Friday, June 28, 2013

Brian Wildsmith Teaching Cards From A to Z

I am a fan of Brian Wildsmith's illustrations and was thrilled to have found all the cards from Brian Wildsmith Teaching Cards From A to Z, printed by Franklin Watts in 1974. Each card features an animal, a human or an object in bright, fun colors with lots of details. I can just look at them all day long. My favorites are the owl, the Indian and the pirate. And yours?

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed compiling this post. I wish you all a great weekend. See you on Monday!

Images via here and here.

DIY: Applique Owls Wall Art

Today's wonderful do-it-yourself project is by Nicola Smith from Table View who made this owl wall art for Ideas magazine. You can create your own wall art by using some fabric, a canvas block, some thread and few buttons. For detailed  list of materials needed for the project and step by step instructions go here.

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Freebie: Owl Images by The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum of arts and history in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It has an amazing website Rijksstudio with 125,000 works in the collection that are digitally accessible, free of charge. The ultra high-resolution images can be used to make wallpaper, stationery, phone cases and even dresses, possibilities are endless.

I love the above shown owl image. Isn't it perfect to be printed on a wooden tray? How would you use the image? More beautiful images can be found here and for owl themed images go here.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Heart Shaped Owl Bags


Squirrellicious is a Dutch brand owned by Lotte Bongers who is also the designer behind all the lovely handcrafted wallets, bags and cases that are often adorned with screenprinted woodland animals.

Piper Press

These sweet prints are by Susan Uccello an artist from Austin, Texas. Each print is based on the artist's original drawings that are carved into wood blocks, and then individually hand pressed using a cast iron book press. I just love the monochromatic simplicity in her work! You can visit her online store - Piper Press - to view more of her work.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Spotted Owl

Beautiful 'Spotted Owl' print by Amber Alexander.

Bella Owl

'Bella Owl' is a colorful range of dinnerware by Belk that consists of cute owl shaped appetizer plate, mug, owl cookie jar, platter, salt & pepper set, dip bowl with spreader and 3 sectional dish. This fun and playful range is ideal for everyday use, family dinners or as a gift to newlyweds! You can find all the products from the collection here, starting at $5.99.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hannah Jensen: Carved Artwork

Auckland based contemporary artist Hannah Jensen is popular for her carved artwork. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2004 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in printmaking, and later decided to transfer her skills to painting. She developed a unique technique where she applies anywhere between 25-75 layers of paints to board, into which she slowly begins to carve, calculating the depth of each layer and finally revealing the work with spectacular variations of color, texture and shadow. This painstaking process can take three or four months to complete one piece.

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Tiny Totem

Jason and Katey are the designers and creators of a Phoenix based brand The Tiny Totem that offers clutches, pouches and totes. Their designs are influenced by the Native American tradition, the planets & stars, myth & folklore, animals and the magic of nature. Each of the products is handcrafted with faux leather, felt and hand printed fabrics. 

Make sure when you stop by their online store you also check out their beautiful animal totem art prints.

Animal Stacking Cups

Toronto based design company imm Living is well known for producing quirky, fun and functional objects that are ideal for everyday use. These playful animal stacking cups are from their newest collection "Carousel", available here  and here.

Also see their totem cups that I previously featured here.