Paper Craft

10 Cut Paper Illustrations to Put You in Tune with Nature

paper illustration

Jayme McGowan

Out of all the approach­es to image mak­ing, cut paper illus­tra­tion is my favorite. The process is often a tedious one, but the results are awe-inspir­ing. Paper can quick­ly trans­form from a 2D com­po­si­tion into 3D, and these types of illus­tra­tions have the look of sculp­tures with ele­ments that cast shad­ows. This visu­al depth is the best part of about paper illus­tra­tion. In addi­tion, it gives you a dis­tinct feel­ing that the piece is made by hand, and that the metic­u­lous snips of the scis­sors or the slice of an X-Acto knife were all part of the jour­ney into cre­at­ing the final result.

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Illustrated products

Get Comfy with Illustrated Floor Pillows from Society6

comfy seating from Society6

The longer that Soci­ety6 is around, the more prac­ti­cal prod­ucts it car­ries. (Years ago, I bought a show­er cur­tain that I still use!)  And I’m con­tin­u­al­ly impressed with how they offer illus­tra­tors the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sell their work through prod­ucts oth­er than prints. One of their lat­est offer­ings is com­fy seating—floor pil­lows! Avail­able in square or round shapes, they’re per­fect for mak­ing a cozy read­ing nook. Or, if you’ve got a large fur­ry friend, it could be a fan­cy bed.

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Ceramics

Colorful Illustrated Ceramics That’ll Remind You of Watercolor Paintings

colorful illustrated ceramics by Elise Lefebvre
Like so many peo­ple on the inter­net, I’ve fall­en in love with the work of Elisa Lefeb­vre. The col­or­ful illus­trat­ed ceram­ics fea­ture a water­col­or-esque appli­ca­tion of glaze. So despite their strong, often stout forms, the pieces have a feel­ing of lev­i­ty and airi­ness. It’s this jux­ta­po­si­tion that makes them irre­sistible and draws you towards them—especially the ani­mal pieces. I like the peek­a­boo holes cut in cats and dogs that show­cas­es small cut leaves.

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Illustration

Fabulous Fashion Illustrations Redefining the ‘Ideal Body Type’

Isabelle Feliu fashion illustration

Last week, I fea­tured the work of Isabelle Feliu as part of my list of 16 fan­tas­ti­cal fash­ion illus­tra­tions. Since then, her paint­ings have been on my mind. Comb­ing women of all shapes and sizes, she out­fits them in fab­u­lous fash­ions from real-world design­ers like Vivet­ta and Guc­ci. The cloth­ing is con­tem­po­rary, but the Isabelle’s style of water­col­or paint­ings is rem­i­nis­cent of artists long ago. Matisse comes to mind—especially in the ges­ture of Isabelle’s fig­ures, as well as her use of bold, flat­tened shapes.

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Embroidery

Colorful Embroideries Are a Visual ‘Pick-Me-Up’ for a Drab Day

Colorful embroidery by Kelly Ryan

If you’re look­ing for col­or­ful embroi­dery to bright­en your day, then look no fur­ther than Kel­ly Ryan. The Albany-based embroi­der­er cre­ates vibrant hoop art that’s a hap­py col­li­sion of pat­terns and tex­ture. Some­times, Kel­ly is fig­u­ra­tive with her work and embroi­ders plants. Most of the time, how­ev­er, she stitch­es abstract imagery with nature-inspired shapes like leaves that are clad in the likes of magen­ta, cerulean, and lime green.

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Illustration

Slot Machines and Giant Dogs | A Peek into the MFA Illustration Practice 2017 Thesis Exhibition

installation by aditi damle

Last Fri­day, I attend­ed the open­ing of the MFA Illus­tra­tion Prac­tice the­sis exhi­bi­tion at the Mary­land Insti­tute Col­lege of Art (MICA). As an alum of the pro­gram, I’m always fas­ci­nat­ed to see how the the­sis projects turn out. These are mas­sive endeav­ors that take a whole school-year of work (your sec­ond year is ded­i­cat­ed to them), and even longer to plan. To say they’re involved is an under­state­ment.

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Ceramics, Illustrated products

Adorable Ceramic Animals Offer a Warm Smile and Home For Your Favorite Plants

Cumbucia Chic cute animal planters

Remem­ber last week when I was declar­ing my obses­sion for planters? Cum­bu­ca Chic is anoth­er online shop that makes my list. Brazil­ian artist Priscil­la Ramos is the woman behind these cute ani­mal planters, which fea­ture fox­es, whales, sloths, and even tiny capy­bara. Each is adorned with a com­bi­na­tion of shiny glaze that’s off­set by the mat­te stoneware. I like this combination—it offers a nice visu­al con­trast that proves that some­times, min­i­mal­ism can say as much as heavy dec­o­ra­tion.

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Paper Craft

Thriving Plants You Don’t Have to Water… Because They’re Made of Paper

Paper cactus

Some peo­ple lack the green thumb nec­es­sary to take care of plants. If you’re one of them, here’s a solu­tion for you—no water­ing nec­es­sary! Tania of Lisso­va Craft cre­ates tiny paper craft cac­ti that you can hold in the palm of your hand. Each pot­ted plant is indi­vid­u­al­ly cut and intri­cate­ly detailed with things like dec­o­ra­tive planters and tiny flow­ers. Lisso­va will use a dif­fer­ent types of papers to cre­ate a vari­ety of tex­ture, as well as cut­ting fringe into the paper itself.

These paper cacti are available on greeting cards and as original art in the Lissa Craft Etsy shop. And if you want to see works in progress, follow Tania on Instagram.

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Embroidery

Black Fabric Sets a Spectacular Stage for Colorful Embroidered Hoop Art

Embroidered hoop art by Tusk and Cardinal

When it comes to hoop art, light-col­ored fab­rics are a pop­u­lar choice to embroi­der on. But, don’t over­look dark cloth. As Lind­say Swearin­gen demon­strates, it too can cre­ate beau­ti­ful pieces. Under the moniker Tusk and Car­di­nal, the Cal­i­forn­ian sews nature-inspired pieces that show­case, most notably, flow­ers and hands on a black back­ground. The con­trast makes her designs pop, and I love the tat­too aes­thet­ic that she has in some of her pieces. The crea­tures, in par­tic­u­lar, have the dis­tinct feel­ing of black­work-style body art.

Follow along with Lindsay’s hoop art on Instagram. And for her embroidered goods, head to the Tusk and Cardinal Etsy shop.

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