Elegant Illustrations of Animal Hybrids with Landscapes Bodies

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Daniel Mackie’s water­color paint­ings depict ani­mals that have lush land­scapes con­tained within their bod­ies. A black cat with large eyes has tem­pes­tu­ous sea and giant ship trav­el­ing through its ele­gant body. Like­wise, an owl fea­tures a moon­lit path wind­ing on its chest.

Navy tat­toos are a source of inspi­ra­tions for these illus­tra­tions. Daniel’s web­site, The DM Col­lec­tion, fur­ther describes the process:

In order for the paint­ings to work with so much detail, the shape of the ani­mal was key in the design, it had to be instantly rec­og­niz­able as the crea­ture it rep­re­sented, here Daniel took his cue from Art Deco, keep­ing the shape of the ani­mal as sim­ple as pos­si­ble. Daniel is a big fan of the print­mak­ers of the Ukiyo-e period which was between the 17th and the 20th centuries.

These illus­tra­tions are avail­able in cards, prints, note­books, and more. Buy em here!

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Lately & Liked

Soap Packaging So Lovely You Won’t Want to Open It


Do you ever buy things just based on their pack­ag­ing? I totally do. It adds a whole other level of prod­uct enjoy­ment for me. I also keep some pack­ing that I really like. This tea towel by Mir­di­nara Kitchen, for instance, was almost too lovely to open.

Lately, I find myself look­ing (and really lik­ing) soap labels. The for­mat lends itself well to charm­ing illus­tra­tion and fun design. There’s a lot of pack­ag­ing real estate to make some­thing beau­ti­ful. After all, just look at all the great scenes that Emma Block pro­duced on the Hand in Hand Sus­tain­able Suds wrap­pers (above).

Savon Sto­ries

Designed by Menta.

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[botani] COAL

Designed by Lemon Sanuk Kim.

Wool­worths Soap Shop

Designed by Nicole Bird.



Drum Roll, Please… Announcing the Collage Contest Winner!


We finally have a win­ner! After much delib­er­a­tion, Emily Haasch’s col­lage was selected by Papir­mass for inclu­sion in an upcom­ing issue (plus a cash prize and free sub­scrip­tion.)  “It’s a very inno­v­a­tive use of col­lage and am impressed with the effect she has achieved with such a lim­ited color scheme,” Kirsten (of Papir­mass) told me. (Read more about how they made their deci­sion.) Emily’s swap part­ner, Ian Caulkett wins a free sub­scrip­tion, too.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, Emily! Great work. And remem­ber, all Col­lage Scrap Exchange par­tic­i­pants — you can view all sub­mis­sions here. (While you’re there, click on thumb­nail of a col­lage to see it enlarged.)

Lately & Liked

Friday Round Up: 10 Product Recommendations from ArtSnacks

ArtSnacks April Box via @asdfmariely

Art­Snacks April Box via @asdfmariely

For months, I’ve been think­ing about doing a post that cov­ers art mate­ri­als. Specif­i­cally, prod­ucts that are help­ful and seem fun to try. I don’t test out enough of these items in my day-to-day life, and so I have the help of some­one who does! Sarah Ruben­stein of Art Snacks com­piled a list of what to try.  I’ll have her take it from here:

Art­Snacks is a monthly sub­scrip­tion box to the best art sup­plies. Every month, we send you 4–5 full-size art prod­ucts that range from pens and pen­cils, to inks and paints. Once you get your box, we encour­age you to cre­ate a piece of art­work using only the items in the box. When you’ve made your mas­ter piece, share it on any social media out­lets with the hash­tag #artsnackschallenge.

Tombow Mono Zero Eraser

The MONO Zero Eraser by Tombow has a sweet pen-style grip, so the expe­ri­ence of using an eraser doesn’t change — com­pared to using a pen­cil. It’s really great for using within detailed pen­cil drawings.

Palomino Black­wing 602

The Palomino fam­ily includes 3 dif­fer­ent eraser-topped pen­cils – but this one is a favorite of ours. The lead in this cedar pen­cil makes for a darker black than your aver­age pen­cil, even with less pres­sure. It has a vel­vety draw­ing tex­ture and a firm weight.

Cat­a­lyst Con­tour (Series 20)

This lit­tle guy gives you a very dif­fer­ent paint­ing expe­ri­ence. The Cat­a­lyst Con­tour by Prince­ton Brush is basi­cally a wedge that pushes paint around a sur­face with ease, and cre­ates shapes you wouldn’t get with a reg­u­lar brush.

Copic Ciao Marker

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Every­one loves a reli­able Copic marker. This is a professional-grade, double-ended marker with the abil­ity to blend like no other. The high-quality color cre­ates dimen­sion in any illus­tra­tion or design.

M. Gra­ham & Co. Artists’ Gouache

M. Gra­ham & Co. Artists’ Gouache has a sim­i­lar recipe to their water­color paints. The honey-based gouache won’t crack or chip when dry. You’ll achieve very fine lines with­out a prob­lem, and with a con­sis­tency of soft but­ter, it’s suit­able for impasto or thick brush work.

Con­nois­seur Pro­tégé Short Han­dle Pre­mium Tak­lon Brush

This is a professional-grade brush that is short in size, and will han­dle any type of paint. It makes a great mark when paired with the M. Gra­ham & Co. Artists’ Gouache, and is just a sta­ple item to have in your art bin.

Copic Mul­ti­liner

The Copic Mul­ti­liner is a new detail­ing ink pen with a high qual­ity mark. It has pig­ment– based ink, and is great for fine art, design, comics, col­lage, writ­ing and doodling.

Genie Can­vas Mini

The Genie Can­vas Mini is the first and only fully col­lapsi­ble can­vas out on the mar­ket. Made in a vari­ety of sizes, you can stretch it tight over a few wooden dow­els, and take it apart when your paint­ing is dry. It’s super easy to roll up and send to a friend.

