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These Are the Prettiest Places on Earth to Feed Your Wanderlust

It's normal to overlook the simple pleasures in life when we feel stuck in a place or routine that doesn't fulfill us. But ironically, those are also …

Designer Creates 13 Perfect Circles to Draw Almost Any Animal

Everyone’s favorite blue bird—the Twitter logo—has a well-kept secret hidden in its design: the iconic character was created using 13 perfect circles that overlap and comprise its graceful curved wings and upward gaze. Inspired by this little-known fact, Toronto-based art director Dorota Pankowska …

Complexity

Featured Shop: Murtiga

My name is Ana Bossa, and I work in ceramics, illustration, and film animation; I also teach kids. I live in Lisbon, Portugal, but my roots are split between the small village in the countryside where my parents are from and the south of Portugal, where I grew up. My shop Murtiga is named for a …

Ceramics

Artist Illustrates Amazingly Detailed Plant-life with Millions of Dots

Sometimes art pieces look effortless, and sometimes it is clear to see the intense time and labour commitment given to a project. Xavier Casalta‘s floral illustrations most definitely fall into the latter category. Created using a stippling technique, Casalta's insanely intricate pieces are formed …

Digital Art

Featured in our current issue: Corinne Botz captures truly haunting moments found in the game-changing crime scene dioramas of Frances Glessner. See more here!: http://hifructose.com/2014/09/09/hi-fructose-volume-33-preview/

Margaret Keane, Painter Behind Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ | KQED Arts

Aleah Chapin - Artist's nude portraits celebrate women of multiple generations. http://hifructose.com/2014/12/17/aleah-chapins-large-scale-nude-portraits-celebrate-multiple-generations-of-women/

16 Deliciously Decadent Dulce de Leche Recipes You Must Make This Christmas

<i>Dulce de leche</i>: the mere mention of this to-die for sweet that's swirled in and spread on everything from coffee to toast in Latin America sends us running frantically to the kitchen in search of a spoon. Whatever you call it - <b>manjar blanco, cajeta, arequipe</b> - and however you use it - baked into …

Painting Snail Shells May Keep Them From Getting Smushed

Photo: Julochka<p>If you’ve ever worried about the fate of one of your slimy, little, shelled friends, then you may want to help them out by giving their shell a flashy paint job, which according to Julija K. over at bored panda, could help save their lives!<p>To save these creatures from our boots, some …

Painting

How-To: Make a Walking Teddy Bear Costume for Your Dog

It turns out that simply taking a pair of scissors to a stuffed animal is all you have to do in order to outfit your own pooch with an almost disturbingly adorable teddy bear costume, as this courageous Shih Tzu named Munchkin clearly demonstrates.<p>Luckily, Cindy Roth, Munchkin’s ingenious owner, …

Shih Tzu

Make Bread in the Slow Cooker

Want some fresh bread? The oven isn’t the only option for baking bread at home, Emma Christensen of the kitchn suggests tossing some dough into your crock pot for some warm homemade bread. It turns out that the “High” setting on most slow cookers just happens to heat the pot to the right …

Hand Knit Silver Jewelry

Good yarn can certainly be worth its weight in gold, just like these dazzling hand knit pieces of jewelry by Anne-Catherine Lüke.<p>Out of thinnest thread I knit, crochet or knot jewelry pieces, which then are refined in a special process. The designs obtain an exceptional surface quality. The texture …

Peppermint Patties Recipe

Who can resist a refreshing peppermint and chocolate treat? They will be even more irresistible when people know you made them yourself. The ingredients are minimal, and the process seems quite straight forward.<p>Looking to up your game in the cookie exchange this year? Try out this recipe from Tonia …

Flashback: Salted Caramels with Orange Scented Sugar

<b>By Katie Goodman</b><p>Caramels are another fun and delicious treat to make for gifting this time of year, though they can be tricky. You will rely heavily on a candy thermometer, so make sure that is working before you start. You will need to monitor the temperature closely. You can go from soft caramels …

Gabriel García Márquez entrevista a Pablo Neruda

Rescatamos una conversación entre Pablo Neruda y Gabriel García Márquez en 1971, a propósito del Premio Nobel de Literatura que acababa de serle …

How-Tuesday: Apple Cider Caramels

These apple-flavored caramels really evoke the essence of the fall season. You’ll love how fast the candy cooks up, and they make a sweet homespun gift for friends and neighbors. Boiled cider is the secret ingredient that gives them warm, baked apple flavor. Add cinnamon and nutmeg, and you’ve got …

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17 Undeniably Awesome Benefits Of Being The 'Third Wheel'

Whether you love them or loathe them, hanging out with happy couples is just another part of being single.<p>The good news is: being the "Third Wheel" doesn't have to be terrible.<p>Instead of thinking of your coupled-off friends as a constant reminder of your bitter loneliness, think of all the <i>good</i> …

Smiley Face Screws by Yuma Kano | Colossal

<p>The next time you grab the toolbox for a quick home improvement project, forget boring old flat or Phillips head screws, these happiness-inducing …

Labyrinthine Drawings of Interconnected Rooms by Mathew Borrett | Colossal

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat | Colossal

<p>Digital painter and concept artist Piotr Jabłoński creates brutally detailed paintings for videogames and comic books which often veer into the …

Famous Quotes Illustrated on Chalkboards by an Anonymous Student Duo | Colossal

<p>Two anonymous art students, who go by the moniker dangerdust, have been creating gorgeous hand-lettered and illustrated chalkboards featuring …

Woman Creates Touching Animated Portrait of Her Grandmother Using Her Old Possessions | Colossal

<p>After the death of her grandmother in 2010, animator and illustrator Gemma Green-Hope was called to help sort through some of her remaining …

Valley of Dolls: A Bizarre Town in Japan Where an Artist is Replacing Departed Residents with Life-Sized Dolls | Colossal

<p>This is one of those things you might never believe if somebody told you, and yet even when faced with the evidence in photos, video, or Google …

Digital Papercut Illustrations by Eiko Ojala | Colossal

<p>Since our last article on Eiko Ojala (previously) the Estonian graphic designer and illustrator has continued his fantastic three dimensional …

OLED Dandelion Lights by Takao Inoue | Colossal

<p>These beautiful lights were designed by cinematographer Takao Inoue as part of a small exhibition on display at Milano Salone earlier this year. The …

The Mini Book of Major Events by Evan Lorenzen | Colossal

<p>Trying to compress the history of Earth into a single book is an especially daunting task, the difficulty is compounded when the book you’re writing …

Geometric Paper Birds and Animals by Estudio Guardabosques | Colossal

<p>Feast your eyes on this phenomenal geometric paper sculpting from Estudio Guardabosques, a multidisciplinary design studio out of Buenos Aires, …

Ethereal Woven Metal Leaf and Seed Installations by Michelle Mckinney | Colossal

<p>U.K. artist Michelle Mckinney examines the contrast of manmade materials with forms of nature in her ethereal installations of leaves, seeds, and …