Lisa Rupp Illustrates Entire Gardens on Dishtowels

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If you haven’t already noticed, I have a thing for flo­ral print and pat­terns. So, it’s no sur­prise that I’m in love with these bold, graphic illus­trated dish­tow­els by Lisa Rupp. There’s a nice give-and-take of small flow­ers and large blooms, and they cre­ate an entire gar­den on a linen/cotton blend.

Pur­chase these babies in Rupp’s Etsy shop! (Along with other goodies.)

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Intricately-Crafted Cut Paper Illustrations by Owen Gildersleeve

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Cut paper fans, this one’s for you. The illus­tra­tive work of Owen Gilder­sleeve is a series of bright and col­or­ful images com­posed via mul­ti­ple lay­ers of paper. Bold, graphic scenes of fan­tas­ti­cal places and hand-crafted typog­ra­phy make up his impres­sive port­fo­lio. It’s no won­der his clients include edi­to­r­ial, adver­tis­ing, and even motion graphics.

I envy his steady hand and the abil­ity to neatly cut so many tiny things!

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Guest Post: It’s Monday Again by Team Confetti

I’m really excited about today’s post. Instead of being writ­ten by me, Meike of the won­der­ful blog Team Con­fetti has brought her series It’s Mon­day Again to Brown Paper Bag. So feast your eyes on some beau­ti­ful images to start off the week.


Very nice extension! Photo via: Oon power outlet - Okum

Very nice exten­sion! Via: Oon power out­let — Okum

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Hmmmm, so good! Photo via: Oh Joy

Yummm, so good! Via: Oh Joy

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Cute little wallpaper. Photo via: Kate Zaremba

Cute lit­tle wall­pa­per. Via: Kate Zaremba

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Beautiful, soft and yet powerful images. via Fede Saenz

Beau­ti­ful, soft and yet pow­er­ful images. Via Fede Saenz


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From tower to water tower, beau­ti­ful trans­for­ma­tion! Water­tower St. Jan­sklooster — Zecc architects

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Woodspot - Seletti

Etsy Shop to Like: Kim Baise’s Mobiles and Other Creations

kim baiseInstead of my usual Fri­day roundup, I’m going to start fea­tur­ing Etsy shops that I like. (And there are a lot of them). So, to kick things off, let’s start with Kim Baise’s shop, Jik­its. You might already be famil­iar with her mobiles and awe­some papier mache cre­ations — they are delight­fully quirky and you can’t help but smile when you see them.

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Kirsten Sims’ Happy Scenes Are Lively, Sketch-like Illustrations

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These lively illus­tra­tions are the work of South African artist Kirsten Sims. Her col­or­ful scenes depict din­ners, the cir­cus, sun­bathing, and more. That all sounds pretty good to me! Sims’ style is loose and ges­tural, and these styl­ized works have the spon­tane­ity of a sketch.

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In addi­tion to her color illus­tra­tions, Sims has also crafted these gor­geous black and white com­po­si­tions. I’m intrigued by the dark rock for­ma­tion in the mid­dle of this room.

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The Divine Gold-Dipped Jewelry of Qian Yang

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Have you ever seen some­thing that’s instantly cap­ti­vated you? That’s how I felt when I saw Qian Yang’s jew­elry. The casted fig­ures of cherubs, dogs, and birds form rings, hair clips, and bracelets, and more. They cre­ate osten­ta­tious, fan­tas­ti­cal pieces made divine by the com­bi­na­tion of gold and white porcelain.

Yang is cur­rently a 3rd year stu­dent that’s study­ing at the Lon­don Col­lege of Fash­ion. They sell cus­tom pieces under the name YQY Jewelry.

Via a_a Tum­blr.

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Zoë Williams Crafts Ghostly-Looking Sacred Spirits Out of Felt

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How about some nee­dled felted, ghostly beings to start the week off right? Zoë Williams is a New York-based artist who crafts “spir­its, sacred crea­tures, and phan­toms from the dream world.” Her state­ment explains that they con­nect us with the realm of the col­lec­tive uncon­scious and the king­dom of nature. We see ref­er­ences to sto­ries in the Bible (Cain and Abel), as well as the other myth­i­cal tales (like Romu­lus and Remus).

I’m impressed by William’s craft and am also fas­ci­nated by her inspi­ra­tion for these works. If you haven’t read about the col­lec­tive uncon­scious, do. It’s an inter­est­ing way of thinking.

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Friday Roundup: 10 Pinterest Accounts You’ll Want to Follow

Is pin­ning your pas­time? I know it is for me; I spent the bet­ter part of last Sat­ur­day night just click­ing away, get­ting lost in var­i­ous Inter­net rab­bit holes. Any­ways, here are some Pin­ter­est pin­ners who I think you’ll like. Some you prob­a­bly know, oth­ers your might now. Check ‘em out and enjoy your weekend!

Mal­lory McIn­nis You might know her as the lady behind the blog GEMS. Just like her blog, her pins don’t disappoint.

Ellen Sur­rey I’ve fea­tured her vintage-inspired illus­tra­tions on Brown Paper Bag before!

Janna Mor­ton Another illus­tra­tor I love. She’s got a pen­chant for pin­ning the best kitsch.

Baba Souk They’re an online bou­tique who, not sur­pris­ingly, fea­tures some great objects.

Sarajo Frieden If you enjoy tex­tiles, she pins some great ones.

Happy Red Fish This is an all-around good Pin­ter­est that’s full of inspir­ing col­lage and more (with over 18,000 pins!).

I need a guide  A blog’s Pin­ter­est that fea­tures good fine art picks.

Jeal­ous Cura­tor  If you enjoy read­ing Jeal­ous Curator’s site but don’t remem­ber to look at it every­day (guilty!) then you can catch up on her great picks via her pins.

Oh My Cav­a­lier There’s beau­ti­ful inte­ri­ors and folk-inspired illus­tra­tions on Julianna Swaney’s boards.

Nathalie Chikhi Color, color, color! I also love her fash­ion pins.

Don’t for­get to fol­low me on Pin­ter­est, too!