Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Mom is So Creative

Every time I visit my parents or they visit us, I'm struck by how handy and craftsy my mom (Terry Liu) is. She is one of those people whose hands are always busy, whether it is sewing, crocheting, knitting, or paper craft. She doesn't follow patterns, but instead figures out how to make an item by looking at it. She loves learning intricate paper folding techniques. Here are some of her many cool creations:

Money Origami and Paper Folding

I enjoy money origami, but my mom takes it to the next level. All of these creations are made from folded paper pieces. She made the ship and pineapple out of Venezuelan money (using pre-Chavez era currency: once upon a time, before 1983, these were worth quite a lot. The red bills were 5 Bolivars, or  about $1.25, and the brown ones were 100 Bolivars, about $25).

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How to Make an Art Portfolio on Blogger

How to make an art portfolio on Blogger
Screenshot of my portfolio using BoyBurnsBlog template

Do you want to create an art portfolio on Blogger? The free Blogger template, BoyBurnsBlog --developed by designer David Kutchner and his firm, Confluent Forms-- is a good choice.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fine Art Print Giveaway and Etsy Anniversary Sale

" Mesmerize" © 2012 Sylvia Liu

A year ago I opened my Etsy shop to sell fine art prints of my work. To celebrate this anniversary, I am running a 20% sale on my most popular items, and a giveaway of "Mesmerize." These prints are signed, limited edition glicees, or archival quality prints designed to last.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Four Creative Videos That Will Inspire You

I know you're busy. You don't like to spend time watching videos online because it's faster to read an article. But here are four videos that are worth the minutes of your life you spend on them. They will inspire you to be more creative and more appreciative of the world. At least one will make you cry; at least one will make you laugh.

Landfill Harmonic

This will bring tears to your eyes. A community that lives on a landfill in Panama builds recycled instruments and teaches its children to play them. (3:43 minutes) (Thanks to Sarah Pinneo for making me aware of this).

Landfill Harmonic- The world sends us garbage... We send back music. from Landfill Harmonic on Vimeo.