (Old World Maps series)


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I have received my stencils order! just in time for me to enter the yummy ArtistCellar's second anniversary Girnormous Journaling Giveaway. This is what I've loaded into ArtistCellar's Flickr Gallery:

 

made with the wonderful Pari map stencil from ArtistCellar. I didn't do justice to the stencil. The crinkly paper I used made it difficult to get a clear image from stenciling with paint but I wanted to try it out anyway and I'm pretty happy with how things turned out. I used paper that had been spritzed with lots of commercial and homemade sprays in about 5-6 colors, then wrinkled while wet (using a technique learnt from the amazing Rach0113 from this video on techniques for creating backgrounds using glimmer mist). I love that crinkled look and I think the fuzzy stenciling adds to the aged effect, kind of like a well-loved map that's also been very well used. I outlined with a Zig Wink of Stella marker the River Seine and some of the parks which I'd painted green but the rest I left undefined. I like the different colors of spray ink and paint showing through in the bits that were not stenciled, which are the roads of the city.

This photo gives you a better look at the stencil. I made this at 2am once I got home from work the day I got my stencils in the mail, just had to try them out!


It's just stenciling with a pigment ink stamp pad on black-painted paper. I love that ghostly shadowy look from that simple process. I have so many ideas for this and the other ArtistCellar map stencils of London, Venice and Amsterdam, all places I've visited multiple times as I've lived within 2-3 hours of each at some point in my life. I also once lived in Paris, so just having these stencils already brings back lots of memories. Can't wait to play with them all!

The stencils are even better than I imagined and at $6.99, I think they are a steal. They are 8.5"x11" and if you get the set of 4, it costs just $25.99 (ArtistCellar Old World Maps Series 4-Stencil Set ACSET-008) . I'm not being paid to plug the stencils lol, I just think they are fantastic! From ArtistCellar, I also bought the Paris stencil from the Cathedral series and Apparatus from the Steampunk series which I also think are super cool (the whole sets, not just those I had to limit myself to!).

Have a great day!






May 27, 2012

Staedtler Noris Club gel crayons, Faber-Castell gelatos techniques


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Staedtler Noris Club gel crayons


I've been making art the past few months. I am trying out lots of fun and new (to me!) techniques and basically making a mess at home. I recently read about Faber-Castell gelatos and have been eyeing them since watching a couple videos about the gelatos' varied uses. I haven't been able to find the gelatos where I live but last week, I came across these Staedtler Noris Club gel crayons in a local shop. I'd never heard of gel crayons so I thought I'd give them a try. The crayons are like pigment sticks in a chapstick container (like the gelatos). I love the brilliant colors (there is also a glitter set whose colors shimmer) and the sticks are so easy to apply. They just glide over the page.

It's fun to draw and color with them although I haven't had a lot of success blending the colors with my fingers. When I try with water and brush, it works better but the colors get diluted very quickly. I had better luck blending the colors on gessoed paper.

I would love to know what the Staedtler gel crayons' ingredients are but they are not stated on the packaging and I couldn't find any information online. They look very similar to the Faber-Castell gelatos when applied so I tried out some of the techniques used on gelatos.

The Staedtler gel crayons worked great for the watercolor stamping technique (used directly on stamp, misted with water then stamped on paper), emboss resist technique (colored on embossed paper, blended and wiped off with wet wipes) and I even managed to make a spray mist by mixing some of the pigment with water (the glitter crayons created a shimmery mist - nice!). The colors looked great as well on chipboard, cork and wood.

I wish there were more colors (the glitter set comes in the same colors) and the pigments would blend more easily but I do like this product which I found quite versatile. If anyone from Staedtler is reading, I would love to know the ingredients and if the crayons are acid-free, permanent and colorfast. Thanks!


  the gelatos come in various color sets and combinations. there is also a 34-piece set!


the gel sticks are just like gelatos but for kids. not permanent I think.



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October 15, 2011

Novum Magazin Cover by Paperlux


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Novum Magazin Cover by Paperlux

Can you guess what this is?

My sister has a bag made of a plasticky material that looks just like this and folds the same way. But this photo is actually a picture of the cover of the German magazine Novum. How clever and innovative is this design! It's by Paperlux, a German studio. 


