It’s All In Black And White

Contributor Post by Mairi from mairidesign

It’s All In Black and White – so perfectly opposite. As a monochrome form of visual arts, B&W images can be starkly contrasted black and white or combine black and white in a continuum producing a range of shades of grey called greyscale. The CIJ Team are delighted to share their B&W and Greyscale works of art, home decor and accessories.

Graphite pencil drawings. I usually present here my portraits of animals, but today I have something very special. Original illustrations that were presented in my exhibition of fairy tale illustrations. Drawings are framed in a beautiful wooden frame and passepartout. I attach a catalog from the exhibition to the purchased drawing.

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Spring Weed Fancy Botanical Illustration

Amanda Jayne Andrews from KNITANDPROMISECRAFTS says:

I was originally commissioned to create this tea cosy as a thank you gift as they had a beautiful black and white kitchen, I added the pom poms as an extra special detail.

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Stripey Knitted Tea-Cosy

Here is one of my many Classic Black and White gift tag sets. The Butterfly set is one of my favorites.

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Black and White Gift Tag Sets

I think these black and white hand painted by ME stemware glasses are so much fun…a great addition to anyone’s bar decor or saved for a special occasion. Here’s to YOU!

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Martini Glasses Hand Painted

I love the graphic appeal of black and white! This clutch is fun and easy to carry! In a cotton print that I call foam and bubble with white background and black dots. It’s a nice little clutch for necessities on the go. Padded and with a wrap around strap that can go on a belt or slip over your wrist.

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Bridesmaid Gift Clutch Envelope

I love working with black color. The contrast on a white background is fantastic. Simple yet effective. This stippled phalaenopsis is delicate and will fit in perfectly in any home design.

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Phalaenopsis Art Print Orchid

This stylish cushion cover set will complete your black and white home interior design. Elephant cushion covers are made from black and white pattern cotton fabrics.One of them has black and white animal print, the other is made from black and white pattern cotton fabric blocks and has a white cotton block in a middle with beautiful oriental elephant embroidery.

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Elephant Cushion Cover Set

This black and white chalkboard print fabric with words describing God was the perfect fit for my Bible tote bag. The fabric is so beautiful and a great conversation starter as it will have old and new Christians either asking questions or being reminded of the many names our God can be called by.

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Bible tote bag and key chain

I think I created this because I think black is elegant and chic – and I didn’t really have anything in my shop with that precise touch of class.

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Black and White Digital Paper

Connie Lee from Bungalow42 says:

What’s black and white and fabulous?

My love of film noir surfaced once again with these black and white curvaceous earrings. These uniquely shaped hoops are vintage black aluminum stamped with a snake skin pattern. The center cut out has an equally unusual shape. Inside each cut out is a gorgeous round white dangling freshwater pearl.

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Vintage Black Aluminum Snake Skin Hoop Earrings

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

This black and white infinity scarf is ideal for the summer. The scarf is made of two fabrics. One side is white with little black Polka dots, the other side is black, embroidered with flowers and embellished with flowers in different black and white patterns.

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Infinity Scarf

Solveiga from Knitwoolsocks says:

Crochet yoga socks, yin yang gift. According to Taoist principles, the forces of everything in the universe are in constant motion. As the movement continues, each of the forces of energy gradually changes into the other, yin to yang and yang to yin. This is the cycle of all energy. When these opposite energies work in unison the way nature dictates, there is a perfect balance. The yin yang symbol of equal halves, one dark and one light, but also opposing forces come together to create and generate energy – life. Yin creates the form and grows it while the yang generates action energy and expands it. This is the bringing together of two halves to make a complete whole.

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Crochet yoga socks yin yang

Elisabeth Perez from LizPOriginals says:

Black and white are great shades and they go with anything. For your special table décor on mantles and candles
this candle bling will make wonderful statement. Gift it with a candle to Friends and family or charming housewarming / hostess gift.

Black Affair Candle Ring

Arcadia – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Arcadia.

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Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green that with its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Arcadia! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

Succulent drawing in arcadia and purple shades – a little accent to your home in very trendy colors. This botanical drawing is made with color pencils on an A5 size landscape paper, and is recommended to be displayed with a passe partout.

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

A fun little bead which I found interesting to work with shares a real treat as the color is Arcadia a cool, clean take on green but has a little blue along with hints of browns. How fun is that? As I sat at my table I contemplated what to put with it and there it was some of Jenna’s beads. She was there to help me out. Just like an angel on my shoulder to help me to complete my necklace. The glass beads and the Czech crystals were hers and as many of them that I have had, are now all gone. Jenna passed away a couple years ago. She dedicated her life to nursing. This is a final goodbye to her and her beads. The necklace measures 28 inches and pierced earrings to match.

