Friday, July 27, 2012

Collection: People and Owl Part 2


Another post created with beautiful images from around the web featuring people with their owls. Here's the part 1 in case you missed it.

Have a great weekend!

DIY: Felt Puppets

Momtastic has shared this wonderful tutorial on how to make your felt puppets. The tutorial comes with step by step instructions and printable pdf templates to make lion and owl puppet.

Materials needed:
1. Felt
2. Fabric glue
3. Sewing machine and matching thread
4. Pen or chalk roller to trace
5. Pins
6. Scissors

Freebie: Artistic Wallpapers

I recently discovered another fun website called Screenfunk. It's a collection of variety of wallpapers for your iPhone and iPad posted by well known designers and illustrators. I'll picked out some of my favorite wallpapers to share here, for more go here. To download the above shown wallpapers for free follow the links - 1, 2, 3, 4.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ella Clawley: Paperdermy

Ella Clawley is an Australian based freelance illustrator and a paper artist. She graduated from National Art School with a major in painting. While developing her skills in fine art she began working more and more with paper. "At one point she decided to put down the brush, and start working entirely with it, and hasn't looked back since."

Paperdermy is a term coined by Ella for her paper adaptations of taxidermy animals. She creates amazing sculptures of owl, penguin, peacock, condor etc. using watercolor paper and box board for the skeleton. Then she hand cuts and assembles each feather to finish. It takes anywhere from 3 days to a week to make each sculpture. You can view more of her paper work here, there are a few sculptures that are can be purchased from her online store.

Chiffon Top

'Boy with owl' print chiffon top in gorgeous neon pink and gray. Available here.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Factory Three

Owl, bunny and cat dolls by The Factory Three.

Trish Grantham

Portland based artist Trish Grantham is a self-taught painter who works with variety of media and acrylic paint on wood panels. The primary subject matter of her work are animals, birds and owls. I adore how she uses the soft hues contrasted by dark thick lines in her work that has evident resemblance to Japanese anime. Her illustrations can be found on postcards, notecards and as prints, here.

After you have ogled at her amazing work, make sure you take a peek at her gorgeous house here. Love everything about it, especially the yard!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Our Garden Birds - Matt Sewell

Do you remember this post?

Our Garden Birds is a new book by Matt Sewell an illustrator and bird enthusiast that was released a few months ago in collaboration with Ebury Press. The book features 52 feathered friends drawn in enchanting watercolors by Matt accompanied by a little innovative description of each bird. I found the following review on Matt's website that explains what you should expect from the book.

"This is a beautiful little book that perfectly captures and brings alive the characters of 52 of our most familiar feathered friends through quirky, creative but very well-observed watercolours accompanied by amusingly written paragraphs celebrating the antics and habits of our garden birds.

Please be aware that this is not intended to be an identification guide or a technical bird book – it is more of a loving creative tribute written and painted by an artist / bird enthusiast who is clearly enchanted by the everyday encounters with birds as much as the less usual sightings, and wants to share these little birdy moments that brighten up everyday life. It’s not a long read, but isn’t meant to be – it began life as a weekly highlight on a blog before being collected for publishing, however once read it continues to be a book to dip into at any time and enjoy the little snapshots of bird characters. Although pocket-sized, it’s a perfect art coffee table book too, my copy has pride of place!

All in all, it’s a lovely gift book for anyone who is into illustration, nature, birds, art or any of Matt Sewell’s other work, and will hopefully delight and amuse non-birdy-aware people as much as those who are more ornithologically inclined. I also hope that it’ll get people noticing the everyday birds around them more and that can only be a good thing for their conservation."

You can grab a copy today from here.

Owl Scarf

Owl print silk scarf based on original design by Sandee Hjorth. Available at Beautiful Living.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Shannon Butler: Ceramics

Shannon Butler is a ceramist who handmakes porcelain sculptural and whimsical functional objects. She graduated in Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in ceramics, from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and received the Board of Governor's award for her work in ceramics. You can contact her through her website for one-of-a-kind bowls, mugs, vases and owl products or visit her studio named Kilnhouse Studio in Fort St. John, BC. For information on her shows and updates on her new products follow her on Facebook.

Ameesha Lee Earnshaw


Beautiful art prints by Ameesha Lee Earnshaw an Australian illustrator. Available at The Little Mammoth.