Exploration (2023), Stained Glass (2023)

A pair piece with ‘Stained Glass (2023)’; this colour nude explores exploration. The nude figure is left amazed and astounded by all of the ‘glass’ shards when glancing at a stained glass artwork. There is no gaze- as this work is the nude’s world rather than ours.

Exploration (2023)

Exploration (2023)

When this is paired with ‘Stained Glass (2023)’ it shows that the figure is pacing and exploring to become just like the hero. It is an allegory created of how people wish to be just like others when they should rather be themselves. It points out the human obsession with comparisons and ideals- rather than accepting ourselves for our own traits and personalities.

You can get this colour nude on JPG.store where we sell all of the NFT versions of the collection!

Stained Glass (2023)

Stained Glass (2023) is paired with the piece above to create a story. The nude figure in this work is supposed to exemplify the stereotypical nude hero in heroic/religious stained glass works. But rather than looking at the audience- there is no face; an allegory to icons.

Stained Glass (2023)

The stained glass theme was used here as stained glass is used in religious buildings (in Christianity). Therefore it gives the work a religious or heroic semblance; a work to be admired- and a story to absorb. Therefore, it creates a link between two pieces of the collection to create a new story. Though; what happens next is up for the viewers to decide.

In both these pieces – the color pencil is utilized. I have found it a great material to work with as well as a way to blend colours together and create art. I rarely see colour pencil work in art galleries so I wanted to take up the medium for a project. Hopefully, this helps to bring the medium some light in the institutional sense.

Tabinoyado Japanese Onsen Hot Springs Bath Salts Review

Today we’re doing a Tabinoyado review! They’re simply Japanese Hot Spring onsen bath salts and as usual bath salts are one of my favorite things to review so let’s cut to the chase of each salt sachet inside of the pack!

Tabinoyado review - pink bath salt
its a nice colour but it gets lighter when dispersed. This one smells like lavender.

The pink one () has a rather lavender smell though it’s not too strong the smell does slightly irritate my body. It has a rather relaxing feel a bit like when you use Epsom salts which is quite nice. Though the slight irritation to the fragrance\perfume does put me off a bit.

The orange (yellow packaging) bath salt has the colour of iron Bru and it smells like chalk. I found this one to be the most relaxing and natural. It didn’t really have much of a scent compared to the green and pink salts. It also makes me feel more relaxed too! So that’s definitely a plus!

The green bath salt (with an oddly blue packaging) smelt quite more fragrant. It had a rather Japanese grape candy smell to it. I found it a lot less irritable than the pink bath salts though it did feel strange to bathe in puke green colours. This bath salt made me feel so relaxed and tired after using them and quite relieved my sore back as well!

The white bath salt was moderately okay. I didn’t really like the fragrance of this one, it’s hard to explain but I just didn’t like it. It did relax me like a normal bathsalt without irritation but it just felt like Epsom salt more or less. The smell does, however dissipate quite quickly to my relief.

Overview of the Tabinoyado bath salt review!

To sum up, these bath salts are quite nice – they smell great (not good if you’re not into fragrance or perfume or if it irritates your skin) and they are really relaxing! Most of the times using these I end up feeling tired and happy! They help to make me feel good and it does really feel like spa treatment. Though my only problem with the whole set is the pricing. This sadly just simply has to do with them being a Japanese export and that adds on tariffs etc.

as of writing this article I was using the Kose Clear skin face mask while reviewing this product.

If you’re looking for something more affordable you can use Epsom salts and add scents to them!

Apple Cobbler

I thought about making a non-canned dessert for once and saw apples on the side. This apple cobbler is really delicious and great with ice cream or sorbet in Summer! Especially with a few icy cold drinks!

Tasty!

Preferably for this recipe, self raising flour is recommended though you can opt for plain. If you are using plain flour make sure to use around a teaspoon of baking soda to help it rise up. You can also use toasted flour.

The spices used in this recipe can be changed based on tastesh if you want a more caramelized flavour replace the white sugar with brown Demerara sugar. We used cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice and ginger for the spices.

We used five apples which where quite small and it didn’t entirely fill the pie dish so make sure to use medium or large apples and make sure it fills at least a third of your pie dish. Adding lemon juice to the apples with the sugar and spices helps get the delicious juices out- we keep them in as to not dry the cobbler out.

We also mix in some cinnamon into the topping to make sure that it has a great flavour! You can add allspice into there as well but use a teaspoon as the flavour can be a bit overpowering if we use too much!

Before starting this recipe make sure to preheat the oven to around 180 C fan on! We’ll be leaving the cobbler in the oven for around half an hour.

