Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


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.


Madalina Andronic’s Beautifully Illustrated “Magic Book”

Madalina Andronic

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!

Madalina Andronic

Madalina Andronic








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.


Illustrator, Paper Craft

Cut Paper Portraits Transform Pets into 17th Century Aristocrats

People Too

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!

People Too

People Too








Simple Line Drawings Burst in Beautiful Blooms

Katie Vernon

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)

Katie Vernon

Katie Vernon








Speckled Canary

EXTENDED! Sign up for Mapping Memories (in Washi Tape) Until August 31!

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!

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!

Illustrated products, Lately & Liked

My 7 Weekly Illustrated Obsessions

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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.

Happy week­end!

Paper Craft

Yelena Bryksenkova’s Beautiful Hand-Cut Window Display in Montreal

Yelena Bryksenkova
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.

Yelena Bryksenkova





Illustration Education

Start Where You Are: A(n Illustrated) Journal for Self Exploration

Start Where You Are

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!

Start Where You Are

Start Where You Are








Paper Craft

Sweet Sentiments in Cut Paper Illustrations by Jotaká


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!



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