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Two of my newest DIY creations ^.^ First, a small watercolour kit! I used bakeable clay (carved a sigil and runes on the bottom) and filled it up with my paints, they are currently hardening. I also made this wooden sketchbook! ACV & steel wool stain, old sketchbook paper, some hemp cord…and I shall continue to decorate it as I use it :)

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Bordalo II Promotes Environmental Issues with New “Big Trash Animals”

Portugal-based artist Bordalo II (previously featured here) is drawing attention to environmental issues with his latest series, “Big Trash Animals”. The animals can be found in various cities in his home country including Lisboa and Estarreja, and as far reaching as Berlin, Germany. These new pieces take his core concept of giving waste a new life even further by spreading an important message: Through the large peering eyes of creatures like raccoons and tropical birds, Bordalo II forces us to reckon with our own wastefulness and remember the nature it destroys. The very materials that he uses are the things responsible for destruction; brightly spray-painted scrap metal, trash cans, and car bumpers sourced from places like abandoned factories. They playfully camouflage the ugliness of the artist’s urban landscape, while also pointing to our habit of camouflaging our trash. How we dispose of it remains an ongoing problem that society must address, setting the stage for this series as an ongoing one.

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These are pencils made from recycled newspapers, and they’re manufactured by a company called TreeSmart. As the pencils are sharpened, they produce a marbling pattern near the graphite tip.

Here’s a quote from their website: “Whole newspaper sheets are rolled around high quality No. 2 graphite. No toxic chemicals are used in manufacturing and the eraser tips are latex free. A special adhesive formula binds the newsprint together into a cohesive core that is hard as wood. The pencils sharpen easily and last longer than wood pencils.“

See (and buy) their products here:  http://treesmart.com

And here:  http://www.guidedproducts.com/products/treesmart-green-recycled-pencils-24

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Stunning Animal Sculptures Made From Scrap Metal By Hasan Novrozi

If a steampunk gentleman was to ride a clockwork horse, he would prefer something like the metal sculptures of Hasan Novrozi. This artist who studied in Iran uses all sorts of metal bits and bobs, and scrap metal to make some of the largest pieces his work. Just look how natural both the horse and Pegasus look! And how that’s achieved by making a 3D scrap metal collage – the attention to detail and artistic vision is astounding. Of course, this doesn’t stop Hasan from making more conventional metal art, from parts shaped and welded to fit. The eagle is particularly impressive, so dynamic and natural! One can definitely get the impression that it is about to take off.

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Sensational recycled clothing art by Guerra de La Paz

Guerra de la Paz is an artistic collective of two artists of Cuban origin, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz. Working in Miami, Florida, since 1996, the duo seeks to use innovative and unconventional materials. They are oriented towards the world of textiles recycling clothes through compositions by volume. These “sculptures”, yet very aesthetic, are not provided meaningless and often reinterpret classic works or deliver social or political messages, not hesitating to criticize the consumer society.