"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Ploypisut | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Ploypisut

It's party time (again) at the Kismet Decals studio because we have a brand new artist on board the KD-collab train! Welcome, Ploypisut, to the wonderful world of wall decals :)

 Ploypisut (pronounced Poy-pi-sud) hails from the colorful and vibrant city of Bangkok, Thailand. She is a freelance illustrator and surface designer, sharing her wonderful work on Instagram.

She received her BFA in Communication Design and worked in graphic design, before becoming a freelancer. She mostly uses watercolor as a medium and sometimes uses watercolor combined with gouache.

Her watercolor paintings are inspired from nature, botanical elements and wildlife creatures. She also draws inspiration from Asian folk art.

I'm finding it very relaxing, looking at her illustrations - something fit for slow-living magazines (looking at you, Flow Magazine).

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April 18, 2019 — Di Kismet
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with CatCoq | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with CatCoq

We're over the moon because we actually have the talented and lovely Cat Coquillette, or as she is more widely known - CatCoq (find her on Instagram, @catcoq)! When we caught sight of her cute alpacas on Pinterest, we knew we had to see more of her work; and then we fell in love with all of her artwork completely!

Cat Coquillette, founder of CatCoq, is a location-independent illustrator and designer whose success has afforded her the opportunity to travel the world as a permanent "nomad." Passionate about art, education, and entrepreneurship, she now explores the globe 24/7 in search of creative inspiration for new projects and experiences to uplevel her personal and professional life.

Cat runs her entire business while on the move, managing all of her creative entrepreneurial work while hopping from country to country. Her "office" changes daily, usually a coffee shop, coworking space, or airport terminal somewhere in the world.

Cat's artwork is directly inspired from her travels, as she builds her art portfolio right along with the list of cultural experiences that infuse her pieces with their unique style.

Created all over the globe, Cat's artwork reflects the unique vibes and surroundings of each place she visits. While living in Southeast Asia, she saturated her artwork with tropical watercolors, vibrant orchids, and jungle animals.

Her iconic Alpaca designs were inspired by a trip to the Peruvian Andes. Scandinavia brought about Norwegian patterns and sapphire shards of glaciers. Her work is most known for its bright pops of color, vibrant typography, and a blend of hand-painted brushwork and clean vector illustration.

We're just so excited to be able to share her artwork with you. A big collection of her artwork will be coming very soon!

November 27, 2018 — Di Kismet
Creating Your Own Zen Space | Kismet Decals

Creating Your Own Zen Space

As a full time mom (read 'Jane of All Trades' and attempting to master them all), it can sometimes get too much. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and everything that comes with it but sometimes I need some time to breathe and just gather my thoughts. I used to burn out so easily because I wasn't able to have some alone time to recuperate and re-energize before going about my daily routine. Sometimes we're so busy taking care of everything and everyone around us, we tend to forget to take the time to take care of ourselves. This is why I've made it a point to always have some 'Me-Time' because it's so very important to be able to just relax.
Initially I used to have to go out to find some peace of mind, but then I created my own zen space at home. A safe and sacred corner for me to think, meditate and just be. Now whenever I feel flustered and overwhelmed, I just take a time out and go to my little space to zen out. I think its so very important for everyone to have their own zen space, so I'm going to share how I created mine and how you can put yours together as well.
Firstly, you'll need to find a quiet corner or space in your home. It can be anywhere, as long as it allows you to be undisturbed. The idea is to see if the environment is one that relaxes you and helps you unwind. Now that you have your own space, you can add these elements to it (which I personally found helpful in my own space).
COMFORT IS KEY
I have a huge futon and a bunch of throw pillows on it as I laze around attempting to recollect my thoughts. Some people opt for meditation and create an environment based on that (as I do when I meditate as well) but for just a space to calm my nerves, I like having a place that focuses on comfort.
 
INCORPORATE NATURE
Studies have shown that looking at nature and being init can help reduce stress. Plants are a great way to create that vibe and are aesthetically pleasing and also helps keep the air clean. If you'd like to keep the space cleaner and use the walls instead, a framed image or a decal would look great too.
SOOTHING SCENTS AND SOUNDS
Now that you've got your comfortable place to sit on and some beautiful features to look at, add some incense or essential oils such as lavender with properties that help with relaxation. If you aren't someone who likes complete silence, a water feature would be great or an easier alternative would be to put on a playlist of soft sounds of the rain or waves crashing —my personal favorites!
WARM LIGHTING
Light makes all the difference when setting the right mood. If you're reading a book or indulging in some art, you'd obviously need a brighter light setting. However if you're looking to just be in your own company then dim lights and some candles flickering would be a great touch.
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Floating Lemons Art | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Floating Lemons Art

We're proud to share with you a new addition to the Kismet Decals artist community - Mariana Musa of Floating Lemons Art (find her on Instagram, @floatinglemonsart)!

