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Show me beautiful and radical art that I can buy!

Seeking recommendations for other artists whose work is similar to Justseeds' posters! [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Apr 3, 2016 - 10 answers

More Happy Than Not-Happy

What are some great art & photography resources? With absurdity, originality, variety, and quality? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Mar 26, 2016 - 3 answers

Examples of interactive art experiences utilizing smartphones?

I'm helping out with an arts group that is thinking of doing a kind of experience that will mainly involve a user interacting with a smartphone. The experience will blend both what is provided via the phone as well as the environment the participants are in. They are still in a very early stage of conceptualization and would be keen to read more about similar things. Does anybody have pointers to such work? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Mar 25, 2016 - 8 answers

How can I make these Easter eggs scary?

I'm looking for any suggestions from the crafters, artists, and haunters, on how I can make these large plastic eggs I purchased from Michaels into something scary or creepy for decorative purposed. I have a dozen, in three different sizes. Photo link attached... [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Mar 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Art depicting or alluding positively to sex work?

I am looking to decorate a private space with (inexpensive) artwork alluding to sex workers in a positive light. Over the past few months, I have been doing (full service) sex work, and I would like a small decoration in my personal space reflecting this side of me. I'm thinking more along the lines of empowered courtesans or oblique references; I really don't want images of semi-nude women lounging around. Suggestions?
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2016 - 18 answers

Can you identify the signature on this crystal vase?

It looks like "onefoil" to me, but that's a pretty weird name. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Mar 17, 2016 - 4 answers

What can I do to make my community more interesting for $5,000?

I'm putting aside $5,000 to spend on something community focused. I'd like to find a way to do some good or, at least, do something amusing, for my neighborhood. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2016 - 26 answers

Where can I find art school briefs or assignments?

Years ago, I did an introduction to art and design as a precursor to design school (which I later did). It included assignments such as, draw what the inside of your mouth feels like, or create a sculpture using only found objects. I found it really helpful in inspiring me. Where can I get similar briefs as prompts for creating art today? Ideally they will be actual assignments from art institutes and point me in different directions for making interesting things. I've had little luck so far finding similar things for college students online.
posted by Jubey on Mar 6, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I get good photos of a largish afghan?

I'm writing a chapter in a book about some of my crochet. Yay! But I need good photos of afghans lying flat, and I'm pretty sure I don't have the equipment. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Mar 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Cheapest way to present A3 watercolours for exhibition

I need to be able to hang about 20 watercolour paintings that are mostly A3 size (297 x 420mm, or 11.7 x 16.5 in, with a couple of A2) very cheaply, but attractively. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Feb 29, 2016 - 8 answers

Can anyone decipher this signature on an oil painting?

My mother has a painting we have never been able to find the artist for. The signature is here -> http://m.imgur.com/F4oEHnc. The date below is 1887 and it is an oil painting, likely from the UK. There is a little damage above the third character (after the W).
posted by inflatablekiwi on Feb 20, 2016 - 2 answers

Contemporary/ Modern art in Cairo, Egypt

I'm off to Cairo in a couple of weeks and would appreciate any tips for looking at the art scene there, from museums and galleries to events and people of interest. I'm no expert but have found post 40's art to be a growing interest of mine.
posted by quarsan on Feb 17, 2016 - 4 answers

Art + Tech in NYC

How does a software engineer interested in contemporary art find people to make tech-y art projects with? [more inside]
posted by airmail on Feb 15, 2016 - 12 answers

Your Best Watercolor Tips

I've been trying my hand at watercolor for a couple years, but I feel already like I'm just repeating myself. I'm not looking so much for exercises (work big! work small! do a monochrome!) as I am tips you've come across that made your watercolors better. I generally work abstract. If it matters, I use Holbein paints, various brushes, and cold press paper.
posted by mermaidcafe on Feb 14, 2016 - 11 answers

How do I achieve this photo effect? Is there a photo editing app?

How do I achieve this photo effect? Is there a photo editing app? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Feb 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Feminist and/or lesbian and/or butch-femme artwork!

Hey, I'm looking for artwork to hang around my house. It can be public domain (something I can download and print) or something I can order online. I want drawings, paintings, photos, etc. of women - all women, plus women with women, plus butch women with femme women, plus queer wo/men. [more inside]
posted by alona on Feb 11, 2016 - 9 answers

Other Fire + Water events in US??

