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.
These adorable Pokemon bows were personally drawn and designed by Riri. She then custom printed on fabric. After she has the fabric, she makes these cute bows, fantastic! I love that she created every step of the way, something she truly DIYed.
Want to see more of her creations? Of course you do! She has a tumblr you can check out! Who’s your favourite Pokemon?
Back in the day, my son was all about Pokemon. He had this set of cards that told little stories about each one, and we would let him pick five to read aloud before bed every night. I also vividly remember making him a Pokemon ABC scrapbook, with all the first 150 Pokemon in alphabetical order. Mother of the Year, I tell ya!
It is with these fond memories in mind that I share with you this craft: a lovely matched set of crochet Pokeball pendant and earrings by Linda Potts. She has very kindly provided a full pattern for both.
These two have taken “playing Mario” to a whole new level! (Pun intended.) And thanks to this ingenious creation I finally “get” parkour. I’m still not about to run off the edge of a perfectly good building, but I definitely appreciate the fun side of it now. Remember, don’t try this at home kids!
Mario and Luigi were played by Ronnie Shalviz and Christian Russell of CBR Stunt Team.