Tag Archives: Awesome!

Old Cartoon Music Machine

27 Oct

Art I Love: A Coloring Book for Adults

3 Apr

“A Coloring Book For Adults, Because Everyone Deserves To Unleash Their Inner Creative”

by Priscilla Frank via “Huffington Post

There are few art forms as meditative, nostalgic and all-around blissful as the coloring book.

There’s just something magical about the ability to transform black-and-white pages into full blown works of art, without ever once undergoing a creative meltdown in the process. The process is intuitive, carefree — the artistic equivalent of a low-stakes game of freeze tag.

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Yes, we’re waxing poetic about our third grade creative outlet of choice, the unassuming booklet of canvases that turns even the most reticent of artists into budding creative spirits. And although most practitioners of this enchanting art form haven’t yet hit puberty, there are ways for adults to participate in the glorious art of the coloring book. Enter Johanna Basford, the intrepid soul behind two adult coloring books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, spreading the gospel of the coloring book to aspiring artists of a certain age.

Basford, a commercial illustrator based in the UK, modeled her first book The Secret Garden after the Brodick Castle Gardens on the Isle of Arran, on the West Coast of Scotland. “My grandfather was the head gardener there so we spent every summer and Christmas there,” she wrote to The Huffington Post. “The formal rose gardens of the castle, the Bavarian summer house and lily studded ponds were wonderful places to play as a child; a great place to cultivate a wild imagination!”

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Dubbing herself an “inky illustrator,” Basford uses monochromatic lines to create wild naturescapes waiting to be filled with vitality. “The artwork is all super intricate with lots of hidden little details such as rogue butterflies and curious squirrels to find in the pages. There’s a list of things to find at the front of the book making it an inky treasure hunt of sorts!”

Judging by Basford’s success, we’d say adults are hungry for a creative outlet like this. The artist has sold over one million copies of Secret Garden worldwide, which has been translated into over 14 different languages. There’s something undeniably accessible about the semi-blank pages of a coloring book that provides the training wheels so many budding artists crave. “I think everyone has a creative spark, they just need the opportunity to let it flourish. A blank sheet of paper can be daunting, but a coloring book has the outlines already there, making it easier to pick up a pencil and begin making your mark. I think of the coloring books as collaborations, I create the artwork and the owner of the book brings the color.” . . . .

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Flying Mobula Rays! Stunning!

29 May

I didn’t know mobula rays flew like that. They don’t seem to be going forward as much as straight up and down.  It’s like they enjoy belly-flopping! I would love to see this

Art I Love: Rainwater Mosaic

24 May

Pro Heavy Metal Guitar Player + Adorable Little Girl = Awesome!

21 May

New Invention: Wet Suits to Ward off Sharks!

20 May

Hamish Jolly, a swimmer, has invented a set of two wet suits for swimmers and surfers that are supposed to deter shark attacks.  The one for swimmers camouflages you in the water, while the other one mimics the coloring of one of the sharks enemy predators.   If this actually worked, I might be more willing to travel island-side!  You can find out more here.

Hamish Jolly (center) and his two wetsuits that aim to prevent shark attacks on swimmers and surfers

Awesome Tree House!

19 May

 

 

My Child (When I Have One) Must Have This Tree House.  It’s Not A Want, It’s A Need.

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Unique Method of Playing the Piano!

2 Dec

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Panda!

15 May

Panda!

I had a really awesome experience today! I was coming down the mountain of fushimi inari and saw a little critter run past me in the woods. After I described the fur, tail, and legs to my professor, we looked it up. I actually saw an incredibly rare Red Panda in Japan! Apparently this is really, really rare to see on in the wilds of Japan. Cool! I didn’t get a picture of him (he ran past too fast for me to get it), but here is what they look like. He was HUGE! And furry 😛

Parachutes and Cities

29 Jan

So. . . I ran over a parachute the other day and I’m still confused by this factor.   Not a small one either. I’m at the main street crossroads of a busy city, and I run over a rather large parachute in the middle of the road. I’m not talking one of those cute little army-men parachute things you get at the Fourth of July either. It was as long as my truck, and when the wind caught it, the balloon thing blew out and started to pick up. Then we ran over it again.  It had a small bag thing on the end of the ropes too.

Now, I’m assuming this blew out of someone’s car, but who the heck is lucky enough to have a parachute in their car in the first place!?!  Where do I get mine?

Or perhaps it was a secret parachute that landed in the wrong place carrying super top secret information. . . My imagination can’t stop wondering. 😛

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