If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again – I love art work that uses unusual mediums. Not just art work either, but repurposed items too. Give me a tin coffee can and the best I can do is nail it to some driftwood and call it a planter, so people who can turn flatware into a work of art have my vote. Check out the images below for some truly interesting artwork!
So I’m going to go a little off our own little patch of happy office supplies, and move on to the exciting and infinitely shoppable Etsy. I adore Etsy – its fun, funky, quirky, vintage and there is something for everyone, whether you’re hippy-dippy or geektacular. There hasn’t been one time that I’ve gone to Etsy and NOT found something to buy.
Today I went looking for vintage office supplies in addition to artwork for my son’s room. I also found some interesting old office paperwork that would go quite nicely with the work scrapbook I keep thinking about starting…big procrastinator that I am. Don’t look for that anytime soon.
Special Thanks and Photo Credits go to:
BlueGrizzlePapers – http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueGrizzlePapers?ref=seller_info
AllVintageMan – http://www.etsy.com/shop/AllVintageMan?ref=seller_info
DivineOrders – http://www.etsy.com/shop/DivineOrders?ref=seller_info
Theartfloozy – http://www.etsy.com/shop/theartfloozy?ref=seller_info
Posterexplosion – http://www.etsy.com/shop/posterexplosion?ref=seller_info
I’m going to keep it simple today, and just give you beautiful works of art using common office supplies. Happy Tuesday everyone!
Ah pens. I’ve written about pens before on this blog, but I want to revisit them. Because I adore pens. Pens of all kinds. I have my favorites, the ones I use all the time, but I collect pens too, especially if they are unusual. I may never use them, but they will look very pretty in my pen holder!
Even today, when most of our work is done on computers and our cell phones have notepads and voice recorders built in, pen lovers still lust after pens. Even now, when I barely write anything on paper at work, I have about 15 pens on my desk, and countless notepads (that’s another blog entirely) that I never use!
Pens engender very strong feelings amongst their owners, and our customer’s are no different. They are very precise in what they order and what they want, and can talk pen-lingo like they work in a Papermate factory! I’m not even that well-versed! Today, though, I’m going to show you some unusual pens – glass pens, ergonomic pens, goofy pens and even nostalgic pens (who remembers bracelet pens?). I hope you enjoy!
I’ve always admired people who can draw, because I can barely draw a straight line. Well, that’s not entirely true. I spent an entire summer when I was twelve learning how to draw a horse head. See terrible example below. As you can see, I have reason to admire people who can do what I so obviously cannot.
My son can draw, as can his father and grandfather. Their family is very artistic, and use most mediums – pencils, watercolor, pastels, paint…you name it, they can make beauty from it. I’m actually kind of jealous. I was cleaning my son’s room this weekend, and came across an art kit that his grandfather got him for Christmas last year, and it got me thinking about all the pretty pictures that I could find on the internet.
So this morning, being the thoughtful person I am and knowing how much everyone who reads this blog likes artwork, I decided to bring you some beautiful pencil art that I came across on the web. After I subject you to my horse head. Enjoy!
I’ve talked many times in the blog about art made from office supplies, and pencils aren’t a topic I’ve touched on before. This is odd, considering I’ve been watching Dalton Ghetti’s work for a while now. He.Is.AMAZING. He actually makes it look so easy, and I want to try it myself, but I know I’d end up cutting off the tip of a finger or something.
He takes pencils and sculpts the most detailed miniatures from them, and I just don’t get how he does it! First off, he has to keep that X-acto knife of his crazy-sharp, and the patience it has to take is epic. The finished product is astounding, and so perfect that you just can’t believe it came about from something so tiny as a pencil lead! I can go on and on, and spout numerous adjectives to describe his work, but I think I’ll let it speak for itself. Enjoy!
Special Thanks to Dalton Ghetti and Sloan Howard Photography!
Today will be a brief departure from the norm, and will be mostly pictorial. I wanted to have a little fun with a basic staple of dining tables everywhere – the humble dinner napkin. The beauty of the dinner napkin is that it is so versatile when it comes to being twisted, folded, and mutilated into some napkin work of origami art. Enjoy the pictures, and try these at home!
Sometimes even with people we know and love, it’s hard to find the perfect present. I admit, I am not good at present purchasing. I just never know for sure it’s the right thing, or if they’re going to love it, or if I’m going to get the polite “Oh it’s great” statement with the slight eye roll that really tells me they think it sucks. I have that problem with my husband and son, especially.
