Simple Line Drawings Burst in Beautiful Blooms

Katie Vernon

Sim­ple line draw­ings of ani­mals seem­ingly burst into bloom in these beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions by Katie Ver­non. Her col­or­ful addi­tions cloak parts of the crea­tures in rainbow-colored petals and leaves, show­ing just how inti­mately tied they are to this earth.

All of these pieces are avail­able as prints through Katie’s Etsy shop called Chip­munk Cheeks. Right now, she’s hav­ing a sale—buy any three 8″ x 10″ prints for $45! A nice time to start a col­lec­tion, huh? (Via So Super Awe­some)

Katie Vernon

Katie Vernon








Speckled Canary

EXTENDED! Sign up for Mapping Memories (in Washi Tape) Until August 31!

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about my washi tape project called Map­ping Mem­o­ries. I started it through Speck­led Canary, my newest endeavor that plans fun art projects for every­one to enjoy!

The orig­i­nal dead­line to sign up was August 16… but I’m happy to announce it’s been extended until August 31. So if you were think­ing about sign­ing up, you still have the chance!

Never heard of Map­ping Mem­o­ries? Find out more below.

Washi tape art­work by Marisa of Omiyage!

Map­ping Mem­o­ries revolves washi tape, which I absolutely love. It’s great—there are so many bright col­ors and pat­terns. Washi tape makes every­thing more fun! Map­ping Mem­o­ries takes advan­tage of these slightly-transparent tapes and invites par­tic­i­pants to make art with it. I’ve part­nered with Marisa of the won­der­ful shop Omiyage for this project. She’s gen­er­ously pro­vided an exclu­sive dis­count code for participants.

Theme: The project theme is “mem­o­ries,” (your mem­o­ries, specif­i­cally). Once you’re done, you’ll send their fin­ished piece to me and I’ll add it to a spe­cial map show­cas­ing everyone’s washi tape mem­o­ries around the world. See what that map looks like - it’s a cus­tom Google map.

The dead­line for art­work is Novem­ber 15, 2015. 

Con­test: Map­ping Mem­o­ries is also a con­test! Prizes will be awarded to the top three art­works. Omiyage and Speck­led Canary are pro­vid­ing prizes.

Some of the "Washi Tape Starter Kits" I've sent!

Some of the “Washi Tape Starter Kits” I’ve sent!

No tape? No prob­lem! There is so much vari­ety in washi tape that it can be over­whelm­ing to choose! For par­tic­i­pants who don’t have any tape, we’re offer­ing a spe­cial Washi Tape Starter Kit that comes with 5 rolls of custom-selected tape from the fol­low­ing brands: MT, maste, and Clas­siky. The kit is $15 and avail­able internationally.

For those who already have a ton of tape, the cost to par­tic­i­pate is cut by a third — $3 gets you into the project + an exclu­sive promo code for 20% off any­thing in the Omiyage shop.

Hope you participate!

Illustrated products, Lately & Liked

My 7 Weekly Illustrated Obsessions

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1 // Illus­trated Play­ing Cards by 1canoe2 (via So Super Awe­some)
2 // Alpaca cook­ies by Kobito (the entire Insta­gram is ADORABLE)
3 // Druids by Pete Cromer
4 // Lit­tle Hand sil­ver neck­lace by hirn&herz
5 // Spotty Bear Planter by Jo Luck­sted Ceram­ics
6 // Illus­trated Pen­cil Case by Mal­ota
7 // Dog Leather Key Ring by noraklotz

And in other illus­trated prod­uct news…


Remem­ber the Mem­ory game by Aitch and Saddo that I fea­tured in June? Well, it’s now offi­cially for sale via Aitch’s Etsy shop. Pick it up if you haven’t already.

Happy week­end!

Paper Craft

Yelena Bryksenkova’s Beautiful Hand-Cut Window Display in Montreal

Yelena Bryksenkova
I need to plan a visit to Mon­treal! Yelena Bryk­senkova has recently com­pleted a win­dow dis­play at Cit­i­zen Vin­tage, a vin­tage cloth­ing store. She hand-cut the design out of paper and attached it directly to the glass with strategically-laced double-stick tape. If you’re local to the area, be sure to stop by and check it out—the design, along with prints and cards, are avail­able for sale at the shop all month long.

