Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary (25 Inspiring Ways)

Balloons on Animals

What do all of these art projects have in common? They took the ordinary and made it extraordinary. You don’t have to be a classically trained artist to come up with these great photos or art displays. In fact, it’s even better that you’re not. We’ve dug deep into our archives to help us prove the point. Art is most appreciated when it gives people an experience. We hope today that you feel inspired yourself to create your own unique piece of art. Bake up some cupcakes, cut up some construction paper, and bust out your old toys. Let’s create our own modern day experiences. Skeletons Coming to Life – Awaken the dead. It’s time to create some art.

Replacing World Landmarks With Cheap Souvenirs – Next time you’re traveling pick up a cheap souvenir and create some wonderful pieces of art!

Cities Made of Gambling Chips and Dice – This one’s going to require you to hoard a bunch of casino chips from your buddy but just tell him you’re doing it for the sake of art! (Or just don’t get caught..)

Paper Bag Trees – This will require some mad xacto knife skills and numerous trips to Marc Jacobs but if I must….

Classical Art Through Legos – Just give me my Last Supper picture and let me have at it!

Bubble Thoughts – Place these bubbles around town and then imagine what they’re thinking.

Stormtrooper-ville – Bust out your Stormtrooper collection, raid your little sister’s dollhouse and you’ve got art!

Throw Your Dog in The Pool! – Just make sure he doesn’t get hurt.

Cities Made of Jello – You’ll need a lot of time and many, many boxes of J-E-L-L-O.

Bento Box Art – Pack up a lunch box like this for your sweetie and you’ll be the coolest spouse ever.

Staring Objects – Stick some eyes on everyday objects and you’ve got art!

Vandalize a Snail – Throw up some little people on a snail and call it a day!

Paper Statements – Slightly scary but oh so cool.

Little People in Everyday Life – Make those little people a part of your everyday life.

Dress Up Your Cats – Cats as humans? Spooky.

Vinyl animals get frisky – Throw them into some crazy predicaments.

Paper Cut Art – The cheapest form of art.

Chandelier Glasses – Time for a vintage store run!

Have Fun With Sculptures – Food + Sculpture = Unexpected Art

Hand Painted Hands – A little paint, a lot of imagination.

Gutter Art – Just don’t get caught!

Animals Hungover – Breathe new life into your old stuffed animals.

Cupcake Designs – Art that you can eat…brilliant!

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With the Women’s March on Washington rapidly approaching, photographer Clayton Cubitt set about immortalizing some of the organizers and activists involved with the event. On January 21, 2017, women and advocates for women’s rights will march in Washington—as well as in other cities and countries during sister events. Cubitt’s set of powerful portraits gives a voice to the women behind the march, their faces glowing and vital as they explain why they’ve decided to participate.

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Brightly Embroidered Temari Balls Are a Kaleidoscope of Geometric Design

A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, they became a sensation several years ago after a 92-year-old grandmother’s temari collection went viral.

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