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The Sharpie Wrap

Here’s a little idea from a blog named chew ~

If you follow these easy steps, you’ll know just what to do ~

First get yourself a box ~

Then a Sharpie and some mox(y) ~

And soon you’ll be wrapping like this too!

Okay, so forget the rap career.  In my next life I’m coming back as a gift wrapper anyway (my mom was a gift wrapper at the Boston Store – it’s in my genes!), one who creates really awesome custom wraps like this one from chewingthecud, whose editor is a San Francisco-based designer.

I absolutely love this and am beyond impressed.  Such a simple idea executed so well.  The color pops and the black ribbon ties it off to perfection.  I’d love to receive a gift like this.  I might even find a place to put it on permanent display.  For all the quick, easy steps, visit chewingthecud.com.

Out of the box - set your inner artist free with Sharpie

Ready for giving

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Light up a room with Sharpie

I love, love, love this!   A really bright idea – a lampshade designed with a Sharpie by  Shelly Norsworthy of Walla Walla, Washington (a mostly rural area with a growing winery community, Shelly says).  Here’s how she did it:

First she printed a template from diyideas.com silhouette art, then she taped the template onto the inside of the shade. She sat in front of a window where the light acted like a backlight and used a Sharpie fine point marker – the same Sharpie she uses to label her kids’ clothes – to first outline the template, then color it in.

Total project time:  15 minutes!

“I already had the lampshade but I wanted to pull in a black and white motif in my master bedroom,” she said.  “It’s an easy way to get a custom look and the ladies in the Design on a Dime group on Cafe Moms thought it was really cool.  I didn’t intend for it to be this big art project; I just didn’t want to watch another episode of Hanna Montana, so while I was sitting there I did this.”

Shelly has two school age children.  “I don’t have a business as of yet, but am seriously considering starting a staging company. Because I live in a very rural area, with not even a Target in sight, I’m forced to come up with inexpensive yet unique decor items that don’t look like they came from a big box store (although they probably did:)).

Diyideas.com is my favorite on-line resource for home dec projects..BTW, the silhouette art in the background of one photo was also done with the help of a Sharpie and the same templates.”

I think a light just went on…I want a Sharpie lampshade too!  Re-mark-able!

Shelly and her Sharpie

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Rad Rider Meets Industrial Sharpie

Here’s a ride you won’t want to get off of anytime soon, thanks to this cool Sharpie “paint” job created by radrider.pinkbike.com.

Rad Rider posted this on pinkbike.com.  Here, in the words of the artist himself…

After being inspired by a Lamborghini with a Sharpie paint job, I decided to take apart my BLK MRKT Riot and start to work. When I first started I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into and wasn’t sure what people would think of it.  After posting my first picture to Pinkbike and getting a bunch of positive feed back I kept at it and this is the final product.

Although there seem to have been attempts by bike manufacturers to apply art to their products, they never seem to go all out, and when you hear of a unique or custom bike you think of maybe a mono color painted frame with matching colored components. Even before I saw the Sharpie’d Lambo I was thinking about different ways of making my bike truly unique and artistic.

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Sharpie to Tie-Dye for …

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CRAFTY GIRL SCOUTS AND ’60′S HIPPIES have known about it forever, but using Sharpie markers to tie dye clothing and other items has remained pretty much under wraps.

Now you can uncover the secrets and learn how to create some of the most brilliant designs in the boldest and brightest colors with Sharpie markers. Easy and affordable (important in these trying economic times!).

To get started, see details below from About.com:

Sharpie Pen Tie-Dye:  Use Science to Create Wearable Art

By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., About.com

Normal tie dying can be messy and time-consuming. You can get a really cool tie dye effect using colored Sharpie pens on a t-shirt. This is a fun project that even young kids can try. You’ll get wearable art and may learn something about diffusion and solvents. Let’s get started!

Sharpie Pen Tie Dye Materials

  • colored Sharpie pens (permanent ink pens)
  • rubbing alcohol (e.g., 70% or 90% isopropyl alcohol)
  • white or light-colored cotton t-shirt
  • plastic cup

Let’s Do Tie Dye!

… except you don’t have to tie anything.

  1. Smooth a section of the shirt over your plastic cup. You can secure it with a rubber band if you want.
  2. Dot a Sharpie to form a circle in the center of the area formed by the cup. You are aiming for a dotted ring about 1″ in diameter. You can use more than one color.
  3. Drip rubbing alcohol on the blank center of the circle. I used the extremely low-tech method of dipping a pencil in the alcohol and dotting it on the shirt. After a few drops, you will see the alcohol spread outward from the center of the ring, taking the Sharpie ink with it. Continue reading