A while ago, I painted a dragon in the element of water on a baby belly as this mythical creature is the Chinese zodiac of the baby. By now, the little boy is getting a brother or sister and I had the opportunity to turn this into a little zodiac series. The “second one” will be of the Chinese zodiac “Horse” and the element “Wood”, thus we decided to paint a brown horse. See a time-lapse video of the making and some images of the final result below.

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Reverse Geocaching Wedding Gift Box

A while ago, friends of mine got married. Like so often, we tried to come up with some extraordinary cool wedding present. They both enjoy hiking and geo-caching, which inspired us to make the following present. We found an awesome idea online, the reverse geo-caching puzzle. The original description can be found here:

The idea is to give a box to the couple. Inside the box there is a gift (whatever you like to give as a present.) The box itself is locked and has one button and a display. When the button is pressed, the box retrieves its geographical location via a GPS receiver and displays a distance to a checkpoint. The holder of the box has to bring the box to the checkpoint. When the checkpoint is reached, a new distance to another checkpoint is shown on button-press. After reaching a couple of checkpoints, the box opens when carried to the last checkpoint. The tricky thing is that only the distance to the points is shown and no other information like compass points etc. Therefore, the holder of the box has to press the button in different locations and derive the coordinates of the checkpoint from these relative information.

We re-implemented and customized this original idea to give it to our friends. This article describes the making-of, including some documentation of the actual puzzle-solving. This project was done by me and four friends of mine in a truely globally collaborative way. The contributors to the box were located in two different countries, three different cities. We created the box in two different geographical locations and doing collaborative coding and soldering sessions via video conferencing. Only shortly before the actual wedding ceremony, we came together for the final assembly (and some hectic last-minute fixing).


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Steampunk Dragon

I recently did another bodypainting. This time not on a baby belly, but on my friend Mickey‘s back. Colors were my usual Kryolan Aquacolors. This time I experimented a bit with sponges and additionally some eyeliner. It took about two hours and what loosely inspired by this painting I found on

Enjoy a look these photos, taken by Mickey’s husband. My thanks to Mickey for holding still for so long and giving me this opportunity to paint the dragon!

A close-up of the dragon:

The Fishbowl

A couple of days ago, I had another lovely afternoon of bodypainting a baby belly. My friend who has been the “canvas” for the “earth” picture two years ago is currently pregnant with her third child and asked me to create another colorful memory.

This time, it is a fishbowl! See the result and read about the making of later in this post. If you look closely, you can see the cat.

Fishbowl The colorful fishbowl.

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Mail from Turkey

This entry is about an artwork that is not one of my own, but of a friend of mine and fellow artist: Oona Leganovic. Last year, she undertook a long journey through east Europe and Russia. As a gimmick, she sent out self-painted postcard pictures. This is the one she send me, including the letter she wrote.

I am deeply impressed by Oona’s talent and drive as an artist. I was never good with watercolors, which is why her technique impresses me even more. Dear Oona, thank you a lot for this lovely piece of art.