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Numismatic Quilling

Numismatic Quilling

One aspect of art is pushing boundaries – both your’s and society’s.  They can be large or small or known-in-advance or sneak up on you while you are working. One of the creative things I do is quilling.  Previously, I’ve written about how it is steeped in religiosity and sexism.  I didn’t expect it to push my social justice buttons in the here and now though! I know someone that... »

Making a book

Making a book

I’ve always wanted to make a picture book, but I’ve never quite come up with a story that I liked enough to commit to. Last December a drawing out of my sketchbook that I posted on twitter sparked a back and forth between myself and Treelobsters, and he ended up writing a short story about my little drawing. This was SO. COOL. After a bit more back and forth we established that A) we both wanted t... »

Skepticon 7 and a Call to Artists

Skepticon 7 and a Call to Artists

It’s that time of year when the Midwest’s largest and only FREE skeptic and atheist conference takes place. That’s right, SkeptiCon is just around the corner and THIS year it’s gonna be even better than ever. Why? Because THIS year they are letting me organize an art show! WOOOOOT! Skepticon 7 is the weekend of November 21st–23rd 2014 and will be held at The Ramada Oasis in... »

Hobby Craft Mad Art Lab Rippere

Hobby? Craft? Survey!

      “Friend (woman):  Do you craft? Me:  Yes, I do mostly paper crafting.  Do you craft? Friend:  Yes, I do woodworking. Me: <freezes mentally>”     Seems like such a little thing to say.  But, I would never call woodworking crafting.  I would call it a hobby. <but WHY?> For weeks I have been thinking about this and can find no theory am willing t... »

So you want to scan some artwork…

So you want to scan some artwork…

Hi all, I thought it might be useful for people if I wrote up a tutorial on how to scan pencil drawings in Photoshop. This is something that I was never explicitly taught, despite a BFA degree and an inclination towards digital art, but instead it’s information that I’ve slowly figured out over the years through trial and error. I specifically want to talk about pencil drawings though ... »

Make a Thing Wednesday

Make a Thing Wednesday

Hello Madlabbers! It’s hump day, you know what that means?! It’s ‘Make a Thing’ Wednesday! Let’s recap what happened last week to get our creative juices flowing like MRA tears: SurlyAmy sewed some things with her friend, Maria. Brian George showed us progress on his awesome microscope drawing. Brandy Jefferys worked on the beginnings of a cool couples portrait. Laure... »

Make a Thing Wednesday

Make a Thing Wednesday

Hello Madartlabbers! Today marks our third week doing Make A Thing Wednesdays and we hope that you are having as much fun as we are! Let’s take a look at all the cool stuff people were making last week: Jocelyn made a pretty frickin’ sweet illustration of a beastie. Brian convinced Celia to sketch a wicked awesome battle duck! Brian also shared a microscope drawing he is working on. La... »

Make a Thing Wednesday

Make a Thing Wednesday

Hello Madlabbers! Last week was our inaugural ‘Make a Thing’ Wednesday and so much cool stuff happened! Let’s take a look: SurlyAmy tweeted an amazebananas tutorial on how to make your own paper flowers. Brian George showed us how freakin’ sweet a waterbrush can be. Celia finished up a drawing with a dragon because dragons are the coolest. Seelix AKA Emily demonstrated her ... »

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