6 Great Pieces of Post-it® Note Art

Believe it or not, Post-it notes can make for a great form of art. Yes, you heard right! Whilst some artists prefer a blank canvas, newer artists are choosing this traditional piece of office stationary for their creativity.

Super Mario as post it notes - http://www.flickr.com/photos/uriel1998/6811249290/

Across the globe, these multi-coloured paper squares are being used in creative projects from stop-motion videos to fun and unique wall-art. Whether it’s in offices, homes or on the street, the Post-it art revolution seems to be making a huge impact. With this in mind, you’ll probably be asking yourself, what are the best pieces of Post-it art? Well get ready to be amazed as we take a closer look.

1. Post-it® Note Mario

First up on our list is the iconic 8-bit image of Mario, and a ‘power-up’ mushroom. Old computer games characters make for great Post-it Note art, as you’ll see later on, thanks to its pixelated look. This works perfectly to recreate your favourite computer games characters, which brings us on nicely to our second piece of Post-it art.

2. Computer Games Characters

From Sonic and Mario, to Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda, this creative genius decided to recreate them all using Post-it®Notes. Captured in these brilliant sped-up videos (so you don’t have to wait ages to see the final work of art), you’ll see the 8-bit characters from your favourite video games come to life.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu7YC0kaDbc

3. A Real-world Mario Level

If you thought an image of Mario was good, well check out this clip from Japan using stop-motion video. It’s an entire real-world Mario level, with all of your favourite characters, including Mario himself, a ‘power-up’ mushroom, coins, Koopa Troopa, Evil Mushroom and even the Warp Pipe. It must have taken days, if not weeks to create, and for that we are truly grateful because this is a great piece of alternative art – especially if you love Mario. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAue4hnH8-A

4. Deadline Post-it® Note Stop Motion

Probably the best example of stop-motion art work using Post-it notes is this masterpiece from art-student Bang-Yap Liu. You probably won’t find a more intricate, yet extremely stylish Post-it stop motion movie anywhere else; it’s truly set the benchmark for any other Post-it artists out there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BpWM0FNPZSs#!

5. Extreme Sticky Note Experiments

Now, when it comes to creating video-art, there’s more to Post-it® Notes than stop-motion. Whilst that’s an incredible art form in itself, these guys have created something just as clever. The best way to describe it is by imagining if your book of Post-it notes were a slinky. Now imagine hundreds of multi-coloured Post-it notes, carefully choreographed to create a stunning moving visual; all set in the office environment. Kudos to the creators, it’s breath taking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1rZqw5bXb4

Marilyn Monroe post it note art - http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-46255784446. Famous Faces

When it comes to wall-art, what better way of showing off your creativity than with a mural of someone famous? The below image of Marilyn Monroe is one of our favourites. Not only does it encompass the creativity that can be achieved with Post-it art, but it’s also a great pastiche of the famous Andy Warhol pop-art piece.

That makes up our favourite 6 pieces of Post-it art. Wall-art, videos, and stop-motion; a wide range of mediums can help to create iconic and stimulating art, but what do you think? Do you agree with our selections, or are there some pieces and artists out there that deserve more recognition? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you.

This guest post was provided by 3M Direct, the official online store for 3M products in the UK.

How to Create an Ancient Atmosphere through Interior Design and Art

When designing modern interiors, inspiration is often derived from historic designs and artefacts. There is something so calming and elegant about recreating an ancient theme in a modern environment.

Ancient DesignHarmony in Design

Interior design that has developed from Roman and Greek design is known as ‘Classic Interior Design’. Tradition is the focus when recreating this design, as modern influences can often detract from the intended atmosphere, and clash with the proposed theme.

There is a danger of this design coming across as dated, or even corny, if your ideas run too wild. Try to concentrate on the simple elements that make up the design and the period that it comes from.

Focus on the Bigger Things

A focus, or focal point, is an important aspect of this theme for your interior. The Greeks and Romans rarely did things on a minimal scale!

Think big, and consider what your focus in the room should be. Maybe a grand staircase or a picturesque fireplace- whatever you decide on, you need your focal point to be striking.

Symmetry and Strategy

Now you have an idea of your focal point, everything else in the room can be placed to enhance it. For example, large vases or columns might be used as a reflection of the period that you are recreating. The Ancients who inspired this classic design took their inspiration from nature itself, so earth shades of colour such as terracotta, and heavy greens, yellows, browns and blues are commonly used.

Symmetry is another aspect of this design that needs to be immaculate in order to pull off the desired atmosphere. From the décor to the lighting, everything needs to be strategically placed in order for one side of the room to reflect the other.

Aspects of Ancient Design

Seeing ideas become a reality is one of the most rewarding aspects of designing an interior. The above tips for achieving the desired theme are just starting points. As the ideas stir in your mind, recognise that there are endless possibilities to what you can set out to create.

The ability to use/interest in using historic designs to inspire an interior in a modern society shows the impact that the people of our past still have on the designs of today.

Many Greek and Roman designs are so magnificent and intricate, that we cannot help but take inspiration.

Mysteries of The Last Supper

The Last Supper, by  Leonardo da Vinci, is one of the most famous paintings ever created. This painting is a large fresco on a wall in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie, Milan, Italy. However this is not a true fresco because it was in fact painted on a dry wall instead of wet plaster. Unfortunately as time has gone on people have attempted to restore it – not always very sucessfuly! It took three years to actually complete, with da Last SupperVinci choosing to work on many other pieces at the same time.

The Last Supper

The painting represents the scene of The Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples and Leonardo depicts the consternation that occurred among the Twelve Disciples when Jesus announced that one of them would betray him. Altogether within the painting that we can see there are thirteen people. Presumably the figure of Judas Escariot to the right of Christ, as he was still present at the meal. Some people have thought that Mary Magdalene was sitting to the left of Christ in the painting, but this is a contradiction since there had to be twelve disciples, and she was not one of them.

It is rather interesting to see that with Christ as the centre piece, how he is in fact well framed by the doorway. This provides a contrast between his figure and the outside, as well as bringing out eye to the most important figure on the piece of artwork.

One interesting fact is that there are lines of perspective that radiate from Christ’s head, indicating that he is the focal point of the painting. These perspective lines blend in with the ceiling and walls.

His arms, head and body form a triangle, as well as the space on the left hand side between him and the figure to his left. The disciples are also nicely arranged into groups of three along the length of the table.The painting also makes us feel as if we too are a part of it. This formula has actually been copied

The Last Supper during WWII
A structure was made to protect the painting – picture shows bomb damage in 1943

and become the standard for symbolic paintings even up to this very day.

Summary

Leaving aside the poor standard of restorations, the piece is still rather amazing to look at, and provides an inspired look into the genius of the great da Vinci. It was also a painting that would inspire new artists to aspire to, in terms of looking at perspective and presentation. It certainly was a turning point in art history that directed art onto a newer and more realistic path. As early as 1517 the painting was starting to flake and in fewer than 60 years Leonardo’s biographer Giorgia Vasari described the painting as “ruined”!

This article has been written by Sean Alder the website editor at WPD