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Playing with Fire, Illustratively

Matches, fire, smoke… that’s the idea behind today’s Fri­day roundup. There are a lot of neat match­book designs out there, and it was my ini­tial inspi­ra­tion for this post. But, I wanted wanted to go beyond that and explore a few ways in which fire is shown/thought of in illus­tra­tion. (This is by no means com­pre­hen­sive.) Got a cool fire-themed illus­tra­tion to show me? Let me know in the com­ments or on Twit­ter!


Elsa Mora’s Exquisite Cut Paper “Winter Wonderland”

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With Christ­mas only a week away, it feels very appro­pri­ate to share this mag­nif­i­cent cut-paper cre­ation by Elsa Mora. I somewhat-recently shared her amaz­ing Gar­den of Books, and she’s back with another intricately-detailed piece. This one is titled Win­ter Won­der­land which fea­tures the cross sec­tion of a house that’s all decked out for the hol­i­days. There are so many lovely things in this work, and I’m always in awe that Elsa over­looks noth­ing. Even the lamp­shade has a tiny pat­tern on it!

Win­ter Won­der­land is cur­rently on dis­play at the MoMA Design Store until the end of the year. So, if you’re local to NYC, stop by and check it out (and tell me how it looks in person!).

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Friday Roundup: 25 Illustrated Holiday Cards (+ Where to Buy Them!)

This year, I’m going to feel like a real adult; I’m send­ing out Christ­mas cards to my friends and fam­ily, finally! After years and years of receiv­ing thought­ful, beau­ti­ful cards, I will have my own to send. Per­haps you’re like me and are ven­tur­ing into the world of hol­i­day card buy­ing. Well, have no fear. I’ve com­piled a list of 25 dif­fer­ent appropriately-themed designs to peruse and purchase.

All of these cards fea­ture illus­tra­tion, hand let­ter­ing, and are made by small busi­nesses. Enjoy brows­ing these unique cards. Let me know if you find any other designs that you like (that aren’t included here)!

Hello! Lucky. (I include this because I'm spending my Christmas in Texas!)

Hello! Lucky. (I include this because I’m spend­ing my Christ­mas in Texas!)


Elsa Mora’s Incredible Cut Paper “Garden of Books”

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Ya’ll, I am so impressed with this cut paper sculp­ture by artist Elsa Mora; the details within it are incred­i­ble! Using just acid-free paper and glue, she cre­ates depth and tex­ture through well-placed cuts and minus­cule, hand-punched holes. Close-up shots reveal won­der­ful things like the tini­est dec­o­rated books on a shelf. Get lost in this piece titled Gar­den of Books.

You might be famil­iar with Mora via her excel­lent blog, Art is a Way. If you don’t read it, I highly rec­om­mend that you start. It’s one of my go-to blogs, and it fea­tures ceram­ics, artists, crafts, and more.

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Round Up: 10 Gorgeous Illustrations to End Your Work Week

Here we are, at the end of another work week! What are your plans for the week­end? I, for one, am going to check out this BUS stop in east Bal­ti­more (please click the link to see that I’m not totally nuts).

As you cruise into Sat­ur­day, enjoy these 10 illus­tra­tions that I’ve seen lately and liked. Some fea­ture long-time favorites like Andrea Wan, while oth­ers are cre­ated by peo­ple I’ve never heard until recently, like the work of Michela Picchi.

Mak­ing a list like this is always fun. You start to notice pat­terns in what you’re pick­ing based on your cur­rent inter­ests. Can you see that that I’m really into bright col­ors and flo­ral draw­ings right now?

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Friday Round Up: Paper Shapers I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

If you couldn’t guess, today’s round up focuses on paper, and those who use it to cre­ate cool things. Some are illus­tra­tive and oth­ers are sculp­tural, but all of the artists and illus­tra­tors fea­tured here wield the Exacto knife like a pro.

Happy week­end, ya’ll!


Star Wars paper toys, via Monde Mosaic

Star Wars paper toys, via Monde Mosaic