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Gemstone accessories are so fun, to not only work with, but to wear too! This cute striped agate clothing clip is perfect for year round use and is a great eye catcher when being worn! It’s a one-of-a-kind treasure that turns slightly baggy clothes into a more form fitting style. This not only is a perfect compliment to Pantone’s Spring Colors but it will also compliment you!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Arcadia board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

For The Pet Lover

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Pets come in all shapes and sizes. You may have a pet that is furry, scaly, a mammal or a rodent and so much more!
Those of us who are pet lovers tend to go wild for items that are all about our type of pet (think mug with a dog on it) or those items we can use for our pets (think pet mat).

We want to know what you have in your shop that pet lovers would want?

Marjorie from mscenna says I love cats and have a collection of cat themed items. Although I no longer have them as pets, I still enjoy them and love cat inspired trinkets. This repurposed jewelry ornament would be a fun gift for a cat lover!

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Black cat ornament

Lizzy from LizzysBibsandBobs said I guess it would not come as a surprise to anyone that I am a Cat Lover! I am also a great lover of glass – in particular Fenton Glass Animals, of which I have a small collection of 20 or so pieces. So a Fenton Glass Cat is the perfect gift for someone like me or someone who just loves Cats. This beautiful white opalescent Calender Cat is a fabulous gift for those Pet Lovers born in May!

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Fenton glass calendar cat

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter states I love all animals and when I found this cut Cat and Dog fabric I thought it would be great for the pet lover / book reader as my newest in my new line of bookmarks.

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Cat and dog bookmark

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says I personally am a dog person (allergic to cats) but I have a classy cat key ring that a lady cat lover could easily fall in love with! Not only is it cute, it also has a lot of sass! The jeweled body glistens in the sun AND moves separately from the head too. This cat just reminds me of spunk and so do a lot of ladies I know! It’s definitely an attention grabber and a fun accessory to own. You may even consider it a feline version of Betty Boop!

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Ilda from lililapt said I love rabbits. They are the Easter symbol. I embroidered rabbits in baby crosstitch diapers. They are lovely!

Cross stitched baby burp cloth

Marta from GottliebTextiles states this is an interior piece for a true cat person. The cat embroideries are made with acrylic thread which is then brushed with a stiff wire brush to create a textured effect. Therefore the embroideries have a lovely soft feeling, just as the cats should be.

Cat cushion cover

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals says I love cats and having a little bling on my journals and as a zip pull on my bags is such a great way to show that.

French cat zipper pulls

Przemila from CanisArtStudio said I’m a great animal lover. My whole shop is for pet lovers. I paint custom pet portraits from photos and especially dogs, cats, and horses. My favorite techniques are an oil painting on canvas and pastel drawings. I also make pencil drawings. The ordered portrait of your favorite pet will be framed in an elegant wooden frame. You can choose any image dimensions and the color of the frame. This is a wonderful gift idea for any occasion and a memory that will never lose its value. In my shop, you can also find painted clocks, wooden boxes and other items decorated with the image of your favorite pet.

Custom dog portrait

Heather from MooseintheMint states this sign is ideal for a cat lover (I also have a dog version) – the first design said ‘Crazy Cat Lady’, but some people didn’t think that was appropriate, so this is version 2! [other people just thought it funny!]

Crazy about cats sign

Cristal from DesignsbyCristal says for some women having something leopard print is a must have item whether it be in clothing or accessories. So, my thought for this design was if you’re a dog lover who loves leopard prints then why not accessorize your pet in it as well.

Leopard print dog collar and leash

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba said I was very surprised that many people get attracted to this little birdie consider them as their pet. But hey, it doesn’t always have to be a cat or a dog, why can’t it be a robin? Most important is that the pet gives you a ton of positive emotions.

Robin fine art drawing

Mairi from mairidesign states ever since I did an oil pastel study of a stuffed owl in school, I’ve been fascinated by their soft plumage. Over time, I learned to design in a basic stylized manner and liked to simplify the bird’s forms and made these stained glass brooches especially for fellow owl lovers. I may not have my own owl pet as yet, but I can visit them in their huge cages in Wallenstein Palace Gardens, Prague, whenever I like.

Glass owl brooch

Items Of The Week: In The Kitchen

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Items Of The Week: Art

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Pink Lavender – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Pink Lavender.

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Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Pink Lavender! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Marta Gotliba from GottliebTextiles says:

This beautiful Scandinavian style rag rug is made by my mom. She doesn’t have an Etsy shop so I dared to add this fantastic handmade item to my textile shop hoping that it will be noticed by someone who appreciates one of a kind craft work and is in a need of a country style rag rug in trendy colors. I will be delighted if this fantastic lavender/pink/purple carpet finds its new home.

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Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

When the spring comes I always want to work with pink and pastel colors. This original pink lavender macaroons drawing in soft and romantic shades will be a perfect addition to a kitchen interior.

