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Check Out These Gorgeous Little Floating Worlds Inside Test Tubes!

Dutch artist Rosa de Jong is a master of tiny sculptures. How tiny, you ask? Tiny enough to fit into a test tube!

Have you ever seen those delicate little ships in bottles or terrariums with dainty plants inside them? If you’re into that sort of thing, you’ll definitely love the work of this artist who excels at depicting artworks within test tubes!

For her series Micro Matter, Dutch artist Rosa de Jong creates tiny floating worlds inside test tubes. Her pieces are made up of a variety of materials like sticks her pet cat brought in, rocks from the Caribbean, sand from the Monument Valley, and so many others. She carefully cuts, glues, paints, and sculpts these tiny vertical scenes that look deceptively realistic and whimsical at the same time.

The painstaking process of sculpting a world that fits in the palm of your hand.

Micro Matter 1

Source: Rosa de Jong
The tools of the trade: tiny brushes, toothpicks, cutters, and of course, the trusty tweezers.

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Gravity defying artworks that can fit in a dollar bill.

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Source: Rosa de Jong
The level of detail in each piece is astounding!

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Source: Rosa de Jong
You can imagine a miniscule creature living in one of these dwellings.

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Source: Rosa de Jong
Their glass casing gives of the illusion that these scenes are floating in their own secluded piece of the sky.

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Source: Rosa de Jong
A little world right at your fingertips.

Micro Matter 7

Source: Rosa de Jong
Some of her sculptures not only show the surface, but also what’s underneath. This gives some of her pieces the illusion that they’re growing upwards and downwards at the same time.

Micro Matter 8

Source: Rosa de Jong
A minimalist skyscraper up in the clouds.

Micro Matter 9

Source: Rosa de Jong
Trees are some of the most prominent subjects in her artworks, and she never neglects to put in the roots beneath the surface.

Micro Matter 10

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The artist’s workspace.

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Source: Rosa de Jong

Rosa de Jong is based in Amsterdam. She has created numerous other collections and artworks, which can all be found on her site at www.byrosa.nl Check out some of her other artworks!

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Ever Wondered What All That Graffiti Says? This Guy Has Finally Translated It For Us!

Whether you think they’re eyesores or works of art, you can’t help but be curious about what they actually mean.

Graffiti in the city is as ubiquitous as cats in a crazy cat lady's house. Whether it's spray paint, sharpies, or even etchings on paint, graffiti is all over the place! The only problem with this is that while we know it's there, we hardly ever know what these squiggles mean. Sometimes we can decipher an "s" or a "p" if we're imaginative enough. And while some of these might not make sense to most of us who aren't in on the whole "tagging" lingo, there are still those who are pretty curious. Luckily, we have this guy.

Mathieu Tremblin is a French artist who began working with site-specific urban inventions, graffiti culture, and branding used in publications, installations, photography, and video. He was inspired by the anonymous, autonomous, and spontaneous practices and expressions in the urban landscape, and this prompted him to act as a sort of "translator" for us who are mildly curious about the scribbles on the walls.

Here are some of his enlightening, if not mildly hilarious translations. You might notice that without the typical "graffiti" font, people are basically just writing random words and maybe street names. Who knew?

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20 of The Coolest Wedding Invitations Ever

Some awesome ideas in case you’re getting married soon!

I once heard a soon-to-be-married woman tell me that she and her partner are not planning on spending big on their wedding invitations because people “just throw them away anyway.”

While it is a good idea to save on wedding expenses, I disagree that invitations should be treated as an afterthought. Besides, invitations set the tone of what people can expect on your life’s biggest event. Sure, their main purpose is to inform everyone about the date and venue of your wedding but if done right, it can also help build excitement and anticipation among your guests.

Case in point, the wedding invitations you will see below are definitely not the crappy ones that will go “straight to the trash can,” as my friend tells me. In fact, you will likely keep them and display them – or even eat them, in some cases.

Check out this collection of creative wedding invitations and prepare to be blown away by their sheer awesomeness:...

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You Can Now Pay To Sleep For A Night In Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles!

Would you like to experience sleeping in Vincent van Gogh’s ‘bedroom?’

If you've ever wanted to be able to sleep in an 'artsy' room, then this place just might be what you are looking for - because what could be more artsy than being in Van Gogh's painting?

The Art Institute of Chicago has recreated a full-size version of the famous Vincent van Gogh painting, Bedroom in Arles, one of the artist's best known paintings and one of his personal favorites.

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The room is the exact replica of Van Gogh's painting, as demonstrated by the striking colors and unique perspective of the towel hanging on a hook,the clothes and hat by the bed, and the jugs on the side table. It even has the same wooden floor in colors like the ones in the painting. ...

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