5 U.S. Art Museums to Add to Your Bucket List

Booth Western Art Museum (Image Credit: Booth Museum Org)

Booth Western Art Museum (Image Credit: Booth Museum Org)

Although summertime is coming to a close, it’s no reason to stop looking for travel destinations. Art museums make great additions to any bucket list. They also come with interesting cities to explore. Check out these five museums as a starting place for your next adventure. Continue reading

Metropolitan Museum of Art (Image Credit: Flicker User Nyer82)

10 Museum Exhibits to Check Out this Summer

Metropolitan Museum of Art (Image Credit: Flickr User Nyer82)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (Image Credit: Flickr User Nyer82)

Ah, summertime planning. You know what I’m talking about; we all have a certain way we go about it. Some of us make summer bucket lists, jotting down all the fun things we want to cram into three glorious months. Others make a mental list, daydreaming about the possibilities in the days ahead. And then there are those who are of a more spontaneous nature, jumping on opportunities as they present themselves instead of planning ahead.
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Period Power Tee (Image Credit: American Apparel)

American Apparel’s Pushing the Envelope with the Period Tee

Censored Image of the "Period Power Tee" (Image Credit: American Apparel)

Censored Image of the “Period Power Tee” (Image Credit: American Apparel)

Looking for period power? American Apparel gives it to you in a tee. 100% cotton, 100% controversy (Check out the uncensored shirt image here).

The argument is that the portrayal of menstruation is a call for people to respect and redefine a “perfect” female body. I’ll cut to the chase and say that I think Petra Collins’ own drawing is great- but the medium she chose to deliver it through? Not so much. Continue reading

The Impossible Project (Image Credit: The Impossible Project)

The Impossible Project: Keeping the art of instant photos alive!

The Impossible Project (Image Credit: The Impossible Project)

The Impossible Project (Image Credit: The Impossible Project)

Before digital cameras and our beloved Instagram, memories were captured in analog instant photography. Polaroid, one of the most popular companies to produce analog instant photography cameras and film, stopped doing so due to advancing digital technology; but can we still capture our favorite moments with the brilliant cool and warm hues that we did with analog instant cameras? The founders of The Impossible Project turned an “Impossible dream into reality- allowing instant photographers to continue their craft! Continue reading

Book Review: Naked by Betsy Franco

Naked by Betsy Franco (Image Credit: Tom Franco)

Naked by Betsy Franco (Image Credit: Tom Franco)

Betsy Franco’s latest novel, Naked, explores the elements of love and life that ignite our creativity and passion. Similarly, her first novel, Metamorphoses, also explores the artist’s journey: rising up against the misery, rejection and despair. The same is also true of love because in both art and love, you must be naked, utterly exposed. Artists offer up their innermost emotions, ones they spend their lives eluding, and subject themselves to criticism. They risk everything—being accepted, understood, but even so, artists insist on being artists, just like lovers can’t help but be in love. Continue reading

Sluice 2013 Art Fair (Image Credit: Laura Mott)

Sluice 2013 Art Fair Review

Sluice 2013 Art Fair (Image Credit: Laura Mott)

Sluice 2013 Art Fair (Image Credit: Laura Mott)

A friend of mine who pursued higher education in Art described how professors would say something was “fresh”, instead of calling it “good”.   As in, “I’m really liking that piece. It’s fresh.” It’s an interesting way to describe something. Very binary, yet unconventional and direct.  To the point.

This last week is known in the art industry as Frieze Week. Collector’s crawl out of galleries from all over and descend on London for one of the world’s largest art fairs. But Frieze isn’t the only art fair around that week; one that is equally fresh is another called Sluice. Continue reading

ixxi Wall Art (Image Credit: ixxi)

Quirky Item of the Week: ixxi Custom Wall Art

ixxi Wall Art (Image Credit: ixxi)

ixxi Wall Art (Image Credit: ixxi)

I’m always suffering from interior decorator’s block, so I was so psyched when I found out about ixxi. Check it out!

