Margaret Scrinkl is an illustrator and animator who works with tiny pieces of paper art to build something spectacular. I first became acquainted with Margaret’s work with the piece below—an envelope that’s bursting with beautiful blooms.
1. Opal Eye Ring by Gem Blue
2. Embroidered cat patch by Papio Press
3. Bee and beetle crop top by Dogbreath Apparel
4.Moss embroidery by Emma Mattson (on Brown Paper Bag)
5. Floral patterned canvas clutch by Esther Sandler
6. Hanging plant keychain by Idlewild
7. Cactus stripe throw pillow by The Ahlgren Collage
Lars Book Club Poster, featuring a quote by Mary Going from In the Company of Women, by Grace Bonney
The animated GIF made its debut to the world in 1987, but it remains even more relevant today. It’s common, especially for illustrations that live only on the web, that they have a motion-based element to them. Libby VanderPloeg is one of my favorite illustrators using this format to enhance her work.
It’s the last in my installment of The Color Series! After five weeks of chronicling work that utilizes blue, pink, green, purple, and gray, the series has come to its natural conclusion. For this final week, let’s explore the rich world of brown illustrations, embroidery, and paper craft.
1. Little house brooch by Nastia Sleptsova
2. Autumn leaf embroidered necklace by Itty Bitty Bunnies
3. Leaf vinyl backpack by Mirage
4. Bee embroidered coin purse by Zana Products
5. Potted cactus felt border by Sweet Chic Mercerie
6. Olive’s Garden tee by Doops Design
7. White dreamer cat mug by Barruntando
Illustration is everywhere ya’ll, even in places you wouldn’t suspect. For those with limited mobility, it affords them an opportunity to express themselves. Izzy Wheels is a shining example of this; they adorn wheel spokes with color and patterning to bring another dimension to otherwise ordinary chairs.
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.
Do you want to try embroidery but don’t know where to start? Patterns can help you become comfortable with wielding a needle and thread as you learn new stitches. And with the recent revitalization of hoop art, illustrators are creating modern modern hand embroidery patterns that you can try today.
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).