As a kid I loved shopping for school supplies. While I loved getting new pens, pencils and paper, my favourite part was getting new books and the ritual of wrapping them in Con-Tact (clear Con-Tact of course). I’d cut out pictures of movie stars or bands that I loved and would put together a little collage on the cover. I’d stick a sticker on the inside cover proclaiming that the book was mine and I’d be all ready for the new school year. It’s funny thinking about little rituals like this. Even though it happened years and years ago I remember it like it was yesterday.
I’ve just popped these back-to-school labels (bookplates) on my Etsy store and there are more to come to stay tuned.
Jenny Sjodin is an illustrator, story teller and graphic designer from Stockholm, Sweden. I really like her graphic style. The use of different textures is such a good way to add extra dimension to a piece. She recently created images for the UNHRC, depicting the lives of refugees and they are so beautifully done, so respectful and dignified. She’s definitely someone you should follow.
Follow Jenny on Instagram and while you’re there, add me too!
I am so utterly jealous of the art created by Tyler Feder (available via her Etsy store Roaring Softly). How is it fair for one person to have so much talent?! Argh!
I like Tyler’s work for many reasons, not least of which is her apparent love of Gilmore Girls and Mindy Kaling (both are faves of mine too). She creates art that speaks about empowerment, acceptance of all and the amazing things that we, as a society, can do if we all pull together. It’s important for artists like Tyler to share their messages with the world because art has the ability to unify, where words can fall short.
Be sure to check out Tyler’s store and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
We Were Seeds
Strong As Hell
Conversations with Mindy Kaling
Nevertheless We Persist
Everything on the Cloth and Paper Instagram feed fills me with so much joy that I can’t adequately convey how much I love everything they do. I’m obsessed with their black and white, classic style.
I’ve got to admit, I really don’t like going to the dentist and I know there are a lot of you who feel the same. So how do you make a tough adulting task a little bit easier? Stickers! I’ve just added these cuties to my Etsy store – Happy Mail Day.
Got any other ideas for stickers?
Wow wallpaper has certainly come along way in the last few decades. Out with the dated and daggy and in wonderful watercolours and mega blooms, like these wallpapers from Anewall Decor. So pretty and contemporary, they certainly bring the drama.
Still Life Flowers
Little Explorers Mural
Geometric Black and White
Small things can be incredibly beautiful as the art of South African, Lorraine Loots shows. Lorraine spends anywhere between three to seven hours painstakingly painting her miniature works of art on 10 centimetre-squared pieces of paper. Despite the small physical size, Lorraine is able to capture the essence of each subject beautifully. Her art may be small but her talent is anything but.
Follow Lorraine on Instagram (and while you’re there, follow me too).
I’ve just added a new sticker pack to my Etsy store Happy Mail Day! These were designed with teachers in mind to reward awesome, friendly behaviour. Yay for friends, right?!
Did you know that paper is the traditional first anniversary gift? It’s supposed to symbolise modest beginnings, newness and simplicity which is what the first year of marriage is like (or so I hear). I like the idea of a paper gift; some of my favourite gifts have been things like heartfelt, handwritten letters, tickets to a show and books.
Despite its simplicity, paper can be magical, as these beautiful quilled earrings show.
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