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Becky Margraf Explores Felt Faces in a Delightful 100 Day Project

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

I’m envi­ous of those who com­plete 100 day (or longer) projects. Stick­ing with some­thing for more than a week is both impres­sive and pro­vides a valu­able oppor­tu­ni­ty to real­ly explore a theme—to pick it apart, bit by bit, and take it to weird and won­der­ful places. For 76 days (and count­ing!), craft dab­bler and mon­ster enthu­si­ast Becky Mar­graf has cre­at­ed tiny faces out of of felt. Apt­ly-called Felt Faces, she pro­duces a dai­ly por­trait that’s sim­i­lar yet dif­fer­ent; each fol­lows the same square por­trait for­mat and is affixed with the same beady eyes.

Through­out the two-plus months she’s embarked on this project, Becky has cre­at­ed a vari­ety of char­ac­ters. Some are fuzzy, oth­ers scat­tered, and one is a win­dow. Each has its own charms and fits neat­ly into the palm of your hand. Once Felt Faces is com­plete, Becky will sell them through her Etsy shop. But for now, enjoy see­ing them on her Insta­gram!

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf

Felt Face by Becky Margraf
1 Year of Stitches, Embroidery

A “One Year of Stitches” Project as Seen Through One Embroiderer’s Hoop

1 Year of Stitches project by Michelle Anais Beaulieu-Morgan

Last week, I pre­sent­ed a chal­lenge for 2017, and I’m hop­ing you’ll join me! The project is called 1 Year of Stitch­es, and it’s a 365-day project in which you fill a hoop (or two) with a crazy amount of col­ors, pat­terns, and stitch­es. 1 Year of Stitch­es is the brain­child of Han­nah Claire Somerville, who has invit­ed any­one inter­est­ed to join in this impres­sive endeav­or. Inspired by her work, Michelle Anais Beaulieu-Mor­gan embarked on this craft jour­ney in mid-2016. Now, she’s about halfway through (you can start at any time of the year).

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Sketchbook Transformed in 100 Days as a Delightful Catalog of Pattern

Samantha Russo sketchbook

I’ve writ­ten here before about my pen­chant for 100 days projects, and artist Saman­tha Rus­so has recent­ly com­plet­ed one that’s full of col­or and pattern—plus, it’s all con­tained in her sketch­book. Page after page, she uses paint, mark­ers, and pas­tels to cre­ate vibrant abstract com­po­si­tions that exper­i­ment with scale and tex­ture.

If you’re look­ing for a project to start 2017 (or fin­ish 2016), this seems like a good one. It makes you focus on play, and I’m sure that ele­ments from these pages will be incor­po­rat­ed into Samantha’s work some­how.

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook

Samantha Russo sketchbook
Embroidery

Kate Keara Pelen Crocheted One Pot a Day for 365 Days

Kate Keara Pelen

If you’re a long-time read­er to this blog, you might know how much I love dai­ly art projects like #The100­DayPro­ject. I’m enthralled by the process and the lessons learned when you’re forced to make some­thing every­day. Artist Kate Keara Pelen (pre­vi­ous­ly) recent­ly com­plet­ed this type of endeav­or with her One Pot Per Day series. “Every day in 2015, I pro­duced one soft hand-made ves­sel using sim­ple cro­chet tech­niques,” she wrote to me in an email. “This project came out of the desire to find a man­age­able way of sus­tain­ing a com­mit­ment to my artis­tic out­put dur­ing a peri­od when exten­sive time in the stu­dio was not pos­si­ble.” As some­one who finds embroi­der­ing calm­ing, I can imag­ine that this project would con­tribute to a men­tal well-being, too.

As a group, the sheer num­ber of pots are very impres­sive. Indi­vid­u­al­ly, each has unique char­ac­ter­is­tics, mak­ing them fun to study. Some are tall with long necks, while oth­ers are short with a shal­low open­ing. Kate worked with a vari­ety of col­ors and types of yarn, which makes some ves­sels appear soft and oth­ers rigid.

Now that the col­lec­tion is com­plete, the pots are going on tour. Lat­er this month, it’ll be Col­la­tion of Craft in Lon­don.

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Kate Keara Pelen

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Illustration

Victoria Fernandez Illustrated 30 Days of Colorful Cats

Victoria Fernandez

I’ve spoke of dai­ly, short-term projects before—like #100­daysof­pa­per­cutz by Melis­sa McFeeters. You can learn a lot from explor­ing a sin­gle top­ic for a set num­ber of days. In this same vein, illus­tra­tor Vic­to­ria Fer­nan­dez suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed #30daysof­cats. Each day, she would cre­ate a cat-themed art­work and post it on her Insta­gram. Some are cute, oth­ers are sad, but all are done in Victoria’s bold, vin­tage-inspired style.

The result was a beau­ti­ful and inter­est­ing expe­ri­ence,” she writes on her web­site, “not only due to the illus­tra­tions I pro­duced, but also due to the unex­pect­ed par­tic­i­pa­tion and sup­port of so many peo­ple rein­forc­ing the project.” She end­ed up com­plet­ing #30daysof­dogs afterwards—this one a com­mis­sioned gig by La Guia del Per­ro, a Span­ish guide for dog own­ers.

Here are some of my favorite cats. You can buy Victoria’s book of them in her Etsy shop. Meow!

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Illustration, Paper Craft

Melissa McFeeters Created 100+ Delightful Cut Paper Illustrations in 4 Months

Melissa McFeeters

Illus­tra­tor Melis­sa McFeeters par­tic­i­pat­ed in The Great Discontent’s 100 Day Project with her own, called #100­daysof­pa­per­cutz. The Insta­gram-based series fea­tures a myr­i­ad of sub­ject mat­ters, includ­ing plants, ani­mals, land­scapes, and of course, piz­za. Her cut outs, with their sub­tle tex­ture and three-dimen­sion­al­i­ty, are total­ly delight­ful. Viewed togeth­er, they show­case the poten­tial these projects have—not only can won­der­ful art­work be pro­duced, but valu­able cre­ative lessons can come from work­ing on some­thing every day for 3+ months.

After com­plet­ing her 100 Day Project, Melis­sa has con­tin­ued to cre­ate paper illus­tra­tions. For Octo­ber, she cre­at­ed some awe­some spooky com­po­si­tions in #31daysof­pa­per­creepz. I’ve includ­ed a few of them here, too. (H/T Lau­rent Hry­byk)

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Lately & Liked

Guest Post: It’s Monday Again by Team Confetti

I’m real­ly excit­ed about today’s post. Instead of being writ­ten by me, Meike of the won­der­ful blog Team Con­fet­ti has brought her series It’s Mon­day Again to Brown Paper Bag. So feast your eyes on some beau­ti­ful images to start off the week.

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Hmmmm, so good! Photo via: Oh Joy

Yum­mm, so good! Via: Oh Joy

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Cute little wallpaper. Photo via: Kate Zaremba

Cute lit­tle wall­pa­per. Via: Kate Zarem­ba

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Beautiful, soft and yet powerful images. via Fede Saenz

Beau­ti­ful, soft and yet pow­er­ful images. Via Fede Saenz

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From tow­er to water tow­er, beau­ti­ful trans­for­ma­tion! Water­tow­er St. Jan­skloost­er — Zecc archi­tects

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