My son wants clothes this year for Christmas (and iPhone 5 ear buds, go figure) but I want him to have more than just clothes to open up on Christmas morning. So, I was thinking to myself, What does he really like to do (besides video games) that I can get him? And then I hit on it: he really loves to draw. So I thought art supplies! Just a little portfolio with sketchbooks and supplies to keep him busy when he’s got time to kill at school or at home.
I didn’t just want to get him a sketchbook, so I searched through our site and put together a little grouping I think he would like. Even if he doesn’t use it at home, he can use it when he’s with his Art Club, and thank goodness he doesn’t read this blog! The cat would definitely be out of the bag! Anyway, I got him a sketchbook, some pencils, erasers, and a sharpener, along with the portfolio to keep it all in.
Sometimes it’s about digging deep and building a gift from a hobby that someone likes, or maybe in the case of a teenager, putting something together that has to do with a career choice they’re thinking of making (in the case of my son, he either wants to be a chef like his father, or a DJ). It’s nice not having to stress about whether or not he’ll like what I got him.I might borrow one of the sketch books and doodle a bit as well! Happy shopping everyone!
When I was 13 years old, I got a Canon Sure Shot for my birthday. I was so excited, for many reasons, but the biggest reason was that it took 35mm film. I had always loved taking pictures, whether in front or behind the lens, but I was always relegated to 110 film, Polaroids, or *gasp* disc film! Remember disc film? Terrible photos from them…
Anyway, I felt so adult when I opened the back of my new camera and attempted to load the film. I put on this air of self-confidence that I was NOT feeling, but figured I’d fake it till I made it. To be honest, I was scared to death. I knew the dangers of 35mm film (which makes digital cameras a blessing) – unwinding too much and not having it catch the spindles correctly, not unwinding enough and having to open the back and hoping not to expose the film, or horror of horrors – exposing the film. In my house, that was a life-ending mistake. We took photos very seriously.
So there I was, attempting to load my first cartridge of film, with the whole family watching me expectantly, and I carefully pulled out the little tongue of extra cellulose acetate, lined up the perforations with the spindle in the camera, and took a deep breath. I closed the camera back, and heard the satisfactory whir of the film loading into the camera. Or so I thought.
Once I took the whole roll of film, listening every time to the camera advance to the next frame, I went into my room. I was paranoid and figured it was darker in there than the rest of the house and it might help the film. Well, I opened the back, and the film was still in the same position as when I loaded it. It damaged me for the next two years. I wouldn’t touch another 35mm camera.
In 10th grade, I ended up on the yearbook staff, and my first 35mm Canon SLR was placed in my hand. I had to swallow my fear of film (I couldn’t go around to the other photographers asking them to load my film every time), but me and that camera were inseparable for the next 3 years.
With the exception of one other camera in my collection, I have always had Canons. Maybe it’s allegiance to the first “real” camera I ever had, or just because I feel they are superior to any other brand, but I know that I will always have a Canon camera. My digital EOS is like my child, and I only bring it out on special occasions or when I’m going out shooting something in particular. I also still have a Canon point and shoot 35mm, but it’s pretty much retired unless I want a retro feel.
With the holidays coming, flashes are going off all over the place (but thankfully not flash bulbs), and people are embracing their favorite camera. Whether you’re a Canon fan or not, I hope you take many a beautiful picture of you and yours, and enjoy the holidays!
As anyone who reads this blog knows, I like art made from office supplies. I like traditional art as well, but that’s for another blog. I’ve blogged numerous times about art and office supplies, but it’s just such a fun subject! Maybe it’s just my lack of drawing capability (I can craft and photograph, I don’t need the artistic tri-fecta) but I LOVE creative ways to bring art to life.
I’ve tried to paint and draw. I gave it the old college try. I bought Prismacolor chalks and pencils. Pastels and oils. Watercolors and acrylics. Paint brushes have grown like a grove of trees on my desk, and palettes and trowels work double duty as organizers and letter openers. In all these years, the only thing I can draw/paint/sketch is a horse head. I learned the hard way that having the right tools don’t an artist make.
I’ve also learned to channel my need for creativity into Google searches. In my search for various office supplies, I came across one picture that blew my mind. I have no idea why I keep getting surprised by the things I see online, but I just do. I’m in love with creativity and in its thrall when I see new examples of it. So I saw this whiteboard art, and I quickly searched for more…
And found all of these! AMAZING! On a whiteboard. And windows. Should it maybe be call dry-erase art instead? The whiteboards are just incredible, and the window doodles crack me up! Makes me wish I had a window to draw on. Or mutilate with color, as it were. So fess up, do you doodle at work?