Posted in Art, Illusions

Optical Illusions

Optical illusions are amazing! I have recently been exploring the Wonderful World of Optical Illusions, and here are a few of my favorites:

The Spinning Dancer

Which way is she turning? Clockwise or counter-clockwise?

I guess we’ll never know…

The Café Wall

This is one you may have seen before. It consists of stacked black and white squares that create the illusion of curved lines in between them.the-cafe-wall-illusion-expplained.jpg

Here is a site where you can check it out: http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/ang-cafewall/

The Necker Cube

The Necker cube is actually just a line drawing of a cube

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The cool thing about this is that you can view it one of two waysuntitled

Now for the grand finale of all this cube business:

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INTRODUCING… THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE! Just look at it. I’ll say no more.

 

BONUS:

shake your head

This one also works if you relax your eyes or step back

 

****The featured image is also (surprise surprise) an optical illusion. That image is not moving or animated. It is a still picture. MIND=BLOWN

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Posted in Art, Paint

Painting

Painting has always been my favorite vent for creativity, especially because there are so many ways to express yourself with it. You can create an abstract, random painting; you can make a realistic still-life; you can make a geometrical masterpiece; anything is possible with paints. I have been experimenting with watercolor lately, and this is my favorite of my “tiny galaxy” paintings.

Brushes

There are so many different types of brushes for oil, watercolor, and acrylics. These are the basic four:

* Shader:

This is useful for, you guessed it, shading. It’s good for straight, neat lines or shapes.

* Round:

The round-tipped brush is good for rounded shapes. It’s usually my go-to brush for landscapes (besides trees).

* Fan:

This is the most useful for making little ridges on your paper with the paint. It’s super useful for pine tress, especially.

* Mop:

This is a large, soft brush for shapes and filling in areas. It’s not very good for exact shapes, but it’s great for watercolor.




Brush Care

Caring for your brushes is very important, as dried paint can be extremely difficult to remove from the bristles without damaging the brush or distorting its shape.

Oils
: Clean brush with odorless brush cleaner, removing as much color as possible. Wash thoroughly in soap and water and reshape with fingers.

Acrylics & Watercolors: Wash thoroughly in soap and water removing as much color as possible and reshape with fingers.

 

 

Posted in Art, Photography

Vision Board

Vision boards are sort of like mood boards, except they are more like a daily inspiration. Mine is a collage of magazine clippings that made me laugh, or inspired me, or were just nice. 

As you can see, Meghan Trainor made it on there 😉

The board is made of card stock, and shaped like a shield. Yours can be made of anything and shaped like anything you want. Magazine clippings are what I used, but you can draw, paint, use stickers, photos, or anything you want!