Skateboard Deck // Cartoon Mountain

Adventure Time Mountain I finally have some new custom art to share with you all! It has been a while. I was busy focusing on school and other projects like canvas and guitar pickguards, and haven't had a custom deck to work on since March. But now I have this super playful one to share with you, enjoy! P.S. This one's headed out to Australia...so excited to be sending these out internationally!!

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This client wanted this deck as a gift for her boyfriend. She had a lot of various components she wanted to incorporate into the board, and it was important that I worked them into a cohesive composition. I approached this piece the same way I approached this past deck. Since one of the client's big ideas was to have the Nightmare Before Christmas Jack and the Adventure Time characters snowboarding, I decided to do a mountain scene and then do my best to tie in the other elements.

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Another request was to have a sloth with a gangster chain reading "Sloth Life." I incorporated this humorous element into the scene by hanging him from a tree that was in the background.

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Another little touch was the client's request for Fireball to be held by Jack Skellington while he snowboarded. I threw that in, but also didn't want it to be a lone element, so I had some buried in the snow at the base of the mountain as if it was waiting for Jack at the end of his run.

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Along the way, it is somehow become a tradition that I always take one photo of a finished deck. At first it was an accident, but when I noticed it happening after the completion of a few decks, I decided to continue. It is a fun way to see where I was at the time each one was painted and what I was wearing at the time.

Thank you so much for checking out my work! If you are interested in a custom deck, check out my listing for one. You can also check out any of the deck designs in my Etsy shop, or any of my past art.

Room Tour // California Edition

DSC_1125 Something I worked hard on all year was decorating my space. At school I lived in a house with 4 of my friends, and had my own room. If you know me, I have a need to make everything around me designed. Adding color and art to my room keeps me sane. I have since moved out of this room because I'll be abroad next year, but was sure to snap some photos throughout the year. I hope you enjoy my space and all of my DIY enhancements!

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This shelf was a leftover display piece from Anthropologie. When my internship ended, I took it home and added a coat of red paint to make it pop on the white walls. It held my architecture books, special photos, DIY Gold Skull, and bone paintings, which are available here

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This piece is another one of my personal paintings. Like it? Make it your own!

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This DIY Pegboard Organizer added an industrial touch to the room, made out of scraps from my school's wood shop. Make your own!

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This DIY Crate Table was one of the final changes I made to my room. It helped me get organized by creating a place for my camera equipment and a spot to drop my keys when I walked in the door. Not to mention, the perfect place to store my records and record player so I could jam out! Check out the tutorial!

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My favorite part of my room was hanging up my skateboard art and continuously working on them throughout the year. This wall was ever-changing as I sold art and got new commissions. Pictured: Skull Coffin Deck, Coalition Ribcage Deck

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A final small moment in my room, one of my favorite records and this DIY studded beanie. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqZWWw4a6Es&w=560&h=315]

Thank you so much for checking out my little space! Soon I will be sharing my room at home because I recently cleared some old things out and spruced it up! See you tomorrow, x.

5 Unique Uses for Zip Ties

zip-ties Last night I was looking around at my room and realized I have put a few zip ties to good use! This challenged me to think up a couple more to share with you because I think they're a great tool that you may not utilize. Now for the tips!

IMG_2770 1. Hang skateboards.

Hanging a skateboard poses a difficult problem because there isn't a way to attach a hook to the board without damaging it. However, the holes (normally used for adding trucks and wheels) are perfect when you have a zip tie on hand. Just slide a tie through the front holes, attach in the back, and hang on a nail in the wall!

IMG_2771 2. Fix a broken purse.

I have to give credit to Jake for this one. The strap on my bag broke while he was in town, and this was his solution. I recommend putting some tape over the end of the zip tie after cutting it to prevent scratching yourself (I learned this the hard way...)

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This one is pretty self explanatory but is useful when you're in need of a quick solution.

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This one is good for little hands. Remember when you were a kid and would hold markers together to make a cool drawing? Zip ties hold them together tight, making it easier to draw.

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Probably the most common use for zip ties, but the most useful. The cords on my handmade chandelier are pretty long, so some small zip ties attached every couple feet keeps them safe and out of the way.

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And finally a little bonus use! Earlier in the school year one of the fifth year architecture studios at my school created this amazing installation out of zip ties to hold their thesis research books. It was the talk of the school and ended up on a bunch of design websites. (image c/o suckerpunch.com)

I hope you've found a unique way to use zip ties in your own life! If I missed any, share your favorites with me below!

Have a great weekend! x, Paige

ART_Tropical Pomeranian Skateboard Deck

DSC_1235jpg I have yet another skateboard for you today! This was commissioned board that I did for a friend to give to her boyfriend. It was a pretty unique request, blue tropical flowers with a running pomeranian and their anniversary in "thug" font.

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I wanted to include this photo when just the background was finished, because I really liked how it turned out.

I also made another process video because I think it's a cool addition to the photos, so check it out or see more photos below!

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If you are interested in a custom skate deck or purchasing any of my art, you can check out my Etsy shop or see any of my past work here. Thanks for checking out my work!