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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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Illustration, The Color Series

The Color Series | 20 Gray Illustrations That Quiet Down a Busy World

Gray illustrations

If you’re a long time read­er to Brown Paper Bag, you know that I love col­or. I’ve spent more than a month (so far) on the The Col­or Series, which chron­i­cles illus­tra­tion, embroi­dery, and even sketch­books to show how cre­atives will uti­lize a sin­gle col­or in their work. So far, I’ve select­ed vibrant col­ors like pink, green, and pur­ple. But today, let’s back off from bril­liant blue and set our sights on gray  illustrations(or grey, for those across the pond).

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Illustrated products

7 of the Best Creative Products to Illustrate Your Life This Week

Best creative products, July 28

1. Friend­ly shark pen­cil case by min­nebites
2.Retro flower brooch by Kate Gabrielle
3. Incense burn­er No. 2 by Tac­tile Mat­ter
4. Mono­chro­mat­ic hoop art by Yes Stitch Yet (on Brown Paper Bag)
5. Jupiter small round shoul­der bag by Oli­ness Art Stu­dio
6. Mid­cen­tu­ry Orna­ments Still Life tea tow­el by Esther San­dler
7. Cat plant acces­so­ry by I Like Cats


Energetic Illustrations Summon You into the Middle of the Action

Illustration by Molly Fairhurst

Mol­ly Fairhurst gets back to basics in her expres­sive illus­tra­tions. Con­cen­trat­ing on form and the ges­ture of her sub­jects, the paint­ings have an ener­gy that draws you in, be it one of her 1,000 Tigers or por­traits of peo­ple in action. In my favorite of her illus­tra­tions, you get the dis­tinct feel­ing that you’re com­ing into the mid­dle of some­thing excit­ing.

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Charming Ceramic Figurines are a Contemporary Riff on Iconic Collectibles

Vicky Lindo Staffordshire Cats

One of the most icon­ic form of ceram­ics is known as “fan­ci­ful” Stafford­shire fig­urines. Orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed in the Vic­to­ri­an era, these pieces were paint­ed by unskilled work­ers and have a folk art-like feel. Because of their hum­ble nature, they were geared towards the mid­dle class. “You nev­er would have found one of these in the home of roy­al­ty,” antique deal­er David Lack­ey said. Nowa­days, they’re high­ly collectible—and not to men­tion an influ­ence for con­tem­po­rary ceram­ic artists.

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Sun-Soaked Floral Embroideries Embrace the Slower Side of Life

Floral embroideries by Slow Stitch Sophie

If you’ve ever tried embroi­dery, you know how method­i­cal the prac­tice is. It teach­es patience; you’ve got to take it stitch by stitch, because there’s no great short­cuts when it comes to embroi­der­ing by hand. Embrac­ing this fact is Slow Stitch Sophie, a Van­cou­ver-based crafter who wowed me last year with her “fields” of beau­ti­ful flo­ral embroi­deries. Since then, she’s con­tin­ued her prac­tice of cre­at­ing intri­cate com­po­si­tions that resem­ble sun-soaked land­scapes.

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Illustration, The Color Series

The Color Series | 10 Ways Purple Electrifies Illustrations, from Lilac to Violet

Purple illustrations

After tak­ing a week off, it’s nice to return to The Col­or Series. Unfa­mil­iar with what that is? Over the past sev­er­al weeks, I’ve chron­i­cled illus­tra­tion, embroi­dery, and sketch­books that over­whelm­ing­ly use one col­or in their com­po­si­tions. (If you’ve missed my pre­vi­ous picks, check out blue, pink, green.) Now, help­ing to round this series out are pur­ple illus­tra­tions.

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Brown Paper Bag Is on Vacation (from July 17 to July 21)

Illustration by Ellen Surrey

Ellen Surrey

Brown Paper Bag is taking a short break from July 17 to July 21.

If you’re read­ing this, I’m prob­a­bly on vaca­tion in Cal­i­for­nia! I’m deter­mined to unplug while I’m there—easier said than done. I’ll be back on Mon­day, July 24 with a con­tin­u­a­tion of The Col­or Series. Have a great week!

(I will be post­ing on Insta­gram through­out the week. Fol­low me there!)

Illustrated products

7 of the Best Creative Products to Illustrate Your Life This Week

The best creative products, July 14

1. Azylis zip­pered pouch by Manuel­la Gon­za­lez
2. A wild bou­quet hoop art by Katy Biele
3. Crea­ture of the Night lock­et by Bon­bi For­est
4. Seduc­tion sculp­ture by Jan­ice Chang
5. Fern print nap­kins by Bon­nie Kaye Stu­dio
6. Stack­able suc­cu­lent ter­rar­i­um rings by Star Strung
7. Cus­tom por­trait pil­low by camelo­tia

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