inspiration roll

A few links of things that caught my eye:

Matt and I recently bought the Playstation 3 video game Little Big Planet. In the game you customize your character, a little knit sackguy. After that you can go on to customize and build your own levels to play and share with other online players. Last week I discovered this flickr pool group where people are creating their own real life sack guys based on their player characters. How inspiring is that? I want to build my own sackguy. He is the white one pictured above. He is wearing a red and white striped undershirt and undies, an elizabethan collar and bunny ears.

My next link I’d like to share is a post about printmaking with styrofoam food packaging. I found this link on Craft Magaine’s blog. When I was in college I probably took enough printmaking classes to have a minor in it, but they didn’t offer minors in printmaking, or at least not for the degree that I earned. I know, I tried at the time. Anyway, with all the printmaking I’ve done, I’ve never printed using styrofoam. I feel like it was one of those missed life experiences that all kids have in elementary or middle school. Printing with styrofoam and pinhole photography from a coffee can/oatmeal box. And since I missed both of those rights of passage I’ve always wanted to desperately do them. Well, seeing this post only added to that desire. After printing with litho stones, etched metal plates, carved blocks of wood, and silk screens, I imaged the quality of styrofoam would be, ya know, ehh, but don’t these pieces look fabulous?

And now my last link for right now is another tutorial I found via Craft magazine’s blog. This post is for a two step tutorial on how to make Japanese kusudama, or an origami ball. I thought it might be really beautiful to make a whole bunch of these to decorate an entire Christmas tree. You can use old newspaper ads and they would be colorful, recycled and still just as beautiful.


Hi, I'm Robyn and I was Hatched from a Kinder Surprise Egg. Graphic Designer by day, Maker of things by night. I have worked as a graphic artist professionally since I was 16 years old. Went on to get my Bachelors of Art from NIU. I like to share my Artwork online at and on my own personal website I also have an online shop where you can find more of my "crafty" sorts of things, as well as a random piece of artwork here and there. Oh, and I'm also an occasional contributor to Artomat (

2 thoughts on “inspiration roll

  1. I am so jealous that you get to have Little Big Planet! We have the Wii and it’s not available for that :( It would definitely be right up my alley! My kids and I love MySims, but LBP looks cooler.

    I treasure the styrofoam prints my kids have made. When I know the art teacher is doing that lesson- I always go down to the art room and make a few myself. But none have ever looked as detailed as the ones you shared. They are awesome!

    I think my family is going to do some styrofoam printmaking for Christmas this year ;)

  2. Morning, Robyn. Nice to read your blog on a snowy morning. I love your little character. Maybe I am strange but I totally want that outfit! LOL :)

    Thanks for the link from Craftster! You have really helped me with my recycled art program for the next couple weeks. I once started to collect the styrofoam containers but never followed through with the actual printmaking, but will have to do that a week from Monday.

    The origami balls are beautiful! I would LOVE to do these for the santa’s workshop craft day I am teaching in early December but feel it may be too complicated…. however, I love the idea you have about a tree full of them. And the recycled aspect of using newspaper…

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