One of my favorite things about Instagram is when illustrators share their work in progress. I love seeing the process! Amber Davenport, a self-proclaimed “pattern lover,” shares her paintings in the midst of being created—including the her current palette. The acrylic pigment is used in busy jungle illustrations featuring loads of florals and creature friends. Their dizzying combination of color and painted texture makes them a joy to look at and begs you to spend some time with them.
It’s the final stop on my unofficial “Instagram tour” that highlights some of my favorite feeds worth your follow. So far, I’ve highlighted paper artists, illustrators, embroidery artists, and sketchbooks that are inspire me—and others—with their incredible artistry. Last but not least, I’m chronicling some of the best ceramic artists on Instagram.
Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve shared over 30 of my favorite Instagram feeds from some of my must-follow creatives. Through embroidery artists, illustrators, and sketchbook keepers, it’s so easy to be inspired by simply turning on your phone.
In one of the final stops of our tour, I’ve selected 10 of the best paper artists on Instagram. They each have their own way of working and turning the 2D material into spectacular 3D sculptures.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shared inspiring illustrators and some of the best sketchbooks to follow on Instagram. Continuing this tour of my favorite feeds, here are 11 embroidery artists who fill my timeline with beautiful stitching.
The chosen embroiderers will make you a better stitcher by following them. From beautiful interior scenes to abstract beading, they both inspire and showcase techniques that you’ll want to try. And, if you’re looking for more specific advice, Elizabeth Pawle sometimes does a Q & A in her posts.
Last week, I shared 12 illustrators inspiring illustrators to follow on Instagram. But that’s not all of who I follow; I use my feed to track awe-inspiring sketchbooks, too. From collage to painting, these artists are using their playtime to hone their craft by trying new techniques and imagery.
Instagram is my go-to social media—not only for the stories and updates, but as a source to find new and exciting illustrators. I love the insight it gives into a creative’s process as well as their latest work. If you too are on social network, here are some of the best illustrators on Instagram. Each shares a snippet of their work, process, and life that encapsulates the essence of their visual language.
Some of my favorite Instagram accounts are those that use it as a digital sketchbook. This is the case for @virgin_honey, aka Sabine Timm, who crafts whimsical assemblages that combine painting, drawing, and three-dimensional objects. Nothing—materials wise—seems off limits or too weird for her work, and she often adds funny faces to slices of bread, bottle caps and leaves. In addition, Sabine utilizes toys you’d see in a dollhouse and stacks miniature furniture as well as single-family homes into puzzle-like arrangements. Everything in her photos feels very fleeting—like she’s going to disassemble it as soon the picture is snapped—giving it a feeling of spontaneity.
I’m always on the hunt for an inspirational Instagram, and this week, I’ve found it in illustrator Carolyn Gavin. Her posts feature vibrant sketchbook paintings of animals and beautiful blooms, crafted with the carefree fluidity of watercolor. Seeing them has a few effects: for starters, you’ll yearn for spring; then, you’ll want to head to the florist for a real, colorful bouquet, afterwards, you’ll have the urge to pick up your brush and create your own paintings!
After you’ve followed Carolyn on Instagram, check out her Etsy shop for prints and original paintings of these pieces.
Instagram is tied with Pinterest as my favorite form of social media. I’m constantly on it, scrolling through my feed and favorite hashtags. Recently, I came across Abigail Halpin’s (@abigailhalpin) account and fell in love with her exquisite paintings and embroideries.
Based in Maine, Abigail has several inspirations reflected in her works, including “vintage textiles, all things Slavic, mystery novels, the ocean and long-forgotten ephemera.” Often, her IG features delicate paintings of ladies combined with nature. They’re beautiful with a hint of whimsy, and they’ll inspire you to pick up your bush and make something!