From snakebites to balding to facing a blind date, How to Survive Anything is here to save the day

How to Survive Anything: A Visual Guide to Laughing in the Face of Adversity
by Lonely Planet (editor), Rob Dobi (illustrator) and Ed Stafford (foreword)
Lonely Planet
2015, 224 pages, 7.1 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
$16 Buy a copy on Amazon

In 2010 adventurer and author Ed Stafford became the first person to walk along the Amazon River from start to end (4,000 miles and over 2 years!), earning him a Guinness World Record. He also had Discovery Channel drop him onto an uninhabited tropical island in the Pacific for 60 days, naked, where he survived by eating raw snails, building a shelter in trees and collecting rainwater with a contraption he made from washed-up debris. If anyone knows about survival it’s Ed Stafford, who writes the engaging foreword to Lonely Planet’s just released “visual guide,” How to Survive Anything.

With bold illustrations and a sense of humor, this survival handbook coaches us out of a broad spectrum of emergency situations, such as: an earthquake, a snakebite, food poisoning, a failed parachute, a nuclear explosion, getting kidnapped, and a free-falling elevator. It also advises us on sticky snags that are pretty funny if they’re not happening to you, such as how to survive: locking yourself out of a hotel room naked, waking up with a new tattoo, a wardrobe malfunction, a spaghetti supper without the splatters, a foot-in-mouth situation, a toddler’s tantrum, and a blind date.

The book is a light read, more fun than in-depth, but I did learn a lot of good survival tips, such as using nail polish remover if you superglue your skin to a mug or countertop, staying in one spot if you’re lost in the wild without GPS, and putting shaving cream on a jellyfish sting – if only I’d known this many years ago when I was in Costa Rica, my sting may have not spread up my ankle! I’m a sucker for books with fun nuggets of information, and this is one I quickly read from cover to cover. – Carla Sinclair

May 29, 2015


DIY Notebook covering! 

I did this tutorial as it was requested by you guys! Apologies if the pictures aren’t great but it was kind of a dull day and the lighting wasn’t brilliant, but enjoy anyway!

You will need:

A notebook, sketch book or folder.

Wrapping paper or any patterned paper you can find that is larger than the size of your notebook.

Scissors or craft knife.

Cellotape and glue stick.


Step 1: 

Draw around the book but make sure you leave a gap of 2cm so you need the extra to make tabs. Imagine the cover and spine of the book laid flat if that helps.

Step 2:

Cut it out! It should look something like the third picture when the book is laid out flat upon it.

Step 3:

Cut little squares from each corner and one slit at the top and bottom of were the spine is on your book. This creates the glue tabs.

Step 4:

Cover the patterned paper with a thin layer of glue avoiding the glue tabs for now. Place the book onto of it and make sure the paper is stuck to the cover of the book. WARNING: Don’t stick it too tight or snuggly or the paper will rip when the book is closed again. Make sure it has a tiny bit of flexibility.

Step 5:

Fold the tabs over the edges and secure them tightly with cellotape. Do not use glue here as the tabs probably won’t stay.

Step 6:

YOU’RE DONE! Congrats! You made it! You now have a very pretty notebook! You can add little decorative bits to embellish it! Go wild! ^-^ I have no idea if this tutorial was even clear so be sure it let me know if you need anything made clearer! If you have any concerns or need some help just ask! 

I’ve gotten a few questions as to how I made the background on my wall blue, so here’s what I did.

First, log in to your account, then click on “your worlds”

Next, beside the world you would like to edit, click on “options”

On the options page, scroll down to the “style” section. For this, you’ll need a generator for hexadecimal colours such as this one here.

Using the colour generator, pick a colour that you like (I used #123C5E). Then, copy and paste it into background box of the style section.

This is very important: in order for it to work properly, you need to include the # or else something will go wrong.

You’ll also need to change the text colour if you use a dark background (i.e. from black to white, which is #000000 to #ffffff) so you can read the text! If done properly, this is what everything should look like

If you have any questions or need help with hex colours, don’t hesitate to message me!


