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Illustrations by Lan Truong

Illustrations by Lan Truong

Gorgeous illustrations by Brooklyn-based Lan Truong. See her website here and her blog here.

Happy Monday! Did you have a good weekend?

Images: Lan Truong
via Isa Belaniel / Paper Boots


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Favorites: Art by Anek

Summer fruits print by Anek

Salad print by Anek

Blueberry print by Anek

I am really taken with these prints by Ana, a Croatian graphic designer and illustrator. Exquisitely simple and richly colorful. The two fruit prints, in particular, are my favorites.

Ana has many more designs in her shop (in other sizes, too), as well as a calendar. If you have a foodie on your holiday list, her art prints may be just the thing you’re looking for.

You can also find her on Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest

Images: Ana/Anek

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Illustrations to Love: Out of Paper

Student girl illustration by Out of Paper

Bus men by Out of Paper

Travels illustration by Out of Paper

The Models illustration by Out of Paper

Found a link to these illustrations by Norwegian-based Out of Paper hiding out in my bookmarks. Wish I had a print of that first illustration, which reminds me a bit of Kris Atomic’s work.

See more illustrations on the Out of Paper website.

All images: Out of Paper

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Great Find: The Ink Nest

Nautical set by the Ink Nest

Mint collection from the Ink Nest

Art Supplies by Denise Holmes for the Ink Nest

Ranunculus Collection by the Ink Nest

I had a smack-my-forehead kind of moment yesterday when Denise Holmes (an illustrator whose work I love) posted a note on Facebook about how she’d contributed some of her illustrations to a clip art website called The Ink Nest. It had never occurred to me that there are beautiful, affordable clip art websites! (Or maybe this is the only one?!)

In the past, I’ve commissioned some small illustrations for projects here and there, but this idea of a clip art website, where I can buy lovely little inexpensive graphics and use them to my heart’s content, opens up a whole new world for me.

So don’t be surprised if you start seeing some of them in my blog posts!

The Ink Nest offers clip art and Photoshop brushes, as well as vector files and extended licenses. See the full details on their website, including the terms & conditions.

Don’t miss the blog either.

I’m excited for the creative possibilities – how about you?

Images: The Ink Nest

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Olympic Gold

Olympic swimmers 1 by Elizabeth Olwen

Olympic swimmers 2 by Elizabeth Olwen

Olympic swimmers 3 by Elizabeth Olwen

Olympic swimmers 4 by Elizabeth Olwen

Olympic swimmers 5 by Elizabeth Olwen

I was all set to show you some wonderful floral patterns by Toronto-based designer Elizabeth Olwen when I saw these equally wonderful Olympic inspired patterns of synchronized swimmers on her blog. I think the smile on my face when I saw them was almost as big as the smile on theirs!

See Elizabeth’s portfolio here. If you are a fan of Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co., I think you will like Elizabeth’s work too. And if you are a fan of surface pattern design (which I am), Elizabeth has a really nice blog here.

All images: Elizabeth Olwen

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Illustrators to Love: Nadia Taylor

Bear Watching by Nadia Taylor

Metroland Mural by Nadia Taylor

Valentine's Day menu commission by Nadia Taylor

Commissioned by Rosenstiels Fine Art Illustration by Nadia Taylor

Mural for Zizzi restaurant by Nadia Taylor

Migration from the Early Bird card range by Nadia Taylor

Garden Birds commission for Rosenstiels Fine Art publishing by Nadia Taylor

A selection of my favorite designs by London-based freelance illustrator and printmaker Nadia Taylor. She has many more designs to see on her website and blog, and she has a few limited edition prints and cards in her shop too. So pretty, don’t you agree?

All images: Nadia Taylor
via Print & Pattern

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Illustrators to Love: Lotta Nieminen

Lotta Nieminen hermes window display

Lotta Nieminen Hermes window display illustration

Photo of Lotta Nieminen Hermes window display

Illustrations for Hermès window display for 7 stores in the U.S.

Suez Environment illustration by Lotta Nieminen

Illustration for Suez Environment’s annual report (a French utility company)

Menigo branding by Lotta Nieminen

Brand identity for Menigo, a Swedish wholesale food supplier

Olivia illustration by Lotta Nieminen

Editorial illustration for Olivia magazine

Archipelago illustration by Lotta Nieminen

Archipelago” – Finland themed poster illustration for Pekka of FinlandContemporary Illustration from the Land of Booze and Blondes exhibition

Lotta Nieminen is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director from Helsinki, Finland. You can see more of her work on her newly-designed website (hint: it’s gorgeous), including this beautiful brand identity work for Brooklyn- based online vintage clothing store Maeven and much more.

A good way to start the week, don’t you think?

All images: Lotta Nieminen

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Favorites: New Prints by Sanna Annukka

Lapinlintu print by Sanna Annukka


Karelianlintu by Sanna Annukka


Saimaanlintu by Sanna Annukka


Finnish designer Sanna Annukka has some beautiful new prints available in her shop. All three are gorgeous, but my heart is still set on owning this (limited edition!) print:

Spirits of the North by Sanna Annukka

Spirits of the North

To learn more about Sanna and her influences, see her bio here.

From the archives: I’ve written about Sanna’s work before here and here

Images: Sanna Annukka

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Spring Designs By Polkka Jam

I like the new “Paula” and “Potted Garden” designs by Finnish design duo Kristiina and Sami of Polkka Jam. The themes of their illustrations are often about the simple pleasures of life.

For much more, see their website and blog. You can also see the two times I’ve featured them before –  here and here.

Images: Polkka Jam

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Illustrations by Parko Polo

Twitter suggested to me that I follow Parko Polo (a.k.a. Edinburgh-based artist Edward McGowan). So I clicked on his profile, which took me to his website, and was delighted to discover all of his charming, colorful illustrations. Like these four for the National Library of Scotland:

National Library of Scotland illo by Edward McGowan

National Library of Scotland illo 2 by Edward McGowan

National Library of Scotland illo 3 by Edward McGowan

National Library of Scotland illo 4 by Edward McGowan

This witty illustration (“A seemingly empty room of ninjas”), which he created for the Collective Nouns Project, would sell well as a print:

A seemingly empty room of ninjas b y Edward McGowan

And this “Age of Adventure” illustration reminds me of The Twenty-One Balloons – one of my favorite childhood books.

Age of Adventure illo by Parko Polo

If I had been caught up on my blog reading, I would have seen that he was just featured on Grain Edit.

If you like what you see, go to the Parko Polo website as well as his blog, and you can also see his portfolio here.

Have a happy weekend!

All images: Edward McGowan

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