Novum Magazin Cover by Paperlux


This video details the making of the very cool and creative Novum cover.



Novum 11/11 – Making Of Cover from Paperlux on Vimeo
Idea & Design – Carolin Rauen & Max Kuehne


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October 13, 2011

The Adventures of Tin Tin trailers


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A cute animation for Tin Tin fans created by James Curran, which incorporates characters and bits and pieces from the 24 books.


The Adventures of Tintin from James Curran on Vimeo


Here're two trailers for The Adventures of Tin Tin, there seem to be quite a few out there..
A French one first. The movie will be released first in France, later this month.


Tin Tin movie trailer (YouTube)


<a href='http://video.uk.msn.com?vid=2c3838fe-e91e-4ac1-86b8-af598432aa92&mkt=en-gb&from=en-gb&src=FLPl:embed::uuids' target='_new' title='MSN Exclusive: The Adventures of Tintin - trailer' >Video: MSN Exclusive: The Adventures of Tintin - trailer</a>
The Adventures of Tin Tin trailer (MSN movies)


There are more Tin Tin trailers, clips and paraphernalia here. Have fun.


The Adventures of Tintin: Tintin in America / Cigars of the Pharaoh / The Blue Lotus (3 Complete Adventures in One Volume, Vol. 1) The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 2: The Broken Ear / The Black Island / King Ottokar's Sceptre (3 Volumes in 1) The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 3: The Crab with the Golden Claws / The Shooting Star / The Secret of the Unicorn (3 Volumes in 1) The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 4: Red Rackham's Treasure / The Seven Crystal Balls / Prisoners of the Sun (3 Volumes in 1) The Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 5: Land of Black Gold / Destination Moon / Explorers on the Moon (3 Volumes in 1)

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October 12, 2011

Power of Making, crafts, skills and Rob Ryan


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Two inspiring videos about skills, crafters and artists.


Power of Making from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo

The short film looks at the working lives of four artisans: shoe designer Marloes ten Bhömer, crochetdermist Shauna Richardson, artist, curator and glass designer Matt Durran and flute-maker Stephen Wessel. It was made to accompany the Power of Making exhibition (6 September 2011 - 2 January 2012) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which explores the question of what  words like "craft" and "skill" mean today. Over 100 objects, ranging from a life-size crochet bear to a pencils sculpture (which was circulated widely at Pinterest a few months ago) and a fine metal flute, are on show. Crafted by both amateurs and leading artists from around the world, the works were selected by the museum to represent a snapshot of making in our time.



An interview with paper cut artist Rob Ryan


Handmade Portraits: Rob Ryan from Etsy on Vimeo

Read more on Etsy
Visit Rob Ryan's blog or website misterrob or shop. He does amazing works like these:

First morning of spring (yellow and brown)
by Robert Ryan (misterrob)
Can we shall we Valentines (lasercut)
by Robert Ryan (misterrob)



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They Draw and Cook by Nate Padavick, Salli Swindell [ book review ]


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They Draw and Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World
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They Draw and Cook

Don't know what to cook tonight? See what ingredients you have in your kitchen and find a recipe at They Draw and Cook. Or, just dip into They Draw and Cook, fresh out of the oven. There're 107 recipes in this book, all wonderfully illustrated by artists from around the world. Need breakfast? How about madeleines? Looking for a more filling meal? Try the black bean chicken soup or chile and lime sea bream. Prefer vegetarian? There's the colcannon - it's fat-free too. All the better to finish it all off with a rich chocolate crepe or (and???) coconut macaroons.

They Draw and Cook is a fun, colorful and creative cook book, the first born of the marvellous blog of the same name which is now home to several thousand recipes contributed by a variety of people. I'm a big fan of TDAC. You can read a meaty post I wrote about the They Draw and Cook blog in April, which includes interviews with several people who have contributed recipes to the blog. Not all contributors are professional artists, some are folks who just love to eat or draw. The best thing about the blog is anyone can submit a recipe, so what are you waiting for?

The recipes featured in the book are not new, but they are still a yummy feast for the eyes. It's just too bad the book is such a lean sampling of the blog's offerings! I don't envy Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell (the brother-and-sister design team who created the blog) the tough job they must have had whittling down the list of recipes to include in the publication. If you're unhappy just skimming the surface, go over to the blog to indulge yourself.

