Embroidery, Illustration, Paper Craft, The Color Series

The Color Series | 20 Artworks That Cloak Their Compositions in Blue

Blue illustrations

You can’t under­state the impor­tance of color—especially in art. It wields its pow­er in all sorts of ways, from set­ting the mood to giv­ing us impor­tant visu­al clues. Over the next sev­er­al weeks, I’ll share a selec­tion of illus­tra­tion, paper craft, and embroi­dery that over­whelm­ing­ly uses one hue in its com­po­si­tion. Called The Col­or Series, first up are blue illus­tra­tions.

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Collage, Sketchbooks

Cut-Paper Collage Sketchbook Constructs the Charm of Small Towns

Collage sketchbook by Clover Robin

Illus­tra­tor Clover Robin is no stranger to Brown Paper Bag. I was first wowed by her last year when I found that she chron­i­cled her trav­els using collage—while on the road! Since then, I’ve been fol­low­ing her work as she fills her sketch­book pages with more cut paper good­ness. Clover writes that she “delights in nature and all things botan­i­cal,” and is “inspired by a child­hood of wood­land walks and coun­try­side ram­bles.” As such, her illus­tra­tions often fea­ture quaint homes and beau­ti­ful blooms that uti­lize a bevy of col­or and tex­ture. Although they’re abstract, Clover arranges the brush strokes, splat­ters, and col­ors to build form. The result is both struc­tured with a sense of spon­tane­ity and freedom—sort of like being out­doors.

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Illustrated products, Illustration

Tropical Summer Scenes That’ll Make You Want to Escape to the Beach

Summer illustrations by Angela McKay

Today is the longest day of the year, so it seems fit­ting share the work of Angela Mck­ay, aka ohkii stu­dio. Based in Brook­lyn but hail­ing from Aus­tralia and Thai­land, her gouache and water­col­or paint­ings fea­ture sun­ny scenes of swim­ming and trekking through lush trop­i­cal gar­dens. If you’re stuck inside all day (as I am), each of these sum­mer illus­tra­tions will offer a momen­tary reprieve from the com­put­er screen.

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Illustrated products

7 Creative Products That’ll Help Illustrate Your Life This Week

Creative objects (including Etsy products), June 16

1. Blue tiger dish by Kim Siel­beck
2. Leaf blan­ket by Moon Pic­nic
3. Pock­et Por­co Plush soft sculp­ture by Cat Rab­bit
4. Float­ing Gar­dens embroi­dered hoop art by Katy Biele
5. Behold­er charm neck­lace by C. Alexan­dria
6. Block Gar­den note pad by Clover
7. Shut eye ring dish by Tiny Loud Co.

Do you have a prod­uct sug­ges­tion? Sub­mit the link here.

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Bedazzle the Buns of Ceramic Ladies by Sticking Them with Sewing Pins

Bespoke pin cushions by Erin Paisely

If you sew, you know how vital the pin cush­ion is. We’re often so used to the stan­dard toma­to, but there’s ways to make the prac­ti­cal tool both fan­cy and fun—thanks to illus­trat­ed ceram­ics. And Erin Pais­ley does just that with her bespoke pin cush­ions.

Erin’s pro­duc­tion process looks like this: she first hand builds the form—either a woman or animal—out of earth­en­ware clay. After it’s paint­ed, glazed, and fired, she adorns the fig­ure with a tight black wool bun stuffed with wool rov­ing. The pin cush­ion part looks like hair, so the more pins you stick in, the more bejew­eled her bun looks.

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Julia Iredale Fuses Gorgeous Technique with What Lives Inside Our Heads

Surreal illustration by Julia Iredale

Over a year ago, I first mar­veled at the curi­ous work of Van­cou­ver-based illus­tra­tor Julia Iredale. Her sur­re­al illus­tra­tion style fus­es land­scapes and fig­ures into sin­gu­lar­ly com­pelling scenes. While Julia hasn’t depart­ed from her visu­al lan­guage, she’s con­tin­ued to refine it with a new body of work. Rather than cre­at­ing full-bleed illus­tra­tions, she plays raw edges to pro­duce pieces that deft­ly con­vey lucid dream­ing and mem­o­ries you can’t quite shake.

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Botanical Embroideries Transform Thrifted Garments into Coveted Clothing

Embroidered clothing by Sam Eldridge

Embroi­der­er Sam Eldridge stitch­es jun­gles, gar­dens, and flo­ral bou­quets on thrift­ed gar­ments. The col­or­ful cre­ations breath new life into these sec­ond-hand pieces and give them a fresh feel by trans­form­ing them into one of a kind pieces. Her embroi­dered cloth­ing fol­lows a long tra­di­tion of repair­ing a gar­ment rather than out­right dis­pos­al. Long ago, before the atom­iza­tion of the Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion, peo­ple would mend their cloth­ing over and over again, because each piece was so expen­sive to make in the first place. That’s not real­ly a con­cern today, of course, but Sam is engag­ing in the same idea—create a new twist on some­thing old and extend its life for the wear­er.

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