The only thing better than playing with a big pile of LEGO bricks is playing with pieces that you can also eat. Previously we’ve seen chocolate LEGO pieces. Now let’s take a look at the gummy variety. A few years ago Instructables contributor SFHandyman created a tutorial on how to make sweet, chewy, colorful, translucent, and wonderfully wobbly LEGO-shaped gummies, including instructions for making the LEGO brick molds.

YouTube contributor The King of Random (aka Grant Thompson) recently used SFHandyman’s tutorial to create his own gummy LEGO candies in a variety of sizes, including little gummy LEGO minifigs! Here’s his enticing preview video:

Stay tuned to The King of Random YouTube Channel for Thompson’s complete gummy LEGO tutorials, which he’ll be sharing on May 25th.

In the meantime you can head over to the Instructables project page for the SFHandyman’s original tutorial, which includes an alternative vegetarian recipe.

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princesssakua258 asked:

Hey! I just want to say that seeing your art always brightens up my day and inspires me!~ I was wondering how you are able to keep it up. I have tried to draw for 365 days straight, but I just cant find the time sometimes. Any suggestions?

Thank you! <3

Here are some tips for you:

  • Keep a sketchbook!

If it’s a pocket size one it’s even better! That way you can draw wherever you are. People often complain they don’t have time to draw. I know how hard that can be but you can always use 10min. before going to bed/after waking up, or that time when you’re on a bus/train or waiting for them. Be sure to use these “dead spots” on your day that would be wasted otherwise.

Here’s a link where you can buy the same sketchbook that I use (Moleskine)~> http://bit.ly/1BhucqW

I have recently bought a Leuchtturm sketchbook on Amazon and it’s also amazing to work with. ~>http://amzn.to/1Q2gyi5

  • Keep it simple!

You don’t have to draw a masterpiece everyday. Don’t force yourself to do so, it might be terribly counterproductive to your inspiration/natural workflow. The materials you’re going to use also fall into this category. Back on 2014 when I use to sketch everyday I kept my doodles black and white for two reasons:

1. I didn’t know how to use colors properly by the time(I’m still learning actually). Drawing alone was a challenge.

2. Coloring would take me too much time (bc of what I said above), that would make me fall behind on the daily sketches and it would dis encourage me to keep with the challenge. So I kept with pencil+ink illustrations.

  • What to draw?

Anything. I mean, literally anything. Here are a few prompts to keep you busy:

For last but not least, keep improving by trying out new things. Lack of inspiration for me almost always comes from boredom of my own style. 

Searching for books/tutorials about art online, watching different movies, searching for new bands to listen, reading comics/manga/fiction/whatever l like always help me to keep my creative juices flowing ;)


Listen to music while you’re drawing!

  • http://choosic.co/  ~> Choosic is an app that works like Tinder but for music. It’s amazing to discover new songs! If you like it, drag to the right, if you don’t, drag it to the left.
  • https://play.spotify.com/browse ~> Spotify usually recommends nice stuff and there are some awesome playlists there made by other users ;) (Find me there as “Gabriel Bertasoli” if you would like to know what I listen to)


Super cliche, but deviantArt and Pinterest are still my favorites on that regard:

^ These  posts are compilations of a lot of material that have been helping me on the past few months. I’m sure they’ll keep you busy for a long time c:

For Pinterest, just search for specific tutorials like “hair tutorial”, “hand tutorial”, etc.

^ See? Super easy :3


Again, deviantART is a big source of inspiration for me. A lot of artists are here on Tumblr and Instagram too so it’s just a matter of browsing these websites/apps.

You may have heard of this gem already. This site is great for studying anatomy and for training your eye to draw fast. :)

link for Posemaniacs~> http://bit.ly/1mFG8NR

  • Design Seeds.com

I’ve been working with colors this year so I grew very fond of this site. Every day they share new color palettes taken from photographs. Definitely inspiring! 

link for DesignSeeds~> http://bit.ly/1LuOd3e

Sorry for the unexpected long post D:

lettersfromthegreenroom asked:

A coloring skin tutorial perhaps?

