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Intricate Ink Animal Coloring Books

Intricate Ink Animal Coloring Books

Looking for a real challenge? Look no further than illustrator Tim Jeffs‘ coloring books, each of which includes highly-detailed greyscale animal images, with lots of tight spaces for you to embellish. Each book has 25 images, printed on high quality paper and a lay-flat binding. Jeffs also offers coloring lessons in his Etsy shop.

Making a Plywood Bowling Ball

Making a Plywood Bowling Ball

Normally, bowling balls are made from a mix of chemicals. But The Q shows us how it’s possible to make one by cutting out 60 identical plywood triangles, gluing them into a sphere, filling it with foam and a weight, then sanding the structure smoothly. We’d like to play with that low-poly bowling ball before he sanded it.

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G-SHOCK Shougeki-Maru Watch

G-SHOCK Shougeki-Maru Watch

This extraordinary, limited-edition watch features a design inspired by a samurai’s kabuto helmet. For each timepiece, a skilled metalsmith hand-carves a dragon into its bezel. Its titanium case and band are cast with special dies that create the look of hand-hammered steel, while brown and blue finishes give it an aged look.

A Taste of Los Angeles

A Taste of Los Angeles

Combining time-lapse, hyper-lapse, and some more experimental post-production techniques, FilmSpektakel takes us on a fast-paced trip to Southern California. They captured over 155,000 photos and spent 64 days editing the footage to produce the short film you see here. Learn more about the production at Time Lapse Magazine.

Heaven / Thin Places

Heaven / Thin Places

Seán Doran combined images captured by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the ESRSU image archive to take us on a serene flight above the Southeast corner of North America, passing over Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba for a view of their blue-green waters. Want more? Watch Heaven: The Inner Sound of Outer Space.

The Ultimate Zelda Playhouse

The Ultimate Zelda Playhouse

Once Upon a Workbench worked with his friends to build his kids one of the coolest playhouses we’ve ever seen. The build was inspired by Link’s house in the Nintendo Switch game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. If you have similar ambitions, you can purchase the plans for $60.

Cyber Crisis Playing Cards

Cyber Crisis Playing Cards

Bazaardodo teamed up with nine great cyberpunk artists to create these neon-tinged playing cards. Its decks represent two factions: Wasteland Rebels and Elysion Technology, with character portrait face cards and honeycomb pattern number cards. A special edition Collection deck features hot foil stamping and UV effects.

If The Mandalorian Was an Anime

If The Mandalorian Was an Anime

The Mandalorian is a pretty damned fine series as-is. But it’s still fun to envision variants of the show, like this fun anime style opening put together by Malec, Martial Coulon, Antoine Bertrand, KronoMuzik, and Kenny dozo. Kawaii Baby Yoda is just as adorable as his live-action inspiration.

Mercury’s Retrograde

Mercury’s Retrograde

Animator Zohar Dvir’s short film takes us inside the mind of a perplexed millennial who seeks answers to life’s questions. When she turns to her Magic 8 Ball, she ends up pulled deep into a hallucinogenic dream world that starts between her couch cushions.

Chainlink Carrot

Chainlink Carrot

Artist Salavat Fidai is best known for his intricate pencil tip carvings. He recently pointed his sharpened knife blade at something a little more edible than graphite, transforming an ordinary carrot into a series of connected chain links. Now how do you link multiple carrots together?

Wood Writers’ Briefcase

Wood Writers’ Briefcase

Meticulously made by Blue Star Crafts, this walnut and brass briefcase is perfect for artists, writers, architects, and designers. Its top half holds pens, pencils, and other small objects, while its bottom is great for notebooks and other everyday items. A hidden stick props its lid up, transforming it into a writing surface.

A Todo Corazon Serigraph

A Todo Corazon Serigraph

Fine art with a Chicano heart. Roberto Munguia expresses his love for L.A. in “A Todo Corazon,” a vivid serigraph measuring 11″ x 10″. The limited edition of 150 is handmade, signed, and numbered. The modest price belies Munguia’s gallery credentials and studies with prominent artist Roberto Gil De Montes.

Infinity Mirror Guitar

Infinity Mirror Guitar

Burls Art has built some pretty interesting guitars. His latest creation incorporates a series of LED lights and mirrors into its body, creating a disco-inspired infinite mirror effect. It really gives the guitar the illusion of a tremendous amount of depth.

