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Nikko: Dragon’s Body in One Brush Stroke

Posted in art, creatures, video with tags , , on January 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The face is compromised of multiple strokes, but wait for it. The entire body is done with a single stroke, brilliantly colored and textured via distribution of paint and a series of precise tiny-movements. Watch:

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Ebru Water Marbling

Posted in art, craft, video with tags , , on January 3, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

When I was a kid, I went through a phase where all of my desk supplies, notebooks and stationary were Ebru. Now, I’m dying to learn the technique myself at home.

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Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or fabric. Through several centuries, people have applied marbled materials to a variety of surfaces. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype.

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Here are two brief videos demonstrating the technique. I find it utterly hypnotic and magical.

Has anyone taken an Ebru class or tried this at home?

Victorian Cutout Theater: A Forgotten Carol

Posted in animation, christmas, krampus, video with tags , , , on December 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I meant to post this web series in my Halloween countdown (but am always swamped with dozen of links I can’t get to that time of year). Luckily, Victorian Cutout Theater has a special episode for the holidays.

Don’t let the voices tell you what to do this Christmas.

See more episodes here.

Shaq’s Favorite Easy Bake Oven Recipes

Posted in christmas, food, humor, video with tags , , , on December 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I never thought I’d hear anyone utter the phrase “when you invite your bros over for tea,” and it kind of made my day. This video shows Shaquille O’Neal being a great sport (pun intended?), for a great cause. Just wait for it, and let yourself be confused and entertained in the meantime.

Cirque Obscure

Posted in craft, puppets, video with tags , , on November 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The creator of Cirque Obscure recently shared his puppetry work with me, and these creatures are right at home here on SWS. One look at this, and I was sold:

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All of these puppets have a distinct darkness about them; a sense of emptiness, melancholy…they are the misunderstood and the damned.
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The aesthetic reminds me slightly of Tool’s “Sober” video (one of my all time favorites), which along with NIN’s “Closer” helped open me up in my early teens to dimensions of dark surrealism beyond what I had seen as a horror-obsessed child.

Watch the trailer for the latest release. I can’t wait to see the complete film:

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The Day My Kid Went Punk

Posted in 80's, absurd, humor, TV, video with tags , , , , on November 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I missed this Afterschool Special growing up, but it’s truly a (temporary spray-on hair color covered) gem. I highly recommend it.

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Terry, the leading man, transforms instantaneously in an airport bathroom from an awkward orchestra geek to the world’s most innocuous punk. Is the resulting appearance-based prejudice he encounters a warning for parents to keep their children from going down this “bad” path, or a commentary on a shallow, judgmental society*?

*They make a point of having Terry save the day for a sad little girl with leg braces…by somehow materializing a doll with identical leg braces…while at a horse stable, after her mother is denied permission to just “strap her to a horse.” I’m not kidding.

Only one thing is certain: the special is entirely ineffective, and quite marvelously fails, at any of its possible aims. In other words: watch this ASAP.

The Lennon Sisters: Dry Bones

Posted in skulls and skeletons, video, vintage with tags , , on November 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

If you’ve never caught this classic, it’s time you watch The Lennon Sisters performing Dry Bones. Adorably out of sync, but full of heart.

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