Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Vintage Postcards Turned Into Canvases For Flora and Fauna Paintings

Chicago based Illustrator Diana Sudyka turned vintage envelopes into canvases for her beautiful watercolor and gouache paintings. How the artist got these envelopes into her possession makes these paintings unique. About 27 years ago when the artist was studying at the University of Illinois, she had found these envelopes in trash. The letters between correspondents revealed the envelopes dated between 1939 to 1942. 

The stamps, hand-writing in ink and the colors of the envelopes guide the artist to paint her subject matters. The paintings on the envelopes feature flora and fauna of native Midwestern and Northeastern North America. Diana has painted barn owl, blue spotted salamander, winter wren, sandhill crane and flying squirrel to name a few. You can find prints of the vintage envelope paintings here and here.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Kit Davey of Found Object Art

Kit Davey is the artist behind Found Object Art who specializes in paper and book artwork. She has always been interested in art, and has taught art at Foothill and De Anza Colleges, Community Services and the Palo Alto Adult School. She has also taught at Book Arts at the Pacific Art League, Palo Alto.

She creates playful artist books, matchbox artwork, greeting cards, and three dimensional sculptures using only recycled and found objects such as cigar boxes, weathered wooden stake, tissue papers, vintage book, children's toys etc.

The one-of-a-kind artwork is made out of recycled materials that she found at flea markets, garage sales, collected from library sales, and picked from the trash. Her pieces are hand constructed with layers of paper and other objects that gives depth and intriguing narrative.

She now offers private classes in my Redwood City studio and gives workshops. Her work has been shown at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and the De Saisset Museum. Her art is available on her website, at local art fairs and at the Book Arts Jam.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Instant Downloadable Patterns to Knit Adorable Creatures

Claire Garland of Dot Pebbles knits cute creatures that will be loved by both grown-ups and kids. For those of us who like to knit their own little creatures, can find patterns to make owls, mice, cats, koalas, flamingos, and hedgehogs. If you are thinking of giving a handmade gift to your friend who loves knitted stuff then you must visit her store. There are more than 50 adorable designs to choose from. The patterns gets delivered to your inbox so you can start knitting your own toy. So what are you waiting for? Hop on to her online store and get knitting!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Whimsical and Colorful Illustrations by Helena Perez Garcia


Spanish illustrator Helena Perez Garcia is a well known for her whimsical artwork. After she finished her degree in Fine Arts Degree in Spain she moved to London in 2012. After living there for six years, she moved back to Madrid where she lives currently.

She gets inspiration for her work from art, literature and cinema. Her work depicts familiar characters and creatures in imaginary worlds in rich gouache paints. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, packaging and books internationally. Some of her clients include Penguin Books, The Body Shop, BBC, The Financial Times, and Reader's Digest.

She was one of the women celebrated at TEDx Barcelona Women and has participated in many exhibitions all over the world. She has been honored as a Winner of The 2016 Cheltenham Illustration Award. Visit her online store for originals, art prints, notebooks, and greeting cards.