MeFi, you've saved me in the past, asking you to come through again! I'm trying to find events very similar to WaterFire Providence, can be but does not have to be "art" project, but am looking for festivals that feature pylons in rivers, ponds, lakes, bayou on fire. Trying to set one up down here in Louisiana but not finding too much in the way of how to get started or if these events exist outside of Providence, RI and Sharon, PA (the only two places I found that host WaterFire events). Thank you!
posted by LemonGardot on Feb 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Happy Monkey Year

Who is the artist behind this picture?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Feb 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Sculpting tiny robotic insects - or insectoid robots

On the mid-life crisis project list for this year, I have something that includes making tiny models of robotic insects - things that look like insects, but on close inspection turn out to be mechanical. This is emphatically not steampunk - no cogs or lacquered brass - but rather things that appear as if they really do come from the far future where biomechanics and electronics have merged to form self-replicating, autonomous critters that clearly fill evolutionary niches. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Devonian on Feb 9, 2016 - 10 answers

A cat shelter. But for art.

I paint. It's therapeutic. Now I have a large number of paintings (well, and collage and mixed-media etc) and nothing in particular to do with them. I don't dislike them; I've hung some on the walls. But there's a lot of them, and it's kind of hard for me to outright destroy any. I'm considering selling some just to get them out of the house, but I have no idea how to do so. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Feb 8, 2016 - 25 answers

Can Anyone identify this font or something close to it?

Can anyone identify the font used to spell out 'Beach Party'? Bonus points if it is available for free somewhere! Gratzi
posted by TwilightKid on Feb 5, 2016 - 7 answers

Where should I start with adult coloring?

I've got a notion to get into coloring (because I don't have enough hobbies that I already neglect) and I have just become completely overwhelmed by choice on where to begin. [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jan 27, 2016 - 24 answers

How best to invite people to events but put a limit on # of attendees?

I'm interested in scheduling regular, artsy-fartsy outings with a select group of sweet people, but I (maybe) want to limit the number of attendees, because we're mostly introverts and I'd like the events to be kind of intimate. Like dates for 3-4 people who might not know each other, but I imagine could be fast friends. What are some online tools that can facilitate this? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jan 23, 2016 - 5 answers

How can I make a sliding door into sliding art?

We have a barn-type door which covers a small closet in our kitchen. I'd like to make it into a fun visual focal point and would love some ideas on how to do it. [more inside]
posted by MelissaSimon on Jan 23, 2016 - 3 answers

String art pattern from the 70's

How can I get my hands on this string art pattern from the 70's? I'm trying to finish my fella's present and I have it 95% completed (from photos alone) but I can not figure out how to the last few parts (top wing layer and the bird head and body). If anyone knows where to find this pattern it would be much appreciated.
posted by orme on Jan 23, 2016 - 3 answers

What is a gender neutral craft I can make from book pages?

I need to make an "I'm sorry" present. What are some gender neutral (or minimally feminine) crafts I can make from pages of a book? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jan 22, 2016 - 18 answers

Best ink for dip pens/calligraphy?

Artists/Calligraphers, help me find the perfect ink for art and writing with a traditional dip pen. Tell me your favorites! [more inside]
posted by InkDrinker on Jan 20, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me 'Antique Roadshow' this french sculpture.

I've stumbled across a little french sculpture from 1984, and I'd like to know more about it - but I can't figure out who made it... [more inside]
posted by evadery on Jan 13, 2016 - 7 answers

What different types of visual and written 'instructions' are there?

I am working on a project that relies on different ways to present instructions. I want to collect as many ways as possible. These can be visual, written, or otherwise, but each 'type' of instruction must have a design aesthetic or formulaic quality that is particular to it. So, for instance, recipes are usually laid out in a certain way; architectural blueprints have a design that we all recognise, as do maps, exploded diagrams, algorithms, technical schematics, toolkits... Can you help me think of more?
posted by 0bvious on Jan 10, 2016 - 36 answers

Looking for art about time.

I'm fascinated by the subject of time and would like to explore literature, poetry, music and film that uses it as a central theme, but not necessarily in any overt way. As a point of reference, the Bukowski piece "Nirvana", which I find very moving. Help me find more time-related art.
posted by davebush on Jan 8, 2016 - 31 answers

Tattoo stars sought

Tattoofilter: I have a bunch of moles. I'm considering turning them into a constellation. That's great, you say, just draw some lines between them. That's cute, I say, but I don't want to do that. I want to decorate individual moles gradually over time, so the constellation changes. Help me brainstorm small delicate designs that meet some or all of the following criteria: [more inside]
posted by doift on Jan 7, 2016 - 3 answers

Winter NYC vacation plans revolving around food, art, music, & history

I'll be in NYC from Jan 22 - Jan 24 and am overwhelmed with excitement and also panic about What To Do and What To Eat. Can you tell me what you love to do and eat given my wide range of interests? [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Jan 6, 2016 - 16 answers

Long shot: What was this dadaist book?