We asked Mariana to tell us a little bit about herself, her journey as an artist and her sources of inspiration: 

"A self-taught illustrator, I consider myself a work-in-progress: insatiably curious, tackling all challenges that come my way, big or small, with humor, a passion for seeing fun imperfections everywhere, and a love for turning it all into art, illustrations, typography, and surface pattern designs.

 

My work reflects an appreciation for the slightly odd, quirky and whimsical side of life, with designs ranging from realistic colored pencil pieces to imaginative illustrations, all meant to delight and inspire. I also hand draw coloring pages to provide creative therapy and joy, helping to alleviate some of the daily stresses of life.

I have a Masters in English (literature) from New York University and have lived in Malaysia, USA, Australia, France, and now find myself in the magical countryside of the United Kingdom. Along with other numerous clients and commissions, I’ve had pieces published in HOMME (Malaysia) Magazine, and I was a contributing designer for the Hewlett-Packard TwoSmiles site, now closed.

In my quest to live a creative life, I enrolled in - and am now a graduate of - 'The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design', and 'Make Art That Sells' online classes, as well as a course on art and design at Oxford Brooks University, all brilliant -- inspiring me even further and convincing me that there are no limits to the imagination and that this journey that we’re on is one full of enchantment.

I will soon be illustrating children’s books, have published my first coloring book, Quirky Botanicals and Friends (available on Amazon), and am working on the next one. It’s a busy life, but yes, I love what I do."

Sounds wonderful to us! We can't wait to offer her artwork as decals for your home.

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June 29, 2018 — Di Kismet
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Mintwind | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Mintwind

We're excited to share with you a new addition to the Kismet Decals artist community, Anastasia Melnikova, the talented artist behind 'Mintwind', from the historic city of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Dive into her artistic world through her many illustrations on Instagram, @nastiamintwind.

We asked Anastasia to tell us a little bit about herself and her source of inspiration for her work:

"My name is Anastasia and I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. In my childhood bedroom, all of the walls were filled with my drawings, as were all of my school textbooks.

And books on the shelf were exceptionally full of illustrations as well. Since then, I've been dreaming of making beautiful illustrated books which would delight children around the world.

During my student years, I was in a constant search of myself and of my own style. Portraits, comics, even architectural sketches were explored. I tried to draw everything with all kinds of techniques and materials. I was "thrown" from one side to another. Until one day I just got myself a watercolor set and drew a forest. It was a moment of truth.

Forests, the changing times of the seasons, huge centennial trees - they are my childhood's treasures. I grew up by the Azov sea, where greenery is stunted with heat. So when my parents took me and my brother away every summer, from the hot steppes to the green forest, I felt very joyful. There I wandered among trees for hours, collecting cones and berries.

The forest is my inspiration. It is a place where I feel free to breathe and think. A place where I feel at home. It is a place where you are not afraid to lose yourself. The forests in my illustrations are filled with different creatures. They are friendly and secluded from the bustle of the big world."

We can definitely feel the magic of the forest through Anastasia's paintings. Yes, the friendly-looking creatures she creates do add a touch more magic to the scene. How lovely it would be to have one of her illustrations on our wall!

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June 25, 2018 — Di Kismet
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Pizzle Paints | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Pizzle Paints

We're so excited to have the charming Simela Petridis of Pizzle Paints (find her on Instagram, @pizzlepaints) join our artist community! Her alluring paintings of bountiful floral wreaths caught our eye and we just had to have her collaborate with us. Thanks to our lucky stars, she graciously agreed and all is good with the world now *happy dance all day*.

 

Simela is a modern watercolorist from Adelaide, Australia. She began water coloring to alleviate the stresses of everyday life and found comfort in the beauty of creating unique pieces of art.

Her original style and techniques resonate throughout her Instagram page, showcasing her love for creating intricate, bold wreaths and one of a kind bouquets. Simela's art is special and a lot of her inspiration comes from bohemian patterning, folk art and loose florals.

 

She uses various forms of art mediums such as modeling paste, markers and acrylic paint in her pieces and tries to create one-of-a-kind color combinations. Simela's painting techniques are also extremely unique. She has made up her own simple methods to create various textures in her paintings which she readily shares on her Instagram page. 

Simela has been given the opportunity to work with one of America's leading arts and crafts company Prima Marketing Inc., becoming an official member of their watercolor design team and one of their only Australian artists on board. What an awesome achievement!

