September Room

Anatomy of a Deer Head

Anatomy of a Deer Head

Gear and Pie make interesting jewelry, mostly from enameled brass. I thought their shop was named for the run-up to Halloween, but no, they just happened to set up their space Bangkok workshop in September. Thus, September Room.

Rib Cage Ring

Rib Cage Ring

Not all of their work is dark. Some is whimsical, and they have some great geometric pieces. But you only get to see the dark stuff here, because I said so.

Golden Deer w/Flowers

Golden Deer w/Flowers

Skeleton of a Bird

Skeleton of a Bird

Isn’t the bird darling?

Visit September Room on Etsy.

Rangoli

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Rangoli are patterned art laid on the doorstep, floor, or courtyard during Indian festivals, like Diwali. They go by a host of names in different regions, like Kolam in southern India.

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They are made from colored cornstarch (Gulam, the same powder used during Holi), colored rice, or even flowers.  You can make your own Gulam:

Here’s a slightly different recipe, but I bet they both work fine.  Haven’t tried either yet…but I will.

Rangoli is considered a welcome mat for the gods. Most rangoli is created on a grid (or not, you know how these things are), square in the North, hexagonal in the South.

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Kundan Rangoli from Just for Elegance on Etsy

Kundan Rangoli from Just for Elegance on Etsy

Kundan Rangoli from Shimmeria

Kundan Rangoli from Shimmeria

Kundan rangoli is pre-made, often in kits, of beads and resin forms. I like it because it’s sparkly.

Competition Rangoli

It’s no surprise that there are Rangoli competitions. The art form is extremely popular all over India. Materials are inexpensive, so there is no class barrier to expressing yourself through Rangoli.

It is a wonderful thing to see made. Here are a couple vids.

The first part of this one got a ‘whoa’ out of me:


Rangoli is an extremely complex art form, with many themes, meanings, and variations.  Here is a little more info, but Google is rich with many sources.

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Lena Danya Speed Painting

 

Lena Danya has a whole YouTube channel full of speed-painting goodness.

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Beads Poet

Orchid

Orchid

Lake

Lake

White Weeping Willow

White Weeping Willow

Bead trees are nothing new, but Beads Poet are particularly lovely and skillful. See more at her deviantArt gallery.

Links: 2015apr10

Subscription boxes are fun! Hello Subscription has daily reviews and a directory.

Subscription boxes are fun! Hello Subscription has daily reviews and a directory.

Steampunk Tricorder. Via Jenna.

Steampunk Tricorder. Via Jenna.

And speaking of subscriptions, Raw Spice Bar sends you spices each month for $6.

And speaking of subscriptions, Raw Spice Bar sends you spices each month for $6.

 

 

Fairy houses by Fairy Woodland. Via Pumpkinrot

Fairy houses by Fairy Woodland. Via Pumpkinrot

Paperholm, a growing city of paper

Paperholm, a growing city of paper

Shabby Chic frames by Hillovely

Found this video on Polymer Clay Daily.

Now, one thing she doesn’t say is that molds, especially intricate ones, are kind of a pain, so don’t be surprised if it takes a few tries. Also, I’d be moving that piece from the mold directly to the tile I’m baking it on, so I don’t have to move it after I’ve cut off any extra bits.

 

This video led me to Hilla’s Etsy shop, and her blog, which I immediately subscribed to. I especially love these necklaces, though I’d be inclined to make them with fabric.  Neat ideas that anyone can execute with some practice.
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Wall art by Julli

I am not so much into kawaii, but this is cool, and a lot of fun to watch.
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Paper Dolls by Maki Hino

I'm staring out the world

I’m staring out the world

Night Flight

Night Flight

Oiseax Noirs

Oiseax Noirs

 

Maki Hino used to make dolls in the corner of her kitchen, thus, the name of her website.

Nika in Wonderland

Found a new art journal blogger! I love sped-up videos of the process. And she actually uses those Heidi Swapp two-part stencils the way they’re supposed to be used.
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Embroidery of Meredith Woolnough

Natural forms in open-work embroidery

Natural forms in open-work embroidery

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