A Narwhal with a Ukulele? Now, That’s a Party!


Doesn’t this (above) illus­tra­tion by Aniek Bar­tels per­fectly cap­ture the essence of Spring? I am wish­ing for tem­per­a­tures warm enough to ride on a bike with­out a jacket.

If you think that image is fun, check out the rest of her happy draw­ings below. March­ing ele­phants, nar­whals with ukule­les… that’s a party I want to go to! Aniek has a Soci­ety 6 shop, too, in case you want any of these char­ac­ters on your iPhone case.


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Adorably Tiny Totems Mean You Can Carry Your Spirit Animal with You


Small Wild is the online shop of Danielle Ped­er­sen, and it’s where she cre­ates tiny ani­mal totems out of clay. The adorable ceramic crea­tures are dec­o­rated with gold accents and other defin­ing details. Some­times, she’ll strap fab­ric acces­sories to their back, as seen above.

I like the idea of car­ry­ing around an object that brings you com­fort, and that’s how I view the items in the Small Wild shop. Maybe the tiger is your spirit ani­mal, or you iden­tify with the sloth. What­ever the case, these fig­urines are a lit­tle reminder of joy that you can take with you through­out your day.

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Wearable Art: Anna Talbot’s Beautifully Sculptural Jewelry

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Nor­we­gian craft artist Anna Tal­bot pro­duces col­or­ful jew­elry that’s beau­ti­fully uncon­ven­tional. Vibrant, bold shapes are lay­ered and cre­ate com­plex scenes fea­tur­ing birds, flo­ral arrange­ments, and tall trees. Each piece is spe­cial and daz­zling, and con­jures fairy tales and other fan­tas­tic sto­ries. Wear­able art indeed. (Via Lustik)


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BPB Projects, Collage

It’s over (for Now): More Collage Scrap Exchange Submissions

I can’t believe it! The Col­lage Scrap Exchange is over. Sub­mis­sions were due on March 15, and I’m happy to say that we’ve received so many awe­some col­lages. Seri­ously. I am blown away by the qual­ity and cre­ative­ness that every­one put forth.

Here are more sub­mis­sions I’ve received, and you can see just how var­ied the styles and sub­jects are. Papir­mass and I are going to have a hard time pick­ing a winner!

In addi­tion to this blog, I’m post­ing every sub­mis­sion we’ve received on the Col­lage Scrap Exchange web­site. I aver­age about 20 — 25 entries a day and should fin­ish adding every­thing within the next cou­ple of weeks (we received well over 500).

Par­tic­i­pants, I hope you had fun, and I can’t thank you enough for all the time, energy and enthu­si­asm for this project. If you didn’t get the chance to swap, well, have no fear. I’m def­i­nitely going to do this again (later this year)!

See past sub­mis­sions posts here, here, and here.

Carlotta Speroni

Car­lotta Speroni

Please note: These are merely selec­tion of sub­mis­sions, and their inclu­sion in this post has no impact on the over­all out­come of the #col­lage­con­test with Papirmass.

Drawing, Illustrator

Get a Little Weird with These Gorgeous Pencil Drawings

Alessandra De Cristofaro

Alessan­dra De Cristofaro’s beau­ti­ful draw­ings make me want to pick up a pen­cil. They’re rich in tone and sub­ject mat­ter, often depict­ing inte­rior scenes and the idio­syn­crasies of rooms. I love her style, and she places an empha­sis on tiny, visual marks that cre­ate a feel­ing of move­ment. It’s as if energy is flow­ing through­out every part of her drawing!

Alessan­dra isn’t afraid for things to get a weird some­times: a framed pic­ture of a woman hold­ing a mon­key; a cou­ple dri­ving around a soda can; and a night­time swim with a flamingo are all things you’ll find in her work.

Are you on Behance? If so, fol­low along with Alessandra’s work!


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Artist, Illustrator

Eero Lampinen’s Beautiful Depictions of Strange Lands

Eero Lampinen

On both Mon­day and Tues­day of this week, I’ve fea­tured illus­tra­tions that are strange. So, how about I make Wednes­day just as weird? I recently posted the work of Eero Lampinen on my Insta­gram to great response. And, why not? The beau­ti­ful images are really well drawn and fea­ture odd, inter­est­ing depic­tions of nature. Giant bugs crawl over styl­ish young peo­ple who dare to ven­ture into lands unknown.

I would love to see what Lampinen does with a graphic novel. Con­sid­er­ing the way they set up a sin­gle scene, pan­els upon pan­els of them would be amazing.

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Multifaceted Illustrations by Madison Shackell-York are Puzzles

madison-shackell-york-5Madi­son Shackell-York’s mul­ti­facted images are the kind best enjoyed when you’ve looked at them for longer than a second’s glance. They’re rich in com­po­si­tional depth and use layer upon layer of sym­bol­ism and visual metaphors. At first, the over­all illus­tra­tion might look con­fus­ing. But, when you spend time with it - dis­sect­ing what each part of the image might mean — it’s like piec­ing together a puz­zle. And puz­zles are fun!

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Dreamy Illustrations That’ll Make You Want to Explore Outdoors

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Korean illus­tra­tor Eun­sil Chun’s delight­ful works cap­ture the quiet beauty of the out­side world. A col­or­ful casts of char­ac­ters, both peo­ple and ani­mals, tra­verse the bloom­ing land­scapes. Eunsil’s illus­tra­tions include ele­ments of fan­tasy, and every com­po­si­tion fea­tures many fairy tale-esque things. In one, a tiny house boat sits on top of a giant bird’s head. Another fea­tures a wolf (or fox?) that’s taller than a house, and way longer, too!

It’s easy to get lost in these strange places. I can’t help but want to take a ride on that tiny horse with the bow on its tail.

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Illustrator, Textiles

Book Lovers: A Sneak Peek into Touchka’s Newest Illustrated Scarf!

For the past sev­eral months (prob­a­bly more), I have lusted after illus­trated silk scarves. I love how they tell sto­ries that are con­tained on a sin­gle panel. Plus, they have an obvi­ous prac­ti­cal use as a beau­ti­ful fash­ion acces­sory. Touchka designed these dreamy pieces that fea­ture bright col­ors and gor­geous, small details.

Touchka is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Jenny Lumel­sky and Tomer Ronen. It was born out a love for story telling, and ini­tially, they wanted to find a way to make illus­tra­tion use­ful for every­day life. “We wanted to com­bine it with quotes and fairy tale ref­er­ences,” they write. “So, we thought the best fit would be an acces­sory item: a scarf, which allows you to add a ‘say’ to your outfit.”

All of their cre­ations have some tie to lit­er­a­ture. Designs are based on the fol­low­ing books: The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, Peter Pan by J.M. Bar­rie; The Jun­gle Book by Rud­yard Kipling; The Lit­tle Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; and Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land and Through the Look­ing Glass by Lewis Car­roll. They’re cur­rently avail­able for pur­chase through their shop.

Jenny and Tomer were kind enough to share a sneak peek of a new scarf (No. 6) they’re work­ing on. It’s inspired by The Secret Gar­den by Frances Hodg­son Bur­nett: “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a gar­den.” Check it out, as well as a peek into their gor­geous stu­dio below!

Scarves No. 1 — 5:

The Jungle Book

The Jun­gle Book

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land

Alice’s Adven­tures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land

Alice’s Adven­tures in Wonderland

The Little Prince

The Lit­tle Prince

The Little Prince

The Lit­tle Prince

A peek into Touchka’s studio:






Here’s scarf no. 6 in progress!