Friday, June 12, 2015

Happy Friday! + Ellareki Lincoln

I shall wrap up for the weekend with the amazing work of Ellareki Lincoln a graphic designer from UK. I adore the geometric patterns that form animal shapes such as owls, foxes, cats, bats and roosters. The animals are generally designed using bright colors which pop even more on a dark background. Her characters seem to be straight from children's story book. 

She has an online store where she sells blank greeting cards, postcards, gift tags, brooches and anything else she fancies to make. I hope you enjoy her work, too!

Take care and have a lovely weekend!

DIY: Nursery Decorative Pillows

Good morning, friends! Let's start our day with this wonderful tutorial by Kim who loves to create things for her children and the home, and shares a lot of her projects on her blog Bugaboo City. I discovered this tutorial by her on how to make your own Pottery Barn inspired animal themed pillows for decorating nursery. 

Her tutorial is very easy to follow as it comes with step by step instructions with images. The tutorial comes with templates for three adorable animals - owl, elephant and lion. You can download the one you want from here and print to get started. After all every child's room needs an owl pillow. Right?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Knitted Bird Sculptures by Alice Wolfe

"Well Knit by Moonlight"

Close up of a knitted owl from 'Well Knit by Moonlight" workshop.

Alice Wolfe is a textile artist from Worcestershire, United Kingdom with a graduate degree in BA (hons) Textile Design from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, with specialization in Constructed Textiles. She hand crafts these stunning three dimensional bird sculptures using yarn in vibrant colors.

The above shown piece titled "Well Knit by Moonlight" depicts a woodland night scene featuring a knitted owl, tree, mushrooms and all sorts of other creatures in conjunction with The Guild of Machine Knitters.

The Samazama Birds (below), is a collection of  birds she made in collaboration with her father, Kenneth Potts ARBS, who is a sculptor. 

“I love what I do! Personally, I explore art in its widest aspects and draw inspiration from many interests, my outlook on the world and upbringing. I feel stimulated and respond to tactile textiles, colour and pattern."

(images via herehere, here)

Free Father's Day Fun Pack

Stephanie has designed a fun pack of printables especially to celebrate the fathers and father figures in our lives. The freebie pack has all kinds of goodies for you, including - a coupon book, letter templates in 2 styles, drawing prompts, a printable poem and a questionaire. The kids are sure to have a great time filling up the printables to give as a surprise gift to the dads. The owl themed fun pack is a wonderful keepsake to be cherished by dads for ever!

The images shown above are not the full size printables. Please go to Stephanie's blog here to download and print the Father's day fun pack. I am sure you owl have fun! :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hand-Painted Stones by Olga Sugden

Vancouver based artist Olga Sugden handpaints beach stones gathered from the shores of the Georgia Strait and artistically embellish them with whimsical illustrations. For her work Olga Sugden finds inspiration in the fluid lines of each rock, adorning each one with a unique face and owls, occasionally with hand-gilding or other effects around the main image. The end product is breath-takingly beautiful and detailed. 

You can view more of her work on her blog Golden Egg Studio and find the work that's available for purchase on her online store.

Now Designs Cool Lunch Bag

Now Designs Cool lunch bag collection will make your child's lunch time more fun! The insulated interior will keep food fresh and cool by maintaining temperature. The laminated cotton exterior is durable and stain-resistance making it easy to wipe clean. The Cool lunch bag measures 71/2" by 9", and comes with a front velcro closure and a carrying handle. It's a perfect bag to hold a water bottle, bento box, fruits or anything else that your child enjoys for lunch. The bag comes in lovely designs including "wise owl", "animal kingdom", "food trucks" and "harbor".

Father's Day Printables

I have some wonderful printables for you to download and print this Father's day. First is these bookmarks which will make a great surprise for your dad and grandpa who will be able to use the bookmarks everyday and cherish them all year long! You can download the bookmarks from this blog.

The next printable is "Owl about my dad" printable by Becca Summerhays which is a great idea. Children can fill in their answers to make a memorable gift this Father's day. There is an "owl about my dad" and "owl about my dad" printable, you can download the one you need from here.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Anna Silivonchik

Anna Silivonchik was born in 1980 in Gomel, Belarus. She has a graduate degree from the Belarusian College of Arts and from the Belarusian Art Academy in Department of Painting from Minsk, Belarus. Her work is a delightful trip to the fairy tale land created from her imagination and childhood dreams. She has a distinctive style which gets inspiration from the whimsical realism of Mark Chagall, the naïve art of the primitivists of the early 20th century, and of course the local, national ornamental art and folklore. With her art she highlights the close relationship between the nature and people which we mostly fail to notice and appreciate. The intricacy and detailing in her work is mind blowing, accompanied with bright and rich colors.

She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Anna's artwork are in the Museum of Contemporary Art and in many private collections in the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Poland and Belarus. She has a store on Redbubble where her artwork is available on mugs, iphone cases, t-shirts, scarves, pillows and more.

Handprint Father's Day Cards

Owl handprint father's day card, from here.

Father's day cards from here.

Father's day card with template from here.

Pirate card from here and yoda card from here.

Hello everyone, Father's day is just around the corner and if you haven't bought a card then there is nothing to worry about because I found a bunch that you'll love! I have rounded up few of my favorite handprint Father's day cards that you can help your little one make. There are owls, neck tie and bow tie, pirate and Yoda character from Star Wars. These are very simple cards to make and perfect to add a personal touch this Father's day. If you end up making or like something you'll make then let us know by leaving a comment below.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jenny Pope's Ceramics

Jenny Pope is a full time ceramic artist living and working in New York State. Her work is mainly focused on ecological and the environmental themes, usually concerning animals. She hopes that through her work she can educate people understand the significance of our environment and leading them to respect it. Her ceramics feature endangered and invasive species in striking range of colors.

She sells her handmade ceramic products at various festivals around the country including the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival Reston, VA, Crosby Festival of the Arts Toledo, OH, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts State College, PA, Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA, and Clothesline Art Festival in Rochester, NY. You can find the information on the upcoming fairs where she will be selling prints and ceramics by going to this link.

Her work can be found at Chelsea River Gallery in Chelsea, MI, Central Booking in Brooklyn, NY, Handwork Co-op Ithaca, NY. She also has an online store where you can view her original woodcuts, prints, cards and ceramics.