Amazing Arts and Artists : ‘Hand-cut Paper Art’ by ‘Joe Lurato’

“A puddle can become a lake, a small crack in a cement wall can become a magnificent climb, a planter box can become a place for a child to play, and a shadow might be a tangible space for a few seconds a day”.

–  Joe Iurato

New Jersey based artist, Joe Iurato creates art using hand-cut paper and spray paint to make small wood cutout figures and placed in public spaces.

What's the Rush

I use layers of hand cut paper and spray paint to create texture and form – a modern adaptation of an old-fashioned printing process. My art is nothing more than the exploration and documentation of personal experiences. The pieces form an abstract of my life. They are the questions I have, the conclusions drawn, the love, disgust, joy and sadness contained. Essentially, I paint what I knowor what I’m trying to understand. However big or small, the works are often created in public spaces and left to interact with the environment and community. Like life itself, the nature of public art is one of transience. Each piece mirrors the unpredictability of existence and hopes to establish an intimate connection with the viewer in the here-and-now. 

Courtesy: http://www.joeiurato.com/

Disclaimer : All the artworks belongs to the original artist / concerned person, we do not own anything. Just shared here for inspiring and educational purposes only

‘Snoopy’ Digs the Archive for You: May 2013

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Snoopy @ Work 🙂

Visiting our blog now? Well, you could have missed a few interesting posts. Here we bring you “Snoopy” he will dig the archives and bring you the complete list of old posts in one place. Check out now what Snoopy found from May 2013.

 
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One question poll : Know what others say: Love or Hate their Job?

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5 Insights from the Movie 300 : A Recommended Reading

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
Just one great Quote : Being HaPpY

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Understand Arguments : The Frog Story

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Slums Of Chennai : Needs Action

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Relax Off Serious Philosophies 🙂 Nothing but fun : A Teacher Terrorist 🙂

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A Funny Story of a Man and his Dog: Sure It Will Leave You Thinking

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Must Read : Inspirational Speech : Dalai Lama : Education & Warm Heart

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Three Life Changing Words : Teacher who made the Difference

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EcHo Of You

attitude choice
Attitude n’ Choices

dream
Dream Thieves : Go Go.. Keep Going..

Missing flight
The Missed Flight : Writer’s Digest Entry

bethankful
Be Thankful : Insights

ugly cat
Bet you stay off tears? Ugly, The Cat : Value of Compassion & Love

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Insights : Time Bank

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Story of Jenny : The Real Pearl Necklace

Darkness needs Light
Picture Speaks : Darkness Needs Light, Money blocks Accessibility

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What exactly is “Propel Steps”?

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10 Unusually beautiful friends (Part 1) : We humans have lot to learn

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SAVE TIGER : Pictures Speak

victim vs creator
Choose one : You wanna be Victim or Creator : Personality Insights

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Instant Personality Self Test : Your brain thinks mostly left / right / both?

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Dont Miss it : Which direction the Train moves? It will as you wish.. Magical 🙂

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Blind girl gets to class XII merit list, tops humanities group

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Snippet Thoughts: Error at Start: Career Decision

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The Cab Ride I will Never Forget : Great moment in Life

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The Lost Watch

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Limpid Life

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You will say WOW : Miguel Claro’s Astrophotographs

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Why Dogs live less than us? : This Deserve a read.

earth-day
Who is the Daddy? Earth or Homo-Sapiens?

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There’s More fruit in Rich Man’s Shampoo than a Poor man’s Plate

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Box Full of Kisses : While reading you too realize having one Box 🙂

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Never Miss to Read this : A Miracle costs $1.11 : True Story

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Appreciate Talent : Siddhartha Rahi & Summa Hussain : Young Student Scientists From Ghazipur, India.

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Appreciate Talents : Adithyha Jayakumar – A Musical Talent from South India

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An Interesting Personality test : Just 5 mins

Cart fill
Life is similar to filling our cart. We pay and enjoy for what we fill our carts with…

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The Little Firefighter : Relish helping others : Must feel Story

Peace is Cheaper than War Love is Precious of all Weapons
Pic : Peace is Cheaper than War! Love is Precious of all Weapons!

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Impressive Quotes from Finland Teachers

7. DICENTRA
Top 10 Beautiful flowers in the world

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Snippet Thoughts : Push

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Snippet Thoughts : A Humane day

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Poster #3 : Is there a True Friend?

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Poster #2 : Join Hands if you are against Caste Discrimination

Poster #1 : A Good Child is a Sign of a Good Society…

The Good Bye Kiss

Lesson to a Disciple Painter : Easy to point; hard to correct.

Just 3 words : Explains So much

The Cookie Thief : Must Read One

The empty soap box : Keep it simple lesson for every organisation

Need Expert Opinion: What will happen if there are no limitations to export / import taxes (arbitrage benefits)?

Four Fingered Pianist : Hee Ah Lee

Jessica Cox – An Inspirational Woman

18 Rules of HaPpInEsS 🙂

Our Life is Our Choice: Always do your best

Window of Happiness : Must Read One

Ways to judge people, things and life : Four Seasons’ Insight

Beautiful Oil Paintings : Realistic Ones

One of the most inspired story : Boy and Butterfly

Very Small Story, But Great Insight : Purpose of Goal

Home of Millions : Earth : Have no space for our little Sparrows?

