Thursday, January 24, 2013

She's crafty!

Susi over at Just Crafty Enough, show how to make a stegosaurus hoodie towel. Now I want one. But in rainbow, of course.

I am fascinated by Lisa Nilsson's collection of Quilled Paper Anatomical Cross Sections. Made from the gilded edges of old books and Japanese mulberry paper, they are exquisite -- full of detail and texture.
Quilling was first practiced by Renaissance nuns and monks who are said to have made artistic use of the gilded edges of worn out bibles, and later by 18th century ladies who made artistic use of lots of free time. I find quilling exquisitely satisfying for rendering the densely squished and lovely internal landscape of the human body in cross section.

At Gingerbread Snowflakes, Pam talks about the history of Punched Tin Can Frames and shows us how to make our own.
New Mexican tinsmiths plying their trade in the mid 1800's were the ultimate recyclers! Every scrap of tin that came over the Santa Fe Trail by wagon, or later by rail, was reused to create frames and nichos for prints and statues of religious icons. Sconces, candle holders and candelabra needed in pre-electric New Mexico churches and homes were also fashioned from "recycled" tin cans.

Instructables regular Cinnamontwisties uploaded photos and info about the super awesome BatMobile she made for her toddler.
When it was time for the munchkin to get the typical toy car to drive around in (she's 16 months and LOVES her cousin's car) I couldn't have any old toy laying around clashing with my "theme." And besides... why settle with typical store bought when DIY is sooo much better?!

Klari Reis uses petri dishes and reflective epoxy polymer to capture electron microscopic images of cellular reactions.

I am in love with these sweet greeting cards made from woodcuts from celiahart.
The images on this card are from my woodcut, 'The birds' wedding day' inspired by the mistle thrushes that I see in the ancient yew tree right outside my studio window, are the first birds to start to build their nest, just as the first primroses begin to flower and on sunny days a brimstone butterfly flutters by. Valentine's Day, 14th February, in England is traditionally the birds' wedding day.


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