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







Drawing, Illustrator

Wave Your Flag for Mathilde Vangheluwe’s Fantastic Drawings

Mathilde Vangheluwe

Not every artist can make their sketches appear like fin­ished works, and vice versa — not every fin­ished piece can have the qual­i­ties of a sketch. Mathilde Vangheluwe is an illus­tra­tor who rides this fine line, and she col­ors her draw­ings with the soft hues of col­ored pen­cils, often leav­ing her ini­tial graphite sketch vis­i­ble. This tech­nique is great way to add some shine and pol­ish to some­thing that can feel raw.

Check out Mathilde’s illus­trated prod­ucts in her shop!

Mathilde Vangheluwe

Mathilde Vangheluwe







Illustrated products, Lately & Liked

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


1 //  Metal Fox Book­ends by Des­ig­nAte­lier­Ar­ti­cle
2 // Many Peo­ple shirt by G.Kero
3 // Friends will be friends tote bag by Daniela Tieni (on Society6)
4 // Flo­ral Sci­ence Brooches by Andsmile Stu­dio
5 // Ani­mal Woman (sculp­ture) by Mon­ica Ramos
6 // Vans x Eley Kishi­moto jog­gers (via Design Milk)
7 // Swan Patch and Pins by Rose­hound Apparel  (via @fieldguided)

Happy Fri­day! I hope your week­end will be bet­ter than mine — this week­end, I move once and for all! Pack­ing up my entire life always takes much longer than I think it will…

Tell me what illus­trated prod­ucts you’re obsess­ing over! Leave me a com­ment with a link.


Fantastic Retro-Style Illustrations by Loris Lora

Lois Lora

Loris Lora’s illus­tra­tions are a won­der­ful fusion of con­tem­po­rary imagery and a retro artis­tic style. Using gouache, a dry-brushing tech­nique, and some­times cut paper, she paints por­traits of peo­ple admir­ing their sur­round­ings, dress­ing in cos­tume, and strum­ming on the guitar.

Loris was recently in a show at the Flower Pep­per Gallery in Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia. The exhi­bi­tion was called An Open Diary, and it brought together artists who “share a play­ful sen­si­bil­ity and enjoy high­light­ing life’s small and often­times over­looked moments.” You can def­i­nitely see these instance in Lois’ work — she shows us that it’s not all about hus­tle and bus­tle. Some­times, you have stop and appre­ci­ate what’s right in front of you every day.

Buy orig­i­nal art by Loris through Flower Pep­per Gallery’s web­site! (Also: fol­low them on Insta­gram. They’re always post­ing great stuff.)

Lois Lora

Lois Lora







Illustrator, Textiles

My Studio: ‘Favorite Bites in Baltimore’ Embroidery

Sara Barnes embroidery

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a glimpse into my stu­dio! Here’s a fun embroi­dery I’ve been work­ing on the past cou­ple of weeks. It com­bines two things I love: stitch­ing and good food.

The [work­ing] title for this piece is called Favorite Bites in Bal­ti­more, and it will include a half dozen of my favorite things I’ve eaten while liv­ing in Bal­ti­more. So far, I’ve com­pleted S’mores in a Jar from Hamil­ton Tav­ern and the Dirty­boy from Bun Shop. Now, I’m in the mid­dle of a slice of pizza from Joe Squared.

I’m plan­ning on embroi­der­ing a few more foods, but nar­row­ing down the choices has been really hard. Bal­ti­more has some great restaurants!

(Fol­low me on Insta­gram to see reg­u­lar updates of what I’m work­ing on.)

Sara Barnes embroidery



Illustrator, Textiles

Izziyana Suhaimi Embroiders on Her Drawings to Keep Them Warm

Izziyana Suhaimi

For many years, I embroi­dered on paper. It’s not the eas­i­est way to work, but it sure cre­ates an inter­est­ing, unex­pected effect that can act as a sub­sti­tute for a pen, pen­cil, or paint. With this idea in mind, illus­tra­tor Izziyana Suhaimi com­bines draw­ing and thread in her series of por­traits called Friends to keep you warm. The images are what you might expect from the title — peo­ple are depicted wear­ing col­or­ful, whim­si­cal hats and scarves. Izziyana draws their faces with a fine-tipped pen and adds a lit­tle shad­ing. Then, she stitches and knits their acces­sories so they’ll never be with­out some­thing on their head or neck.

(Thanks for the link, Marisa!!)

Izziyana Suhaimi

Izziyana Suhaimi






Illustrator, Paper Craft

Meghan Stratman Creates Telling Vingettes from Carefully-Cut Paper

Meghan Stratman

Nebraska-based artist Meghan Strat­man fash­ions her col­or­ful por­traits into telling vignettes, as if you were look­ing at a film still or a comic book panel. “I am drawn to sto­ries and lore in all forms,” she writes, “books, movies, video games, the­atre, myths, and urban leg­ends.” Sub­jects like ghosts, girls, mon­sters, and ani­mals are paired with themes of friend­ship and lone­li­ness, with a nod to urban decay and aban­doned spaces.

Meghan’s beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tions are crafted out of paper with some tiny details drawn using col­ored pen­cils. Look closely and you’ll see all of the carefully-cut shapes and speck­led paper. Lovely!

Check out Meghan’s Etsy shop called Bunny Pirates and pick up a print or postcard.

Meghan Stratman

Meghan Stratman









Illustrated products, Sculpture

These are the Cutest 3D-Printed Characters You’ll See Today


Aren’t these the cutest? I think I’m in love. Melbourne-based MIMAW (short for Micro.Macro.Workshop) cre­ated these char­ac­ter bowls, which dou­ble as delight­ful pen­cil hold­ers and planters. They have 3D-printed bod­ies and hand-painted details (like those smil­ing faces!). MIMAW uses biodegrad­able PLA (Poly Lac­tic Acid), which is used in food pack­ag­ing and con­tain­ers. It’s strong, durable, and won’t shat­ter like porcelain.

MIMAW is pas­sion­ate about com­bin­ing emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and tra­di­tional meth­ods of work­ing, pro­duc­ing func­tional pieces that “inject delight and embed itself in the everyday.”

Now, the big ques­tion is… which one do I pick?












Illustrated products

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Product Obsessions


1 // Hand­painted Flo­ral Spring Shirt by Pur­ple Fish­bowl
2 // Scan­di­na­vian Retro Toy Folk by Gunna Ydri
3 // Soft Leather Cac­tus Pouch by Amelie Mancini
5 // Ves­sels by Louise Madzia
4 // French Bull­dog Patches by Natali Koro­moto
6 // Eye Ear Jacket Ear­ring by Boo + Boo fac­tory
7 // Poppy Bou­quet Neck­lace by Layla Amber

In other illus­trated prod­uct news…

// On Mon­day, I did a roundup of 10 illus­trated shower cur­tains avail­able on Society6. They’re all great, and I ended up buy­ing this one by Tea­gan White!

// For YEARS, I’ve cov­eted the sweet ceram­ics of Ate­lier Stella. Every once and a while, she has these flash sales that seem to sell out in min­utes. This past week, she sent out an email announc­ing a sale at 11:30AM UK time — 6:30AM my time — so need­less to say, I totally missed it. Oh well! Bet­ter luck next time, I guess.

// I’ve been get­ting steady sign ups for my Map­ping Mem­o­ries project! Not sure what that is? It’s the inau­gural project under my newest endeavor, Speck­led Canary. How it works: using washi tape, you’ll cre­ate art­work based on a mem­ory, sub­mit it to me, and maybe win a prize! Sign up now and receive 5 rolls of washi tape to get you started. You won’t be sorry.