The Kintsugi Kit

 

That feeling in your gut when you break something that’s immensely important to you is nearly indescribable. Your stomach clenches, your blood runs cold, your heart breaks a little with it.

But have you head of kintsugi? The ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, which means golden joinery, is all about turning ugly breaks into beautiful fixes. Proposing that repair can make things better than they were when new. You can put it into practice yourself with this kintsugi kit that uses gold dust mixed with an adhesive.

 

 

 

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Dessie Jackson

 

Los Angeles-based artist Dessie Jackson rotates between using mixed media, painting, and paper to create her wildly expressive portraits. With a swoosh of paint around the eyes or a whirlwind of color around a mouth, Jackson turns the everyday into the questionably extraordinary.

 

 

 

 

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Lisa Vanin

 

Lisa Vanin‘s paintings combine the natural world with a touch of the macabre, usually through the presence of a snake or a skull or three. Each piece sets a melancholy tone that leaves me wondering more about the circumstances surrounding it all. Don’t miss Vanin’s (super affordable) ceramic snakes or metal pins either.

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Isobelle Ouzman

 

Dumpster diving has really paid off for Seattle-based artist Isobelle Ouzman. She takes books that others have discarded and creates scenes for viewers to dive right into, whether they’re looking for a dark nightscape or a fantastical escape.

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Halloween Cocktails

Whether you’re having a spirited party this weekend and are on the hunt for a few signature drinks or just want some autumnal libations to unwind with at the end of the day, you’re sure to find more than a few with potential below. Cheers!

 

Apple Cider Margarita // Apple Cider Mojito

 

Autumn Apple Bourbon Fizz // Autumn Gin & Tonic with Apple & Blackberry

 

Blueberry, Dark Cherry, and Calvados Cocktail // Dark and Stormy in the Pumpkin Patch

 

Dark Matter Cocktail // Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco Smash

 

Frankenpunch // Haunted Graveyard Cocktail

 

Poisoned Apple Cider Cocktail // Red Apple Cider Sangria

 

Smoke and Bramble Cocktail // Spiced Plum, Fig & Kombucha Cocktail

 

Spiked Pumpkin Pie Punch // Spooky Halloween Batch Cocktails

 

Tamarind Apple Cider Fall Margarita // The Whiskey Jack

 

Vanilla Bean Fall Punch // Witches Brew Cocktail

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Lee.K

 

Seoul-based illustrator Lee.K relies on pencil, ink, and charcoal to bring his portraits to life in a flurry of motion. Heavy strokes with the side of a piece of charcoal serve as a backdrop for more detailed features that are brought to life with crosshatching and dynamic flourishes, making every piece feel like it’s full of stored energy.

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It’s Pumpkin Decorating Time

Have you carved your jack o’ lanterns already or are you waiting for the weekend? Ours probably won’t be done until a few days before Halloween, and I suspect they’ll be old school with faces. If that’s not your plan – maybe you’re looking for something a little more outside the box – check out these clever ideas for decorating your gourds!

 

DIY Block Printing Inspired Pumpkins by Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Halloween Candy Bowl Pumpkin by Martha Stewart

 

DIY Lettered Pumpkin by Lisa Troy

 

DIY Macrame Pumpkin Planter by A Kailo Chic Life

 

DIY Mini Playhouse Pumpkins by A Beautiful Mess

 

DIY No-Carve Terrazzo Inspired-Pumpkins by Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY No-Carve Painted Pumpkins by Think Make Share

 

DIY Yayoi Kusama Inspired Pumpkin by Handmade Charlotte

 

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins by The House That Lars Built

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Simone Roscher

 

Simone Roscher‘s Instagram account is full of the Vienna-based photographer’s moody, thought provoking work. While it’s all clearly a reflection of her own depths and emotions there’s something there to be felt by all who view it, no matter the translation.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unfolded

 

Photographers Daniel Carrillo and Eirik Johnson collaborated on this stunning project. Unfolded uses full and half-plate daguerreotypes to explore the creases of unfolded origami pieces and paper airplanes. The iridescent surface of the daguerreotype plates pick up every facet, giving each two dimensional piece of paper added depth and dimension.

 

 

 

 

 

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