Some paintings have a sad fate. They sit on on the shelves of a thrift store or up in a dusty attic, forgotten for months, maybe years, and will probably never find a forever home to be displayed proudly in. Maybe you’ve got something like this tucked away in your own home, or seen one in a thrift store yourself. If they get lucky and someone mistakes them for a Matisse, or maybe they just happen to get picked up by this guy, they can be admired again.
David Irvine, the talented Canadian artist behind the Gnarled Branch, has set out to salvage thrift store paintings from their sad demise. Instead, he collects these paintings and “re-directs” them by adding pop culture favorites like Batman or Godzilla. His characters fit right in with their surroundings, and the result is seriously impressive. He calls it redirected art.
In every Re-Directed painting that he does, David doesn’t paint over the existing signature, and depending on the project, adapts the traits of the original (coloring, lighting, brushstrokes etc.), or goes in a complete opposite direction and achieve a high contrast in imagery. All of the paintings currently available can be found on the Gnarled Branch Etsy store.
Unless you are/were one of the lucky ones to get into a World Tour Screening we are nearly at the premiere of a new season of Doctor Who. And we know how I feel about having fitting crafts for the times right? So why not a re-imaging of the fourth doctor’s scarf with some illusion knitting to go with it. Designer, Franklin Habit, has done just that.
Illusion/Shadow knitting is a technique, where using two colors and the basic knit stitches of Knit & Purl (seriously everything is built on those two guys). You use two colors and alternating your knit and purl stitches in pattern to create an image that is only visible at certain angles. A fun way to have a surprise picture appear. You can see this effect in the scarf photo.
I’ve always been torn about making myself a 4th doctor scarf, but this? This will have to happen. Head over to Raverly to purchase you own copy.
In honor of the recent release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I thought I would share this cute Ninja Turtles amigurumi pattern from Laura Carrascosa Fuster / Las manos de Alea. I love their little round yellow bellies and felt accents, and the little loop to make them keychain/lanyard-friendly.
My husband saw the new movie over the weekend and wasn’t overly impressed, but also wasn’t under-impressed. “It’s a Michael Bay film. Zero expectations equals lots of fun,” he said. He likened it to the first Transformers movie. Have you seen it, and if so, what did you think? How did it compare to the first Turtles movie? Also, what fun geeky amigurumi projects have you tried?
Links of Interest:
Demostheness posted a photo of a custom paint job, Star Trek-style, a friend of her’s did on a dresser.
The font is from “The Next Generation” series, but the colors and the insignia are from the original series. It’s a seamless joining of the generations! I mean, now her friend has a place to keep all of her uniforms, but hopefully, she keeps the red shirts somewhere else!
Last week, we had an entry about the chair Reallylovely, from over at Imgur, made of Finn from “Adventure Time.” Since then, Reallylovely has posted an update on Imgur about the chair.
Reallylovely found the chair frame, without a seat, at an antiques shop, saying she first started painting Dia De Los Muertos skulls and designs on chairs last year, and re-designing old furniture has quickly become a life’s passion.
And for a nice little addition, Reallylovely said the chair includes three coats of glow in the dark paint on his hood and socks, directly over the white paint. The back of the chair is entirely white.
And yes, it’s still for sale, if anyone wants to contact Reallylovely.
Reallylovely from over at Imgur, posted this chair he/she painted of Finn from “Adventure Time.” It’s got some really great (and simple) bones to it, that just make it scream out for a cartoon paint job!
There’s not a lot of info on it, other than Reallylovely made it and it’s for sale. Personally, if I made something like this, I’m keeping it for myself!