Yelena Bryksenkova





Illustration Education

Start Where You Are: A(n Illustrated) Journal for Self Exploration

Start Where You Are

Have you ever thought about start­ing a new project, talked about start­ing it, but kept hold­ing off for the “right” time? I often suf­fer from this, even going as plan­ning to make a plan. Ha! Most of the time, I end up procrastinating.

The truth is, there’s often no right time to start something—you just have to jump in with both feet and fig­ure things out as they come. It’s a scary prospect, but one that’s made a lit­tle eas­ier with the help of Meera Lee Patel’s beautifully-illustrated Start Where You Are: A Jour­nal for Self Explo­ration. The book, which is avail­able as of TODAY, is intended for you get to know your­self bet­ter with exer­cises that include writ­ing, draw­ing, and chart-making.

In addi­tion to the help­ful work­book aspect, the jour­nal is packed with hand-lettered quotes and water­color paint­ings done in Meera’s sig­na­ture style. Look­ing through it, I’m excited to begin! If you buy it, please let me know (in the com­ments). Maybe we can orga­nize a lit­tle online meet up every once and a while to dis­cuss it!

Below are some of my favorite spreads, but the over­all book is so beau­ti­ful. I’d rec­om­mend look­ing through the entire thing again and again!

Start Where You Are

Start Where You Are








Paper Craft

Sweet Sentiments in Cut Paper Illustrations by Jotaká


Ya’ll know I love cut paper illus­tra­tions. So, imag­ine my delight when I dis­cov­ered the work of Jotaká, an illus­tra­tor from Valen­cia, Spain. His project called La siesta is a per­sonal project “about hugs, the impor­tance and the ideal time to receive them.” The bright por­traits are a tan­gle of limbs as peo­ple wrap their arms around each other in a lov­ing embrace. Not only humans, though, but other things, too—cats, dogs, books, and records.

There are cou­ple of things I really enjoy about Jotaká’s series: one is the sweet sen­ti­ment that the images con­vey; another is the styl­is­tic choice of lay­er­ing the paper shapes to cre­ate some depth and three dimensionality.

FYI — I first posted La siesta on my Tum­blr last Thurs­day night. Fol­low it for some fun illus­tra­tion extras!



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Illustrated products

My 7 Weekly Illustrated Product Obsessions


1  // Gomi Doll by Andrea Kang for Momiji
2 // Donut Paper Plates by Leif Shop
3 // Wooden Nest­ing Dolls by Helen Dardik for the lit­tle dröm store
4 // Cac­tus Sculp­ture by Willis Brewer for Gen­eral Store
5 // Fancy Spaniel Bowl by For­age Stu­dios
6 // Fox Mask by Ninn Apouladaki
7 // Exotic Taste Swatch

Happy week­end, ya’ll! I hope you have some­thing fun planned. I’m in Cleve­land vis­it­ing one of my best pals and awe­some illus­tra­tor, Per­rin. I’ll be back on Monday.

In the mean­time, don’t for­get to check out my Map­ping Mem­o­ries project with Speck­led Canary—make art using washi tape and win awe­some prizes! Sign up now and I’ll send you 5 rolls of tape to start.

Lately & Liked

10 Fantastic Podcasts to Listen to While You Work



Illus­tra­tion can be a lonely activ­ity, but it feels infi­nitely less so when you lis­ten to a great pod­cast! I cur­rently sub­scribe to about 25, and the gen­res range from com­edy to crime to inter­views… and much more.

Here are 10 of my favorites — give ‘em a try — and let me know the pod­casts you enjoy! I’d love to cre­ate a giant list that we can all refer to when want to lis­ten to some­thing new.

In no par­tic­u­lar order…

1. This Amer­i­can Life // TAL is the first pod­cast I ever sub­scribed to, and it’s my Monday-morning rit­ual to lis­ten to it. The episodes, which are dif­fer­ent sto­ries revolv­ing around a cen­tral theme, will make you laugh, cry, and even con­tem­plate your own mor­tal­ity. Plus, Ira Glass is great.

