Halloween in the USA is different than Halloween in any other country around the world. We have taken the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain and turned it into a consumer-driven, costume-covered, candy-greedy holiday. It is tons of fun!

The Gini's Magic Shop features a large variety of items with this Halloween spider design and many other designs that I've created. The shop includes items that are highly customizable, available in all different colors and styles, and purchased products almost always ship within 24 hours.

Please come for a visit and add to your Halloween collection!

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NeverEnding Designs, a New Part of Gini's Magic

Posted by Gini | Wednesday, August 13, 20140 comments |

I'd like to tell you guys about my newest venture, NeverEnding Designs. I've always been an artist in one way or another, but none of those ways involved drawing. Until that is, I picked up a pen and tried. Anyone reading ever said the words "I can't draw"? Well, I was one of you. I also never thought I'd be able to make jewelry. But as it turns out, not being able to do something is not the same as never putting in any real effort.


Yeah. That's me. Wearing a wire wrapped crown that I made. And that pretty blue, black and white cricle? I drew that. Kinda awesome, right? I don't mean to toot my own horn, but sometimes I look at everything I'm creating and I can't believe that I made them. I truly never thought I was capable of something so great. But something I've learned lately is that everyone is capable of greatness. We just need to push ourselves until we achieve it, and once we do we can't be afraid to share it.

So that's what I'm doing- I'm sharing my little bit of greatness with you. My hope is that it inspires you to find your greatness. It's in there. I promise.

Please take a look at my wire wrapped jewelry, crowns, and drawings and tell me what you think! And, hey, if you feel like buying something, I'm not going to stop you! ;)

P.S.- A coupon code for my Gini's Magic fans! Enter GiniFan10 at checkout for 10% off anything in my shop. Thanks!

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Original Beautiful Whimsy Doodle Art Illustration

70.00 USD, by NeverEndingShop

This is an original pen and marker Illustration on 9"x12" watercolor paper. It is one of the very first drawings I ever did of its kind.

The first picture featured above shows the entire drawing, while the others show close-up details. The watermark you see is for display purposes only. It is not on the actual drawing.

This piece of whimsical art is signed and dated on the back.
 Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think! =)

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Help Me Light the Light Bulb!

Posted by Gini | Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | 0 comments |

light bulbOkay guys, guess what? I have writers block! Help!!!

I know, I know; it happens to everyone and it will pass. But until then, I'm having a hard time coming up with Photoshop tutorial ideas.

So now I'm counting on you to provide me with a little reader participation! If you have any ideas for tutorials that you'd like me to write, please leave it for me in a comment.

If I choose your idea and you have a website or blog of your own, I'll give you credit for the concept and a link to your website at the top of the tutorial once I post it. Sounds like a fair deal, right? I get an idea, you get a link. Now get to thinkin'!

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Original Handpainted Abstract Whimsical Swrils Doodle Painting on Canvas

130.00 USD, by NeverEndingShop

This is the first painting I've ever completed on canvas, and I'm so happy with how it came out!

This is a mixed-media painting on an 8x10" cotton canvas. The background is a mixture of white and light purple while the foreground is entirely black. This abstract doodle painting features everything from swirls to flowers to dots. The canvas is
signed and dated on the back.

 Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think! =)

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A few months ago I ventured for the first time into the world of mixed media art in order to create something unique as a birthday present for one of my best friends. I think I'm in love! I had so much fun on this project. It was pure creative freedom! I ran around my apartment from one corner to another like a spinning top bouncing off four walls, gathering every piece of material I could find to include in my painting. Keys, buttons, hair pieces, silk flowers, plastic leaves, beads, wire, lace, gears, broaches, earrings, chains, gems. Anything I could find that would provide texture and represent parts of me that I was willing to part with was included in this painting.

My friend and I had been talking about all the different roads in front of us, the paths we were choosing between, so I thought "possibilities" would be a good theme. I decided I wanted the painting to be fairly dark over all, but with bright glimmers of light shining through. Each highlight would represent one of the possibilities that have presented themselves to us.

To start on my mixed media collage, I began with a blank canvas that I layered with fabrics to give it texture. I grabbed some lace and lined the bottom before taking some dryer sheets and mod podge and stared gluing it all to the canvas. I made sure to scrunch up the dryer sheets as I was mod podging away, which gave me the background texture I wanted. I let that dry while I scoured my apartment for items to add to the collage.Unfortunately I didn't think about taking photos until I was a good way into this  project so the earliest photo I have is after quite a few items had already been glued down. Forgive me!

I chose a spot about 2/3 the way down the canvas and placed a piece of laminated card-stock I had, planning to write a quote about possibilities which would be the focal point of the collage. I eventually decided to change it from a quote to simply say "possibilities", but that was a bit later.  Then I just started gluing down tons of stuff! Since most of the objects were heavier than paper, I used hot glue for this part.

As you can see, at this point the whole thing just kind of looks like a mess of random stuff. It wasn't until I white-washed everything with slightly watered down white acrylic paint to make it more uniform that the painting really started to pull together. At this point, I wasn't sure yet what overall color it would be so I thought white would be a good place to start. As I was painting, I also started adding in more bits of quilled paper. See those little swirly things all over the place in the photo above? Those are quilled strips of paper. If you don't know about quilled art, check it out, because it is amazing!

