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My 7 Weekly Illustrated Product Obsessions


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)




CONTEST: Design a Wall Clock Through Doodlers Anonymous & Blik


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.



Hang a Whale on Your Wall with Lorien Stern’s Ceramics

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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!

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Lorien Stern







Drum Roll, Please… Announcing the Collage Contest Winner!


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.)


Colorfully Fun Enamel Pins by Big Bud Press

Big Bud Press

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.

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Sonia Poli’s Exquisite “Vegetal Gradiant” Paper Sculpture


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.

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Lucy Kirk’s “Show Girls” Parody Sexy

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Illus­tra­tor Lucy Kirk cre­at­ed this series of ceram­ic fig­urines called The Show Girls. Apt­ly titled, don’t you think? They’re con­tort­ed into shapes that real humans would prob­a­bly per­form more grace­ful­ly, but that’s exact­ly what I like about them. They are mim­ic­k­ing sexy, but I don’t find them sexy. They’re hand-craft­ed with visu­al bumps and imper­fec­tions on the sur­face and in the draw­ing style. As a par­o­dy of a show girl, it’s great. I’d love to own one!

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Merry Christmas!

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!


Sara Goes West (for Thanksgiving)

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!


Happy 4th! See Ya’ll on Monday.

Andrew Waits

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.