Beautifully-Adorned Ceramics by an Illustrator Named Aitch


This isn’t the first time I’ve fea­tured the work of Romanian-based illus­tra­tor Aitch on Brown Paper Bag, but it is the first time I’ve shared her ceram­ics. The flat­tened and styl­ized depic­tion of ani­mals and women focus a lot of dec­o­ra­tive sur­face design. Aitch’s illus­tra­tive sen­si­bil­i­ties trans­late well to clay, and their treat­ment is looks sim­i­lar to the Har­riet Damave’s tra­di­tional Dutch tech­nique of paint­ing cobalt oxide on porcelain.

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Cliff Dive with Sarah Jacoby: July’s Header Picture Project

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It’s JULY! Can you believe it? So, you know what that means — swim suits, cook­outs, base­ball games, and all the fun stuff that hap­pens when it’s warm out. The start of a new month also means another header for Brown Paper Bag. Hooray! This month, we have an illus­tra­tion by the won­der­ful Sarah Jacoby. She’s crafted an image per­fect for the sum­mer months, and I’m excited to share it with you today.

As always, the work is for sale in the Brown Paper Bag shop as a 4″ x 6″ print — per­fect for fram­ing! Grab one before they’re all gone.

Here’s some info on Sarah, who hap­pens to be a grad school cohort of mine and an award-winning illustrator.

Name: Sarah Jacoby
Loca­tion: Philadel­phia, but pos­si­bly soon to be Brooklyn/NY.
What was your dream job when you were 7 years old? I wanted to be every­thing all of the time. I think at age seven I was going through a foren­sic pale­on­tol­ogy phase. I think I in truth I just liked say­ing those words out loud.
Your pro­fes­sion now: Illus­tra­tor! The best job.
What’s your favorite thing to draw? Flora and fauna are my jam. You can see if I’m stuck on a piece if I have piles of papers with tiny vines drawn all over them.
What was the inspi­ra­tion for this piece? I want to be at a swim­ming hole very badly now that its July. I’m cur­rently stuck in the city. The pools aren’t even open here. For a short period I lived in Austin, Texas for a sum­mer and I will never for­get their swim­ming hole sit­u­a­tion. Very dreamy. For those who know Austin, I’m think­ing of Hamil­ton Springs though there’s no huge jump­ing cliff there.
How did you cre­ate your illus­tra­tion? Was it any dif­fer­ent than your reg­u­lar process? I like to make lit­tle water col­ors on bris­tol paper, then scan them and dig­i­tally col­lage them. It’s how I do most of my stuff. I didn’t stray from the path this time.
How high do you reckon that tall cliff is? So high! I’m scared of heights, so this is basi­cally my night­mare sit­u­a­tion. I’d like to be a the lit­tle swim­mer with the pink bathing cap though. Swim­ming in style.


Sarah Green’s Illustrations of Dinosaurs and Tiny Men That Fix Your Hair

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Happy Mon­day! Here are some delight­fully col­or­ful illus­tra­tions by Sarah Green. They fea­ture a lot of out­door scenes that are full of foxes, bun­nies, and even dinosaurs. Occa­sion­ally, her images are strange and we see fan­tas­ti­cal two-headed dogs, a woman’s long hair full of scis­sors and combs, rab­bit that’s sad­dled up and ready to ride.

Green uses a lot of tex­ture in her work. It’s dig­i­tally drawn, but she uses a vari­ety of paint brushes to give vari­ety to her line work and a sketchy, rough qual­ity to each image.

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Lisa Rupp Illustrates Entire Gardens on Dishtowels

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If you haven’t already noticed, I have a thing for flo­ral print and pat­terns. So, it’s no sur­prise that I’m in love with these bold, graphic illus­trated dish­tow­els by Lisa Rupp. There’s a nice give-and-take of small flow­ers and large blooms, and they cre­ate an entire gar­den on a linen/cotton blend.

Pur­chase these babies in Rupp’s Etsy shop! (Along with other goodies.)

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Intricately-Crafted Cut Paper Illustrations by Owen Gildersleeve

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Cut paper fans, this one’s for you. The illus­tra­tive work of Owen Gilder­sleeve is a series of bright and col­or­ful images com­posed via mul­ti­ple lay­ers of paper. Bold, graphic scenes of fan­tas­ti­cal places and hand-crafted typog­ra­phy make up his impres­sive port­fo­lio. It’s no won­der his clients include edi­to­r­ial, adver­tis­ing, and even motion graphics.

I envy his steady hand and the abil­ity to neatly cut so many tiny things!

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Guest Post: It’s Monday Again by Team Confetti

I’m really excited about today’s post. Instead of being writ­ten by me, Meike of the won­der­ful blog Team Con­fetti has brought her series It’s Mon­day Again to Brown Paper Bag. So feast your eyes on some beau­ti­ful images to start off the week.


Very nice extension! Photo via: Oon power outlet - Okum

Very nice exten­sion! Via: Oon power out­let — Okum

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Hmmmm, so good! Photo via: Oh Joy

Yummm, so good! Via: Oh Joy

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Cute little wallpaper. Photo via: Kate Zaremba

Cute lit­tle wall­pa­per. Via: Kate Zaremba

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Beautiful, soft and yet powerful images. via Fede Saenz

Beau­ti­ful, soft and yet pow­er­ful images. Via Fede Saenz


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From tower to water tower, beau­ti­ful trans­for­ma­tion! Water­tower St. Jan­sklooster — Zecc architects

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Woodspot - Seletti

Etsy Shop to Like: Kim Baise’s Mobiles and Other Creations

kim baiseInstead of my usual Fri­day roundup, I’m going to start fea­tur­ing Etsy shops that I like. (And there are a lot of them). So, to kick things off, let’s start with Kim Baise’s shop, Jik­its. You might already be famil­iar with her mobiles and awe­some papier mache cre­ations — they are delight­fully quirky and you can’t help but smile when you see them.

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Kirsten Sims’ Happy Scenes Are Lively, Sketch-like Illustrations

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These lively illus­tra­tions are the work of South African artist Kirsten Sims. Her col­or­ful scenes depict din­ners, the cir­cus, sun­bathing, and more. That all sounds pretty good to me! Sims’ style is loose and ges­tural, and these styl­ized works have the spon­tane­ity of a sketch.

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In addi­tion to her color illus­tra­tions, Sims has also crafted these gor­geous black and white com­po­si­tions. I’m intrigued by the dark rock for­ma­tion in the mid­dle of this room.

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