KRINK K-80 Per­ma­nent Paint Stick

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Atten­tion: This is just another crayon. The KRINK K-80 Per­ma­nent Paint Stick is a new prod­uct from KRINK, and is actu­ally a solid stick of thick paint that cre­ates a tex­tured line, resem­bling the mark/line left by a crayon. It’s really cool.

Pen­talic Soft Pastel

We love con­ve­nience, and when it comes to grab­bing art sup­plies on the go, we reach for our Pen­talic Soft Pas­tels. This petite four-pack of pas­tels is neatly packed in a small box, mak­ing it per­fect for sketch­ing on the go.

Thanks, Sarah!

Sculpture, Textiles

Elin Thomas Makes Moldy Petri Dishes Look Cuddly

Elin Thomas

Artist Elin Thomas makes moldy petri dishes look cute and cud­dly. Using a com­bi­na­tion of embroi­dery thread, cro­chet, and nee­dle felt­ing, she cre­ates unique tex­tile pieces. The fuzzy felt pro­duces the effect of tiny hairs sprout­ing from the yarn spores.

If some­thing has mold on it, I’m usu­ally grossed out. But not with Elin’s work! She’s able to make these sci­ence projects into appeal­ing brooches, rings, and art for your home. Check out more of her acces­sories on Etsy.


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Elin Thomas

Elin Thomas









Colorfully Fun Enamel Pins by Big Bud Press

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Illus­tra­tor Lacey Micallef has been a life­long col­lec­tor and trader of pins. She cre­ated Big Bud Press as a way to com­bine this beloved pas­time with her artis­tic career.  The 1″ (and larger) hard enamel pins are made from plated metal, filled with col­ored resin, and baked at a high temperature.

Lacey’s designs are super fun, fea­tur­ing golden eggs, banana leafs, orange blos­soms, and more. She also col­lab­o­rated with Martha Porter of Buried Dia­mond on a dog, hand, and water­melon pin.

Big Bud Press recently launched — April 13, to be exact — and I’m super excited to see how it devel­ops. Also, I am in love with Lacey’s styling! She uses minia­tures to frame the pins in these col­or­ful, sur­real scenes.

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Illustrator, Paper Craft

Faye Moorhouse Lets Ink Do Its Thing With Gorgeous Results

Faye Moorhouse

Faye Moor­house is an illus­tra­tor who I’ve admired for years.  The Brighton-based cre­ative works in water-based media and lets it flow freely on the page. I love its loose­ness and see­ing the feath­ered ink cre­ate their own dif­fused tex­ture sep­a­rate from what Faye draws. This soft­ness, cou­pled with often-abstract com­po­si­tions, pro­duces a dream­like effect in her compositions.

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And a lit­tle extra! Faye has her own Etsy shop. Here are some of my favorite paper wares from it.

Paper mobile

Paper mobile

Paper doll kit

Paper doll kit

Sausage dog garland

Sausage dog garland



Paper Craft

Angela Rio Reimagines the Indoors and Outdoors with Paper

Angela Rio

That dynamic GIF, high­light­ing the pos­i­tive effects of wind energy, is by Philadelphia-based illus­tra­tor Angela Rio. She’s another paper crafter that recently caught my eye, and she uses the mate­r­ial to pro­duce inte­rior and out­door scenes.

Some­times, Angela will layer bits of paper to give the illu­sion of vol­ume, while other times she’ll draw on top of it. This mixed-media approach cre­ates a sense of space using per­spec­tive. Check out her col­lages and pat­terns for more! (Tum­blr, too.)

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BPB Projects

Collage Scrap Exchange: My Short List (And Other News)

If you par­tic­i­pated in the Col­lage Scrap Exchange, you might be won­der­ing a cou­ple of things:

1. Where can I see everyone’s sub­mis­sions?
2. Who is the winner??

Well, I have a def­i­nite answer for your first ques­tion. You can now view everyone’s sub­mis­sion on the Col­lage Scrap Exchange web­site. There are a lot of entries (496!), but luck­ily, it’s end­less scrolling, so go crazy!

As for the sec­ond ques­tion… we haven’t selected a win­ner yet, but we’re get­ting close. Kirsten of Papir­mass and I both cre­ated “short lists” of entries that we liked, and she’ll ulti­mately decide who will grace an upcom­ing issue of Papir­mass. The win­ner will be announced next Fri­day, so stay tuned. In the mean­time, view her list here!

These col­lages are plucked from my short list. If you’ve been read­ing my round up posts all along, then you might rec­og­nize some of these. And, at the risk of sound­ing like a bro­ken record, I want to say how dif­fi­cult it was to nar­row down the list. There were so many strong sub­mis­sions — we had our work cut out for us.

To all par­tic­i­pants — thank you so much for tak­ing the time for the Col­lage Scrap Exchange. It has been an amaz­ing expe­ri­ence to talk to ya’ll and see your work. And, if you weren’t able to join in the fun, no wor­ries! This Exchange will be hap­pen­ing again.

Jude Worters

Jude Worters

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes


Sonia Poli’s Exquisite “Vegetal Gradiant” Paper Sculpture


This exquis­ite piece by illus­tra­tor Sonia Poli is called Veg­e­tal Gra­di­ant. It’s made from paper and mounted in an embroi­dery frame. Sonia writes:

While fol­low­ing my path through the paper col­lage world and I sim­ply came up with this. Tired of frames, I wanted my col­lage to act more like a sculp­ture. After play­ing around with fish for my pre­vi­ous exhi­bi­tion, I used the same tech­nique (gra­di­ent from navy blue to a lighter/brighter color) for another favorite thing of mine, leaves.

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