Posted tagged ‘design’

Young-ha Kim: Be an Artist, Right Now!

February 17, 2013

Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world’s greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child—the artist who wanted to play forever.

A TED (Technology. Entertainment. Design.) favorite from TEDxSeoul 2010.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. An annual celebration of the human imagination that raises the vibration of the planet … check it out here. You can watch this year’s conference, February 25 – March 1, from wherever you are, with a TED Live membership.

Art Challenge Fun: Playing with Complementary Colors

May 10, 2010

It’s fun to play with color. I created this collage playing mostly with shades of deep blues and various orange-reds as part of this week’s ARTchix Studio challenge about exploring the fullness of the color wheel …

… this pinwheel is a simplified version of the full color spectrum, but it nicely illustrates the pop and zing you get in your artwork when you pair up colors that are opposite each other on the wheel to command maximum attention … like yellow and purple …

… orange and blue …

… or pink and green (or red and green!)

Color wheels can be sweet and simple with primary colors like the pinwheel, or hugely detailed with all the multi-shaded variations of color that printers, designers, and artists use …

… either way, it’s a wonderful visual reminder of how contrast gives you the most impact and why some pairings automatically appeal more to the eye than others. And when playing with color—whether in art, graphic design, fashion, food, or decor—it’s all eye-candy!  Play away — it makes you feel like a kid again with a new box of crayons!

“Create Art. Share Happiness.” — ARTchix Studio

My Idea of Housework

December 13, 2009

I love great design, and I’m an ardent new fan of the work of Shannon Martin, Girl Designer.

A dear friend sent me one of her smile-inspiring packets of bath salts … the package alone makes me Supremely Happy. (The lovely scented and silken sea salts are just a great bonus!)

There’s a whole line of fun stuff by Shannon Martin at a company called Madison Park Greetings:

sold online: at:

And, by the way, any giggle-worthy cool stuff I post about here is just stuff I like — I’m not selling anything or getting anything other than the joy of sharing little treats that will give you more reasons to be lovin’ life.

Click here for Shannon Martin's goods.


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