I recall seeing a book about art, dada, and language, but can recall little about it. On one page, the author used several different fonts on several words to express a rhetorical point. It was a paperback, and I am relatively but not completely certain the edition belonged to a classics republishing company like Penguin or Vintage Books.
posted by solarion on Jan 5, 2016 - 4 answers

Sketching people

I would really like to practice drawing portraits, or at least do figure drawing from life. However, I'm afraid that my subjects might want to see or keep the drawing in the end, and I am afraid of giving them a totally disappointing, bizarrely unrealistic rendition of themselves, because I'm not very good. Has anybody navigated this smoothly before? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Dec 30, 2015 - 20 answers

Beautiful complex mechanical puzzles, toys, and tools?

I'm looking for desk objets d'art of a particular kind - beautiful, highly complex mechanical objects. One great example would be a Curta mechanical calculator. Another would be [more inside]
posted by dmd on Dec 27, 2015 - 11 answers

Pink Art Lady

Awhile ago I saw a very strange art video in which a woman is putting on lipstick, then proceeds to cover her entire face, then her entire body, in pink lipstick. [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Dec 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for a 19th century painting of the ocean floor

While deep in a Google image search for new wall decor, I came across a painting of the sea floor that I can't find again. Details I remember: 19th century, western, realistic in style, landscape orientation, red coral (?) or sea fan-type thingy in the foreground. [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear on Dec 18, 2015 - 4 answers

What is this weird amateurish painting style?

There's a style of painting that seems to be very au courant right now, at least in New York. The paintings look -- I'm not sure how else to say it -- very amateurish. Like someone without any training taking an earnest shot at making a painting for the first time. What's the deal with this style? Does it have a name? Where can I find out more about it? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Send on Dec 16, 2015 - 10 answers

How do I find creative collaboration?

I have a lot of creative interests and hobbies, and I love to collaborate with others, both virtually and in-person. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find people who are interested in collaborating and willing to follow through (perhaps the bigger problem). I feel like there must be communities, online or otherwise, that help facilitate collaboration, but I don’t know where to go. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 15, 2015 - 10 answers

Papers Please!

Where can I source those deliciously smooth Japanese papers? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Dec 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Well, the birds had human hands...

I'm looking for the website of an illustrator I ran across a few years ago. She is in her twenties or early thirties (I think), and draws mostly fairy tales or fantastic/surreal pieces that have vaguely sinister feel. [more inside]
posted by ananci on Dec 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Art poster buying

I want to buy a print online of a Klimt painting in the public domain (specifically, this one). Lots of places sell prints of this (and everything else under the sun), but it's impossible to tell whether there will be differences in the quality of the print from the jpeg. Are there any shops that make better prints than others, or things I should look for when choosing a print, or does it not matter?
posted by Tsuga on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Print experts! I need to know what kind of print this is.

Is this a woodcut or an etching or what? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Dec 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Questions to ask artists?

What sort of questions would you like to ask of a couple of artists who've just completed a project, one where they produced a drawing every day for a year?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Invitation to illustrate music program covers, no idea what to charge.

I was recently asked by the conductor of a well-known classical music ensemble if I'd be interested in illustrating the programs for some of his upcoming performances. A collaboration like this would be a cherry gig for me, and I'm very excited, but I'm worried about messing it up. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 4, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I sell my art?

I make abstract art. A lot of abstract art, some of which is in the web link of my profile. I need to offload some of it, but I'm trying to figure out the best way. This is complicated by my need to spend time marketing my writing, not my art. More within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Copper plates for printing maps; how to display?

I have 3x 22-lb copper plates formerly used by the US Geologic Survey to print maps. The lines are so fine that the image is barely visible. Any idea of a simple technique or treatment to make it more visible for display? I am an experienced letterpress printer & have access to inks & archival materials. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Dec 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Inspired By Blade Runner

You love Blade Runner, I love Blade Runner - a little too much. I need more. What are the best pieces of future noir media with the same setting/atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 1, 2015 - 32 answers

How can I learn to accept that perfect is the enemy of good?

You're an artist who has suffered crippling self doubt and self-loathing, and you've either got past it or found coping mechanisms. How did you do it? How can I do the same? [more inside]
posted by gmb on Dec 1, 2015 - 20 answers

Should I tap it?

I'm looking for a really large piece of art for my wall and there's a couple of works I'm eyeing on society6. Unfortunately, their largest canvas size isn't large enough for my liking. Their wall tapestries, however, are large enough. But! [more inside]
posted by paperback version on Nov 29, 2015 - 16 answers

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