Mark Khaisman’s Packing Tape Artwork

Ukrainian born mixed media artist Mark Khaisman uses translucent packing tape on Plexiglas panels with a light source behind to create incredible images that have the shadow and depth of large scale paintings. Khaisman uses several layers of tape to give the pieces contrast and thinner stripes of tape to achieve smaller “brush strokes” and utilizes the natural crinkles to create subtle texture as needed. The artist achieves even complex features in the faces of his characters. It’s pretty incredible. The most original use of tape since this.

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Original Crosswords

Original Crosswords PuzzleInstilled in us from birth (practically), our father has always been a cruciverbalist and, consequently, a big fan of Merl Reagle and Will Shortz. Last year, Mike and I began trying our hand at writing crossword puzzles. Below are some of the original puzzles that I’ve written so far. If you like them, let me know. If you have questions, feel free to submit comments and I’d be happy to help you out. The letters to the right of the puzzles are my assessment of their difficulty using The New York Times scale (Monday – Easy, through Sunday – Hard)

>> Easy as Pie (M)
>> Missing “Papa” (T)
>> Good Eets! (M)
>> >Artistic License (F)
>> >In the Biblical Sense? (W)
>> >90s Rock (M)
>> >Sing-Sing (T)
>> >Uncharted Waters (W)
>> >Head Start (F)
>> >Star-crossed (T)
>> >Lab Partners (M)

New York Times Rating System
Monday’s Crosswords Do with Ease
Tuesday’s Crosswords Not a Breeze
Wednesday’s Crosswords Harder Still
Thursday’s Crosswords Take Real Skill
Friday’s Crosswords — You’ve Come This Far…
Saturday’s Crosswords — You’re a Star!

March 24, 2008 — New Puzzle Added! Check out “Easy as Pie” above.
December 31, 2007 — New Puzzle Added! Check out “Missing Papa” above.
September 10, 2007 — New Puzzle Added! Check out “Good Eets!” above.
April 27, 2007 — New Puzzle Added! Check out “Artistic License” above.
March 24, 2007 — New Puzzle Added! Check out “In the Biblical Sense?” above.
March 03, 2007 — New Puzzle Added! Check out “90’s Rock” above.
February 11, 2007 — New Puzzle Added! Check out “Sing-Sing” above.