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The Painted Horses of Sweden

First they're carved, then they are dipped, and finally they are painted. In the late 1930s, the Dalahäst (Dalecarlian horse, or Dala horse to Americans) made the transition from traditional home-made Swedish toy to Swedish symbol when they became the centerpiece of the Swedish Pavilions at the 1939 World's Fair. Although many (Scandinavian-)Americans associate the brightly painted wooden horses painted in the kurbits style with yuletide decor, the toys have no seasonal assignation for Swedes.
posted by julen on Aug 14, 2014 - 16 comments

Don't lick the paintbrush

Journal of Art in Society tells the story of the most unusual pigment: The life and death of Mummy Brown. [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 17, 2014 - 13 comments

350-year-old photographs

Tim Jenison had a theory that Joseph Vermeer had made used of particular lens technology to make his paintings almost photo-realistic. To test this, he recreated the setting of The Music Lesson from scratch, harpsichord and all, and even recreated the theorised lenses using 17th century tools. For someone who doesn't know how to paint, he sure did a good job.
posted by divabat on Jun 15, 2014 - 86 comments

CHA

So you want to write your name on the moon.
posted by Greg Nog on May 20, 2014 - 55 comments

Brontosaurus sprinkles are 382.

For everyone out there who is calmed by organization and minimalist things, I present to you: Tiny PMS Match.
posted by phunniemee on May 16, 2014 - 15 comments

Fuck Yeah 1692's Version Of Pantone!

"In over 700 pages of handwritten Dutch, the author, who identifies himself as A. Boogert, describes how to make watercolour paints. He explains how to mix the colours and how to change their tone by adding “one, two or three portions of water”. To illustrate his point he fills each facing page with various shades of the colour in question. To top it he made an index of all the colours he described, which in itself is a feast to look at. In the 17th century, an age known as the Golden Age of Dutch Painting, this manual would have hit the right spot. It makes sense, then, that the author explains in the introduction that he wrote the book for educational purposes. Remarkably, because the manual is written by hand and therefore literally one of a kind, it did not get the “reach” among painters - or attention among modern art historians - it deserves." Erik Kwakkel, a medieval book historian in the Netherlands, spotted scans of the book in a French scholarly database and posted it to his blog a few days ago. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 7, 2014 - 10 comments

This is Harry.

If you are in a shell.... [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Dec 27, 2013 - 10 comments

Stressful day? How about some nice, relaxing hydrographic printing.

Here's a mesmerizing 14 minute long video of a dude doing some water transfer printing on some boring car part things. Despite that glorious undersell, it's actually quite interesting. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 4, 2013 - 25 comments

The Past is a Different Color

The colorful stories of obsolete pigments, and more vibrant tales of colors lost.
posted by anotherpanacea on Jul 8, 2013 - 25 comments

"Oh? Is it a dud?" Least favorite words when working with explosives.

Slow Motion Video of Fireworks Exploding Inside Buckets Full of Paint [slyt] [via]
posted by quin on Feb 12, 2013 - 26 comments

'It’s a great way to get over the preciousness of my work'

This is How You Paint a 150 Foot Tall Batman [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 17, 2012 - 20 comments

Turn your house into a giant battery.

"You could turn your home into a battery," said researcher Neelam Singh. Researchers at Rice University have created paints that act as rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. They can be painted onto virtually any surface, and can be charged with a solar cell. Full paper.
posted by stoneweaver on Jun 29, 2012 - 42 comments

That bikini looks painted on.

PornSFW - pictures of porn made "SFW". Probably mostly NSFW anyway.
posted by Burhanistan on May 13, 2012 - 29 comments

Uncanny Transfiguration

Olivier DE SAGAZAN usually puts paint and clay on himself, and sometimes hardly seems human. Often monstrous, sometimes disturbing, you may find it beautiful.
posted by idiopath on Apr 7, 2012 - 26 comments

Some ball.

Imagine a baseball. Now imagine that same baseball with 23,000 coats of paint on it. via Peewee.
posted by unSane on Apr 4, 2012 - 79 comments

a due Colori

Alberto Seveso creates mesmerizing photographic sculptures of ink underwater.
posted by quin on Mar 30, 2012 - 24 comments

"I am in that sense a sculptor, but I have only a 5000th of a second to build my sculpture."

Martin Klimas, an artist best known for his work in the medium of "temporary sculptures" [previously], is now trying to illustrate what music looks like. [more inside]
posted by quin on Feb 17, 2012 - 2 comments

Indeed.