Apple Cobbler Recipe

Apple Cobbler

Josh N.
A delicious apple cobbler, with many spices and aromas!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4 Persons

Equipment

  • 1 Pie dish

Ingredients
  

Cobbler Topping

  • 60 grams butter
  • 100 grams self raising flour
  • 60 grams sugar
  • 90 ml milk (variable; I slowly pour milk then mix until it's thick enough but not too viscousy! Trust your instincts)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 pinches salt

Cobbler Filling

  • 5 medium apples
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Mix the filling ingredients together in a separate bowl
  • Preheat oven to 180c fan on
  • Mix the topping flour, cinnamon, sugar and butter together until they resemble breadcrumbs
  • Add milk to the mixture until it's thick but not too viscousy.
  • Grease the pie dish with butter then add the filling, then add the topping on top in scoops
  • Place in the oven for around 30 minutes then serve 10 minutes after
Keyword allspice, bake, baking, cobbler

We hope you enjoyed this recipe and make sure to post a comment for feedback and ideas! If you want us to try something on this blog your feedback is heavily welcome! You can explore our YouTube channel to browse a lot of recipes; some of which are not on this blog! Happy baking!

Epsom Salt Elixir Gardens Review

Elixir Gardens Epsom Salt has been quite good for me as I usually have used it to bathe in. I tend to ache quite a bit especially after moving out so it’s kinda helped with all the pains I’ve had. It’s also quite good for plants, in which I used a ratio of 1 litre water to a teaspoon of Epsom salt for my watering can. It has helped my spider web plant (which was kindly given away to me by the open eye gallery).

What I found interesting is that the salt isn’t as big as previous Epsom salts that I have bought prior to this one. It says on the page that these are better for the environment but I’ve not really seen any sources on the page or links to anything that proves that. So take it with a grain of salt really.

Epsom Salt: Is it really worth it?

Some may say it’s a placebo effect but personally I feel like it works for me. Healthline says it hasn’t been studied enough to show health claims so make sure to not take anything from the internet as true. The only way you can really find out if it works is if you try it yourself which I suggest since it feels great in a bath! If you’re looking to help your plants it could be worth a go since it helps increase magnesium in the soil. For bathing I usually just use one to two cups of the salt.

Paprika Pie Pastry Recipe

This paprika shortcrust pie pastry is absolutely delicious! It’s especially useful in savoury pies or any savoury pastry in general! Though you can add any type of spices into this to make it have a much more flavoursome depth to it.

Alternatively, in the recipe you could add water over time as you mix it in to make sure it doesn’t get too wet or too dry.

You can also use this pastry for our quiche, which is absolutely delectable! Or alternatively, you can check out our YouTube channel for many recipes on pastry! We hope you enjoy this recipe!

Paprika Pie Pastry

Paprika Shortcrust Pie Pastry Recipe

Paprika Shortcrust Pie Pastry

Josh N.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Ingredient

Ingredients
  

  • 200 grams plain flour
  • 100 grams butter
  • 2 tbsp paprika powder
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1-2 tbsp water

Instructions
 

  • Cut the butter into cubes then add to a bowl with the flour and paprika.
  • Mix in the butter into the flour until it resembles bread crumbs then add the two egg yolks.
  • Mix the egg yolks until it has been fully mixed.
  • add 1 to two tablespoons of water until the dough is not dry anymore. Knead it for around 5 minutes then place covered in fridge to chill.
Keyword paprika, pie pastry, shortcrust

Japan Egg (Rewriting Easter) (2022)

This is my response to the “Easter Eggs” idea and concept. I have taken and repurposed a box and applied red and black 3-dimensional decoupage to it.

I have taken this approach because I believe that Easter, in fact. It’s a scam! It’s a sham. What you buy an Easter egg is a lifeless ploy from consumerism to make you feel happy that you gifted something to someone.

How much effort does it take to gift something that you bought?

Non.

Easter is lifeless, just like Modern Christmas. Therefore, this COPY ART response is to repurpose this item into a gift with time and thought.

It is an Easter gift intended for my mother, who is Japanese. Red and black are colours I’ve commonly seen when I was in Japan as a child, so I wanted to make something that somewhat resembles Japan to her. This is turning a lifeless gift into a life gift. Unlike cash, its effort, hard work, and time is a currency that cannot be refunded.

Time is worth more than anything money can buy.

Do something else this year- decorate the box. Don’t give a lifeless gift- provide it with life; respond to the person. Turn it into a COPY ART piece! Craft something beautiful and give it to something! Crafts will be revived- it’s time to bring it back full force.

Easter needs to be reborn

As a concept; despite religion- Easter has changed. Easter was traditionally religious- now its religion is in a modern form. It worships consumerism. This art piece (and soon art collection) pursues a response that Easter also must be reborn. Therefore, being reborn as a Crafts movement- to show love and compassion. We can only gift gifts – if they are a personification of our love and time. If not- then what makes it a gift?