The final selection includes recipes that should please most palates, satisfy sweet cravings, feed regular daily needs as well as cater to special occasions. The book includes everything from dips and snacks to main courses, desserts and cocktails. The foods offered for your viewing and cooking pleasures originate from all over the world, so unless you hate to experiment, They Draw and Cook is a delicious resource for different cuisines. The recipes lean towards the visual - the art is often the dominant element but the recipes are for the most part simple to follow. Another tasty thing about this collection is the range of artistic styles: there's pretty, there's stylish, there's cartoonish and there's cute. Overall, it's stuffed full of gorgeousness.

I first fell in love with illustrated books when I saw Sarah Midda's South of France in the 90s (republished in 2008) before my reading habits gravitated towards hard news and serious non-fiction. I came across They Draw and Cook at a time when I was rediscovering my crafty side and the blog helped reignite my interest in illustrations and art books. I'm so glad I now have a part - albeit small - of the blog in book form. There's nothing like flipping through inspiring and juicily drawn pages to get you salivating and your creative juices flowing.

I've just got my copy of the book and haven't taken any photos yet, will post some of my favorite illustrations when I do.

Meanwhile, take a look at this cute video for a glimpse of this must-have book. Enjoy.


They Draw & Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World (YouTube)


Nate and Salli launched a similar website this year for maps of cities and towns. I can't wait to see a book for They Draw and Travel :)


They Draw and Cook

They Draw & Cook: 107 Recipes Illustrated by Artists from Around the World
Authors: Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell
Publisher: Weldon Owen
ISBN: 978-1616281380

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October 7, 2011

The Guardian's Name The Novels contest


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Do you know the names of the novels these opening lines are from?

                   

If you know the answers and you live in the UK, you could win the books and a Kindle in The Guardian's Name The Novels competition. Good luck!

The animation is the work of designer Owen Gildersleeve, animator Lee Gould, photographer Ryan Hopkinson and assistant Florrie Thomas.


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October 3, 2011

Sub City: Paris and New York and Paris Made by Hand


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This video really brought me back to my days in Paris. It's a slightly unusual and very lovely view of the city.

For lovers of the subway and Paris, here's Sub City: Paris, a video made by Redglass Pictures

Sub City Paris from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo

This is the continuation of a series that explores that moment of uncertainty and magic that happens when you emerge from the depths of the subway system.There is also Sub City: New York, which is just as beautiful.


Sub City New York
from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo


Another thing that reminded me of Paris was this.

Paris: Made by Hand by Pia Jane Bijkerk
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I recognized some of the shops in the book but a lot were new to me. I wish I'd had had it with me last year when I was in Paris!

Pia Jane Bijkerk is a well-known blogger-photographer-stylist. Her work as a stylist put her in good stead to find cool off-the-beaten track shops selling interesting artisan, handmade, vintage and unique ware. A lot of them are pricey but I probably couldn't be able to resist checking them out and rummaging through the treasures inside. On my list would be stationery shop Melodies Graphiques, artificial flower makers Legeron, fabric manufacturers Mahlia Kent.


Paris: Made by Hand is the perfect size to lug around during a trip (a square 6"ish) and it's nicely structured with the shops listed geographically according to Paris districts. Useful information like the shops' addresses and websites are provided but I wish the book included a map with the shops marked - less work for the reader!

A minus was that I found the photography somewhat dark and moody, although very a la mode with the current off-focus /soft focus trend thanks to apps like Hipstamatic (this book is 2 years old though). I didn't think that style worked well with a book like this, where you want to display the products and not just the shops.

Still, the book will travel with me on my next visit to Paris. I've lived in the city and don't normally do the touristy stuff when I visit every couple years, so I'd take the time to hunt down the type of shops featured in the book. I think Paris residents or regular visitors would find the book interesting but I'm not sure how attractive it would be to a first-time tourist with limited time in the city unless you're the sort that's really into chic flea market vintage and artisan goods.


Paris: Made by Hand: 50 Shops Where Decorators and Stylists Source the Chic & Unique
Author: Pia Jane Bijkerk
Publisher: Little Bookroom
ISBN: 978-1892145703


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