Say the ABCs with Alice Pattullo’s Animal Screen Prints

A is for Armadillo who is short stout and round.

A is for Armadillo who is short stout and round.

Here’s a fun project that’s a nice take on an “alpha­bet” series. Alice Pat­tullo cre­ated a col­lec­tion of A-Z ani­mals, and she’s cur­rently shar­ing a let­ter a day. I like that these illus­tra­tions depict some uncon­ven­tional sub­jects. Bee­tles, crabs, igua­nas — they aren’t crea­tures that are cute or cud­dly, but they’re well-crafted, four-color screen prints. In addi­tion, Alice came up with cute say­ings to go along with ‘em.

Each illus­tra­tion is for sale as a limited-edition print (of 30). Dis­play them all together or by their lone­some. To pur­chase, send her an email.

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B is for Bee­tle who stays close to the ground.

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C is for Crab who crawls on the sea bed.

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D is for Dove who likes to fly overhead.

E is for Elephant who is anything but light.

E is for Ele­phant who is any­thing but light.

F is for fox who roams the city streets at night.

F is for fox who roams the city streets at night.

G is for grizzly bear, a fierce looking fellow.

G is for griz­zly bear, a fierce look­ing fellow.

H is for Hippo who is altogether more mellow.

H is for Hippo who is alto­gether more mellow.

I is for Iguana a large scaly reptile.

I is for Iguana a large scaly reptile.

J is for jack rabbit who jumps mile after mile.

J is for jack rab­bit who jumps mile after mile.

K is for Kangaroo who takes hop, skip and bound.

K is for Kan­ga­roo who takes hop, skip and bound.

Lately & Liked

My Weekly 7 Illustrated Obsessions

Last week, I started a new fea­ture on the blog where I list illus­trated prod­ucts I’ve been obsess­ing over the past week. Plus, where to buy ‘em if you fancy them, too. Enjoy!

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1 // Hand-embroidered Peter Pan-style col­lar by Baobap Hand­made
2 // Car­rier Pigeon greet­ing card by Idlewild Co.
3 // Vintage-inspired, tem­po­rary tat­toos by Tat­toorary
4 // Art Deco Menagerie wall­pa­per  sold at House of Hack­ney by Katie Scott
5 // Straw­berry tea towel by Eliz­a­beth Grae­ber
6 // Perth Pan­ther Coin Purse by Togeth­er­ness x Min Pin
7 // Plush cat donuts by Marnin Say­lor — avail­able in vanilla, maple, or chocolate!

Do you have an illus­trated prod­uct that you’re obsessed with? Fill out this quick form, and it might be fea­tured on here!

Illustrator, Printmaking

Colorful Patterns Created with Linocuts by Andrea Lauren

Andrea Lauren

Andrea Lau­ren is a pat­tern maker liv­ing in Asheville, North Car­olina.  Many of her col­or­ful, designy illus­tra­tions are inspired by nature, but she also throws some toys and tea in there, too.

Andrea uses a vari­ety of hand-rendered tech­niques in her pat­tern pro­duc­tion, and they’re meant for dig­i­tal tex­tile print­ing. “I’m par­tic­u­larly drawn to linocuts, pen & ink, and cut paper,” she writes on her web­site. Check out her Spoon­flower shop for more.

If you’re inter­ested in print­mak­ing, be sure to read Andrea’s blog, Ink Print Repeat. She shares help­ful tips (includ­ing sup­plies she uses) as well as fun in-progress work.

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Paper Craft

Eclectic Paper Landscapes by Ink Studio Celebrate 2015

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So it’s not exactly the new year, but there’s still plenty of time to enjoy this cut paper piece by Ink Stu­dio. Look closely, and you’ll see that this col­or­ful land­scape spells out “15” (as in 2015). It’s part of their yearly paper design project.

This hand-crafted piece uti­lizes a vari­ety of tex­tures and con­struc­tion tech­niques. It was made by sev­eral peo­ple, and the eclec­tic style is reflected in the different-looking low-poly and X-acto cut outs. My favorite part is the bird with its pink and green plumage.

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Here’s their 2014 creation:

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Delightfully Fun Paper Puppets by Sara Guindon

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Did you ever play with paper dolls? I did when I was younger, and so I was instantly attracted to Sara Guindon’s delight­ful paper toys. They fea­ture char­ac­ters dressed to the nines who do things like play gui­tar, look through their binoc­u­lars, and draw in their sketch­books. Fun!

Each pup­pet is hand­made and printed on acid-free card stock. Their move­able joints are secured by brads and are able to move up and down. Some are avail­able for pur­chase on Sara’s Etsy shop.

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Digitally Embroidered Celebrity Portraits by Ashlee Woo

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David Bowie

Ash­lee Woo cre­ates por­traits of celebri­ties, artists, and polit­i­cal lead­ers using a com­bi­na­tion of dig­i­tal embroi­dery and silk screen. The abstract images fea­ture thick stitched lines that define the large, bold shapes of the sub­ject. Smaller, more expres­sive embroi­dery adds fun details like crazy hair styles and del­i­cate facial fea­tures. This com­bi­na­tion pro­duces unique pro­files that cap­ture both a like­ness as well as an essence of their per­son­al­ity. Love!

H/T @sbuzelli

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Kim Jong En

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Keith Har­ring

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Mick Jagger

Mick Jag­ger

Salvador Dali

Sal­vador Dali

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly



Lately & Liked

My Illustrated Product Obsessions of This Week


I’m try­ing a new seg­ment on Brown Paper Bag where I list the illus­trated prod­ucts I’ve lusted over the past week.  I always try to buy things that have illus­tra­tion on them (or an illus­tra­tive qual­ity to them) because I find that it makes me hap­pier. And, we have choices when we pur­chase things, so why the heck not?

Above: Straw­berry bowl by Jor­dan Sondler

More obses­sions:

Chif­fon scarf by Aimee Bee Brooks / Brass fly studs (ear­rings) by Dat­ter Indus­tries / Empa­thy Cards by Emily McDow­ell (I also wrote about these on My Mod­ern Met) / Wooden Sriracha sauce bot­tle by Her­man Marie / Planty Tea Towel by Leah Dun­can / Small Octo­pus plush toy by BigStuffed / Heav­enly Hon­ey­comb blan­ket by Anna Back­lund / Poly­mer clay arc­tic fox by Vic­to­ria Lucy

What have you been obsess­ing over this week? Sub­mit a link via this form and I might fea­ture it on this post next Friday!



Rich Mythologies Foster Elegant Shapes by Marta Kubiczek


Pol­ish illus­tra­tor Marta Kubiczek com­bines soft tex­tures and dig­i­tal col­ors with a heavy empha­sis on shape design. Fig­ures, flow­ers, and ani­mals are often com­prised of one ele­gant form.

Sto­ry­telling is at the fore­front of Marta’s work. Often, her images are based on mytholo­gies and poems. It’s a rich basis for image cre­ation and gives her the oppor­tu­nity to incor­po­rate imagery that she might not have used otherwise.

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