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Friday Fashion Passion: Fun & Funky Panties & Undies

Friday Fashion Passion: Fun & Funky Panties & Undies


The great thing about your undies is that they are normally something kept all to yourself. Perhaps you have a fantastic personality yet your job requires you to wear a boring uniform with absolutely no way to fun it up, or is there? Well here's your chance!

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Holy moly, the panties and underwear coming out of creative heads these days are fun, funky and hilarious... and admitedly, sometimes a little gross. I don't recommend googling "men's funny undies" ...needless to say it gets a little, ahem, interesting.

Personally, I think Etsy Seller, FlashYouAndMe really hit the spot for selling fun and funky undies to both women and men with their line of Couples Underwear! For real! Not to mention their imagery really rocks with super character rich illustrations mixed with attractive models full of expression! Take note if you run a fashion accessories etsy shop.

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raindrops | green stars | stripes (aka chocolate bar) | gray (truly yours) | "pertrol green" with turquoise dots | "stars Nr6" (lavender + black stars)

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Charismatic Geometric Photo Booth Backdrops

Charismatic Geometric Photo Booth Backdrops


Photo booths have taken parties to the next level in the last couple of years. They have become an expectation to experience at weddings and most large events. They continue to thrive and outdo each other year after year. What started as classic simple white backdrops with funny props and decent photography, has turned in to colorful looniness on hyper-drive with all sorts of melange in the backdrop.

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While photo booth props seem to stay somewhat the same, the backdrops have gained creativity beyond imagination using anything from balloon arrangements, streamers of all types and measures to amazing use of colorful paper designs. Flowers of all paper and tissue types have been getting replaced by popular geometric inclusions.

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3D triangles (purple, turquoise, orange and yellow) | triangles | geometric (diamond) | triangles (grey, ivory, blush and saffron)pastel, gold and brown 3D triangles | hex green, gold and grey 

Backdrops can be used for so many different things! Not to mention using them for a wedding or special event such as birthday parties, corporate parties or showers, it will certainly boost the socially fun atmosphere while creating fantastically hilarious (usually) memories. Besides using them as an ice-breaker at your next party, many of these designs are just as well suited for bringing a splash to your home decor.

header image source: triangle - gold, aqua, pastel aqua and blush

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Phenomenal Abstract GIF Inspiration of the Talented Mr. Div

Phenomenal Abstract GIF Inspiration of the Talented Mr. Div


Animated GIF's have been trending around the mainstream world wide web in the past year with simpler, more automated tools for the average human to create with. However, artistic phenomenon species such as the talented Mr. Div, have been skillfully crafting works of digital abstracts for years now.

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Mr. Div, aka Matthew DiVito, is a musician, motion graphics designer and aspiring game developer from Boston, Massachusetts. His GIF designs truly grab your attention quickly and hold your gaze for a mesmerizing moment or two... or three... I cant seem to peel my sight from these seemingly simple, yet complex designs.

"There's an aspiration there for a kind of very sharp,very PURE image quality, while people like me want to make things more soft and rough."

~ Matthew DIVito via Twitter @mattdivito aka Mr. Div

Matthew's artwork combines repetitive motion and dimension with incredible patterns and gradient palettes. I can only imagine how cool it would be to see some COLOURlovers patterns and palettes animated! See more of Matthew DiVito's work here on his CargoCollective website or his Tumblr site.

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So what is a GIF? Formally called a Graphics Interchange Format, it is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and caught trend for it's wide support and portability on the world wide web. 

The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colors for each frame. These palette limitations make the GIF format less suitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.

Directly Sourced: Wikipedia.org - "GIF"

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Folk Art & Trends of Today

Folk Art & Trends of Today


Scandinavian design trends have brought on popular demand for folk art in many forms. The attraction in contemporary folk art might relate to the sentimental value with connections to generations past, although folk art was never actually considered a particular art form.