Why Paint Cats? Why Cats Paint. Examples. Answers. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Dec 20, 2011 - 20 comments

Size Doesn't Matter

Frank Kunert is happy his photographs have an “analog” look about them. After all, he did hand-make the models himself. Before the German photographer even snaps a single shot, he is in his studio, creating 3D model subjects — usually industrial grey constructs in still, almost poetic, settings — out of deco boards, plasticine, and paint. It could take weeks, even months, before Frank is fully satisfied. The result? Models that could could pass for the real thing, and photographs that portray complete worlds of their own.
posted by netbros on Nov 24, 2011 - 16 comments

The Paint Factory of Blombos

For the last few decades, discoveries at Blombos Cave near Capetown have been pushing back our timeframe for the earliest known periods of complex human thought. Henshilwood et al have now discovered a 100,000 year old ocher paint factory at the same site.
posted by jjray on Oct 13, 2011 - 17 comments

Amy works entirely without a paintbrush.

Amy works entirely without a paintbrush. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Oct 2, 2011 - 55 comments

Also the little guy is really squat and cute and I like him.

Flash Fun Friuesday! In The Painter, you have to shoot paint around an empty world in order to find your exit.
Note: there is a slight loading problem. If it doesn't load the first time, refresh the page and it should be just fine.
posted by phunniemee on Sep 13, 2011 - 9 comments

Painting the Forth Bridge

Painting the Forth Bridge may be the English language's best-known summation of the daily grind. "We use it ourselves about the dictionary," muses Mary Charlton, secretary of the almost equally enormous Oxford English Dictionary, which is fame within fame. [more inside]
posted by Jakey on Sep 6, 2011 - 45 comments

What is this I don't even

Facepaint in Motion (dozens of flickr videos of facepaint artist James Kuhn.)
posted by crunchland on Aug 24, 2011 - 7 comments

Blue #73902

In a redoubled effort to capture consumers’ attention in this sputtering economic recovery, some paint companies are hoping to distinguish their brands with names that tell a story, summon a memory or evoke an emotion — even a dark one — as long as they result in a sale. What the names do not do is reveal the color. [SLNYT]
posted by bayani on Jul 5, 2011 - 53 comments

Spilling Paint on Purpose

Psychedelic painting done just a bit differently: Tall Painting | Time Lapses | Paint Montage. All available in 1080p HD by Holton Rower.
posted by netbros on Feb 12, 2011 - 10 comments

Floating

“Floating.” "Paint from a bucket" in slow motion, by Johann Cohrs & Siggi Kuckstein. Youtube version.
posted by zarq on Jan 17, 2011 - 11 comments

Palettes & pigments: famous artists' use of color

Why preserve Van Gogh's palette? - an exploration of color from the actual layout of various artists' color palettes - Degas, Delacroix, Gaugin, Moreau, Renoir, Seurat, Van Gogh. (via Neatorama) [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on May 30, 2010 - 15 comments

Light up the sky like a... well, like a flame.

Flame is a really nice web-based experimental painting programme from Slovak animator and designer Peter Blaskovic.
posted by creeky on Mar 8, 2010 - 15 comments

SumoPaint -- Photoshop in your browser

SumoPaint is an impressive little flash applet that mimics Photoshop in your browser, complete with layers and filters. See it in action.
posted by spiderskull on Jan 24, 2009 - 18 comments

Some Paintings

Alex Kanevsky paints waves, portraits. Of further interest, the progression of some of his paintings, and some amazing prints. Be aware, some of his paintings are nudes. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Dec 17, 2008 - 20 comments

The grip is cold against your palm. This is your only friend in the world right now. It's gonna be a long night.

MS Paint Adventures.
posted by lunit on Dec 12, 2008 - 40 comments

Shiny!

Like shiny things? Bill Owen has a step by step tutorial on getting a mirror paint finish on objects with paint and wax.
posted by Mitheral on Aug 14, 2008 - 35 comments

Kind of like Corel Painter, but without the crashing

Artweaver is a freeware "natural media" paint program, of the same type as Corel Painter. Natural media means it uses tools that are intended to simulate actual art tools, like oils, pastels, pencils and so forth. It's not as feature-rich as Painter, but it's getting better. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jul 23, 2008 - 22 comments

MUTO

MUTO - Seven minutes of wall-painted animated joy by blu (previously)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 13, 2008 - 50 comments

Take your forms wrestled from the void and get the hell out

Wayne White's paintings [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Dec 20, 2007 - 19 comments

Make your own cool, colorific card holders

DIY business card holders from paint chips from industrial designer Aaron Tang at designverb, step by step.
posted by taz on Aug 20, 2007 - 10 comments

Don't be low, keep your own style, and paint your bus

Decorate a bus with paint, stencils, and other graffiti. (Click the big red button, and then the paint bucket to get started. You'll figure out the drawing controls. Click the "All-around view" icon in the upper right to return from drawing and OK! to save it, if you like - give it a name, and you'll get a linkable URL.) Here's a gallery of designs.
posted by Wolfdog on Jun 14, 2007 - 7 comments

$50 Paint Job

$50 Paint Job I figured since the Corvair is not in line to be professionally painted, I'd give it a try.
posted by Ufez Jones on Jun 12, 2007 - 70 comments

Mona Lisa in MS Paint

People have drawn river landscapes (1, 2) in MS Paint, but how about the Mona Lisa?
posted by divabat on Apr 4, 2007 - 13 comments

Let's Paint and Exercise TV!

