In college, I took a figure drawing class. Yes. It was the one where nude models pose and everyone giggles for the first half hour of the lesson. Myself included. Not the most creative artwork form, but challenging for me. What I learned from this course, besides that there are some people that I do not need to see naked, was that I lack any sort of drawing ability.

My canvas was littered with stick figures.

But then, I had some inspiration in the oddest of places, Ripleys Believe it or Not in San Antonio, Texas. Here artists make creative artwork using unique techniques. And I believe it.

I am creative, maybe I could make a masterpiece out of my laundry lint? 

This replica of Boticelli’s “Birth of Venus” was created with a toaster and 66 pieces of ordinary white bread. I am certain it can be duplicated with the leftover fuzzies from my white and tan laundry.
Creative Artwork made with toast

Has Elvis ever looked so good? The King on the Wing was created by Enrique Ramos and made purely with butterfly wings. Not an ounce of paint.
Creative artwork made with butterfly wings

Enrique also made the infamous Cow-A-Lung-A portrait painted on…you guessed it…cow dung. I hope he wore gloves.

Mr. Ramos is a very creative artowork type of guy, because he didn’t stop there. He went on to make a gum statue of Abraham Lincoln using only Chlorets. Not a good goal for someone with TMJ.
Cow dung artwork gum statue by enrique ramos

There was an impressive display of a dozen or so beautifully painted butterflies. Each depicted a different scene and the detail was flawless.

I might be able to accomplish this if it came in a paint-by-number kit.
Painting on Butterfly Wings

James Butman composed “Girl in a Bird’s Nest” with 5,000 postage stamps. It was part of his therapy for agoraphobia, the fear of public places. It is only one of his 22 postage collage art works purchased by Ripleys for $30,000.

I once made a collage vision board out of magazines and completed a semi-impressive mosaic tile plaque. Maybe I have a shot at the postage stamp form of creative artwork.
Postage Stamp Artwork by James Butman Postage Stamp Artwork by James Butman

After spending too many minutes contemplating the meaning of the artwork I saw, I needed to rest my mind and feet. The Cuban Eye Popper offered me a seat, which I graciously accepted.

My husband said we could be related.
Annette White with Cuban Eye Popper

Can you imagine making a creative artwork piece like the ones above? Which piece of artwork would you want in your home?

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