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Antique folk art was considered more a part of cultural trends in ordinary life, sharing community values and expressing lifestyle much like tribal art. An art form mostly based on cultural geography that continues to morph through modern day trends.

While it was never considered a movement in art, it certainly contributed to inspiration and influence for certain artists throughout history. Pablo Picasso for instance, was influenced by African tribal sculptures and masks.

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Crying woman (1937) by Pablo Picasso | Dogon Dancer by Raphael Bick

Folk art has certainly gained a new spin and style by many modern illustrative artists. While many of these artists still seem fairly culturally bound by heritage, it again is not limited culturally and has spread to some degree to many more spaces of the world. The folk styling is much derived from personal tutelage and a portrayal of many different illustrative translations in art.

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Styles like Ashley Percival, certainly portray an inkling of modern mixed with historic and geographic-culteral styles. While artwork amongst his Etsy Shop is largely centered around children's artwork prints, his colorful, unique creations can be seen on clothing, home-ware, decor, stationery, cards, and album covers. Ashley's client list certainly boasts that there is most certainly a place in this world for traditional art in modern product design showing that consumers today value it enough for it to become vastly corporate.

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Recognizable brands such as Ikea, Urban Outfitters and Forever21 certainly speak volumes for what consumers desire in contemporary folk art designs. Ashley Percival is from the UK and has been a freelance illustrator, working professionally since 2010.

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Helen Dardik is another fascinating folk artist! The shapes, the patterns and style cease to amaze me.

I have always seen Folk Art to be such a vintage trend based on things my mom had held on to from her childhood. My earliest, most distinct memory of loving Folk Art is a set of vintage Old Maid cards that were hers when she was a little girl. Ashley Percival and Helen Dardik both remind me so distinctly of those playing cards. Do you have a favorite modern or vintage folk artist?

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Get in Touch with COLOURlovers Roots - Aaron Epstein Interviewed by Mixergy.com

Get in Touch with COLOURlovers Roots - Aaron Epstein Interviewed by Mixergy.com


Recently, Aaron Epstein, Co-founder of COLOURlovers.com was engaged in an exceptional interview on Mixergy.com. Mixergy is a site that shares the wisdom and talents of founders from a multitude of industries. In the interview, you'll learn how Aaron’s ColorSchemer software helped introduce him to Bubs and Chris and how their collective talents collaborated to develop our beautiful community.

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Here’s a great opportunity to hear the history of how COLOURlovers came to be!  I'm about the same age as Aaron, so personally it was kind of fun to listen to his historic timeline of events from his Y Combinator days through his ColorSchemer days and then eventually meeting up with Darius (aka Bubs) and Chris who had started COLOURlovers in 2005.

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Aaron, Chris and Darius officially merged their business scope in 2009, which launched the real core of the community we have today. Watch the interview of read the raw transcript at Mixergy.com

Thanks again to these guys so invested in bringing a resources of color to the online world. When did you join COLOURlovers?

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A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk

A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk


The Steampunk Trend has been building such momentum for some time now. This vintage-modern abstract style garners the marriage between beautiful and sleek with a  mechanical-industrial flare, bordering at times on "trashy" if done wrong. It's a style of opposites meshing to make a fantastical smash to fashion.

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I am so drawn to this ultra creative Steampunk trend, yet I'm not sure what to do with it in my every day life. I want it, but how? As a photographer and creative in general, I find myself meandering (ahem, wasting time) perusing all the steampunk crazed Pinterest boards dreaming up excuses to bring some Steampunk in to my life.

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wedding dresses & jewels | red corset | necklace | globescale braheaddress | watch

What I love about this fun trend is that you can incorporate it in to anything! Visually it's super appealing, so applying it to some of your home decor is easy and simple and is almost an edgy version of "rustic" trends. Jewelry is easy to incorporate in to your every day style. And if you're really looking to make an impression host a Gatsby themed party. I am loving the beautiful dresses adorned in metals for weddings completely decked out in steampunk.

Steampunk takes on a modern twist to historic trends, like the medieval age collided with an industrial era.  Do you love this trend? Is it too gimmicky for you?

