Inspirational Instagram, Paper Craft

10 Inspiring Paper Artists to Follow on Instagram

Follow the best paper artists on Instagram

Over the past 4 weeks, I’ve shared over 30 of my favorite Insta­gram feeds from some of my must-fol­low cre­atives. Through embroi­dery artists, illus­tra­tors, and sketch­book keep­ers, it’s so easy to be inspired by sim­ply turn­ing on your phone.

In one of the final stops of our tour, I’ve select­ed 10 of the best paper artists on Insta­gram. They each have their own way of work­ing and turn­ing the 2D mate­r­i­al into spec­tac­u­lar 3D sculp­tures.
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Illustrated products

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

Best Creative Products

1. Niñas y Chicos by Uni + Ichi
2. Bub­blegum the Pink Fuzzy Alpaca by Sleepy King
3. Cir­cu­lar Gar­den at Night by Fran­cis­comf­fon­se­ca
4. Fox­es in the For­est Illus­trat­ed Ban­ner by Papio Press
5. Scal­lop Clutch by La Lisette
6. Cica­da Ear­rings by Eri­ca Wein­er
7. Mini Lla­ma Air Plant Hold­er by Bits of Sil­ver

I’ve got some lla­ma and alpaca love fea­tured this week. Did you know you can hire these crea­tures for your wed­ding? In for­mal wear, no less!

Do you have an illus­trat­ed prod­uct sug­ges­tion? Sub­mit the link here.

Ceramics

Dazzling Animal Planters Add Glittering Gold to Green Blooms

Animal Ceramics by Minty Mountain

My love for planters is well doc­u­ment­ed on Brown Paper Bag. And on Insta­gram, too—one of the hap­pi­est areas of my apart­ment fea­tures a cou­ple of thriv­ing suc­cu­lents in crea­ture-shaped pots. Emma Jo Alford of Minty Moun­tain con­tin­ues this trend with her daz­zling ani­mal ceram­ics. The hand-sculpt­ed hedge­hogs, rab­bits, and bears are adorably sleepy crea­tures that have gold accents and in some instances, fan­cy acces­sories. The polar bear planter, for instance, has an ici­cle head­dress. How regal!

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Sculpture

Fantastical Felt Creatures Reveal What’s Really Inside Their Alien-Like Anatomy

Felted creatures by Hiné Mizushima

Hiné Mizushi­ma (pre­vi­ous­ly) cre­ates a fan­tas­ti­cal world of out of felt. Using that, as well as oth­er mate­ri­als like bead­ing, she pro­duces por­traits of bee­tles, cephalopods, and clams. Each of her col­or­ful has an astound­ing lev­el of detail, and her felt crafts go beyond your typ­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of these crea­tures. Rather, through her series The Anato­my of, she shows us what’s inside.

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Embroidery, Inspirational Instagram

11 Inspiring Embroidery Artists to Follow on Instagram

Best embroidery artists to follow on Instagram

Over the past cou­ple of weeks, I’ve shared inspir­ing illus­tra­tors and some of the best sketch­books to fol­low on Insta­gram. Con­tin­u­ing this tour of my favorite feeds, here are 11 embroi­dery artists who fill my time­line with beau­ti­ful stitch­ing.

The cho­sen embroi­der­ers will make you a bet­ter stitch­er by fol­low­ing them. From beau­ti­ful inte­ri­or scenes to abstract bead­ing, they both inspire and show­case tech­niques that you’ll want to try. And, if you’re look­ing for more spe­cif­ic advice, Eliz­a­beth Pawle some­times does a Q & A in her posts.
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Illustrated products

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

Creative products to buy

1. Small Car­ry-All Pouch by Isabelle Feliu
2. Woman Up! Hoop Art by The Wan­der­ing Thread
3. Hedge­hog Pin­cush­ion by Som­bril­la Verde
4. Herbar­i­um Hoop Art by Zelia Smith
5. White Cat Desk Pet by I Like Cats
6. Hand iPhone Case by Coucou Suzette
7. Mon­stera Col­lar Pins by Mica Peet

My illus­trat­ed prod­uct obses­sions are back for a lim­it­ed engage­ment! For the next few weeks (at least), I’ll be shar­ing 7 things every Fri­day that I’ve had my eye on.

If you’ve got any suggestions for creative products, let me know.

Illustration

Intuitive Illustrations are Collision of Color, Pattern, and Cats

Interior Illustrations by María Luque

Art of art. That’s how I describe some of my favorite inte­ri­or illus­tra­tions by María Luque. The draw­ings and paintings—a blend of col­or pen­cils, mark­ers, and acrylics—feature peo­ple liv­ing and inter­act­ing with art, and many times they’re accom­pa­nied by an ani­mal who is seri­ous­ly tak­ing up their per­son­al space. Either way, I want to go to the places she illus­trates.

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Embroidery, Illustrated products

Charming Embroidery Patterns Highlight the Collaborative Nature of the Craft

Modern embroidery patterns by Thread Folk and Lauren Merrick

Whether you real­ize it or not, col­lab­o­ra­tion is inher­ent in embroi­dery. To begin, an embroi­dery artist will cre­ate a design and make it into a pat­tern for oth­ers to com­plete as they wish. Col­or choic­es, for instance, can change based on the whims of that par­tic­u­lar stitch­er. Lib­by Moore of Thread Folk takes this col­lab­o­ra­tion idea a step fur­ther with her mod­ern embroi­dery pat­terns. In her charm­ing Artist Series, she trans­lates an illustrator’s work into some­thing that any­one can com­plete with a nee­dle and thread.

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Illustration

Famous Ladies’ Portraits Pay Homage to Pioneering Women—While Inspiring Us to Do the Same

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Famous Ladies is an illus­trat­ed homage,” Alexan­dra Beguez writes, “to some of the most influ­en­tial and inspir­ing women in STEM, lit­er­a­ture, the visu­al and per­form­ing arts, sports, and explo­ration.” The strik­ing pen-and-ink draw­ings cap­ture faith­ful like­ness­es of these incred­i­ble women who, as Alexan­dra says, “paved the way for future gen­er­a­tions of women and men alike to work towards their dreams.”

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