Food Sculptures by Carl Kleiner

created at: 06/21/2012

Carl Kleiner is a commercial photographer based in Sweden whose portfolio is full of incredible imagery! Today, of course, we’re highlighting this series of food sculptures he created and photographed. It’s got just the right amount of whimsy to send you off into a new weekend!    


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Be sure to check out the rest of his portfolio for more delicious eye candy!

How To: Make Your Own DIY “Sun Print” Fabric

created at: 06/13/2012

Well, I know what I’m doing this weekend!   


These “sun prints” utilize a special kind of permanent, light-sensitive dye called INKODYE, which is similar (in theory and process) to cyanotypes. I love how Jessica from How About Orange used it in her DIY fabric project. This stuff can be used on cotton, silk, suede, wood, and just about any natural fiber, making the creative options nearly limitless! For more ideas, check out some of Jessica’s other INKODYE projects. Continue Reading

Curbly Gift Guide: 20 Awesome Manly Gifts for Father’s Day

created at: 06/05/2012

Man-gifts: leather, wood, bacon, and tools for the great outdoors (or life). We’ve rounded up 20 gifts that would make any dad proud. Happy Father’s Day!   

1. Handmade Leather Journals: $32 – $63

2. Craft Beer Brewing Kit: $28 – $48

3. Film Festival in a Box Kit: $18

4. Salts of the World Test Tube Kit: $35

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5. Ultralight Outdoor Cookset: $65

6. Golfers BBQ Set: $25

7. Bacon Hot Sauce: $8

8. Upcycled Tent Dopp Kit: $38

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CanvasPop $2,500 Canvas Art Giveaway!

CanvasPop $2,500 Canvas Art Giveaway

It was a warm Sunday morning in March, and Alicia, Ayla and I were sitting on the front steps enjoying the unseasonable sunshine and blowing bubbles. Watching your three-year-old squeal with glee as she chases luminescent soap spheres is about as good as it gets, and those moments get burned in your memory pretty easily.

But just then Alicia grabbed her iPhone and snapped a picture that I think will be iconic of Ayla’s childhood. As they always say, the best camera is the one you have on you: 

Bubbles picture

So when we got the chance to get the photo printed at 18×24 inches, I was thrilled. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 DIY Photography Wall Art Projects

created at: 05/16/2012

As a photography enthusiast, my display methods are pretty traditional. A perfectly processed photo (from Aspen Creek Photo), a Nielsen Bainbridge frame and I’m good to go. Of course there are many different ways besides the traditional method for displaying your photography. I’ve scoured the internet looking for the best of best. Here they are:

This first idea take traditional, small frames but adheres them together to make one big statement. No DIY instructions from the original source, but I’d think some wood glue and clamps would get the job done.  Continue Reading

How To: Make a Vintage-Inspired Wool Camera Case!

created at: 04/24/2012

Matt from Wood&Faulk is kind of my hero. He’s always making beautiful things from simple materials and, frankly, completely and utterly blowing my mind. Like this vintage-y camera case, for example. It’s gorgeous! And so easy!   


All you need is some heavy wool fabric and some material for your strap (like canvas or leather) and then a few basic tools like a pencil, paper, scissors, and a sewing machine. That’s it. No special, use-once-and-never-again stuff. Head over to Wood&Faulk for the photo-heavy tutorial and start making your own DIY camera case! Continue Reading

Roundup: 5 Images of Protest

Man Being Arrested Protesting at the Democratic National Convention Photographic Print

In solidarity with SOPA and PIPA protesters today, I thought I’d round up some classic images of protest. These black and white photographs couldn’t have much better composition if they had been planned. As it was, they weren’t. That spontaneity adds to their story. (All prints are available in a variety of sizes and prices, as well as on stretched canvas, at All Posters.) 

The image pictured above of a man being arrested is from the LIFE archives. Continue Reading

How to Take ‘Dutch Master’ Still Life Photographs

created at: 07/27/2011

A couple years ago, my photography mentor showed me a picture he took that looked like an oil painting in the Dutch Master vein. There was no fancy Photoshop manipulation. Just really beautiful, natural, evening light and great timing. Since seeing that picture, I’ve been a little obsessed with recreating the look. Some direction from my teacher and a lot of practice has me on the right track, according to said mentor.

I wish I could tell you it was very complicated, but it isn’t. Continue Reading