Illustrated Books

Literary Witches | A Celebration of Women Writers Wielding Magic Through Words

Literary Witches illustrated by Katy Horan

Vir­ginia Woolf

As Hal­loween bar­rels towards us (and I still don’t have a cos­tume…), there’s one recent­ly released book that is in keep­ing with the spooky month, but won’t scare you; it will make you cel­e­brate the tal­ents of women! Called Lit­er­ary Witch­es, it’s a col­lab­o­ra­tion between writer Taisia Kitaiska­ia and illus­tra­tor Katy Horan (pre­vi­ous­ly). “Lit­er­ary Witch­es came from the idea that to write or cre­ate art is to con­jure,” Katy tells me in an email, “so it fol­lows that female writ­ers are witch­es wield­ing their par­tic­u­lar brand of mag­ick.”

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Embroidery

Optical Illusion Embroidery on Tulle Looks Like It’s Floating in Mid-Air

Tulle Embroidery by Krista Decor

I’m always impressed when I see peo­ple embroi­der­ing on tulle fab­ric. It appears finicky at best—and at worst, unfor­giv­ing of your mis­takes (of which I make many as I sew.) But, the effect pro­duced from tulle embroi­dery is worth it; from a dis­tance, it appears that the image is float­ing. The work of Kate­ri­na Marchenko is a great exam­ple of this.

Anoth­er embroi­dery artist cre­at­ing these stitched illu­sions is known as Krista Decor. Some of her lat­est pieces show­case the visu­al pow­er of this approach. Birds and flow­ers are sus­pend­ed in mid-air and show­case an incred­i­ble amount of lay­ered detail over their buds and wings.

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The start of fall always has me think­ing about the hol­i­days. And I’m sure I’m not alone; mid Octo­ber is the per­fect time to get your plans—and espe­cial­ly gift prepa­ra­tions in order—so you aren’t pray­ing to the mail-order gods that your pack­age will arrive on time.

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Cus­tom hol­i­day cards are part of the fun of the sea­son; they’re a great way to wish the peo­ple you love a bit of cheer as the year comes to a close.  Basic Invite is mak­ing it eas­i­er than ever with their selec­tion of illus­trat­ed cards and near­ly unlim­it­ed col­or options. Their 180 dif­fer­ent hues allow you to con­trol the small­est details of your greet­ings to ensure they’re just how you want. (And don’t for­get about the foil options—they’ve got gold, sil­ver, and rose gold!) Basic Invite has anoth­er neat feature—instant pre­views. Once you select a design, you can change col­or and see how it will look before you get it print­ed.

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Embroidery

15+ Totally Different Embroideries to Inspire You This Weekend

Last Fri­day, it was fun to share some of the sketch­book inspi­ra­tion that I’ve saved using the Insta­gram col­lec­tions fea­ture. Con­tin­u­ing that theme, I’m reveal­ing some of the stitch­es I’ve hoard­ed in my Embroi­dery col­lec­tion. They show­case a vari­ety of approach­es to hoop art—from satin stitch­es to count­less French knots. If you’re plan­ning on grab­bing your nee­dle and thread this week­end, take a look at these embroi­deries before you begin!

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Illustration

Decorative Illustrations of Florals, Fashion, and Friendship by Holly Maguire

Decorative illustration by Hollly Maguire

Illus­tra­tor Hol­ly Maguire cre­ates intri­cate styl­ized por­traits full of col­or, fun fash­ions, and my favorite—flow­ers. Pro­duced using gouache paint, they have a dec­o­ra­tive aes­thet­ic with themes that empha­size tran­quil­i­ty and close friend­ship. Cit­ing the likes of botan­i­cal gar­dens, street fash­ion, and mid-cen­tu­ry children’s illus­tra­tion as influ­ences, she tells love print stu­dio, “I like to use lots of green mixed with bright pops of col­or in my work. I’m very inspired by nature and tex­tiles and I think this comes across a lot in my work too.”

Hol­ly sells her work through her Etsy shop.

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Embroidery

Get Spooky With Exquisite Skeleton Embroideries of Tinycup Needleworks

Skeleton Embroideries by Tinycup Needleworks

Hal­loween is mere weeks away, and it’s time to get spooky. Although it still feels like the sum­mer in Bal­ti­more, the skele­ton embroi­deries of Tiny­cup Needle­works are get­ting me into the spir­it of the sea­son. Britt Hutchin­son is the woman behind these exquis­ite works that have a lot of per­son­al­i­ty; despite being just bones, Britt stitch­es in flow­ers, snakes, fab­u­lous fash­ions, and even bees among their unchang­ing expres­sions.

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Illustrated Books, Painting

Retro-Inspired Book Covers Illustrate Imaginary Titles You’ll Want to Read

Book painting by Anna Hoyle

Illus­tra­tor Anna Hoyle is a col­lec­tor of “words, phras­es, and objects,” and she trans­lates her pas­sion into an ongo­ing series of book paint­ings. But these aren’t ordi­nary texts, though. They are gouache por­traits of fic­ti­tious books with sil­ly names that are inspired by a mid-cen­tu­ry aes­thet­ic. Some resem­ble children’s books of yes­ter­year, while oth­ers are remind me of pro­lif­ic illus­tra­tors and design­ers like Dick Bruna.

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Sketchbooks

15+ Totally Different Sketchbooks to Inspire You This Weekend

I love using the col­lec­tions fea­ture on Insta­gram. It’s how I find (and remem­ber) so much great work, from embroi­dery to illus­tra­tion to ceram­ics. (I total­ly rec­om­mend it.) One of my favorite col­lec­tions is sim­ply titled Sketch­books, and the name says it all—it includes sketch­book pages that I admire. After hoard­ing many favorites, I thought shar­ing them would be nice way to start the week­end and inspire us to go doo­dle or paint in our own books.

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