I have a soft spot in my heart for prints that involve colored paper and black and white ink. Colored paper alone is wonderful, but somehow adding black and white to it makes a print especially crisp, clean, and sharp. I just can’t get enough.

A San Francisco- and Brooklyn-based design firm called Dirty Bandits (run by lettering/illustration extraordinaire Annica Lydenberg) has mastered the art of the simple, clever poster, with a nod to hand-painted supermarket signs of the past. Her new Love For Sale typographic paintings are playful explorations of the combination of marketing phrasing and affection “for sale.”

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The show is up  in Brooklyn at Just Another Project Space from February 5th–26th, 2015.

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If you like what you see, check out her Etsy shop as well:

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See more Dirty Bandits work.

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Woke up this morning and saw this.

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It’s awesome.

Once I looked at it for a bit, I noticed how interesting the texture on that N is, decided that I really liked how he indented the top of it, and then wait, woah, what? The entire thing is drawn by hand.

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Theeeeen it turns out there are three more of these! I don’t have to say much, the talent behind them is clear.

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For more of Tobias Hall’s work, check out his website.

 

 

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The house I grew up in is awesome, and if you’ve met my parents you know they are serious DIYers. There’s barely an inch of the house that my parents haven’t tweaked, built, painted, and made their own. It’s full of modified old furniture, pictures and mementos from great grandparents, and parts of older houses that were torn down – I honestly find something I’ve never seen every time I’m home.

They’ve gone through room after room over the last twenty years, turning the garage into a living room, adding a second floor, creating a home that has all the right nooks and crannies, and they finally arrived at one of the last rooms – the main floor bathroom. Everyone that comes over uses it, and somehow it flew under the radar for a full twenty years.

So it was time to pull out all the stops – do something cool, something fun, something so anti-purple-paint, beige tile, and floral wallpaper borders.

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Yes, that’s what it looked like before.

My mom and I both love old things, both like maps, so what better thing to use for the re-do of the bathroom but OLD MAPS. We found some great books at Foursided, an eclectic little shop in the Andersonville area of Chicago, and decided to use the covers as wallpaper. Logistics took a bit of time to figure out, but we determined the best and least damaging method would be to glue the covers to plyboard and attach the board to the wall, rather than gluing directly to the wall.

After considering the cost involved, wanting to avoid destroying old books, and concerned about the thickness of the covers, we also decided to make copies of about fifteen of them rather than purchase 50+ individual books.

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We measured and cut a board the size of the wall space we wanted to cover, including holes for the lighting fixtures. Then we brushed each piece with Mod Podge and glued it down, wrapping around all edges, and working out from the center.

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The last step was covering the entire thing with a layer of Mod Podge in an attempt to really seal the covers in and possibly keep out the moisture that inevitably comes along in a room with a shower. A note about doing this: they bubbled quite a bit. Nerves were high, but once it dried it was completely flat again. Then, up on the wall it went!

The next piece of the bathroom was the flooring. With much of the house becoming hardwood, it only seemed fitting to do the same in the bathroom. A friend of mine (Hi Hannah!) lived in a house that had turquoise stained floors and I always loved them. Though maybe a bit daring for some people (though not Hannah’s mom, Joyce – Hi Joyce!), a small area seemed a safe place to give it a try. Without finding the right color, my mom stained all the board herself with one layer of blue stain and one layer of green.

It turned out great.

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The perfect color to pull the blues out of the wall we’d just worked on.

It was finally time to pull it all together. (Warning: there are a lot of photos here. See you in a few minutes.)

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Subway tiles in the shower, a yellow stained door, an old dresser turned into a sink, and lots of little touches made this bathroom update a masterpiece of a transformation. It’s hard to believe we used that dopey old purple bathroom for so long.

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I like when I hear about someone not through another blog. I saw a video about the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on Vimeo, watched it, and was completely floored by this mystery artist in the video who was sculpting, shaving, and shaping oil paint! Was she a painter? Sculptor? I’m still honestly not sure. But holy cripes (honestly a different work is necessary) is she doing some truly fascinating stuff.

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Ahhh if all of this makes you as giddy as it makes me, you’ll want to check the rest of it out here. I don’t even know if she has a website. I went from seeing this to posting it in about 4 minutes flat. I’ll investigate.

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Moooore, more more illustrations from the Golden Encyclopedia!

Mammals

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Lumbering

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Hobbies

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History

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Lakes

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Man

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Pets

“Pets are animals or birds kept to be fondled or played with or admired for their beauty or song.”

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Back in a time when “typesetter” was one of the 50 or so jobs they chose to highlight, and comedians wore top hats. Also not sure what the man on top of the flagpole is doing.

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Still more to come! Here was the first group of illustrations, in case you missed them.

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