2. Death, Sex, & Money // Host Anna Sale inter­views peo­ple, both famous and not, about their lives, specif­i­cally about death, sex, and money. She has the incred­i­ble gift of get­ting peo­ple to open up and be vul­ner­a­ble, which makes her inter­views even more fascinating.

3. Strangers // Do/did you ever lis­ten to The Moth? Lea Thau was its for­mer direc­tor, and she started Strangers pod­cast fea­tur­ing, “true sto­ries about peo­ple we meet, the heart­breaks we suf­fer, the kind­nesses we encounter, and those fright­ful moments when we dis­cover that we aren’t even who we thought we were…” This tale blew my mind: the teacher who couldn’t read.

4. Reply All // This podcast’s tagline is “A show about the Inter­net,” but it’s so much more. Many of the episodes start on the Inter­net, but go deeper and explore how we rec­on­cile the online with basic human nature.  Also, the ban­ter between the hosts PJ and Alex is totally delightful.

5. Crim­i­nal // Crim­i­nal is a pod­cast about crime, often focus­ing on more “off­beat” wrong doings. One of their lat­est episodes was about peo­ple steal­ing pet­ri­fied wood from a US National Park!

6. You Must Remem­ber This // Do you enjoy film? If so, you’ve got to lis­ten to this won­der­ful show. Karina Long­worth explores the secret and/or for­got­ten his­to­ries of Hollywood’s first century.

7. Love + Radio // It’s hard to describe this story-telling pod­cast. The off­beat tales, often explicit in nature, are some of the most inter­est­ing things I’ve ever lis­tened to. There’s often lit­tle con­text in the episodes — they just begin, and you’re left try­ing to fig­ure out the details. I love it.

8. Mys­tery Show // This pod­cast is so much fun! Host Star­lee Kine solves a new mys­tery each episode. The catch: it can’t be some­thing that can be solved by sim­ply Googling the answer. As you might imag­ine, this sends her down some enter­tain­ing rab­bit holes. “It’s the jour­ney not the des­ti­na­tion” is an apt way of describ­ing it.

9. Uhh Yeah Dude // Hosts Jonathan and Seth describe their show as “Amer­ica Through the Eyes of Two Amer­i­can Amer­i­cans.” It’s a funny cur­rent events pod­cast with great ban­ter from two long-time friends.

10. StartUp // If you’re inter­ested in entre­pre­neuri­al­ism, StartUp is a great lis­ten. Each sea­son cov­ers a new busi­ness, and you get an in-depth look at strug­gles and tri­umphs that go along with it. Totally not bor­ing and you can learn a lot, too! Be sure to start from sea­son 1.

So, what pod­casts do you lis­ten to? Let me know in the com­ments or on Twit­ter!

Paper Craft

Amazing Hand-Crafted Paper Sculptures by Miguel Dias

Miguel Dias

Color me impressed with these vibrant paper sculp­tures by Miguel Dias! He’s crafted a pair of binoc­u­lars, a meat grinder, and a soap bot­tle all by hand, fold­ing and cut­ting the mate­r­ial into the proper low-poly shapes. The geo­met­ric forms also include fun details like paper typog­ra­phy and vibrant repeat patterns.

Dias says that the Meat You project was used for self pro­mo­tion. Con­sid­er­ing how intri­cate this meat “machine” is, let’s hope he gets/got a few jobs out of it. After all, Miguel took the time to craft it a tiny crank AND blades! I can’t say I’d do the same. (via Brown Paper Bag sub­mis­sions)

Miguel Dias

Miguel Dias










Beautifully Fantastical Adventures Painted by Sang Miao


Aren’t these beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions by art stu­dent Sang Miao? Loose, ges­tural brush strokes depict nature scenes where walks in the woods turn into fan­tas­ti­cal adven­tures with crit­ters, can­dies, and ghosts. Take a care­ful look at these com­po­si­tions and you’ll see all of the great details that each has to offer. What’s your favorite part?

Sang Miao

Sang Miao

Sang Miao