Thursday, July 23, 2020

Miniature Hand-Embroidered Birds That Look Real

Pola Laamanen is an embroidery artist who makes miniature birds that you can wear! While growing up she got influenced by her mother who worked with fabrics, textile and accessories.

She makes these gorgeous bird brooches out of her love for these feathered creatures. Every element in her pieces is entirely handmade from flowers to feathers. She uses silk, satin and laces in crafting each bird. Her work is a combination of thread painting and stumpwork that gives her birds a three dimensional feel and make them look so real. The menagerie of birds range from common to extinct birds including rooster, flamingo, turaco, red cardinal, o’ahu ‘ō’ō, parrot and owl.

Pola's work is available on her online store - PolaLab. You can follow her on Instagram to learn more about her work.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Watercolor Paintings by Lene Myhre

I am enamored by these beautiful paintings by Lene Myhre. Lene's watercolor paintings are inspired by animals, insects and other nature themed subjects. She uses a plain paper to paints with warm, earthy color combination combined with beautiful texture. Her work can be found as art prints, magnets, stickers, and notebooks in her online store.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Keepsake Hand-Embroidered Dolls by Julia Of AltoysCo

Julia of AltoysCo makes these adorable dolls that are constructed out of natural and organic linen. The artist crafts each little guy with so much care and lots of love!

The dolls are designed in simple shapes, hand embroidered with sweet details like eyes and noses. You can buy them with either hypoallergenic filler or with sweet smelling dried lavender that helps to get a good night sleep. 

The dolls come in many cute designs including owls, cats, bears, and mice to keep your little one company. 

Each doll comes packed in giftable kraft box with care instructions. You can find more dolls and comfort blankets in Julia's online store.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Bird Etchings By Stephanie Zeiler Martin

Stephanie Zeiler Martin is a painter and a printmaker living along the central coast of California. Her journey as an artist started when her daughters moved out of the house and she began to take art classes to pursue her life long dream.

Printmaking especially etching is a time consuming process, it involves drawing the subject, and then capturing the image on a copper plate. This can take anywhere from few hours to weeks or even months. If you have done everything by the book, be ready for a completely different outcome than what you expected. The artist shares "strange things can happen in the acid tank."

Stephanie's surroundings rich in flora, fauna, farms and wildlands influence her work. The artist makes her own copper plates based on her original illustration using techniques dating back to the Renaissance.

"I have long appreciated wild places and creatures, but my art work has given me even greater regard for the design and diversity of nature. Painting a landscape or drawing a taxidermied bird forces me to observe much more keenly a familiar creature or place. I wrangle with what is the most essential information to convey, and -- just as important-- what to leave out or merely suggest."


You can find her limited edition prints in her online store.