I am always cruising around Etsy to pine over their goodies and now that Spring is on the horizon, I’ve got green on the brain! These were my favorite pieces for this Spring season (so far)!
An ‘Ohh’ for decor that is! I love how Etsy let’s you curate a treasury list – just throwing the word curate in there makes it sound so legit. Here is what I have been adding to my treasury list…
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You might have seen in my sidebar a little tweet oogling Elly’s beautiful artwork, but I must admit, I am a little bit of a cyberstalker and saw her work on Etsy last year and fell madly in love! (I also might have purchased a few prints for Christmas presents!!)
“I make miniature worlds out of paper. I ink up a paper called Yupo paper, cut it into layers and set inside a miniature theater. I play with the lighting, and adjust the elements and then photograph the scenes. I often take 50 or more photos to get the one I am looking for.”
With an obvious careful hand, Elly combines illustration, cut paper and photography into such whimsical narrative pieces. I love how the photograph above really puts into perspective the detail Elly considers while transforming these still scenes into beautiful pieces of artwork.
Isn’t she just the best? Here are a few tid bits from her interview with Etsy when she was a Featured Seller.
Where does your inspiration come from? I found my inspiration through playing with Victorian inventions. I love tunnel books, magic lanterns, stereoscopes, paper theaters, and zoetropes — they are so magical. My daughter inspires the stories my images tell. In some ways I feel I’ve entered a second childhood and I’m able to see the world through her eyes. She sees the world in such a fantastical way. The other day she made little parcels for the spider that has taken up residence in our bathroom.
How would you describe your creative process? My creative process usually begins with an idea and title; the image. follows close behind. I have a big whiteboard in my studio and I play with themes — weather, creatures, botany, etc. I do really loose drawings there. I keep them up for a while to see what comes from them. I love experimenting as well…. I make a few cut elements from yupo paper and ink or play with the ones I “store” on the wall. Once I have enough layers I begin to install them in my theater. I use filters of coloured tissue to create a distant landscape or clouds and then I take many, many photos of the scene, changing little things here or there.
Elly is an artist to watch out for – it was so hard to even try and decide which images to post on here because everything is amazing! You would be a real fool not to check out her Etsy shop here!!
And thank you to Elly for bringing imaginative images into the world and allowing Munro Shea Designs to use your artwork for this post.
Rissa, the creator behind Etsy’s successful ‘The Coastal‘ Shop, has been on a roll! Recently gracing the homepage of Etsy and endless Etsy collections, Rissa took the time to answer some of MSD’s questions!
Where/What do you gather inspiration for your designs? And what is your inspiration for your color palette?
I’m mostly inspired by my architecture background. I’m a softy for geometries, and simple geometries definitely are my biggest inspiration.
Typically I spend anywhere from 10-30 mins to paint each coaster. Right now, since I just started out, I can devote that amount of time to each set, but when things pick up in the future, I’ll definitely have to rethink my process.
I use water-based non-toxic acrylic paint on all of the coasters. Some designs are done freehand, but the majority of them are painted with the help of stencils that I cut out of thin vinyl. Due to the intricacies of my designs, it’d be virtually impossible to paint freehand and still make them look clean!
I actually didn’t have to experiment much before I found the perfect materials. I knew that I needed to use ceramic bisque because I wanted a natural color and feel, so it was just a matter or narrowing down the ceramic by examining the quality and durability. For the paint, I chose acrylics because the ceramic is very porous before it’s sealed, and I needed to use a paint that wouldn’t bleed or cause a big mess. The only thing that took some time was finding the right sealant. I needed it to be waterproof, heatproof, and fade resistant, so it took some testing. My husband and I spent a lot of time trying to destroy some coasters, but I’m pretty confident that I have the perfect combination now though.