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12 Poetic & Quote Worthy Pillow Covers for Your Home

12 Poetic & Quote Worthy Pillow Covers for Your Home


Custom slip covers are all the rage spanning over Pinterest and Etsy these days. The options are endless to disguise your boring old throw pillows in to squishy pieces of art. Methods are not limited to, but include photo transfers, screen printing, hand stitching and simply using sharpies. Aside from using patterns or graphic prints to add artistic whimsy to your couch or bedspread, opt for lettering in the form of quotes or poetry as a great way to punch up any social atmosphere in your home.

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To celebrate National Poetry Month this April, I hope you'll enjoy this brilliant collection of the many slip cover types ranging from poetic classics quoted from the masters to downright amusing lines full of witty emphasis, down to abstract typographic meanderings.

J.R.R. Tolkien | "some feel the rain" | "trust the universe" | yellow & | hang.ry | gray alphabet | wedding song | "silence the mind" | "take me to the sea" | "all you need is love" | "I carry your heart" | Desiderata |

I truly love this trend of adding quotes, poems or words on to your average everyday throw pillows. Using slip-covers, it is an easy thing to switch up for seasonal messages or witty notes when you host.

Community Highlight

There are a number of fun, member-managed wordplay games here on COLOURlovers. One specific group sets up a challenge with palettes combined with HAIKU, we did a feature on it in 2011 here. Check it out!

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A COLOURlovers Renaissance

A COLOURlovers Renaissance


COLOURlovers has been a beautiful international creative clique since its conception in 2008. During its first years, the community thrived as a small island atmosphere; everyone knew everyone at this down-to-earth "local artists cafe." As COLOURlovers was presented to the outside world, it grew by leaps and bounds, and as more people were introduced to this colorful experience, being the community that you are, you opened your arms and welcomed the community’s growth.

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I hike through the mountains of colorful palettes and get lost in the maze of intricate patterns, I see the beauty of these well loved creations synchronized in the gardens of our community, it makes me glow with pride that there are so many who create simply to create. COLOURlovers has always been a place of selfless design. This alone makes me thrilled to announce that we're back!

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The Renaissance: Autodesk + COLOURlovers

As most of you may know, in February of 2014, Autodesk welcomed COLOURlovers, along with our crafty little sister, Creative Market, into their fantastic creative family.

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Autodesk boasts a plethora of professional arts and engineering apps; the two that speak loudest to my creative addictions are Pixlr and Sketchbook. Personally, two of my most proficient skill sets are traditional art and photography. This puts us in a fantastic position to gain more avenues of personal artistic growth!

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Celebrating Community ~ CLAD Turns One!

Celebrating Community ~ CLAD Turns One!


Today we celebrate the first birthday of the all-popular community-run group, COLOURlovers Artist of the Day, better known as CLAD!

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CLAD was a user created idea that was user developed, user loved and is currently user managed -- and massively user adored! Since CLAD's inception exactly a year ago, the group has attracted over 400 members, spawned more than 18,500 patterns and created over 2,500 celebratory 1Lover Palettes.

Today, the CLAD group founder and administrator, Dawn, AKA COLOURlover, American Women, would like to share and celebrate the COLOURlovers community that is CLAD. Take it away Dawn!

Image courtesy by WordofMouse 

Hello COLOURlovers, my name is Dawn DeSimone-otherwise known on COLOURlovers as American Women. Today is CLAD's 1st Birthday!

About a year ago I had a thought. Since then I have committed quite a few thought crimes, but this one in particular was about you, "The Colour Lovers Community". I thought you ALL deserved "one day" to be recognized for your amazing talent, dedication, and commitment to the colour revolution! Just one day for your peers to discover you, celebrate you, and be inspired by you, and so.......

