DIY Plexiglass Painting

 

My infamously non-functioning fireplace felt like it needed a little pizzazz after the holiday decor came down last month. I’ve left a strand of battery-powered mercury lights up for the rest of winter and a dozen prayer candles in the firebox, but it didn’t feel like enough. So then I relocated a plant (that I brought all the way home as a carry-on from Palm Springs!) to the hearth and that helped a little bit more. But then whole time I knew what would really perk it up would be art.

 

 

Plexiglass is one of my favorite surfaces to paint on, a little unusual I know. But you can’t beat the way the paint effortlessly glides around the surface and I love the way it feels so light, whether placed on the floor or hung on the wall with a large bulldog clamp.

 

 

Supplies

plexiglass (this piece measures 16 x 20″)
craft paint
palette or paper plate
large round brush
• water jar

 

 

I flipped through a few of my Pinterest boards for inspiration, and settled on an asymmetrical design using three colors – pale pink, soft grey, and olive green. After peeling off the protective film all plexiglass should have, I began in the southwest corner with the pink and worked my way up and out, making curved swoops with my brush and leaving plenty of space in between. Sort of spastic motions really. After the pink dried I went back in with the grey and did the same, filling in about half of the gaps and when that dried I filled in the rest with the green.

 

 

As always with our DIY projects, this is just a loose idea of what you could do with these materials. I love creating abstract art because it helps me get my emotions out, but maybe you like landscapes or portraits. Go with it.

(If you missed January’s project, check it out here.)

 

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Zoe Gilbertson

 

The title embroidery artist is just one slice of the creative pie when it comes to Zoe Gilbertson, albeit a delicious one. She creates her art by fusing the hand-stitched and digital worlds. The geometric nature of the canvas lends itself well to designs that evolve into pixels or stitches. Be sure and check out Zoe’s Instagram and shop, too!

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Non-Ugly Essential Oil Diffusers

I’ve used essential oils for a variety of things over the past few years, namely in an attempt to treat my barometric migraines. But this past Christmas I was gifted an ultrasonic diffuser (the first one below) and an entirely new world opened up to me. Diffusing essential oils is great for a couple of things – alleviating allergies, asthma, and sinusitis to start, as well as cleaning and treating the air. With five pets I’m also super conscious about how my home smells when you walk in the door, and a single diffuser can treat up to 1,200 square feet. A lot of diffusers are flat-out ugly, but when you find a good one that suits your home’s aesthetic it will blend in perfectly. And as I experiment with new essential oil “recipes” over the coming weeks – energizing, focusing, relaxing, etc – I’ll be making notes so I can share in an upcoming post. Any longtime users with tips or tricks to share?

 

1/ Cool Mist Woodgrain Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  2/ Mini Portable Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  3/ MOMA MUJI Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser  4/ Anjou Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser  5/ Puzhen 5-Sense Yun Aroma Diffuser  6/ QUOOZ Lull Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  7/ Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma Diffuser  8/ Teo Essential Oil Diffuser  9/ URBST Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser  10/ Vida Aroma Diffuser  11/ Vitruvi White Stone Essential Oil Diffuser  12/ Bamboo Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser

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Chris Corridore

 

Chris Corridore‘s evolved style reveals a deep understanding of light, color, and composition. He expertly manipulates each in his favor throughout his in-depth portfolio. Chris’s illustration project entitled The Hunt is my favorite. In it he explores the infrastructures of different animal’s skulls through stark whites and blacks, turning them into abstract masterpieces reminiscent of Rorschach’s inkblots. He also says there’s a sequel in the process featuring underwater creatures, called The Dive – stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

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Kevin Perkins

 

I’d like to wear one of Kevin Perkins‘ paintings around like a caftan. The Dallas-based artist has always been enthralled by the natural world, he pulls this love into his work by embracing earthy color combinations, textures, and the rhythms of life and death. Traditional landscapes take on the feel of abstract worlds in another time and place.

 

 

 

 

 

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Margaret Honda

 

I’d be happy if the windows in my home looked like the ones in this Margaret Honda installation at Künstlerhaus Bremen, a part of An Answer to ‘Sculptures’. She used a variety of lighting filters to creating this spectacular rainbow of glass and the result is nothing short of smile-inducing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Richard Yasmine / Ashkal

 

Richard Yasmine created Ashkal for the Sursock museum store, an ode to the reflection of a human’s soul as a nostalgic yet contemporarily design and Sursock’s history. Ashkal means shapes, or in this case faces. The series of magical yet simple vanity hand mirrors – a circle, a square, a rectangle, an oval, a pentagon and a triangle – are all made of a mirrored stainless steel fixed on a golden brushed brass pedestal.

 

 

 

 

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Jordan Andrew Carter

 

Jordan Andrew Carter is a freelance illustrator who likes to take a tactile approach to his work, juxtaposing pencil drawings against graphics. The resulting icon-filled portraits are flat art filled with details as well as loads of color and personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feel Good Valentine’s Day Printables

 

This month we partnered again with Vivian Kvitka, aka The Good Viv, to bring you two printable valentines to spread the love. The world needs as much as it can get, and a sweet sentiment or piece of mail (that’s not a bill) has the ability to make people genuinely smile! These print two to a page and can be mailed like a postcard – just write on the back, address, and add stamp – or handed out in person. I think the thing I love most is neither is actually Valentine’s Day specific, they’re all about love and support so print out a bunch and share the good feels!

Download Heart + Might here

Download I Think You Are Magic here

 

 

 

 

 

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