Yesterday, I shared with you the horse collage I made for my son's room. Today, I'll show you exactly how I went from a scattered collection of random frames to the finished product. Interested in how you can make something similar for your house? Learn the steps here!
I started with this mismatched jumble of frames, which I painted all black. Then I had pieces of 1/8-inch-thick birch plywood cut to fit each frame. With help from a design-savvy artist friend, I was then able to create the outline for my project.
See what I created when you read more
While most of us experimented with the art of collage at some point in our lives, even if it was just layering magazine fashion spreads in our high school lockers, it's the rare person who masters this deceptively simple art technique. Los Angeles-based artist Francesca Gabbiani has done just that, creating pieces from torn or cut paper that leap with energy. Whether she's collaging together a forest fire or a room interior, her massively intricate works of art never fail to impress. After cutting and layering colored paper, Gabbiani adds gouache (a type of paint) to the paper. The entire effect is impressive, and something that I would love to display in my own home.
Interested in seeing more from this artist? Check out ArtNet for information about work for sale, or The Patrick Farmer Gallery in Los Angeles. Alternately, if you're in Pasadena, CA, head down to the Armory Center for the Arts through May 10 to see some of her work in person.
See Gabbiani's other work when you read more
Artist Karen Ondracek makes deceptively simple images out of difficult-to-manipulate scraps of paper, photographs, and ephemera. Her fanciful, creature-filled collages often feature animals speaking nonsense out of comic-style dialogue balloons. And now, for full disclosure, I'll also say that Karen is a good friend of mine. I've known her since she was 12, and now she lives across the street from me, where she and her boyfriend throw elaborate parties and host craft days. Even if I wasn't friends with Ms. Ondracek, though, I'd still definitely recommend her art.
To see a gallery of Karen's collages, as well as read my interview with her, just read more
The phrase "cheap and chic" gets tossed around a lot, but in today's Su Casa, user I_Love_Fashion perfectly embodies the spirit of both adjectives with her sophisticated wall collages. (Want to share your photos? Here's how to post in the Su Casa group.)
To give her bedroom a fresh new look, I_Love_Fashion simply tacked lots of magazine pages and thrift-store records to her lilac walls, particularly around her desk. I love the way she surrounded the clock! To see two more walls, read more
Often I will be perusing your profiles on Team and something will catch my eye - you are all so interesting and creative! _nicci put together a gallery of cute that is pure eye candy. You have to check it out, but I picked a few of my favorite miniature pieces of art for you all to see. Very girlie, very ethereal, and oh so Sofia Coppola-esque, hopefully these will brighten your day. Thanks for the inspiration _nicci!
Reuters is reporting that a recent Swedish study has found that the risk of stroke among women increases the less educated you are. The reason is not simply that education magically improves your health, but that by being educated, you make healthier decisions based on learned knowledge. This can mostly be attributed to the significant differences in health behaviors in well educated versus non-educated women such as smoking and alcohol consumption.
The risk of stroke was significantly related to years of education completed and the hazard ratio was 2-times higher for the least educated compared to the most educated women.
So maybe it's time to sign up for that 2nd (or 3rd) language class that you have always wanted to try.