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

I was inspired when I found these beads because the color was so different and the beads were so yummy. Pink Lavender is a lovely name for a beautiful bracelet, don’t you think?

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Linda Britt from LindaBrittDesign says:

I wanted to make a pair of long earrings that combined my ‘pink lavender’ jasper square beads with crystals and pearls. The range of color and sparkle made me think of my grandmother’s beds of blooming flowers in the early morning dew.

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Mairi from mairidesign says:

Pink Lavender is just the shade I’ve been looking for to describe the glass used for this pendant – otherwise, it’s dusky pinkish purplish with wispy cotton-candy-floss white.

Memories of that childhood treat inspired this pendant but sticky fingers are not a problem when you wear this necklace to the funfair or carnival.

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Owls are very trending items. I think most of us know someone who loves owls in some form or another! Pair the popularity of the owl with a trending Pantone color of the year and you have an excellent gift idea! This adorable owl scarf slide can be worn all year long too!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Pink Lavender board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

New Team Members: February 2018

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming the new Etsy Christmas In July team members who joined in February! Take a moment to check out their shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline shares:

Hello everyone! My name is Caroline and I have an Etsy shop in which I sell my hand-poured soy candles! Soy Candles are a much healthier alternative to other candles on the market. I am passionate about the candles I pour and believe this Lemongrass Candle best represents Soy Candles by Caroline!

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Sandra Darlene from SDDigitalDesign shares:

Hi – my name is Sandra from SD Digital Design. My shop is filled with adorable printable art that shares a message, offers inspiration or just makes you smile! I combine text and graphics into one-of-a-kind digital designs!

I started my Etsy shop believing it was “possible”. The first print I designed reminds me dreams do come true.

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Savinaki from DriadesNatural shares:

Hello! I am Savina.

Me and my husband own a small, family skincare company based in Greece. We produce 100% natural, freshly handmade to order herbal beauty elixirs. Most of them are vegan and organic, all of them aroma therapeutic.

We are new to Etsy but our lab has a presence of more than 7 years in the Greek market.

We love what we do! Most of all, we love to have happy clients who after using our products realize what Nature can do for our skin and mood!

Nice to be here with you.

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Let’s Have A Tea Party

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

As a kid and even an adult it is so much fun to have a tea party with friends and others. There are many types of foods, desserts and more that go into a tea party.

I love having the finger sandwiches, scones, different types of teas and using such beautiful tea services at the tea parties I have gone to.

What do you have in your shop that can be used in a tea party?

Marta from ArtByMartaGotliba says decorate your living room with a nice, food theme art piece, it will help you to set up the right atmosphere for your indoor tea party.

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Dessert drawing of macaroons

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said this antique cup and saucer would look lovely on the table and it’s pretty enough to leave on display when the guests have departed.

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Vintage china cup

Mrs A from 2aEmporium states  this vintage Noritake creamer and sugar bowl with lid was only manufactured during the years of 1979-1986. It would make a wonderful addition or replacement piece to your Fine China collection.

Noritake cream and sugar bowl

Caroline from SoyCandlesbyCaroline says while your guests are already calm and comfy from the tea and fixings, a candle with Lemon Essential Oil may be the perfect addition to your tea party. Lemon Essential Oil has been shown to help promote positivity.

Lemon soy candle

Elisabeth from LizPOriginals said wonderful gift favors with adorable charms.
English garden tea comes to mind–I can see it added to the place settings and see the lush garden around it.

Tea party zipper pulls

Pam from PearlsVintagebyPam states tea parties are great fun. When I went to Ireland we had lots of tea and scones. I am sharing One of my favorites from my personal Tea pot collection!!

Vintage Cronin blue teapot

Nautico Creations from NauticoCreations says nothing sets the tone of a tea party better than having a nice table setting. Linens can make it even more special. My mom has made so many great table runners that I’ve used throughout the seasons. It makes the place settings even nicer. Here’s one that combines turquoise and brown with a rich floral and paisley pattern.

Quilted table runner

Roses Workshop from RosesWorkshop said if you’re going to have a tea party, then you need to keep the tea warm while you chat! A stylish Harris tweed tea cosy is just the thing. The lovely fabric is hand-woven in the Outer Hebrides islands, and any item made from it is a little bit special.

Harris Tweed tea cosy

Mairi from mairidesign states I’d say we all need butterflies at our tea parties. Pop a colorful butterfly into an empty iced-tea bottle with a few wild flowers from the park, lay down the gingham picnic blanket, and nibble on your Scotch eggs, cucumber sandwich triangles and sip some chilled iced-tea from a china cup.

Butterfly stained glass pot decoration

Amanda from KNITANDPROMISECRAFTS says my strawberry tea cosy is perfect for any tea-party. It is my best seller and is popular across the globe including Europe, America, Hong Kong and Australia. It was originally created for a 50th birthday tea party and was the highlight of the day!