 After lightening everything up, I darkened everything. This painting went through extreme color changes several times before I settled on a brown and gold color scheme. But that's okay! There are no rules with mixed media art. In fact, every layer of paint just added more fun texture. I started by painting all but the approximate center of the canvas a very dark brown. I wanted to create a glowy look coming from the area where "possibilities" would eventually be, so I figured I'd paint layer by layer, lightening as I got closer to it. I was working entirely with acrylic paint, but if you have spray paints, that would have been a much easier way to get a glow. I was on a time crunch, so I worked with what a I had.

I decided the brown I was using was a good base, but way too dark as an overall cover, so I started adding some reddish purple and some yellow paint into the brown in order to start lightening some of the areas I wanted be be the medium tones in the painting. Doing this made the 3D nature of the collage really start coming out. After that, I added some of the brown to gold paint to start on the highlights. The farther from the base of the canvas the surface was, more highlighted it was. Hello, 3D collage!

See that diagonal grid in the background of the painting to the lower left? Mesh from a grocery store that was protecting some mangoes in my kitchen.

 Once I had shadows, medium tones, and highlights, it was time to create the serious glow I that mentioned earlier. I wanted the light of possibilities to shine through the darkness. After adding more and more gold toward the focal point and I transitioned to a cream color. Then I watered down my shimmery gold paint and went over absolutely everything. This is where I could truly see the final product was coming together. 

After continually adding more gold highlights where ever I felt like, I lightened up the center a bit more more to give the effect that the light would eventually reach even the farthest corners of the painting.

Finally came the most difficult part of this entire project. Painting the word "Possibilities". This seriously was by far the hardest part because I have messy handwriting and I really wanted it to look elegant. Fortunately, knowing myself as I do, I realized how difficult it would be, so I practiced it on paper a bunch of times before ultimately painting it onto the canvas.

Voila! My very first mixed media painting. Overall, I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and I can't wait to try another one. After my mom saw this in person,she gave me a 2ft wide circular mirror to work with. Fun!!!

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Original Tiger Drawing Whimsical Art Doodle Illustration

 by NeverEndingShop

This is an original pen and marker Illustration on 9"x12" watercolor paper depicting a very unique tiger drawing.

Don't worry if you couldn't see him at first, he's a little shy. =)

This tiger drawing was my first attempt at drawing any type of face as the base of one of my doodle drawings. I'm very happy with how it came out, and I hope that you will be too.

The first picture featured above shows the entire drawing, while the others show close-up details. The watermark you see is for display purposes only. It is not on the actual drawing.

This piece of whimsical art is signed and dated on the back.
Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think! =)

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Trash Art ForevertronLet's explore one of the greatest ways to create art today - and the most environmentally friendly. Here are ten examples of the generation of green artists, how they do what they do, and where you can find more of their very impressive displays.

Before getting into the amazing artists who recycle products into artwork, I need to explain why I feel this article and this art form is so very important. I urge all of my readers to visit "Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait" by Photographer/Artist Chris Jordan. Using visual examples, Jordan shows us the immense waste that we in the United States provide to Mother Earth in a way that is impossible to ignore.

Trash Art Chris Jordan
Mary Ann Cruse is a very inspiring woman who has been crocheting plastic bags into beautiful hats for the past 3 years. Using 30-90 bags to make up every hat, each is a unique style and color, inspired by fashions as early as the 1920s. Soon she plans to donate many of her hats to St. Jude's Research Hospital where they will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to the hospital. Please read more about Ms. Cruse at KFVS12 News Network.

Trash Art Hats
What to Do With Plastic Bags is a blog showing many things you can create with plastic bags. Hats, purses, dresses, tube tops, rugs; you name it, it's shown here. The blogger, Cristen, displays her own work along with other people's projects and photos of classes she has given on plastic bag crocheting.

Trash Art Purse
Apparently, the subway can be used to inflate things. Who knew? Joshua Allen Harris, who has become quite well known for his street art, takes full advantage of this fact in his very innovative inflatable trash bag sculptures.

Tim Noble and Sue Webster's displays are, in my opinion, truly incredible. Their amazing trash sculptures look cool enough on their own; but take a look at the shadows that those sculptures create, and you will be totally blown away. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find an official gallery for these artists, but Think or Thwim and Deitch both show great collections of Noble and Webster's works.

Shadow Trash Art
I've never seen a sculpture made of woven recyclables before, but that's exactly what was done at the Eden Project in the UK, and by artist Tone Holmen in a completely separate piece. Both of these polar bear sculptures are made of plastic bags. Notice the differences between the two styles; the sculpture made at the Eden Project is clearly woven together creating a smooth texture, while Holmen's representation is made in a way that gives the illusion of fur. Also, make sure you look at the peacock sculpture in Holmen's gallery. So cool.

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Talk about clever and innovative, Web Urbanist's awesome article, Green and Geeky Adaptive Reuse Design Projects, features a collection of totally unique furnishings created by all kinds of reused materials including tables made of bike tires, chairs of aluminum cans, bath tub love seats, shopping cart chairs, and a chandelier made of disposable pens.

Trash Art furniture
Visit Dr. Evermore's Scrap Metal Sculpture: Forevertron to enter a world that is fantastic and real at the same time. Take a look at the space capsule, three-headed cats, and the band of birds made of horn instruments. Forevertron is just one of many surreal work's by this artist. Featuring an eclectic collection of scrap metal from centuries past to absolutely modern. Don't bother running from the giant spider. If you've seen it, I'm thinking it'll get you no matter how fast you move.

Trash Art Forevertron
Carl Rankin creates model airplanes from pieces of trash. To make each plane, he uses plastic wrap, straws, Styrofoam take-out boxes, and more. Oh yeah; and they fly too. Watch Xeni Jardin's interview with Rankin below and don't forget to check out Flying Puppets.

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