Art

Instead of watching current events videos that are depressing and anxiety inducing, I’m going to start sharing videos with you that you can watch without stressing out. Don’t worry, they will always have some tech element to them, so I’m not going to share cat videos unless the cats have laser beams for eyes and… Read More

Put down your phone or gaming controller and spend some of your free time building something cool like this Peterbilt 389 Metal model from Amusien. I know what you are probably thinking. Building a metal model sounds difficult. But it’s not. You don’t need to weld or glue the pieces together. You don’t even need… Read More

I don’t know how many times I’ve dreamt of having my very own graffiti covered metal dumpster on my desk. Wait, yes I do know how many times I’ve had that dream. Zero. I’ve dreamt about miniature dumpsters exactly zero times. But now that I know that tiny dumpsters exist, I can make that future… Read More

You may have clicked through just to find out what a lithophane is. A Lithophane is an artwork that has been molded or etched into a thin material (originally this was done on translucent porcelain) and can only be seen when the artwork is backlit. Think of it kind of like a 3D version of… Read More

I bet you clicked through just to find out what stippling is didn’t you? If you’re not an artist, you probably haven’t heard of the term. Stippling is an art technique that is achieved by drawing dots. LOTS of dots. Thousands of dots. Maybe millions of dots. You get the idea. Using an ordinary pen… Read More

Today is May 4th which means it’s Star War’s day! This day each year a lot of tech sites write about all sorts of kooky Star Wars products, but I didn’t want to do that because I’m sure you all get tired of seeing news posts about Darth Vadar slippers and R2D2 cookie jars. After… Read More

I love to doodle, but my drawings don’t always turn out looking too realistic. But now I have a tool that can make even my worst squiggles look good. It’s Google AutoDraw and it’s pretty amazing! Just grab a laptop, desktop, phone or tablet and point the browser to http://autodraw.com where you’ll be greeted with a… Read More

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to draw but thought you had no talent, you can forget about that. You don’t need talent, you just need to exercise your drawing muscles and these books from Library Tales Publishing by art teacher and professional artist Catherine V. Holmes will help you do just that. There are three… Read More

A few years ago digital photo frames were really popular. I always liked the idea of photo frames, but their size was never big enough in my opinion. Enter the Digital Art Museum from Hammacher Schlemmer. This huge 32 x 21 inch 1080P digital frame can be mounted on your wall to display famous works… Read More

One of my favorite tech innovations of the past year is Apple’s iPad Pro paired with the Pencil. There have been many digital styli that have preceded it, but for me, nothing’s come close to touching the Pencil for note-taking and drawing. I’ve been dabbling in iPad sketching apps for almost as long as they’ve… Read More

Adult coloring books have been a thing for awhile now, but patterns tend to be flowers, animals, and other nature scenes. The Industrial Strength Coloring Book by noted graphic designer Robert Pizzo and Quill driver Books will appeal to people who are interested in manufacturing, technology, and engineering, with patterns that feature gears, circuits, gears and more. … Read More

One of my best memories of Christmas when I was a kid, was getting a brand new box of Crayola Crayons. Opening the box and seeing all the perfect new crayons made me smile. But that smile didn’t last very long once I started using them. It didn’t take long for tips to break and… Read More

Whitewall Photo Lab is a full service photo lab that provide many of the same products as services that may be more familiar to you from other companies such as Shutterfly or Snapfish. I was offered the chance to use a $100 voucher for Whitewall Photo lab and I jumped at the chance.  I am… Read More

Coloring books for adults have been gaining in popularity this year and now one of the biggest names in notebooks and journals is offering one. The Wandering City Coloring Book from Moleskine is a 96-page book with 50 lined drawings by award-winning illustrator Carlo Stanga. The book features drawings of plants, people, buildings, faces and… Read More

Every so often when I am looking for tidbits to write about I come across an item that makes me think about the artisans of the past. The Bear & Son Knife + Scrimshaw kit is one such item. Harking back to an era when sailors used this ink on bone technique as a way… Read More