1. Love Charm Bracelet by Buried Diamond
2. Palmistry Tea Towel by Kelzuki
3. Gold Leaf Branch Brooch Pin by LemKa Jewelry
4. Cecil the Crocodile Lambswool Plush by Sara Carr
5. Ceramic Fox Planter by Agustina Barrenechea
6. Tumblr Planter by Megan Clarke
7. Forest Animals Wall Decal by DURIDO (h/t Perrin)
Happy weekend! I hope you’ve got at least one fun thing planned. Mine is baking these insane cookies from Momofoku Milk Bar: cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookies. Yum!
Before I end this post, I’ll leave you with one last illustrated product. Embroidery is having a major moment, and if you’ve wanted to try your hand at this awesome craft, now’s your chance. Kiriki Press creates special kits where you can make your own embroidered plush doll. They are all-inclusive and seem really neat! (via Lustik)
Calling all artists, illustrators, and designers! My pals over at Doodlers Anonymous teamed up with the folks at Blik to host a fun drawing challenge: illustrate the backdrop of a wall clock!
There’s no theme, style, or color restriction—put your own spin on the circular design! They’ll pick 6 submissions, and those winning entries will have their art printed on 10″ wall clocks to be sold through Blik and Doodlers Anonymous. A portion of the royalties will go to the lucky artists. See all the guidelines here.
There’s not much time left! The deadline is this Friday, August 21 at 3pm EST.
Ever wanted to own a giant sperm whale? What about a plesiosaur? Well, thanks to Lorien Stern’s Etsy shop, these are achievable goals. The ceramic artist crafts large-scale creatures to hang on your wall, and they evoke the giant game trophies that hunters might display in their den. Unlike those taxidermy animals, however, Lorien’s works are much more humane and fun.
I wish more of these photos showed off their scale, but check out below just to get an idea. At over 20 inches long, these aren’t tiny. They’re a centerpiece of a room!
We finally have a winner! After much deliberation, Emily Haasch’s collage was selected by Papirmass for inclusion in an upcoming issue (plus a cash prize and free subscription.) “It’s a very innovative use of collage and am impressed with the effect she has achieved with such a limited color scheme,” Kirsten (of Papirmass) told me. (Read more about how they made their decision.) Emily’s swap partner, Ian Caulkett wins a free subscription, too.
Congratulations, Emily! Great work. And remember, all Collage Scrap Exchange participants — you can view all submissions here. (While you’re there, click on thumbnail of a collage to see it enlarged.)
Illustrator Lacey Micallef has been a lifelong collector and trader of pins. She created Big Bud Press as a way to combine this beloved pastime with her artistic career. The 1″ (and larger) hard enamel pins are made from plated metal, filled with colored resin, and baked at a high temperature.
Lacey’s designs are super fun, featuring golden eggs, banana leafs, orange blossoms, and more. She also collaborated with Martha Porter of Buried Diamond on a dog, hand, and watermelon pin.
Big Bud Press recently launched — April 13, to be exact — and I’m super excited to see how it develops. Also, I am in love with Lacey’s styling! She uses miniatures to frame the pins in these colorful, surreal scenes.
This exquisite piece by illustrator Sonia Poli is called Vegetal Gradiant. It’s made from paper and mounted in an embroidery frame. Sonia writes:
While following my path through the paper collage world and I simply came up with this. Tired of frames, I wanted my collage to act more like a sculpture. After playing around with fish for my previous exhibition, I used the same technique (gradient from navy blue to a lighter/brighter color) for another favorite thing of mine, leaves.
Merry Christmas! (If you celebrate.) I’m currently in Texas eating a lot of good BBQ and Mexican food. I hope you are eating something equally delicious.
I’m taking Friday off — I’ll be back on Monday with illustrated goodness!
It’s Thanksgiving here in the US, and I’m faaarrr away from Baltimore and soaking up the sun of southern Utah! I’m taking this opportunity to recharge and bake a pumpkin pie. I’ll see ya’ll on Monday!
In the meantime, check out my roundup of illustrators to follow on Tumblr and Instagram.
Collage Scrap Exchange participants: I’m about halfway through sending my match emails! If you haven’t received yours yet, hang tight. You’ll get your partner’s information by the end of next week. Thanks for your patience!
Sorry for the radio silence lately. I’m taking advantage of the long fourth of July weekend here in the US, so I’ll be back on Monday with more illustrative goodies to share with you.
Above: The inside of a firework. Photo by Andrew Waits.