Strawberry knitted tea cosy

Marta from GottliebTextiles said your kitchen also deserves to be decorated for the tea party. These dish cloths have lovely pastel color tea party themed embroideries. Not only a perfect kitchen decor but also will become handy when washing dishes after the party.

Dessert tea towels

 

Meadowlark – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Meadowlark.

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The bold and lively Meadowlark, a confident and outgoing bright yellow shade highlights the spring 2018 season, glistening with joy and illuminating the world around us.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Meadowlark! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

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First of all, Meadowlark is a beautiful spring bird, Its beautiful sunny yellow color is full of joy. This color announces that soon will be more light, warmth, and fun. I am waiting for spring and that’s why I have this spring bird here. In my shop, you will also find a painted clock, pastel drawings and other items with this motif.

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Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

Spring flowers give me this very special feeling. We have long winters here in North and the coltsfoots are the early flowers. They stand out very bright in the last years grey grass and give a hope that the proper spring will start soon.

This painting was done with watercolor at the early spring last year. We have snow outside the window and I am so waiting to see these precious little flowers soon again!

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Aska Marzec from PaintingsGallery says:

Hi, my name is Aska and this is a limited edition print of 75. It is a print on canvas of my original painting entitled Lismore Lighthouse. The inspiration for this print was to try and capture dramatic sky during one of many Caledonian ferry crossing from Oban to the Isle of Mull- Scottish Island of the west coast of Scotland. Loving the colours and the game of light and shadows.

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Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says:

The inspiration! The art for this printable lined / unlined stationery set actually is from an earlier set of little notecards I created. I love flowers and ladybugs, and I always loved the way the mini printable notecards turned out, and I got good feedback on them, and even used them myself on occasion. Could be end of story, but recently I got to thinking of other ways to use the same little art pieces. So, here it is as a set of letter size printable stationery.

Meadowlark Printable Stationery

Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio says:

Who can resists this bright and sunny color? My mother used to have this phrase pinned to her refrigerator when we were growing up. She was just a cornucopia of wise words.

This sunny meadowlark yellow card is just perfect for someone needing motivation or a recent grad making his or her way in the world.

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Judy Merashoff from JAMsCraftCloset says:

We Are Family, Dream, Imagine, Believe Framed Affirmation Wall Art is a great example of Meadowlark Yellow. We all need to be reminded that family is so important in our life. Family always has your back and are there through the good and bad to support you when you most need the support. It is also a reminder to Dream, Imagine, and Believe. This is one of my favorite affirmation wall art that is handmade by me!

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Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

This meadowlark yellow garment clip makes loose clothes such dresses, shirts, light jackets, and even shawls fit better. It also adds a touch of class to the outfit! This particular one has a bright yellow color that just can’t help but brighten a mood too.

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Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Czech glass beads in tones of blue, meadowlark yellow, cornflower blue, sunflower and silver, strung on steel memory wire. The yellow adds a pop of color to the bracelet and the blue goes great with jeans. It’s time to start wearing some spring colors to get us in the mood for warmer weather!

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Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

This necklace is a sure sign of spring with the colors of Meadlowlark Yellow Aqua, Coral and Chartreuse. As I enjoy working with color, one color may POP out more than all the rest. Don’t you just love the new colors of the season, I do! They are so refreshing!

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If you’re on Pinterest here is the Meadowlark board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

New Team Members: January 2018

Contributor post by Cindy Humphrey of Cynhumphrey

Please join us in welcoming the new Etsy Christmas In July team members who joined in January! Take a moment to check out their shops, and share on social media using the hashtag #EtsyCIJ! Thank you!

Lasma from StorkyDesign shares:

We are two girls from Latvia. We make baby booties, wedding ring pillows and crochet toys.

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DeUno from DeUno shares:

Hello to all members! Happy to join! Looking forward to participate in group activities!

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Grazyna Ossowska from GOceramikaautorska shares:

Hi, I am a ceramics addict based in Poland. I make ceramic home decorations and functional pottery also. Thank you for having me in the group. Please have a look at my store.

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Viancamercedes from viancamercedes shares:

Hi,  My name is Vianca Mercedes and I am from Brooklyn, NY.  I make handcrafted jewelry from scratch. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this group.

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Marta Gotliba from ArtByMartaGotliba shares:

Hello everyone,

My name is Marta and I am totally addicted to color pencils. I draw almost every day and since I have many drawings in a folder I decided to open another Etsy shop (I have one that sells embroidered textiles) to sell my art works. My favorite themes are birds and desserts but occasionally I go a bit outside my comfort zone and try drawing other subjects. This is my most favorite bird – kingfisher, it also describes my work style – loads of color, white background and many structured details.

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