Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Mark Langan Creates Masterpieces Using Used Cardboard Boxes

Mark Langan is a self-taught artist presently living in Brunswick Hills, Ohio a suburb of Cleveland. Since 2004, he has been making amazing sculptures uses cardboard boxes. He explored and experimented with various mediums for as long as he can remember but he finds corrugated boxes and paper as a responsive reclaimed product.

Where you and me will not look at cardboard boxes twice as something that be used for creating art with, Mark has dedicated his life creating masterpieces with this unusual material. Mark uses a razor, knife, cutting edge, rule and a mat, glue and used cardboard to create detailed pieces of art.“It is a green, eco-friendly material that comes into the fold of every person around the globe on a day-to-day basis.” Each of Mark's sculpture takes many hours of patience and labor of love. His projects require him to cut thousands of individual pieces that are glued one after the other. 

Mark's pieces showcased at several eco-friendly events including NASA and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s America Recycles Day, Beachwood’s Green Dream event and at The Ohio Department of Natural Resources. His work was displayed in Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums in San Francisco and Atlantic City. Mark’s work has been featured in several books and magazines. He has created logo for WKYC-TV, Midwest Box Company, M&M Mars Global, and Propr a clothing brand by David Arquette.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Rachel Thornton Combines Wood Carving and Print Making Techniques To Create Unique Artwork

Rachel Thornton is an artist and a print maker living in the rural Yorkshire Dales. In 2013, Rachel graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. While she was studying, she began to exhibit her artwork world wide including the Wrexham International Print Exhibition. She has been experimenting with various techniques and materials, it is her love for experimentation which has led her into creating a unique artwork. She combines printmaking, painting and wood carving methods to create one off unique artwork. Rachel's original illustration is lino printed on to a carefully selected wood piece, the natural textures and grains of the wood enhances the artwork.

Rachel works from a creative space called STUDIO 42 where she also conducts printmaking workshops. Rachel has shown her work at Art and Craft Fairs around the UK as well as in New York, Pakistan, and Australia. You can follow her creative journey on Instagram for new work, and announcements of workshops and exhibitions. 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Karl Martens Uses Calligraphy Brushes and Watercolors to Paint Birds

Karl Martens is an artist based in San Francisco who creates amazing paintings of feathered creatures using watercolors, and Japanese and Chinese calligraphy brushes. What makes his work unique is that he paints his birds from his memory, he never uses any photograph or an image as a reference for his work. He begins with broad strokes of brushes on a blank canvas and gradually adds fine details. Karl's work is inspired by Chinese painters in the early Qing dynasty, Shih-t’ao. The washes of watercolors make his paintings fluid and delicate in nature.

“Just as the union of calligraphy ink and paper always provides unexpected results, so does the watercolor on this rough hand made paper. Especially when calligraphy brushes are used. Each paper reacts differently to the medium. Sometimes it absorbs immediately, and other times it doesn’t absorb at all. A simple brush provides less control than fine one, and sometimes the opposite is true. This uncertainty is what inspires me. What will happen this time? In order to give life to some areas I sometimes use salt on the paper, which creates unexpected patterns as the paint dries. All in order to confront the unexpected.” via

You can watch the following video to learn more about the artist and his work.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Landscapes and Animal Portraits Painted with Flowers



Bridget Beth Collins is a self-proclaimed "petal painter, magic weaver, and flower nymph." She uses flower petals and natural materials to "paint" animal portraits, stunning landscapes and objects. Her illustrations are filled with amazing details, she pays close attention to getting the colors as close to real in her work. She uses a variety of fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables as well as twigs. Her work has moment and feminine, delicate quality to it.

I have featured her work on the blog in the past, and I also follow her on Instagram - Flora Forager