rope plant

corgifoxi  asked:

Hi, I love your composition in your arts. They're amazing! How do create such interesting composition ideas so that your when people look at it, it holds your focus and draws your eyes around the art?

Hi!  When I draw, I try to create a ”flow” in the artwork. First, I decide what the main object of the artwork should be (most of the times its the face of a character), and place it around the middle. Then I draw some long objects (ropes, plants, clouds etc. ) that leads to the main object. Its kinda like guidelines to show people where to look at. These lines create a natural flow in the artwork which draws people’s attention. Here are some examples. The circles are the main objects and the arrows are the long stuff.

Christmas for pets is so much more fun than humans exhibit A: when u buy presents for people there’s all the stress of picking the perfect thing and spending a certain amount of money so u don’t look cheap & presenting it properly & awkwardly watching them open it while continually muttering “I have the receipt…if u don’t like it…” but w/ my rats I know that I can give them a half-empty box of tissues and some banana mash and they’ll just be like “OH MAN OH MAN OH MAN THIS IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE OH MAN OH MAN OH M”

DIY: mini knotted plant hanger

If you’re scrambling for a last-minute gift, or are haunted by endless blank walls and empty spaces, this quick craft is your solution. 

Start simply with some rope and a plant of your choosing. I typically go for thinner rope, which makes for daintier hangings.

Cut 4 pieces of rope about 2.5 times what you envision your final product to be. 

Fold the ropes in half to create a loop and tie a knot. This will serve as your hanger. 

After the top knot is complete, begin your first row of knots by tying two adjacent strings together. Repeat this pattern until each rope is tied to the one next to it. 

For your next row, tie knots a couple inches below the row above, using one string from each pair to make a new knot. Be sure that you continue to use adjacent ropes so that the knots continue a circular pattern. 

You can pick any amount of knotted rings you’d like. The width that the knots are apart from one another depend on the width of your plant. For example, if your plant is smaller, you may want to make the rows of knots closer together to create a weaved look around your plant. 

Finally, tie one knot at the bottom of the plant hanger using all of the strings, similar to how you made the top (just without the loop). 

Your final product should be a variation of the plant hanger pictured below

You can utilize different textures and make them in multiples - they sure look good together. 

I hope this little demonstration pumps some inspiration into your bloodstream. Happy crafting!

Assassin Vine

A tree infested with Assassin Vine, also known commonly as “Assassin’s Rope”. A magical and somewhat self aware vine from India, it is known for strangling those who walk beneath it. It differs little from non-deadly varieties, only having a red-brown sap due to the blood it stores. As such it is wise to simply move quickly when near such vines.

While known to be originally native to India, with there being a solid fossil record of the plant across the Indian subcontinent, the plant has been found across southern Asia and even has sister variants in North America and Oceania.

The plant is dangerous and has been known to kill people, it is not generally considered a harmful plant, as it does not actively seek to kill, and is instead opportunistic. However infestations of the plant are dangerous and should be carefully managed.

Assassin Vine sap can and is used in certain Blood replenishing potions, as well as certain sleeping potions. Pollen from the biannually produced flowers have also been used in some formulas of the wixen drug fairy dust, though these have led to asphyxiation, and is highly inadvisable.

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Notable examples of machines as art

A follow-up to this post, featuring:

Arthur Ganson, Machine with Wishbone, 1998
Paola Pivi, It’s a cocktail party, 2007, 9 electric pumps and water, red wine, olive oil, black ink, glycerine, woodruff, espresso, milk, facial tonic, 540x74x74 cm each
Martin Riches, The Flute Playing Machine, 1979-82
Theo Jansen, one of the kinetic sculptures from the Strandbeest project, 1990-ongoing, PVC tubing, fabric, wood, etc, dimensions variable
Jordan Wolfson, Colored Sculpture, 2016
Kristoffer Myskja, Smoking Machine, 2007, cigarettes, various metals, filament, motor, 23×15×20 cm
Michael Sailstorfer, It Might as Well be Spring, 2014
Angela Bulloch, Betaville, 1994, bench activated drawing machine, ink, metal rails and electronic motor machine, 315×340 cm
Nick Darmstaedter, Vicki Vallencourt (Trap), 2013, fishing rod, hammer, plant, rope, wire and moss in buckets, 55x33x24 in
Mona Hatoum, + and -, 1994-2004, steel, aluminum, sand, electric motor

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Herb of the Week-Dulse

Common names

Red Dulse
Sea Lettuce Flakes

This is a sea plant having leathery or membranous, flattened reddish brown fronds that grow up to a length of anything between 50 mm and 300 mm. This plant, often used as a vegetable, emerges from a discoid or disc-shaped base, generally having a petite stipe (fern-like stalk) that keeps growing slowly to develop into a simple or branches in two parts (dichotomous) or palm-shaped (palmately) fronds. Quite often, these plants also have typical insignificant leaflets. The leaves or blades of this sea plant differ greatly in shape and they may generally be egg-shaped or barely straight segments.

Dulse grows by attaching itself to its disc-shaped holdfast to rocks or the Laminaria stipes. In fact, the stipe of this plant is short, while its fronds are uneven and differ in color ranging from dark rose hues to reddish purple. The texture of the fronds is generally leathery or rubber-like. The plant’s foliose blade is flat and it expands gradually and branches them into wide segments varying in size to about 50 cm in length and roughly between 3 cm and 8 cm in thickness and are able to put up with proliferations that are plane and wedge-shaped from their edges.

People in the north-eastern region of the United States, Atlantic Canada, Ireland and Iceland commonly use dulse in the form of food as well as for therapeutic purposes. In these places, dulse is available in several stores selling health foods as well as in fish markets. It is also possible to directly order dulse from the distributors in these neighbourhoods. In Northern Ireland’s Ballycastle, dulse has been sold traditionally at the Ould Lammas Fair. In fact, this sea plant is especially well liked by people residing by the side of the Causeway Coast. There are numerous people who continue to collect dulse themselves for their personal use. However, this practice is rapidly dying. People who inhabit the Ulster coastline between Country Antrim and Country Donegal consume dried out and uncooked dulse in the same way as others would like to eat their snacks at any drinks party. In addition, dulse is also consumed after cooking. This sea plant has the same properties as any other substance that enhances flavour of foods. In the western coast of Ireland people generally call this sea plant dillisk. Usually, people selling periwinkle dry up dillisk or dulse and sell it in the form of a snack item from stalls located in towns by the sea.

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