Friday, May 30, 2014

Corinne Geertsen

Arizona based artist Corinne Geertsen creates surreal collages from her growing library of over 20,000 images that consists of her own photographs, old family photos, scans of all sorts of  everyday objects and hand-drawn and painted images. The combination of photography, photoshop and her imagination results into striking, whimsical and quirky images.

"The ideas come to me very gradually and slowly as I am assembling the pictures. Then I add and subtract objects, characters, lighting, shadows and textures to support and develop them. I am attracted to digital art because it is wide open. By combining disparate elements, you can call up a wide range of emotions, experiences and moods. Everyone sees something different in my pictures and (is) attracted to different things about them. I try to make my pictures evocative and quirky."

To learn more about her work go to her website.

I hope you enjoyed your week here with me.  I'll see you back on Monday with more owl-some posts.

DIY: Owls Using Recycled Toilet Paper Roll and Confetti

In the past, I have featured various fun recycled toilet paper owl craft projects along with the 'owls and the cat' tutorial by Hilke Sievers. I just recently came across this easy tutorial by her with which you can make adorable owls using empty toilet paper roll and some colorful confetti. So before you throw out all your paper rolls, why not give it a try with your kids this weekend. The instructions to make the owls are not in English but step by step images are clear to understand the tutorial and can be found here.

Free Pattern - Great Gray Owl

Our today's freebie is the Great Gray Owl pattern from Susan of Downeast Thunder Farm. She has shared patterns of over 70 birds that can be found on her website including burrowing owls, pygmy owl, short eared owl, barred owl and many other birds. The patterns are in PDF format that come with instructions and can be downloaded for free! Isn't she awesome!

These little guys will make great holiday ornaments so bookmark the patterns for later or download the one you like the most to make a handmade present.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 Ready To Wear Collection


“Enchanted Sicily” is Dolce & Gabbana's ready to wear Fall 2014 collection inspired by woodland creatures such as owls, foxes, swans, squirrels among applique flowers, embroidery and lace. A mix of medieval hoods, shift dresses, swing coats, light and airy gowns in an array of rich hues of emerald, royal blue, red and purple is fit for a princess from a wonderland. 

I L.O.V.E. the flowy red dress on the top with motifs of owl, squirrel, rabbit along with the floral vine pattern running all across the dress. Do you have a favorite?


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Surreal Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra

Netherlands based artist and illustrator Redmer Hoekstra is known for drawing incredible illustrations that are unconventional and intriguingly strange. His drawings is a fusion of animals and objects such as an owl with books for wings to a lizard with computer keyboard scales. The realistic and beautifully detailed drawings can take around 32 to 40 hours average to finish. For some these drawings can be disturbing, for others they can be hilarious. Which ever way you see them they are definitely a specimen of creativity and genius imagination.

“I’ve always loved alienation and fantasizing, daydreaming. As a child I had all kinds of theories about how the world worked. At the Academy I was able to rediscover this and process this in to my work. How things work is a fascination of mine and in many drawings you can find this. I open up appliances and objects and freely change what is inside . Often a subject gets a completely different feeling or meaning. I play with form, meaning and function, while new combinations arise. Often surprising, strange and funny but also with a strange kind of logic, a fantastic and surreal world.’’ 

DIY: Owl Pom Poms

If you search online for pom pom craft ideas for kids, you'll see many tutorials that'll teach you how to make all kinds of adorable things from baby chicks, monsters to fruits etc. This diy by Pauline Molinari of Club Chica Circle is a great tutorial on how to make owl pom poms in just a few simple steps. These handmade owl pom poms will look cute on a bookshelf as well as are perfect to decorate a gift box or hag them on your Christmas tree as cute handmade ornaments.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wine Cork Pocket Pals

After the last tutorial on wine cork crafts I shared here, I came across another great diy which is just as fun to create. Pocket Pals by Molly Crafts are the sweet little characters created using some simple things like wine corks, styrofoam balls, glue and paint. For the entire tutorial with images click here. You can make an owl, fox, sheep, bee, frog or any other creature you may fancy. Grab all the wine corks you have been collecting and give this project a try!

Collection of Gig Posters

Monday, May 26, 2014

New Scarf Collection by Jonathan Adler

'Chinoiserie Owl'

'Chinoiserie Horse' silk scarf

'Chinoiserie Pagoda' silk scarf



Have you seen the new gorgeous scarves from Jonathan Adler? I love the bold graphics and colors that will make a perfect accessory for spring. The above shown scarves and more can be found at Jonathan Adler's website and here.

Life's a Hoot: Kitchen Linen Collection

"Life's a hoot" is an adorable kitchen linen collection by Kay Dee featuring a pair of owls in green, yellow, blue and orange color palette. The collection offers the following products that are available here:
1. oven mitt
2. heart shaped pot holder
3. placemat
4. apron
5. kitchen towels