Collage Scrap Exchange: What Should You Send, Anyways?

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Col­lage artists, have you signed up for the Col­lage Scrap Exchange yet? It’s a fun, cre­ative art con­test where you can win awe­some prizes! I’ve part­nered with Papir­mass to offer this.

The premise is sim­ple: bun­dle some of your favorite scraps and send them to your part­ner — another col­lage artist. They’ll ship their scraps to you, and the two of you will have a whole new set of mate­ri­als to exper­i­ment and play with! Then, make art­work that fuses both of your unique pieces. Learn more about prizes here! Any­one and any­where is eli­gi­ble to sign up and win.

So, what makes a good set of scraps to exchange? Here’s a col­lec­tion of my own, diagramed:

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  1. Mag­a­zine pho­tographs (like these col­or­ful flowers!)
  2. Hand-painted papers of pre-cut shapes (such as hands)
  3. Pho­tographs of peo­ple you don’t know
  4. Scraps from your lat­est print­mak­ing project
  5. Kraft paper (or other con­ven­tional papers)
  6. Air­brushed experiments
  7. Inter­est­ing shapes cut out from papers
  8. Pat­terned papers (like scrap­book pages)
  9. Hand-painted paper with ink lines on them

When you pack­age your scraps, think about a vari­ety of things to offer. Maybe it’s a bunch of multi-colored papers, or a lot of dif­fer­ent tex­tures. Either way, com­pile a col­lec­tion that you’d like to receive and I’m sure your part­ner will appre­ci­ate it!

Friday Round Up: Repeating Patterns (+ Making Your Own!)

Ever since I made a repeat­ing pat­tern this week, I’ve been jonesing to make some more! So, here are 10 of ‘em as inspi­ra­tion.  You can see that there are all dif­fer­ent sub­ject mat­ters, illus­tra­tive styles, and color com­bi­na­tions pos­si­ble; but clearly, flo­rals are my per­sonal favorite.

If you want to learn about how to make a repeat pat­tern (with­out a com­puter), check out this tuto­r­ial by Julia Roth­man on Design Sponge. I thought that it was pretty easy to do!

Complex and Colorful Paper-Sculpted Food Illustrations

María Laura Benavente Sovieri

Ah, paper sculp­ture, you never cease to amaze me, and make me wish that I was bet­ter at think­ing in more than two dimen­sions. These hand­made, illus­tra­tive cre­ations by María Laura Benavente Sovieri are of plants and foods that are arranged into still lifes. This par­tic­u­lar series was pro­duced for the Cen­tral Mar­ket of Las Pal­mas de Gran Canaria.

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Illustrative Tea Towels Inspired by Folklore by Mirdinara Kitchen

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Ya’ll. Ever since Lisa sent me the link to Mir­di­nara Kitchen, I’ve been admir­ing the entire line of tea tow­els. They are designed by illus­tra­tor Dinara Mir­tal­ipova and are inspired by her eth­nic back­ground and folk­lore (she’s orig­i­nally from Tashkent, Uzbek­istan). You can see the influ­ence in her visual lan­guage; the style of flow­ers and women with babushkas are def­i­nitely of a cer­tain world.

Mir­di­nara Kitchen believes that cook­ing together stim­u­lates healthy rela­tion­ships to food — it shows the joy that comes with prepar­ing a meal. Kids, espe­cially, ben­e­fit from being involved in food prepa­ra­tion. They explain, “Through the sto­ries we share about cook­ing together we are aim­ing to inspire our read­ers [they have a blog] to rather try and learn new recipes, than pur­chase processed food.”

Gor­geous! You can buy them here.

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Barruntando Ceramics Are Cute, Functional, Sometimes Just Cute

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The Span­ish col­lec­tive Bar­run­tando cre­ates adorable, hand-painted char­ac­ters out of clay. Sleepy foxes, baby sloths, minia­ture croc­o­diles, and more are all avail­able in their Etsy shop. Some, like the piece above, serve a dual pur­pose aside from just look­ing cute; they are illus­trated prod­ucts like yarn bowls and magnets.

An obvi­ous strength of Barruntando’s work is their char­ac­ter design. With just a select areas of col­ors and sim­ple line work, they con­vey a light­hearted feel­ing to all of their pieces.

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Eirian Chapman’s Stylish Digital Illustrations

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I like the above illus­tra­tion so much that I made it the wall­pa­per image for my iPhone, iPad, and desk­top com­puter. (I found it at Poolga!) This pat­tern is by Aus­tralian illus­tra­tor Eirian Chap­man. She cre­ates these styl­ized illus­tra­tions fea­tur­ing bright col­ors, awe­some fash­ion, and inter­est­ing objects.

I enjoy dig­i­tal illus­tra­tion, but it’s nice to see that Eirian changes up her brushes to give it a hand drawn, tex­tured look.

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Friday Roundup: 10 Collage Artists Who Use Photographs in Their Work

In honor of the newly-launched Col­lage Scrap Exchange (have you signed up yet??), I wanted to devote today’s post to col­lage artists! Specif­i­cally, those that use pho­tographs to cre­ate their imag­i­na­tive works. You see that the crazy com­bi­na­tion you can make, along with the fun you can have by pair­ing unlikely images, is vir­tu­ally endless.

Laura Redburn, AKA Cardboard Cities

Laura Red­burn, AKA Card­board Cities. She’s par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Col­lage Scrap Exchange! Yay!

Anthony Zinonos

Anthony Zinonos. Anthony is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Col­lage Scrap Exchange, too!

Stephen Eichhorn. This is older work - check out his newer stuff!

Stephen Eich­horn. This is older work — check out his newer stuff!

Laura Bird’s Figurative Stoneware Sculptures

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Laura Bird is an illus­tra­tor and maker based in Lon­don. One of the things that she makes are stoneware sculp­tures, a lot of which fea­ture fig­ures and cats. The ladies on rocks are my per­sonal favorite, but I enjoy all of these pieces. Check out the mix­ture of clay textures.

Check out all these pieces in Laura’s Etsy shop. She also offers plates, mugs, and tote bags!

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A Horse Playing a Saxophone? Why Not! Illustrations by Hyunyoung Kim

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Wel­come to the strange, col­or­ful world of Brooklyn-based illus­tra­tor Hyun­y­oung Kim. I love the over­sized flow­ers, peo­ple, and… horses wear­ing a bow-tie? And play­ing a sax­o­phone? Great! Take a close look to see all of the won­der­ful details that Hyun­y­ong has included in each ener­getic composition.

With a port­fo­lio of weird, it’s impor­tant for it all to feel like it comes from the same world. And, with her sub­ject mat­ter, color choices, and draw­ing style, it does.

Hyunyoung Kim

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