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I just spent the better part of my weekend obsessed with cutting things out of old books, and the always stunning work of Utrecht based artist Anne Ten Donkelaar makes me want to put Monday on hold so that I can just keep cutting! Perfectly snipped flowers, leaves, and cacti delicately pinned into position creating the most magical gardens EVER. Sigh. Happy Monday.





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Washy portraits AND cut Japanese paper? Oh, yes please! These pieces are from a new mixed media series, titled “Dressed” by American artist Lisa Krannichfeld. I wrote about her back in the summer of 2013, but the moment I saw that Japanese paper outlined in acrylic, I just had to write again. Those rich, gorgeous, precise patterns next to three ladies who, well, are a little less than precise {um, you’ve got a bit of lipstick on your face} … it’s really kind of a fabulous combo.





#creative UNblock no.4

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April! That means it’s time for #creativeUNblock project no.4! {If you missed the first three projects, or have no idea what I’m talking about, you can catch up right here.} The next unblocking project from Creative Block is by American mixed media artist Cassandra Smith, and instead of being paper based like the first three projects, this one is all about altering objects:

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“Make a little sculpture using a found object. Find something around your house, at a thrift store, a wacky junk store, anywhere! An object that is about as big as your hand or smaller is probably the best size to start with, so it’s not overwhelming. And make sure it’s something you don’t mind ruining. This is just suppose to be fun after all! And then transform the heck out of it! Paint on it, glue things to it, cut it in half and glue it back to itself, or glue it to something else. Use the objects color and shape to inspire you.”

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Ok, I’m going to the thrift shop immediately {any excuse}. I’m excited/nervous for this one, as I’ve never really worked in “sculpture” before. Should be interesting! If you want to share your weird little sculpture(s), just upload them to instagram or twitter and hashtag it #creativeUNblock. Relax, like Cassandra said, do NOT worry about “ruining” anything. Forget “perfection” and just have fun … I’m thinking glitter and macaroni, who’s with me?!

 





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Love! This series of collages, titled “Natural Act” is the work of Istanbul artist Merve Özaslan. What a fun, gorgeous reminder that all of us, even the big city dwellers, are in fact part of nature! Happy weekend, everyone.

{via Honestly WTF}

{ps. the next issue of “Art for Your Inbox”  goes out tomorrow so if you’d like to subscribe just use the field in the top left corner of the site… oh, and #creativeUNblock no.4 will be posted here tomorrow morning!}





#creativeUNblock // march project recap

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Project No.3, given to us by American artist Kate Pugsley {p.175 in Creative Block}, is easily one of my favorite ways to get unstuck: Paint sheets of paper with a color palette that inspires you, chop that paper into abstract or representational shapes, and then move them around until you arrive at a composition that gets your creative fires burning! The day after I posted this project, I woke up and thought, “black!” … so I painted a bunch of watercolor paper black and started snipping. I loved every single second, and apparently so did lots of you! Here are just a few of my faves so far:

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Oh. So many fabulous bits ‘n pieces… I hope you’re feeling as inspired and recharged by this as I am! There’s still a week to go until I put up the April project {Sat Apr 4th}, so grab your paints & scissors and start chopping!





angela fraleigh

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Rich, seductive oil paintings reminiscent of Baroque and Rococo masters, beautifully modernized with flat pastel backgrounds and a perfect layer of organic ‘n abstract 23kt gold leaf. This gorgeous, large-scale work by New York based artist Angela Fraleigh makes me want to dust off all of my art history text books… and then cover them in gold!

{Thanks to Therese Tucker for sending me a link to Angela’s work}





we make carpets

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WE MAKE CARPETS, a collective {Bob, Marcia and Stijn to be exact} based in Amsterdam, make carpets. Kinda. They’re not carpets that you can walk on, or sit on while doing a jigsaw puzzle, or lie on by the fire… ooh, yeah… don’t put that chocolate bar “carpet” by the fire! Mmmm, melty. No, they make art installations out of just about anything they can find – pasta, screws, straws, you name it. So detailed, so fun, and soooo time consuming! Fantastic. ps. I love those bandaids!





xochi solis

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You know how they say “art feeds the soul”… well, these deliciously layered, sandwich-like collages could feed me forever! Ok, I’m pretty sure they’re not meant to look like sandwiches, but that’s what I see every time I look at these crazy layered mixed media pieces by Austin based artist Xochi Solis. See that beauty at the very top? That was the piece Xochi made for my book, Collage… and then she sent it to me! I was beyond thrilled to see one of her originals in person {so many layers of goodness!}, and it is now proudly displayed in my living room, not far from the kitchen. Oh dear, and now I want a tomato, avocado and rosebud bagel… hold the paint.





art at the architectural digest home design show

Yep, I’m heading to New York in a couple of weeks, and I’m bringing a whole bunch of art with me! GREAT.LY has a shop at the Architectural Digest Home Show and I’ll be there every day, sellin’ art and signin’ books! Here’s a peek at a few of the pieces that I’m bringing with me:

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Yes! Lots of gorgeous art… and a cat planter! I couldn’t resist! {and I may have been pressured into including one of my own collages too}. Design Milk will also be hosting one of the days, as well as the ladies from Cool Mom Picks. Pop by if you can! Oh, and all of these pieces are also available in my online gallery, so no need to worry if you’re not actually in NYC. Click on the images above and they’ll take you right to my shop. Ok, happy weekend! I’ll be working on creativeUNblock no.3 … will you? ; )





rocio montoya

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I am a scissors kind o’ girl when it comes to my own collages, but the work of Madrid based artist/graphic designer Rocio Montoya really makes me want to give x-acto blades another shot! Oh, those little peek-a-boo windows to the florals just below the surface… so gorgeous. Her final work is stunning, but I have to admit, I am head over heels for her in-studio shots! I want to see all of her plans, and cuts, and layers, and more cuts! ps. Those hands. I LOVE those hands.