Let's Paint and Exercise TV! Four videos of a public access TV show where a guy paints pictures of a fat naked dude and runs on a treadmill at the same time. Features four letter words and a fat naked guy, so may not be work - or mind - safe. Presented by artist John Kilduff and featuring musician Frozen Plastic and model Michael Q Schmidt, star of 'Huge Naked Guy'.
posted by tapeguy on Aug 1, 2006 - 9 comments

Paint splash towerblock!

A splash of urban colour! A dilapidated tower block in Glasgow was the setting for a riotous splash of colour this week as Sony followed up their previous Bravia tv campaign of the bouncing balls down the streets of San Francisco with a new advert using a disused towerblock in Glasgow. Some beautiful urban explosion pics here, here, here, here and here.
posted by ClanvidHorse on Jul 26, 2006 - 20 comments

I/O Brush

I/O Brush is a new drawing tool to explore colors, textures, and movements found in everyday materials by "picking up" and drawing with them. Video here.
posted by Armitage Shanks on Oct 12, 2005 - 6 comments

Shark Attack!

Randy vs. Shark The ongoing saga of Randy and his archnemesis Shark. The creation of demented humor, MSN messenger, and two bored co-workers.
posted by BradNelson on Feb 23, 2005 - 9 comments

Guitar + Tape + Schwinn Bicycle Paint = Eruption

Striping Guitars with Eddie Van Halen (in what appears to be his living room). More of his painted and unpainted guitars. Extra guitar geekiness: watch the evolution of Frankenstein.
posted by turbodog on Jul 13, 2004 - 59 comments

Johannes Matthaeus Koelz: A Life Divided

Johannes Matthaeus Koelz: A Life Divided. An artist who escaped to England from Nazi Germany. From the exhibition :-
'Koelz, a painter, was living in a small cottage in the Bavarian forest estate of Hohenbrunn. One morning he travelled to nearby Munich on a routine visit to police headquarters to renew his exit visa for a planned trip to Italy.'
'At some point during the following night Koelz instructed a young man from the local woodmill to take his major work - a triptych which had occupied him since the early 1930s and cut it into pieces. He left Hohenbrunn at dawn, arranging for his family to follow ... It was the first stop on a journey that would take them to England. '
'Meanwhile the state police had raided their home and interrogated family members left behind. They were searching for the painter and his triptych, a massive anti-war painting which not only questioned the horrors of war but also the rising power of the Nationalist Socialist Party and by implication, its leader, Adolf Hitler.'
'Thou Shalt Not Kill', Koelz's tryptych.
Timeline and artworks.
posted by plep on Dec 12, 2003 - 6 comments

exploring color

exploring color... online utility to help room designers (and maybe even web designers) choose the right color for their project.
posted by crunchland on Oct 24, 2003 - 13 comments

Man charged in Blaine paint attack

Man charged in Blaine paint attack "A 28-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage for allegedly throwing pink paint at the box illusionist David Blaine has made his temporary home." It's not the first time he has been attacked. Here are the stunt details, a progress report and the box's location.
posted by ifenn on Sep 27, 2003 - 50 comments

"There is making of silver sex". Taking bodypainting/messy obsessions to the very edge, Manon Production from Japan sells a wide selection of fetish videos (sample mpeg 1.69MB). All feature illustrative pictures and detailed, eerie Engrish descriptions ("we feel admirable and poor at her black smile"; "Midori's body is changing colourfull"; "a little golden powder enters into her eyes"). Results can also evoke a sculpture, the theater or abstract art. Considering the evident misogyny of the whole effort, is it all the more unsettling because the images are sometimes beautiful (1, 2)? Is it an attempt to somehow bring Sorayama's creatures to life? Could the models be actually enjoying it? NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
posted by 111 on Mar 16, 2003 - 16 comments

Thinking Around the Corners

Thinking Around the Corners, a new but very different creative magazine, launched this morning. The purpose of TAtC to to inspire designers, painters, etc. from the examples of other creatives like writers and poets -- following Duchamp's thought, "I felt that as a painter I was much better off to be influenced by a writer than by another painter." This issue features an interview with Jeffrey Zeldman on what inspires him and how he gets through the creative process.
posted by Brilliantcrank on Jun 5, 2002 - 6 comments

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