Four Apples and Understanding others

Inability is just a belief : Story of Elephants

Hold on your emotions : This may make you feel the importance of understanding

Old one but Evergreen story : True Love is Unique

“Paid in full with one glass of milk”

Difference : Optimist and Pessimist

Know Stats: List of countries by carbon dioxide emissions

Concert Freebies : Don’t miss to read 🙂

Funny Marriage of Princess : Cant stop laughing 🙂

Quotes from the Way of a Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman

The Brick and the Jaguar : Listen to life

Reach and Touch Others’ life with Kindness : Story of Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Appreciate Life : Story of a Blind Girl

A true story, happened in 1892 at Stanford University : Herbert Hoover & Paderewski

”How heavy is this glass of water?” : Stress is same as this

Snippet Thoughts : Mistakes Matters @ workplace

50 Amazing Facts about Animals : I

“A Love Letter at my 60″ Heart melting Story. Never miss to read it.

Guys Vs Cats : These funny pics will relax mind 🙂

Amazing Arts & Artists : Funny Commute Doodles by October Jones

 

 

Every day during his train commute, October Jones creates little drawings, inspired by the people around him on the train. But he is a professional illustrator.

Low iPhone battery? HULK SMASH.

Angry Mickey doesn’t want to go to work.

Hellboy is tired of this commute.

That ewok is WAY too happy to be on this train.

Uh-oh. ET saw you, man.

Pringles guy had arough night.

Daffy wasn’t prepared for the sudden stop.

Ton is looking for Jerry.

What a cool cat, riding the train.

I have a feeling this kind of looks like the man himself.

Batman is a kind of bored.

The least exciting Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner chase ever.

I found him.

Courtesy& Source: October Jones

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Crafts & Creativity: Multi-Talented Preethi Venugopal

Can you make flowers from plastic bags and tulips from sock? Yes, it is possible!

Preethi Venugopal – a civil engineer from Bangalore, India inspires us with that creativity in her to make flowers from plastic bags, even tulips from nylon sock. 

Preethi is currently on a sabbatical. She was interested in crafts right from her school days. The best thing about her is she also teach crochet, crafts and arts to kids in her neighborhood for free.

She is an active on blogger (http://tulipsandme.blogspot.in) Her talents expands beyond making crafts. She also makes pencil and charcoal portraits on demand, paints when she finds the mood for it.

She is proficient in acrylics, watercolor and oil paints, likes digital painting as well and often experiment with Adobe Photoshop.

We are happy to share a few of her tutorials here on Propel Steps,

Steps to make flowers using plastic bags:

Step (1): Cut in the indicated areas to get a rectangular sheet.

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Step (2): Cut the rectangular sheet into strips of equal width. Depending upon the width of the cover you can make different sizes of flowers. Make a minimum of 6 similar strips and stack them together

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Step (3): Make pleats on them (stacked together) of half inch wide throughout

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Step (4): Now tie a thread/ plastic strip/ in the middle. If you want the flower to have a stem tie with metal wire instead of plastic strip.

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Step (5): Now cut petal shape on both sides

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Step (6): This is how it will look

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Step (7): Now start pulling up the individual layers on both sides of the tie

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Step (8):  This is how it looks after pulling out one side completely. Continue pulling out the layers on both sides of the tie.

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Step (9): Two flowers that I made in similar fashion

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Step (10): Now add it to a bouquet or make one out of a similar bunch of flowers

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Steps to make Tulips from nylon sock:

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It is pretty easy once you get the idea of how to make a single petal.

For making this, the materials we need are:

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  • Nylon sock : Cream and Green color (as you prefer)
  • Two empty bottles of slightly different diameter : ( I took 5 cm and 6cm dia bottles respectively to loop the wire around to create petals and leaves)
  • Cutting Plier
  • Scissors
  • Nylon Thread
  • Metal Wire : Gold Colour
  • Flower tape: Green
  • Anther

All these materials will be available in craft shops.

First wind the gold wire on the bottles to form loops and tie them tight using a cutting player. Make 3 smaller petals using 5 cm dia bottle and three larger petals by looping around the 6 cm dia bottle. For the 2 green leaves loop around the two bottles kept side by side together so that you get a larger loop.

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Add a central connecting wire : For the 3 bigger petals and the 2 leaves,give a central connecting wire as shown in the above picture using the cutting player. This central wire is important to give the shape to the Tulip.

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Wrap the sock around wire petal: Now wrap around the 6 petals with cream nylon sock and the 2 leaf petals with green sock and tie them up using the nylon thread.

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Anthers fixed to the stem: Now twist three 15 cm long wires and tie them together. Wind the green flower tape to create a stem. Now tie the Anthers onto the stem with nylon thread.

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Tie the petals upside down : Now tie the 3 larger petals upside down followed by the 3 smaller petals.
It will look like this after tying like this.

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Petals tied upside down : Now slowly pull them up one by one bringing the shape of the Tulip like this.

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Pull the petals up: Tie the leaves in a similar manner on the stem at different positions and gently shape the petals and leaves like this.

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Add the leaves : Now wind the flower tape around the leaves to hide the thread.
You are done!!!

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Make many to make a bouquet or give it pride of place on your dining table as a single flower arrangement…!!!

Recycling is not the only solution to reduce the adverse effect of the plastic bags, sometimes an artistic mind with little effort can help us to lengthen the usage / reuse the plastic bags. Rather ending up on garbage we can prolong their utility by making flower / crafts out of them. May be someday our technologies will find an efficient way to dispose them safely compared to now, till that we can make it decorate our home, instead of making landfills.

Please visit her blog Tulips and Me for more of her works and wonderful pencil portraits.

A sample of her work. Hindu God : Baby Krishna

A sample of her work. Hindu God : Baby Krishna

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Courtesy : Preethi Venugopal , Tulips and Me and Indiblogger