In the 1970s， Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt created a set of cards printed with suggestions designed to ？break creative impasses. They were meant to be picked at random when a musician or artist found themselves ‘stuck’ and in need of a shift of view. David Bowie was one of many artists who used them (His well-worn deck， below.)couch cushion covers diy
The roots of the printed deck were cards that Eno hand wrote in a mix of cursive and block handwriting？to use in recording sessions. They drew upon lists of “；ideas we wanted to remember”； that Eno and his collaborator had each collected for years. “；Honor your error as a hidden intention.“；If a thing can be saidgeometric cushion covers， it can be said simply.”； “；Don’；t be frightened to display your talents.”； “；Tape your mouth”；. “；Change the order of things”；…；
Oblique Strategies evolved from me being in a number of working situations when the panic of the situation—particularly in studios—tended to make me quickly forget that there were other ways of working and that there were tangential ways of attacking problems that were in many senses more interesting than the direct head-on approach.
As we looked at photos of Eno’；s original Oblique Strategies at Open Culture， we wondered why not try making our own？ We’；d just picked up some cotton paper message cards at Muji thinking we might use them as business cards. Perhaps THIS is what we bought them for. ？We could use our own insights or some of the various sources of wisdom we have lying around， The I Ching perhaps…；
Ahh Christmas, what a great time of year. Presents, food, merriment…and even decorated trees! If you are in need of some new decorations for either your own tree, or someone’s that you know, this is the place to find it; especially if they have a brilliant sense of humor.
With a name like Canvas Corp it only makes sense we would have a canvas scrapbook layout and Marie shows us how it is done. ?The Canvas Corp offers a range of 12×12 fabrics that are the perfect backdrop for layouts, the sheets?come in a range of fabrics canvas, burlap and denim in a wide range of colors. ?All 12×12 sheets are single sheets of fabric cut to 12 x12 and can be used as they are or cut into any shape or size and perfect for die cutting, sewing, inking, dying, coloring, watercoloring, painting, ?bleaching, misting and more. ?They are natural fabric, so they will react?uniquely with your?supplies, you can add gesso to any of the fabrics to give?them a base when that is helpful. ?You can also paint with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze to?create a resist?before you apply dyes or mists. ?You can also tint?the entire canvas surface with mist to turn it into the color of your choice, make it?ombre,?tie dye or watercolor. ?When dry you may want to iron it flat or leave it just like it is depending on the look you are going for.