Illustrated products

7 of the Best Creative Products to Illustrate Your Life This Week

Best creative products, July 28

1. Friend­ly shark pen­cil case by min­nebites
2.Retro flower brooch by Kate Gabrielle
3. Incense burn­er No. 2 by Tac­tile Mat­ter
4. Mono­chro­mat­ic hoop art by Yes Stitch Yet (on Brown Paper Bag)
5. Jupiter small round shoul­der bag by Oli­ness Art Stu­dio
6. Mid­cen­tu­ry Orna­ments Still Life tea tow­el by Esther San­dler
7. Cat plant acces­so­ry by I Like Cats


Energetic Illustrations Summon You into the Middle of the Action

Illustration by Molly Fairhurst

Mol­ly Fairhurst gets back to basics in her expres­sive illus­tra­tions. Con­cen­trat­ing on form and the ges­ture of her sub­jects, the paint­ings have an ener­gy that draws you in, be it one of her 1,000 Tigers or por­traits of peo­ple in action. In my favorite of her illus­tra­tions, you get the dis­tinct feel­ing that you’re com­ing into the mid­dle of some­thing excit­ing.

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Charming Ceramic Figurines are a Contemporary Riff on Iconic Collectibles

Vicky Lindo Staffordshire Cats

One of the most icon­ic form of ceram­ics is known as “fan­ci­ful” Stafford­shire fig­urines. Orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed in the Vic­to­ri­an era, these pieces were paint­ed by unskilled work­ers and have a folk art-like feel. Because of their hum­ble nature, they were geared towards the mid­dle class. “You nev­er would have found one of these in the home of roy­al­ty,” antique deal­er David Lack­ey said. Nowa­days, they’re high­ly collectible—and not to men­tion an influ­ence for con­tem­po­rary ceram­ic artists.

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Sun-Soaked Floral Embroideries Embrace the Slower Side of Life

Floral embroideries by Slow Stitch Sophie

If you’ve ever tried embroi­dery, you know how method­i­cal the prac­tice is. It teach­es patience; you’ve got to take it stitch by stitch, because there’s no great short­cuts when it comes to embroi­der­ing by hand. Embrac­ing this fact is Slow Stitch Sophie, a Van­cou­ver-based crafter who wowed me last year with her “fields” of beau­ti­ful flo­ral embroi­deries. Since then, she’s con­tin­ued her prac­tice of cre­at­ing intri­cate com­po­si­tions that resem­ble sun-soaked land­scapes.

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Illustration, The Color Series

The Color Series | 10 Ways Purple Electrifies Illustrations, from Lilac to Violet

Purple illustrations

After tak­ing a week off, it’s nice to return to The Col­or Series. Unfa­mil­iar with what that is? Over the past sev­er­al weeks, I’ve chron­i­cled illus­tra­tion, embroi­dery, and sketch­books that over­whelm­ing­ly use one col­or in their com­po­si­tions. (If you’ve missed my pre­vi­ous picks, check out blue, pink, green.) Now, help­ing to round this series out are pur­ple illus­tra­tions.

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Brown Paper Bag Is on Vacation (from July 17 to July 21)

Illustration by Ellen Surrey

Ellen Surrey

Brown Paper Bag is taking a short break from July 17 to July 21.

If you’re read­ing this, I’m prob­a­bly on vaca­tion in Cal­i­for­nia! I’m deter­mined to unplug while I’m there—easier said than done. I’ll be back on Mon­day, July 24 with a con­tin­u­a­tion of The Col­or Series. Have a great week!

(I will be post­ing on Insta­gram through­out the week. Fol­low me there!)

Illustrated products

7 of the Best Creative Products to Illustrate Your Life This Week

The best creative products, July 14

1. Azylis zip­pered pouch by Manuel­la Gon­za­lez
2. A wild bou­quet hoop art by Katy Biele
3. Crea­ture of the Night lock­et by Bon­bi For­est
4. Seduc­tion sculp­ture by Jan­ice Chang
5. Fern print nap­kins by Bon­nie Kaye Stu­dio
6. Stack­able suc­cu­lent ter­rar­i­um rings by Star Strung
7. Cus­tom por­trait pil­low by camelo­tia

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Illustration, Interview

Picture Yourself as One of These Painted Women by Rachel Jo

Illustration by Rachel Jo

Last year, illus­tra­tor Rachel Jo gave her­self an assign­ment. “I decid­ed to chal­lenge myself to do a paint­ing a day for a month in Novem­ber 2016 to real­ly get my style to show some con­sis­ten­cy,” she tells me in an email. “The pro­por­tions of my fig­ures were real­ly wonky and my col­or palette was all over the place.” The 30 days were “dif­fi­cult but reward­ing,” and it’s been a big help in her cur­rent endeav­ors and over­all career.
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Embroideries Appear to Be Created With a Brush Rather Than Needle and Thread

Lauren Singleton floral and text embroidery

When I first came upon the embroi­deries of Lau­ren Sin­gle­ton, aka YesStitchYes, my imme­di­ate thought was, “They look painter­ly!” Her style, with elon­gat­ed leaves and petals, remind me of grace­ful brush strokes rather than lines poked with a nee­dle. Paired with script-style text, this hoop art has a breezy, care­free style to it—one I don’t often see in embroi­dery.

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Illustration, The Color Series

The Color Series | 15 Illustrations + Embroidery That Form a Fortress of Green

Green illustrations

Anoth­er Mon­day, anoth­er edi­tion of The Col­or Series! Over the past cou­ple of weeks, I’ve picked illus­tra­tion and crafts where one col­or dom­i­nates the rest (in a good way, of course) in com­po­si­tion and form. So far, we’ve seen tran­quil blue and pink rever­ie. Now, it’s time for green embroi­dery and green illus­tra­tions.

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