Illustrator, Printmaking

Colorful Patterns Created with Linocuts by Andrea Lauren

Andrea Lauren

Andrea Lau­ren is a pat­tern maker liv­ing in Asheville, North Car­olina.  Many of her col­or­ful, designy illus­tra­tions are inspired by nature, but she also throws some toys and tea in there, too.

Andrea uses a vari­ety of hand-rendered tech­niques in her pat­tern pro­duc­tion, and they’re meant for dig­i­tal tex­tile print­ing. “I’m par­tic­u­larly drawn to linocuts, pen & ink, and cut paper,” she writes on her web­site. Check out her Spoon­flower shop for more.

If you’re inter­ested in print­mak­ing, be sure to read Andrea’s blog, Ink Print Repeat. She shares help­ful tips (includ­ing sup­plies she uses) as well as fun in-progress work.

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Paper Craft

Eclectic Paper Landscapes by Ink Studio Celebrate 2015

Ink Studio

So it’s not exactly the new year, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy this cut paper piece by Ink Stu­dio. Look closely, and you’ll see that this col­or­ful land­scape spells out “15” (as in 2015). It’s part of their yearly paper design project.

This hand-crafted piece uti­lizes a vari­ety of tex­tures and con­struc­tion tech­niques. It was made by sev­eral peo­ple, and the eclec­tic style is reflected in the different-looking low-poly and X-acto cut outs. My favorite part is the bird with its pink and green plumage.

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Here’s their 2014 creation:

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Delightfully Fun Paper Puppets by Sara Guindon

Sara Guindon

Did you ever play with paper dolls? I did when I was younger, and so I was instantly attracted to Sara Guindon’s delight­ful paper toys. They fea­ture char­ac­ters dressed to the nines who do things like play gui­tar, look through their binoc­u­lars, and draw in their sketch­books. Fun!

Each pup­pet is hand­made and printed on acid-free card stock. Their move­able joints are secured by brads and are able to move up and down. Some are avail­able for pur­chase on Sara’s Etsy shop.

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Digitally Embroidered Celebrity Portraits by Ashlee Woo

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David Bowie

Ash­lee Woo cre­ates por­traits of celebri­ties, artists, and polit­i­cal lead­ers using a com­bi­na­tion of dig­i­tal embroi­dery and silk screen. The abstract images fea­ture thick stitched lines that define the large, bold shapes of the sub­ject. Smaller, more expres­sive embroi­dery adds fun details like crazy hair styles and del­i­cate facial fea­tures. This com­bi­na­tion pro­duces unique pro­files that cap­ture both a like­ness as well as an essence of their per­son­al­ity. Love!

H/T @sbuzelli

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Kim Jong En

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Keith Har­ring

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Mick Jagger

Mick Jag­ger

Salvador Dali

Sal­vador Dali

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly



Lately & Liked

My Illustrated Product Obsessions of This Week


I’m try­ing a new seg­ment on Brown Paper Bag where I list the illus­trated prod­ucts I’ve lusted over the past week.  I always try to buy things that have illus­tra­tion on them (or an illus­tra­tive qual­ity to them) because I find that it makes me hap­pier. And, we have choices when we pur­chase things, so why the heck not?

Above: Straw­berry bowl by Jor­dan Sondler

More obses­sions:

Chif­fon scarf by Aimee Bee Brooks / Brass fly studs (ear­rings) by Dat­ter Indus­tries / Empa­thy Cards by Emily McDow­ell (I also wrote about these on My Mod­ern Met) / Wooden Sriracha sauce bot­tle by Her­man Marie / Planty Tea Towel by Leah Dun­can / Small Octo­pus plush toy by BigStuffed / Heav­enly Hon­ey­comb blan­ket by Anna Back­lund / Poly­mer clay arc­tic fox by Vic­to­ria Lucy

What have you been obsess­ing over this week? Sub­mit a link via this form and I might fea­ture it on this post next Friday!



Rich Mythologies Foster Elegant Shapes by Marta Kubiczek


Pol­ish illus­tra­tor Marta Kubiczek com­bines soft tex­tures and dig­i­tal col­ors with a heavy empha­sis on shape design. Fig­ures, flow­ers, and ani­mals are often com­prised of one ele­gant form.

Sto­ry­telling is at the fore­front of Marta’s work. Often, her images are based on mytholo­gies and poems. It’s a rich basis for image cre­ation and gives her the oppor­tu­nity to incor­po­rate imagery that she might not have used otherwise.

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Imaginatively-Crafted Illustrations (+Zelda!) by Daniel Shaffer

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I’ve only recently become acquainted with Daniel Shaffer’s illus­tra­tions, but I am sure glad that I did. His paint­ings are great. They’re lus­ciously col­ored, imag­i­na­tive, fun, and have a bit of geeky charm. (Zelda has made an appear­ance a cou­ple of times.)

Daniel says he’s a digital-freelance illus­tra­tor. For work­ing on the com­puter, he does a fan­tas­tic job at mak­ing his work feel like it’s hand painted. The dry brush­ing def­i­nitely gives it a vin­tage feel, and I’m reminded of Mary Blair — one of my favorite illustrators!

Pick up some of Daniel’s prints on INPRINT.

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Scurry Past These Gigantic Florals by Melissa Castrillon

Melissa Castrillon

This illus­tra­tion (above) by Melissa Cas­tril­lon is one that I’ve admired for a long time. I love the min­i­mal­ist use of color and all of the delight­ful things that are hid­den within the com­po­si­tion. It isn’t just about this big, castle-like house. There are small crea­tures romp­ing around the over­sized flow­ers and trees.

These busy land­scapes are a recur­ring theme in Melissa’s work. Below, you’ll see other similarly-colored com­po­si­tions and tiny lines. Much of it is screen printed with traces of off­set pig­ments visible

Some of these images are avail­able as prints in Melissa’s online shop. She also has ceram­ics for sale, too!

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Exquisitely Minimalist Embroideries by Miga de Pan

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Miga de Pan is the label under which Buenos Aires-based crafter Adri­ana Tor­res cre­ates her work. Her exquis­ite and min­i­mal­ist pieces are a lovely com­bi­na­tion of tex­ture and line. Quiet scenes fea­tur­ing wood­land crea­tures, geo­met­ric shapes, and even archi­tec­ture are sewn onto natural-colored back­grounds. These images are inspired with the help of Adriana’s ded­i­ca­tion and for­mal train­ing in a num­ber of fields: archi­tec­ture, graphic design, illus­tra­tion and gen­eral fine arts.

As some­one who embroi­ders for fun, I am lov­ing the vari­ety of stitches that Adri­ana uses. It adds keeps things visu­ally inter­est­ing. My eye doesn’t get bored look­ing at the same stitch over and over — instead, I find myself keenly exam­in­ing every part of her handiwork.

Fol­low Miga de Pan on Face­bookInsta­gram, and Pin­ter­est.

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