When a shop’s tagline is “little things you didn’t know you wanted,” you’ve got to check it out, yes?
I found a few little things I wish I could get at paper pattern silk:
I’m especially digging the music note earrings. They’re so subtle and yet so elegant and fabulous!
These two pieces also happen to be made with sterling silver pieces that were hand-hammered and soldered. I love people who can do metalsmithing.
You’ll find all manner of earrings, necklaces and bracelets at paper pattern silk, as well as some lovely drawings (drawn then digitally colored) like this:
… that you should probably look at these illustrations of birds:
If you want to pick up a few of these prints, head over to the yumi yumi shop. Brazilian-born Aline is the artist behind these prints (these happen to be giclee prints). While many of these happen to be of birds, there are illustrations of other subject matter (like people) in the shop.
The drawings are colorful and crisp, and most of the drawings come in different colors. If you’re looking to spruce up the walls a little bit, this isn’t a bad place to start.
I’ll admit, I’m jealous of people who can draw. And can draw effortlessly. And in different styles.
So that’s why I’m digging the work of Seattle’s Liz Wong and Eric Adler of Artghost:
The top two pieces are cards featuring Eric’s drawings, and the last piece is a painting from Liz. Their art features 50s-style images, animals, records, and some of the coolest schoolgirls you’ll see (and that you probably wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley).
At Artghost, you’ll not only find their art on traditional mediums (such as paper), but some of the illustrations wind up on some awesome limited-edition handbags. These handbags are Liz’s illustrations, which are then silkscreened onto the handmade bags.
It’s a wonderful collection of art, definitely worth taking a peek! It’s also a great place to check out if you love retro stuff.
If your walls are feeling a little bare and need some fun pictures to spruce it up, here are some pretty little birdies:
This art is the work of Sion at Ubiki. Sion’s work is simple, fun and bright. It borrows heavily from nature (trees, mushrooms, birds) and comes in vivid colors.
Most of the prints come in 5 x 7 size (without frames), so if you’ve got a particularly blank wall, you can put all sorts of bursts of color on it with Sion’s art.
By the way, Sion also runs a blog about indie goodness called Cuteable and also started IndiePublic, the place for lovers of indie stuff to congregate!
One of the treats I got in my August Sampler was this lovely floral card from Sugar Lily:
I’ve always been a fan of Sugar Lily. The cards are cheery and often feature beautiful patterns (I got a daisy-adorned one a while back). The ones that feature drawings or characters are whimsical and cute. Overall, the designs are clean and simple and still eye-catching.
For a sampling, check out the Howdy Chicken card and the octopus wedding card.
Ah, Sorry. Such a fun game.
This great illustration is the work Cate Anevski, who has an Etsy shop called Bees Knees Industries. Cate has other things in her shop, such as stuffed toys and paper goods, but the artwork is the main draw here. She displays an amazing range of styles, from sort of clean and simple (like the piece above), to whimsical and just different, like this piece:
Seen on Etsy:
The left illustration is called “I Only Have Eyes for You,” and the right is called “Babysitting.” Both are digital versions of original illustrations found at Elsita’s Etsy shop.
The shop is full of vibrant, detailed art, and some interesting pieces. There’s a whole series that has faceless people. There are others that morph humans and nature. There are also paper and paper clay sculptures, including this incredibly intricate bee paper sculpture.
Definitely some thought-provoking and interesting stuff.
Don’t you wish you could be as cute and ambitious as this kid?
This illustration is the work of Flossy Flotsam, a Montreal-based artist. Laura sells original paintings, illustrations and photo prints. The above illustration is an original ink drawing that was colored in Adobe Photoshop.
There is a range of work in Laura’s shop, from whimsical characters to more real-life people to altered book pages and highly detailed work. And the prints are nice, like this warm and fuzzy one:
Ah, cats. Wonderful animals. Cute and cuddly, though they can be a little cranky, as perfectly illustrated in this stationery set from Mau Studio:
I guess if I had fur and I was damp like that, I’d be pretty unhappy too. But it’s such a great illustration.
There’s also this adorable postcard set:
Of course, it’s not all kitties and paper at Mau Studio. Not even close. You’ll also find lots of sparkly, shiny jewelry in the shop, including an array of cute flower rings.
Lastly, there are free images that you can download and use as screensavers if you want. Many of them feature original illustrations, including a few grumpy cats.
Check it out — there’s plenty of good stuff.
Thought this artwork depicting some brain-related phrases was really cute:
These whimsical drawings are products of Melissa and Melinda at PeachPops. These particular drawings feature a character named Wooshie. Wooshie looks like one cool cat. Has an adorable dog, too.
PeachPops art is digitally drawn and reproduced on matte paper. Not only do they have the Wooshie prints and some fun cat ones, they also have illustrations of dogs, rabbits, birds and other animals.
You can also visit the PeachPops website to find other great art and some computer icons and wallpaper. (The Kandy Kit Katz icons are hysterical.)
One of the great things about being at Bazaar Bizarre last week was all the eye candy. I like eye candy. I especially like illustrated eye candy, like that being sold by Los Angeles artist Jaime Zollars.
I wound up buying “Homeless” — which features a lonely owl. Simple and sad. Apparently, it was also a Threadless t-shirt (which, sadly, is no longer available).
My favorite print, though, was “Underwater Circus”:
I would have bought this piece too if I’d had more cash on me … I’m sure I will break down and buy it at some point. It’s a wonderful, whimsical style. And the fish are so varied and look awesome.
Many of Jaime’s prints are vivid, creative and plain awesome. Definitely worthy of some wall space if you’ve got some.
When you’re out fighting crime, saving the world and generally being a kickass superhero, you’d be a little tired at the end of the day, right? Maybe something like this:
This sweet-looking print is from AshleyG on Etsy. Ashley is based in St. Louis and creates drawings and paintings of simple-looking but interesting characters. Lots of little girls and animals. Sometimes they are caped heroes too.
You can also read more about Ashley and her art on her blog.
I happened to stumble upon these illustrations at Etsy:
This is the work of Kim Niles at KiniArt Studios. She is a children’s book illustrator, and gosh darn it, those dogs are adorable.
My favorite is the shaggy sheepdog (maybe because you can’t see his eyes?), but there are other breeds on her site, as well as some dogs in cute costumes.
If you love dogs and art (or even if you just love art), a few of these pieces would look liven up your walls!
Admittedly, I don’t like pickles. Too sour for me. But this is a pickle I can dig:
Or how about a pickle on a bike?
These wonderful characters are the work of Jack and Rita over at Mr. Pickles. The intro illustration/animation to their site alone is well worth the click — I’ve never seen a better-looking lime in my life.
Mr. Pickles has shirts, cards and even mugs featuring the cast of characters. There is even a plushy section where you can buy a stuffed t-bone steak for the favorite carnivore in your life. (Ham and lamb shank also available.)
Besides the shop, there are games and the blog to keep you entertained at the Mr. Pickles site, so go over there and ogle the food already.
I’m going with a kitty theme here, I suppose. But these cards from DeMarco Designs are too cute to pass up:
The kitty’s name is Button. The cards come in a lovely little tin with a tiny pencil. Great for gift tags and such.
These are just some of the cute/wonderful/happy/lovely illustrations by Mariah DeMarco. Do check out her shop … not only is she a fantastic illustrator, but she’s a fantastic person too.