Last of today since I’m tired ೖ(⑅σ̑ᴗσ̑)ೖ

As for the colors:

Keep in mind that skin is both smooth and oily, some parts are going to shine more than others -nose vs. arm- Also more colors can be applied depending of the light of the room, direct light, clothes bounced light and room/objects shadows :D Hope this was useful!

How to Make Quick and Easy Tattoo Sleeves

Got a cosplay idea but the character has lots of arm (or leg) tattoos? Don’t feel like painting on yourself with body paints or hunting down that horrendously expensive temporary tattoo paper? Here’s a quick tutorial for making tattoo sleeves using nylons and sharpie markers! 


- Supplies are cheap! You may even have many or all the supplies you need right at home.

- Quick and not very messy! No paint is involved, and sharpie marker dries instantly. 

- Easy! Great artistic skill not required.

- They move with your skin! People have legit thought these were real tattoos. From a distance, yes, but I had guys at cons with actual ink on their arms come over to compliment on my full (fake) sleeves. 

- You get to eat pringles! More on that later. 


- They are delicate. Nylons get holes in them super easy and forearms run into stuff, lean against things, and generally make it hard for the sleeves to survive. But if you only need them for a weekend, that’s ok.

- I haven’t experimented too much, but unfortunately this technique probably doesn’t work for wearers with darker skin tones. Sharpie ink is transparent, so any color it rests on just multiplies and the tattoo won’t show up very well. You’ll want to go the fabric paint or body paint route to get the best bold, bright tats. 

- Can’t do white sections, because sharpie ink is transparent and doesn’t come in white. I leave them blank and they read OK, but the white areas will always be pink, tan, brown, etc. unless you dab in a little fabric paint, which will not be covered in this tutorial.

- Sharpie is supposed to be permanent marker, but on skin…it’s not. The ink will most likely wear off onto adjacent clothes. Not that big of a deal for me, as I tend to wear my tats with white shirts that can be bleached, but other shirts may not survive as well.

OK, let’s go! Here are your supplies: 

You’ll need a pair of nylons, scissors, tape, a set of sharpies, your designs printed out on 8.5 x 11 paper, some bracelets, and a can of Pringles. You can use any design you want, of course, but Here is the link to these fine Newt Kaiju tattoo designs. 

If your nylons have an undies part, cut the legs off and wear the undies on your head for the rest of the tutorial, if desired. Put the legs on your arm like so, and cut the toes off so you can slip your hand through. You can cut some of the top of the sleeve off as well, but don’t cut too much because you can’t put it back on if your sleeves are too short. 

Here are my creepy sleeves. Now for the pringles.

Tape your design template to the Pringles can. It doesn’t reach all the way around but eh. The Pringles can gives you a nice stable surface to draw on that is roughly the shape and size of an arm. It’s a little short, so just roll up the rest of the nylon above the workspace and adjust both template and nylon down when you get to working on that part of the sleeve.

Color with the markers! I recommend doing the colored areas first and then doing the black outlines on top of it, to avoid the black ink contaminating the ink pads of the lighter markers. Remember how that always happens to the yellow ones? Eww. Nylons are thin and slide around a bit, so it’s best to use short strokes and dotting to get the ink on.

Take the template off the Pringles tube, flip the paper to the blank side and put it back on again. The paper collects the extra ink, so it’s hard to see any missed spots. Now you can see any bits you may have missed. Fill them in for completion. Also, the paper doesn’t manage to wrap all the way around the Pringles can, so now is the time to free-hand a bit of the design where the template doesn’t reach. For Newt tattoos, that’s the back of the arm. 

When you’re all done coloring, put them on!

There’s a rough end to the tattoo right at the wrist, of course. Disguise where the sleeve ends and your skin begins with some pretty bracelets:

There we are, much better!

Now…you’re done! Have some Pringles!