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Illustration, Inspirational Instagram

Amber Davenport’s Hypnotic Illustrations Welcome You to the Jungle

Jungle illustrations by Amber Davenport

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.

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Ceramics, Inspirational Instagram

11 Inspiring Ceramic Artists to Follow on Instagram

Best ceramic artists on Instagram

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 artistsillus­tra­tors, 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.

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Inspirational Instagram, Paper Craft

10 Inspiring Paper Artists to Follow on Instagram

Follow the best paper 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.
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Embroidery, Inspirational Instagram

11 Inspiring Embroidery Artists to Follow on Instagram

Best embroidery artists to follow on Instagram

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.
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Illustration, Inspirational Instagram

12 Inspiring Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

Best Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

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.

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Inspirational Instagram

Inspirational Instagram: Playful Arrangements by @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

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.

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Sabine Timm, @virgin_honey

Illustration, Inspirational Instagram

Inspirational Instagram: Beautiful Watercolor Blooms by @carolynj

Carolyn Gavin

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.

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

Carolyn Gavin

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Embroidery, Illustration, Inspirational Instagram

Inspirational Instagram: Delicate Paintings and Embroideries by @abigailhalpin

Abigail Halpin

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!

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