Friday, August 22, 2014

Package Design: Flying Bird Botanicals





Flying Bird Botanicals is a  family-run business that offers handcrafted 100% organic fair trade herbal tea blends. All the products are made with locally sourced herbs when possible in small batches to ensure the highest quality in a cottage shop based in Bellingham, Washington. I adore their package design. The beautiful labels are designed by Carly James of Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress and printed on recycled paper. The tin containers are adorned with illustrations of owl, bird, landscapes etc on a white background in a calming and soothing color scheme. The tea selection shown above can be ordered from their online store.

DIY Fauna Stamp Set





This is an easy tutorial on how to make your stamps that I found on Little Yellow Couch a website owned by a talented duo of Zandra and Karen. To make your own stamps may seem like a daunting task but after you take a look at this tutorial you'll see it's not that hard. All you'll need to make your stamps is a set of tools, some paper, a pencil and a template which can be printed from the same link given above. The template has patterns for a mushroom, an owl and other creatures. The stamps can be used to decorate notecards, envelopes or to make any other stationery item.


Printable Recipe Owl Card




Today's freebie is this cute owl recipe card by Lisa of Cooking Up Cottage. This is fun recipe card with owl and bunting print to share your favorite recipes with your friends and family. They are perfect to organize your recipe collection or simply fill up a card with the recipe of the homemade baked goodies that you plan on giving away. You can download the full size card and print it for free from here.

You can find a recipe card that you can fill before printing, you can go here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White





















Buffalo based paper artist Maude White cuts exquisite art pieces often depicting owls, birds and leaves. Each piece is hand cut with extreme precision giving her work a delicate and feather light feel. Her detailed illustrations can consist of thousands of minute cuts using just a craft knife. 

From artists's webiste: "I come from a family of visual storytellers. I have always believed that our vision is as important as our hearing when we communicate. Very rarely do we rely on words alone. It is what we see, and how our brains interpret what we see that shapes our perceptions and actions. I began cutting paper with that understanding. I want my art to communicate to the observer what my words cannot do effectively."

She has an online store Brave Bird Paperwork where she sells her cutting. You can view more of her work in her portfolio and get news about her new pieces by joining her on Instagram.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Art of Don Pendelton






New York Skyline


After the Storm


Geometry of Light


 Lost in the Kingdom


Uncloudy Day


Castle


Mutability

American artist Don Pendleton is a considered a legend for his work for skateboard graphics, murals, conceptual art and installations. His signature cubist*, expressionist** style is a perfect combination of simplicity as well as chaos. His pieces often have characters, animals, insects in his unique, distinctive style, colors, geometric shapes and lines that appear to be hidden at first glance. His fans will instantly recognize his triangle owls an iconic design used on several surfaces from sporting goods to apparels. 

*Cubism= a style of painting or sculpture developed in the early 20th century characterized by the reduction of natural forms to their geometric equivalents.
**Expressionism= a style of painting, music, or drama in which the artist seeks to express emotional experience, rather than impressions of the external world.

He is currently a freelance  artist who has worked with Alien Workshop, Element Skateboards, Zero Skateboards, Mountain Dew, Heroin Skateboards, Oakley, Nike 6.0, Gravis, Burton, K2, DVS Shoes and Etnies to name a few. He has participated in exhibitions across the globe and his work has been featured in Slap Magazine, The Skateboard Mag, Transworld, Color, Streetwear Today, Lodown Magazine and other online publications.

You can learn about his work and read more about him on his website - elephont.com.