Ixxi is a decorative wall system that allows you to create your own wall art. It works off printing your selected design onto hole-punched mini squares that come together through slipping them onto mini x’s and i’s pegs that are easily secured with a ‘power strip’—the superior cousin of double-sided tape. These photo squares can be arranged to either create one whole picture on your living room wall, or produce a collage of photos from your personal collections. Continue reading

DIY Mod Podged Map Art by Punk Projects

DIY Map Art (Image Credit: http://www.punkprojects.com)

DIY Map Art (Image Credit: Punk Projects)

I have a thing for map art. Something about viewing a depiction of the continents is just as appealing to me as gazing at a van Gogh. Perhaps it’s my traveler’s soul, or maybe I’m just fascinated by the notion that we’re all slowly drifting together and apart at the same time. Either way, I like map art and it always catches my eye when I come across it. This DIY Mod Podged Map Art by Punk Projects peaked my interest right away for two reasons (beyond it’s mappy subject matter), I love its whimsical feel and I am all about using Mod Podge.
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Quirky Item of the Week: Colour Me Good Coloring Books

Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling (Image Credit: Mel Elliot)

Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling (Image Credit: Mel Elliot)

I, like many other women out there, find Mr. Ryan Gosling to be visually pleasing. I enjoy the different variations of the “Hey, Girl” meme, although the feminist version is my favorite, and I’m not going to say I’ll watch a movie just because my favorite Canadian goose is in it, but I won’t deny it either.

I  also like coloring a lot, perhaps more than a woman my age should. I blame this on my parents who were big time coloring contest people (they really were geniuses at keeping my brother and I busy).  Up until a few years ago we would occasionally still duke it out for the title of best color-er and if I suggested a contest today they would be whipping out the crayons, colored pencils, and paper before I could even lay down the rules (Yes, there are rules to coloring competitions, dad cheats and mom tends to spend way too much time on one spot).

Colour Me Good Gingers (Image Credit: Mel Elliot)

Colour Me Good Gingers (Image Credit: Mel Elliot)

Thus, my enjoyment of the Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling coloring book should come as no surprise. Any time I can combine two of my quirky interests in one fun activity, I’m all for it.

Now I realize all of you out there may not be Gosling fans, but fear not, there is a Colour Me Good coloring book for lots of fun pop culture interests! The artist behind the coloring books, Mel Elliot (read my interview with her here), has created versions for the 80’s & 90’s, London, Gingers (you know you want to color in Damien Lewis’ fiery locks), and her newest coloring creation coming out later this year will be called Swoon and include a variety of swoon worthy men!

To find out more about the Colour Me Good coloring books and Mel Elliot’s other fun book creations, visit her website.

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An Interview with Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling Artist Mel Elliot

Artist Mel Elliot & Her Creations (Image Credit: Mel Elliot)

Artist Mel Elliot & Her Creations (Image Credit: Mel Elliot)

This week’s Quirky Item of the Week is Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling, and I enjoyed this quirky little Ryan Gosling inspired coloring book so much that I instantly wanted to know more about its creator. Was she a Ryan Gosling super fan devoted to making art in his likeness? An artist inspired by the you look photoshopped good looks of the Gos? Someone who just really really likes to color? I had to know. Lucky for me the book’s creator, artist Mel Elliot, was willing to take some time to assuage my curiosity about Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling and all her other awesome coloring and project books. Spoiler alert, she’s not a crazy super fan, but she is a crazy good artist!

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DIY What’s Your Sign Constellation Art by Hello Paper Moon

I think a handmade gift is always more thoughtful than some mass produced knick knack or gift card and when I came across this lovely DIY What’s Your Sign Constellation Art print by Hello Paper Moon I found the next homemade creation I will be gifting this holiday season. I know some people who love astrology who will really appreciate a print made just for them and I cannot wait to give it a try!

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Interview with Artist Serena Olivieri

This week’s Tumblr Tuesday feature, Serena Olivieri. For any of you that have read previous posts of mine you already know about my stationary obsession. I love beautiful paper, beautiful things made out of paper, paper paper paper, etc. So naturally when I first came across Serena’s blog, with its images of her amazing paper creations, I think I scrolled through every single post she ever published in awe of her work. Serena’s notebooks really are the star of the blog, each one a unique combination of her talents as a creative mind, illustrator and paper crafter. Serena was kind enough to take some time away from her amazing paper crafting to tell us a little about herself and her blog for this week’s Tumblr Tuesday 🙂

On to the interview!

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DIY Wall Art Bubbles by Mr. Handsomeface Blog

This DIY Wall Art from Sara at Mr. Handsomeface Blog just may be the most awesome DIY we’ve seen in a long time! It’s super easy, super cheap, and super awesome looking! We’re so glad Sara agreed to let us share it with you!

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