1 // Fox Ceramic Sugar Bowl by Noe Marin Studio
2 // Golden Cactus Big Tee Tunic by Simka Sol (h/t Perrin)
3 // Ceramic Miniature Mermaids by Barruntando
4 // Halloween Greeting Cards Set by Katy Horan
5 // Owl Jars by Manolo Bossi for Bosa
6 // Jungle Cat Coasters by Kim Sielbeck
7 // Floral Hand Ring Plate by Lindsay Stripling
Earlier this week, Big Bud Press released a “Feminist” Benefit Pin, with 100% of the sales will be donated to Safe Horizon—A victims service agency offering comprehensive domestic violence services to victims of domestic abuse. They’ve sold out, but I’m hoping they’ll bring more back. I’d love to snag one for myself.
My boyfriend (Chris) and I are getting another cat today! A year and a half after my sweet baby Marge unexpectedly passed away, we’re welcoming Sadie, a fluffy calico (pictures forthcoming) that loves to sleep on your lap. In anticipation for her arrival, I’ve been looking for new felt cat toys. Do you have any store recommendations? I’m loving this selection by Tux and Tabby.
Several months ago, I featured the illustrative ceramics of Madalina Andronic. Called The Awesome Project, the folklore-inspired pieces had me hooked, and I’ve been following her work—2D and 3D alike—ever since.
These beautiful images below are spreads from Fairy Dust, a “magic book” that she wrote and self-published. Each image depicts a different supernatural character, adorned with gorgeous patterning and elegant lines that have a lyrical quality to them. Buy it here!
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.
People love their pets, so naturally, they have artworks made in their honor. Russian-based illustrators Alexey Lyapunov and Lena Erlich— aka People Too—created a delightful series that imagines their clients’ animals as decorated war heroes, dainty ladies, and learned fellows. They’re totally imaginative and constructed entirely out of paper. The creative pair layered colors and cutouts, producing 3D portraits reminiscent of historical paintings from the 17th or 18th century. Check out their work in progress below!
Simple line drawings of animals seemingly burst into bloom in these beautiful illustrations by Katie Vernon. Her colorful additions cloak parts of the creatures in rainbow-colored petals and leaves, showing just how intimately tied they are to this earth.
All of these pieces are available as prints through Katie’s Etsy shop called Chipmunk Cheeks. Right now, she’s having a sale—buy any three 8″ x 10″ prints for $45! A nice time to start a collection, huh? (Via So Super Awesome)
This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about my washi tape project called Mapping Memories. I started it through Speckled Canary, my newest endeavor that plans fun art projects for everyone to enjoy!
The original deadline to sign up was August 16… but I’m happy to announce it’s been extended until August 31. So if you were thinking about signing up, you still have the chance!
Never heard of Mapping Memories? Find out more below.
Washi tape artwork by Marisa of Omiyage!
Mapping Memories revolves washi tape, which I absolutely love. It’s great—there are so many bright colors and patterns. Washi tape makes everything more fun! Mapping Memories takes advantage of these slightly-transparent tapes and invites participants to make art with it. I’ve partnered with Marisa of the wonderful shop Omiyage for this project. She’s generously provided an exclusive discount code for participants.
Theme: The project theme is “memories,” (your memories, specifically). Once you’re done, you’ll send their finished piece to me and I’ll add it to a special map showcasing everyone’s washi tape memories around the world. See what that map looks like - it’s a custom Google map.
The deadline for artwork is November 15, 2015.
Contest: Mapping Memories is also a contest! Prizes will be awarded to the top three artworks. Omiyage and Speckled Canary are providing prizes.
Some of the “Washi Tape Starter Kits” I’ve sent!
No tape? No problem! There is so much variety in washi tape that it can be overwhelming to choose! For participants who don’t have any tape, we’re offering a special Washi Tape Starter Kit that comes with 5 rolls of custom-selected tape from the following brands: MT, maste, and Classiky. The kit is $15 and available internationally.
For those who already have a ton of tape, the cost to participate is cut by a third — $3 gets you into the project + an exclusive promo code for 20% off anything in the Omiyage shop.
Hope you participate!
1 // Illustrated Playing Cards by 1canoe2 (via So Super Awesome)
2 // Alpaca cookies by Kobito (the entire Instagram is ADORABLE)
3 // Druids by Pete Cromer
4 // Little Hand silver necklace by hirn&herz
5 // Spotty Bear Planter by Jo Lucksted Ceramics
6 // Illustrated Pencil Case by Malota
7 // Dog Leather Key Ring by noraklotz
And in other illustrated product news…
Remember the Memory game by Aitch and Saddo that I featured in June? Well, it’s now officially for sale via Aitch’s Etsy shop. Pick it up if you haven’t already.
I need to plan a visit to Montreal! Yelena Bryksenkova has recently completed a window display at Citizen Vintage, a vintage clothing store. She hand-cut the design out of paper and attached it directly to the glass with strategically-laced double-stick tape. If you’re local to the area, be sure to stop by and check it out—the design, along with prints and cards, are available for sale at the shop all month long.
Have you ever thought about starting a new project, talked about starting it, but kept holding off for the “right” time? I often suffer from this, even going as planning to make a plan. Ha! Most of the time, I end up procrastinating.
The truth is, there’s often no right time to start something—you just have to jump in with both feet and figure things out as they come. It’s a scary prospect, but one that’s made a little easier with the help of Meera Lee Patel’s beautifully-illustrated Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self Exploration. The book, which is available as of TODAY, is intended for you get to know yourself better with exercises that include writing, drawing, and chart-making.
In addition to the helpful workbook aspect, the journal is packed with hand-lettered quotes and watercolor paintings done in Meera’s signature style. Looking through it, I’m excited to begin! If you buy it, please let me know (in the comments). Maybe we can organize a little online meet up every once and a while to discuss it!
Below are some of my favorite spreads, but the overall book is so beautiful. I’d recommend looking through the entire thing again and again!
Ya’ll know I love cut paper illustrations. So, imagine my delight when I discovered the work of Jotaká, an illustrator from Valencia, Spain. His project called La siesta is a personal project “about hugs, the importance and the ideal time to receive them.” The bright portraits are a tangle of limbs as people wrap their arms around each other in a loving embrace. Not only humans, though, but other things, too—cats, dogs, books, and records.
There are couple of things I really enjoy about Jotaká’s series: one is the sweet sentiment that the images convey; another is the stylistic choice of layering the paper shapes to create some depth and three dimensionality.
FYI — I first posted La siesta on my Tumblr last Thursday night. Follow it for some fun illustration extras!