CLAD was born! Each day we randomly select a COLOURlover from the group as our featured artist and encourage other lovers to visit their profile page, explore and love their art, and then use their palettes, colours and templates to create patterns and 1 Lover Palettes in celebration of their work. We then induct them into the Colour Lovers Colours group, better known as CLCL, where we encourage lovers to name a colour in their honor.

At that time, I personally was on my 6th COLOURlovers member identity incarnation and had finally settled on American Women. Ycc2106 was my COLOURlovers idol, friend and now partner in thought crime. She helped take CLAD from forum to group to fun to what it is today. Ycc2106's community efforts are priceless! She is currently on hiatus for "reasons unknown" and with ycc2106 missing the group went on hiatus for a while too... she is deeply missed, yet never forgotten because of people like you who continue the legacy of what CLAD's mission stands for!

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Community Day: A Tribute Project for Sunmeadow & Latest Survey Report

Community Day: A Tribute Project for Sunmeadow & Latest Survey Report


A lot has happened this month already. This week I am going to keep it short and sweet as we have the holiday weekend ahead. This week I'll cover our last survey and a discussion about doing a tribute project for Sunmeadow's family. Thoughts and opinions needed on both subjects.

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Community Survey #3: Results Report

In looking at the last survey responses, it's fun to see how COLOURlovers use the site in different ways be that from your desktop or laptop or mobile device.

We had about a 107 entrants to the survey, double what we've had before - Thanks to everyone who got involved. I will be skipping a survey this week in leu of the Easter weekend and the Moo contest.

I will be accepting open suggestions for the next survey which will be based on Groups. Anything and everything Groups related. So suggest away!

The Sunmeadow Project: A Tribute & Family Gift

As a dark cloud shrouded the COLOURlovers community with the sad news that one of our dearest members had passed away, the mass of ways to show our love, life celebrations and tribute to dear Sunmeadow as a wonderful artist and person, have been happening all over the site. It's touching to see everyone surround her passing with such compassion and devotion.

Suggestions have been coming my way to put together a physical tribute for her family. The best suggestion came from, Penina of the COLOURlovers on Spoonflower Group - a book (possibly a Blurb-style book).

This book would include her works of art on COLOURlovers, but I also thought it might be nice to also include notes of tribute from her fellow community members and closest friends on COLOURlovers as her father had expressed an interest in being able to come back and read through all the wonderful things members had to say about her.

Tribute submitted by COLOURlover hana* located on page 2 in the APC Group Tribute to Sunmeadow

The COLOURlovers Team is in support of a project we could gift to her family as a colorful piece of Sunmeadows artistic expression on COLOURlovers.com.

Will any other members in addition to Penina, be willing to assist in organizing this project? With over 6,000 palettes, 10,000 colors and close to 800 templates it will be quite the undertaking to filter through what to include and in what order.

I am also up for alternate  suggestions for a tribute piece. A quilt has crossed my mind, but I think a book would certainly be able to fully encompass all her beautiful works and messages of love and support by members. Thoughts?

Another wonderful tribute piece of Sun's palettes by COLOURlover, hana* in the APC group on page 3

Sunmeadow was such an intensely defined COLOURlover that the reality of her loss was so great to many who knew her well and even to those who did not. Let's give the gift that Sun gave us, to her family to cherish and treasure as well.

*Sunmeadows wonderful works of art and account will remain online.

Group Tributes List to Sunmeadow

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A tribute in Artist Palette Challenge (APC) - One of Sun's groups, now administered by WordofMouse.

FFP - SUNMEADOW, a tribute in the Freeze Frame Project Group administered by Gasp365.

Sunmeadow was honored in the March 2012 Remembrances, in the Remembrance Group administered by ketisse.

Sunmeadow Memorial HPP in the Haiku Palettes & Poetic Patterns dedicated to the memory of Sunmeadow, also administered by ketisse.

Sunmeadow Fields, a tribute section in The Anythings Group administered by American Women.

And lastly, a look back at Sunmeadows moment as CLAD (COLOURlovers Artist of the Day Group), also administered by American Women.

*Please let me know if I missed any.

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