A long weekend is quickly approaching us here in the US, so if you find you’ve got some extra time, why not try this fun exercise: Use watercolors to dab or brush a spot of paint on the paper and then create a character from it (in pen or pencil). Illustrator Marion Barraud regularly does this to great effect—her doodles are imaginative and delightful. With just a few different flicks of the brush, she’s able to produce diverse monsters with a ton of personality.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you’ll know I have a deep love of face pots. Well, they now have a worthy opponent: haired jars. This delightfully strange classification describes the work of ceramist Laura Bird, who crafts heads sporting stylish hairdos that you then lift to reveal what’s inside. The interiors are glazed with a shiny, clear finish so they’re able to hold liquids. What a fantastic addition these would be to your bar.
Laura sells a variety of ceramics in her Etsy shop, including vases, plates, and small sculptures.
Isa Beniston creates clothing that looks—and I’d imagine must feel—like you’re wearing the page of a sketchbook. The colorful, one of a kind crop tops feature a dizzying surface design that’s a mashup of doodles, portraits, and energetic brush strokes. Seemingly disparate images blend into one cohesive design that is a statement piece for any closet.
Each wearable is an a-line muslin crop top that’s hand painted by Isa. Some are available to purchase through her online shop.
I recently ordered some felt to make a crest banner. As I wait to get started, I’ve been inspired by Hine Mizushima’s recently-completed piece, The Royal Aquarium Souvenir Shop. This impressive pennant features a mixture of 2D and 3D elements, complete musical octopi and a creature crest. It’s colorful, tactile, and completely handmade—what a regal way to honor a place (imaginary or otherwise)!
Check out some of Hine’s work-in-progress shots, below.
1. Alligator Necklace by designosaurYEAH
2. Ceramic Bottle by Mari Bray
3. Boss Lady Enamel Pin by Sally McAdam
4. Handmade Gold Leaf and Leather Cactus Necklace by Benu Made
5. Tiger Print Dress (for toddlers, sadly) by Lola and Stella
6. Black Cat Paw Bowl by Sandra Dieckmann
7. Moth Pin Enamel Pin by Beetle Ink Co.
And this isn’t an illustrated product, but I really love this picture:
(Chunky blanket by Ohhio)
For the past few weeks, Vikki Chu has posted a series of delightful illustrations detailing a young boy’s adventures in the jungle. The intricate compositions feature a myriad of beautiful plant life, but more importantly, they tell colorful stories. Clad in a bright orange shirt, the main character wanders the landscape while observing and snapping photos of all he sees. This curiosity is translated into books and pictures, acting as a reminder to get off your phone and see what the real world has to offer.
If you enjoy Vikki’s exquisite landscapes, check out her Etsy shop for original watercolor paintings!
Another day, another spectacular embroidery! This time, I’m switching gears from abstract hoop art to stitched portraiture. Lisa Smirnova is an artist whose textiles are no stranger to this blog. She’s recently released a fantastic tribute to the Maurice Sendak’s classic story, Where the Wild Things Are, depicting Max in his magnificent costume. Like Max’s ensemble, Lisa’s piece is mesmerizing—a mixture of paint, quilting, and Impressionist-style stitching. Enjoy the details, ya’ll.
I love brightly-colored blooms as much as the next person, but the greens of the forest are equally as pretty. Especially moss—did you know there’s over 12,000 species of this flowerless plant? What variation! How amazing! Emma Mattson pays homage to this organism with a collection of intricate embroideries. Using a variety of textures and shades of green, she creates sculptural hoop art that features a ton of my favorite stitch, the French knot. I love how these pieces look together—hang them all in a group and it’s like you’ve got your own little forest!
Emma sells her embroidery on Etsy… though they don’t last long. Follow her on Instagram for works in progress and upcoming sales.
1. Ceramic Hands by Erin Paisley
2. Bookend Cactus by Design Atelier
3. Alpaca Miniature Figurine by Piccolo Circo
4. Things Will Work Out pin by People I’ve Loved
5. Ring Dish with 22k Gold Bee by Pottery Lodge
6. Whale Tissue Holder by Sparkly Pony
7. Sleepy Eyes Bar Necklace by BlyDesign
Happy Friday, ya’ll! It’s rained every day for 16 days in Baltimore, and I’m ready for a few days of sun. But for now, I’ll let the Things Will Work Out pin give me life.
The beauty of cross stitch can be applied to more than just fabric. Merve Burma is the mastermind behind Grav Grav, a small studio that crafts exquisite rose designs on the front of wooden bags. Made from oak, the embroidered products come in two styles—clutches and purses—and are lined with hand-sewn suede. I love the tactile juxtaposition between the smooth wood and chunky thread. It’s an eye-catching combination tastefully done. (via Meet Me At Mikes)