Ukrainian Easter Egg Activity

Ukrainian Easter Egg Activity

Here is a video tutorial for a basketful of Ukrainian Easter eggs--also known as pysanky. The Ukrainian method of Easter egg dyeing resembles batik where you use wax to block areas from the dye. You work in layers, blocking out the lightest colors first, then adding...

Printable Skin Prototype

Printable Skin Prototype

I've been working at an artist's print studio for a couple years now and getting acquainted with all the forms of printing--linoprinting, woodcut, lithography, monoprinting, etching, etc. I have not had much hands on in the studio. Mainly, what I've gained has been...

Folded Heart: 1 Pattern, 3 Ways

Folded Heart: 1 Pattern, 3 Ways

After perfecting the easy method for book folding, I've now started experimenting with variations of a single pattern. This folded heart book shows the result of two variations on the original method for folding a book into a word or image. In both variations, I skip...

Simplified Folded Book Art

Simplified Folded Book Art

If you've ever seen books with the pages folded into the shape of words and wondered how the heck it's done, here is one method. I've seen methods that use precise mathematical calculations for each page and the use of a ruler for each fold. Thanks to my...

Latex-Like Frog Face Makeup

Latex-Like Frog Face Makeup

This frog face makeup is yet another in a series of fauxtex makeup ideas for Halloween or costume parties. It is ideal for people who are allergic to real latex. Fauxtex is a homemade substitute for latex made with tapioca flour, water, gelatin and solid coconut oil...

Homemade Reptilian FX Makeup

Homemade Reptilian FX Makeup

The first time I cooked up a batch of fauxtex (homemade latex), I used it to make a Halloween Zombie effect. But I also wanted to see how this latex substitute could be used for non-gory makeup, so I did this reptilian skin makeup as an example of how you can use...

Best Homemade Body Paint

Best Homemade Body Paint

I've recently been experimenting with homemade body paints, and after trying all the recipes online and getting bad results, I did my own series of experiments using cheap items I had around the house. I'm glad to report that you can get very good theatrical makeup...

DIY Chandelier with Solar Lights

DIY Chandelier with Solar Lights

Here in an easy and inexpensive solar powered chandelier you can make for your next garden or beach party. This poor bicycle rim has gone through several incarnations--first as a wind-powered water pump, then as a floating garden, then a baby float, and finally this...