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The 99% Invisible City

The 99% Invisible City

Ever wondered why modern buildings don’t have exterior fire escapes? Who gets to name streets? What are those cryptic spray-painted markings on the ground? Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt’s book delves into the fascinating stories behind the important but subtle things city-dwellers experience on a daily basis.

2020: An Isolation Odyssey

2020: An Isolation Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey evokes quite the sense of isolation as HAL 9000 picks off the Discovery One’s crew, then Dave Bowman has a quiet, hallucinogenic trip. Filmmaker Lydia Cambron’s dark parody explores the parallels between Kubrick’s universe and the one we’ve been living in since the pandemic started in 2020.

Madeira by Drone

Madeira by Drone

Photographer and FPV drone pilot Ellis van Janson takes us on a series of breathtaking flights through the beautifully rocky coastline of Madeira, Portugal. The footage elicits a tremendous sense of speed, while the color grading, direction, and editing give it a truly cinematic look.

2-in-1 Chess + Checkers Set

2-in-1 Chess + Checkers Set

Designed by artist Panisa Khunprasert, this reversible chess and checkers set features a bold color scheme and modern, minimal iconography. Both the playing pieces and board are made from sustainably-grown rubberwood, and the board slides open to provide storage. Measures 8.75″w x 8.75″d x 1.75″h.

Making Felt Panel Patterns

Making Felt Panel Patterns

Tired of the plain old boring walls in your workspace? Get Hands Dirty shows us how to use cut pieces of ReFelt recycled plastic felt panels to create bold and modern patterns for walls or ceilings which not only look amazing but can be used as a pushpin board and to improve acoustics.

Pix Brix

Pix Brix

Pix Brix are interlocking single-stud bricks for creating 2D pixel or 3D voxel art. They not only click together like LEGO, but can be securely locked side-by-side for flat artworks. A special multifunction tool makes the blocks easy to manipulate and disassemble. They’re also compatible with other major brick brands.

Gothic Tea Party Set

Gothic Tea Party Set

This gothic serving set pours on the charm with tea for four. Portland’s Angioletti Designs kiln-fires porcelain fine china with Victorian, baroque, and rococo images, including this moody black-and-gold set that invites a bat, cat, eye, and crow to the tea party. Foodsafe, durable, and wear-resistant with hand-washing care.

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Roberto Cambi Ghost Tea Lights

Roberto Cambi Ghost Tea Lights

The grinning ghosts in installations by artist Roberto Cambi have won awards for playfully haunting European landmarks. Cambi also makes mini versions as tea light holders to decorate not-so-haunted houses everywhere. Artemest and Pasadena’s Gold Bug sell them in small, medium, and large. No two are alike.

How to Build a Giant Spider

How to Build a Giant Spider

It wouldn’t be Halloween without some creepy, crawly spiders, and when it comes to scary arachnids, the bigger the better. Paul Jones of Dead and Daughter shows us how he built a massive spider for his lawn using PVC pipe, bendy hair rollers, a bike helmet, duct tape, and wig hair among other things.

IN_BOX

IN_BOX

Animator Michael Marczewski presents an exceptionally blocky short film in which e-mails manifest themselves as tiny cubes that walk between computers. As the messages cross back and forth between two co-workers, things go off the rails when objects get in the way and corrupt their communications.

2021 Lunar Calendar

2021 Lunar Calendar

Created by illustrator Katheren Belle for Schoolhouse, this elongated wall calendar charts the waxing and waning cycles of the moon. It serves as both a unique piece of wall art and a useful reference for those who need to know moon phases like farmers, fishermen, and surfers. The print measures 30″h x 10″w.

3Doodler PRO+ 3D Printing Pen

3Doodler PRO+ 3D Printing Pen

With a price approaching some 3D printers, the 3Doodler Pro+ isn’t for everyone, but it does feature big upgrades including a powerful dual-drive system, precision temperature controls that enable more intricate and consistent drawings. It can print with ABS, PLA, FLEXY, wood, copper, bronze, and nylon filaments.

Candy Shop

Candy Shop

Like many inventions, pharmaceuticals are a double-edged sword. Some have saved and improved millions of lives, while others have caused terrible side-effects and dangerous, deadly addictions. Patrick Smith’s rapidfire short film offers a satirical commentary on our obsession with drugs without saying a word.

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