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Kissing Art Print by EinBierBitte | Run Wild My Heart Bowl by InkBandit | Grey horsefly tank top by nikacollection | Triangles Pack of illustrated wooden brooches by depeapa

I love illustrations! I love cute ones, abstract ones, weird ones, in all kinds of sizes, shapes and colour combinations. To me they are such a free form of art, not constraint to any rules.

Gergina has lovely inspirational prints in her store with great colour schemes. I especially adore this cute kitten with the original German text. (remember my love for cat prints?) I think it has great personality and the text just goes perfect with it.

Claudette has fantastic ceramics in her store. It’s so cute and funky and fun and crafty and amazing all at the same time 😀 If I could afford it I would buy a whole dining set! I can only imagine how happy your day would start with her plates, bowls and mugs. Her style is just right up my alley with the intricate black lines and splashes of colour here and there.

Nesrin runs a great store with all kinds of illustrated and printed shirts. They are colourful, unique, fashionable and really stand out. I especially love the designs in which different patterns and images are perfectly layered over eachother. And the quality really seems good with very bright colours.

Veronica seems to be illustrating everything she can get her hands on. Her store features jewelry, shirts, notebooks, prints, mirrors, trays, backpacks, tea towels and all with her designs printed on them. How cool is that! She has a sweet and quirky style with geometric elements and subtle pastel colours.

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Lively fashion

Black Maxi Dress by PIOOPIOOlabel | Brown Wool Hooded Cowl by denizgunes | Kalevala Koru Necklace by Andolinaswishes | Lantern Earrings by MagpiesShop

This week I wanted to look at how good products can look on modeled pictures. The listing that spiked my interest to make a treasury and moodboard out of this was the absolutely stunning and unique product pictures from Mor’s shop PIOOPIOOlabel. I absolutely love the illustrations she puts in the pictures. In fact, I think they could stand alone as prints. Once you’ve been in her shop once, you will always recognise her products and that’s when you know you’ve built a powerful brand identity.

Ayasa makes good use of a talented model in her shop full of knitted fashion. I love this picture, it’s so dreamy and full of life. The models in the most of the pictures are smiling and it sets a great mood. In this particular picture the product shown comes out looking great and far better than if it would not be modeled.

Had Marina not have this necklace modeled, it would have gone unnoticed in her vintage shop Andonlina’s Wishes. She really shows the necklace in the best light and the classic velvet dress goes perfect with it. With vintage jewelry in particular I think it’s important to model them properly because it’s very difficult to imagine them in combination with modern clothing. As shown here the piece is timeless.

The styling in Marta’s picture is impeccable. From the clothing to the hair and make-up to the slightly dark background to the model’s expression. In fact a lot of pictures in the Magpies Shop are very strong and dramatic. I especially like the professional lighting in her pictures.

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My favourite things

Azul earrings by LucieTales | Mr Ragdoll Cat by SandraDieckmann | Chandelier crystal necklace by amalaba | Custom pet pillow by bl0emetje

Since December has started I think it’s finally time to start talking about Christmas. I really don’t like starting too early with Christmas thoughts. Last year I saw Christmas decoration as early as 30th of August! What a horror! And it usually results in being completely tired of all the decorations and songs before it has even started. That’s why I try to avoid talking about it until December. The  only  topic I will allow to start earlier is the yearly Christmas dinner. I just love food and thinking about food! 😛

Now for this moodboard I have made a selection of my Etsy wishlist. Please do check out the entire treasury here. Every single item I absolutely adore and would love to get as a gift (or if I had the money I would buy it as a gift for myself!)

I love how Lucie plays with metal and treatment of metal in her jewelry designs in her LucieTales shop. The patina always comes out in such wonderful and vivid colours. I also like that while the designs are very delicate and feminine, the metal keeps a bit of roughness and the combination of the fine and the rough go great together.

I really like cats in general, I don’t make a big secret out if it. I probably have all the potential in me to become a crazy cat lady 😛 So I generally also really like cat prints (remember my awesome exchange with Zyzanna?) and this is a gorgeous one as well in all the little details. I really like how Sandra has this graphic style in her art store with the abstract scribbles, zigzags and triangles. They truly make her art unique and transform the drawing of the ragdoll cat in something truly special.

There are lots of things I like about Joana’s necklace. I like how she, like Lucie, incorporates antique and vintage items in her jewelry and gives them a new life. Her store offers more upcycled products, but this one is definitely my favourite. I like the Victorian style with the chain going under the pendant, the delicacy and the flashy (but not overly so) crystal. It’s simple, but striking. It would go great with a 20s style outfit.

Jilke has one of the most original product lines on Etsy. There, I said it. I am in love with her idea of turning pet photographs into actual pillows! And not only that, they look really well made. Wouldn’t it be incredibly special to turn a dear and deceased pet into a pillow, so you can hug them when you miss them the most? I certainly still miss my cat, even though it has been years since he passed away. He was one of my best friends growing up and I would love to hug him sometimes.

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Last sunday I announced a giveaway quiz where you had to guess which songs I listened to when creating my art. Unfortunately only one person entered :p (Okay, my boyfriend wanted to enter too, but I didn’t let him because he already pretty much new all the answers) But that’s okay, because Estella guessed everything right! Congrats! So for this tea story post I thought I would give some background information on my artworks.

1. Anger ScreamsBlack Strobe – I’m a man

Anger Screams

I’m a fan of Guy Richie movies. When Rock’n’Rolla came out I went to see it in the theatres. Then the next day it was on in the living room I watched it again 😛 I was really impressed with the opening sequence with the song “I’m a man” and absolutely loved the grungy style! I was really inspired and wanted to give my own twist to it.

2. Heaven is just a drop awayMuse – Knights of Cydonia

Heaven is just a drop away

I saw this amazing stock photo by M. J. Ranum that I just had to use. In the description he plead for it to not be turned into a boring angel. So I made a beer angel out of her! The Muse song was perfect to listen to when creating this piece.

3. Evolution of NatureBjörk – It’s oh so quiet

Evolution of Nature

I was participating in a long and winding competition that lasted for half a year with new submissions every week. The theme of that week was nature. I really love dandelion petals and the idea they can travel very far away and the idea just came to me.

4. The Rainbow SamuraiDJ Okawari – Bluebird story

The Rainbow Samurai

This artwork was made for the same contest and the inspiration for it all started with this tutorial. As you can see the result looks nothing like the tutorial 😛 But I really liked the retro style and the use of a toy. I used my own cat keychain and my roommate’s samurai figurine to make the final piece. The song is a real delight and I love how it’s kind of jazzy and more traditional Japanese influences.

5. AmphitriteClint Mansell – Lux Aeterna

Amphitrite

I wanted to make something grand and dramatic. There is no music more dramatic than the Lux Aeterna. I love it so! It was perfect for making this Greek goddess of the sea. I like how vector and vexel art is made with layers of shapes on top of each other. It reminds me of height maps. So I made the goddess part of the sea surface.

6. Gloria | Mando Diao – Gloria

Gloria

This was obviously the easiest one! When the song came out I was listening to it all the time. Then I saw an amazing stock photograph of a gorgeous red head with a beautiful and strong expression and I immediately thought of the song. I used a watercolour tutorial on negative space I was eager to try out and this was the result.