With her knowledge in this field, Simela is so eager and ready to share what she's learnt along the way, that she has started to organize workshops for people interested in the art of watercolor painting and floral wreaths. That's just super fantastic, if you ask me!

 

Simela is an extremely passionate artist and challenges the norm of water coloring to create pieces that are completely her own. We're mighty pleased to be able to share her artwork on Kismet Decals, definitely!

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June 24, 2018 — Di Kismet
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Casals Juanola | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Casals Juanola

We're thrilled to share with you a new artist joining the Kismet Decals artist community - Marta Juanola of Casals Juanola.

This talented illustrator from Spain shares her beautifully painted artwork inspired by mother nature, evoking a sense of peace and wonder in each of her paintings.

We asked Marta to tell us a little more about herself and what inspires her:

"I was born in a little village very near the sea in northwest of Spain.  I moved to Barcelona to study Fine Arts and Graphic Design at the University of Barcelona. I'm currently based in Barcelona, working as a freelance designer and illustrator.

I'm in love with nature, animals, and the sea, and these elements become the main theme of my paintings nowadays. I'm also very influenced by the Mediterranean light and landscapes of my little native region. I enjoy creating magical and imaginary worlds where there are animals, flowers and landscapes and where the viewer can travel to a dream world.

My magical whales show my admiration for these fantastic animals, the cetaceans, of which I spotted during my travels in northern Europe. My poppies and others landscapes are among other natural elements that I enjoy near my city.

I love working with watercolors because this medium allows me to experiment with color spots, play with very watery strokes and layers of paint. I also love how the "transparency" of it gives my pieces that special touch - making each one different and magical. In many occasions, I experiment with different types of painting materials, allowing myself to explore different textures and painting styles.

My artwork captures the little moments in life, and I'm proud to say that it comes from the soul. I paint with the purpose of evoking emotions in people. I'd like for someone to  feel happier when they look at one of my works; to appreciate that my paintings are able to spread positive vibes. This is the main reason that all my paintings have these bright and fresh colors.

I hope you enjoy my art."

Well, Marta certainly got us hooked as soon as we caught sight of her whales! We're smitten with her various whale paintings and romantic poppies; we're quite sure you will be enchanted with them, too.

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June 19, 2018 — Di Kismet
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Dana Design Illustration | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Dana Design Illustration

With happy faces, we would like to introduce lovely Dana Tanasa of Dana Design Illustration into the Kismet Decals artist community. She graces us with dreamy watercolor paintings and ink illustrations (find her on Instagram @danutzi), enough to evoke a sense of harmony in one's heart. Her detailed paintings of wild animals and plants caught our eye and for that, we're excited to have Dana share her work with Kismet Decals.

We asked Dana to tell us more about herself and her sources of inspiration:

"Hi, my name is Dana, I'm an illustrator and graphic designer from Belgium. I live in a small town near Brussels, with my partner, our daughter and our 2 cats. I've always loved drawing and painting but only took myself seriously at 27 when I went back to school to study graphic art and design and I never looked back.

I have been drawing and painting since I can remember; I also love coloring now and then and I would never trade my wonderful brushes and watercolor pans for my tablet. I actually need both.

I find inspiration in our beautiful nature, in little glimpses of it in my garden, in distant places from my childhood and sometimes in vintage books of mountain flowers. Lately, I have also found interest in geometric and more abstract forms.

Working in this creative field has its ups and downs but every day I feel happy to be able to express my love of nature through my illustrations and I truly hope I manage to inspire others to pursue their dreams and express their magic."

We're especially excited about her series of Zodiac Illustrations. She gives the signs her own interpretation and it turns out to be the perfect blend of art and astrology in one piece.

The awesome thing about Dana's artwork is that both adults and children can relate and connect to them. That's a win-win situation in our books *wink*. If we had to choose just one favorite piece, it would have to be 'Wild and Free'; we're always down for anything animal-themed, really!

June 08, 2018 — Di Kismet
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Holly Maguire | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Holly Maguire

It gives us tremendous pleasure to be able to share the wonderful artwork of Holly Maguire on Kismet Decals! Her perfect mix of foliage and humans got us hooked right from the start. Just when you think it couldn't get better, she creates her illustrations using just the perfect combination of colors. They're really quite relaxing to the eye!

Just to let you in on a little bit about Holly Maguire: She is a freelance illustrator based in London. As you will soon notice, Holly’s work features a lot of color and pattern, as well as playful imagery - which she hand paints using gouache.

 

She has worked on a variety of products ranging from children’s books to clothing and homeware.

 

Holly’s illustrations are inspired by the things she loves to do such as pottering in the garden, people (and dog!) watching, travelling, collecting beautiful packaging, rummaging at flea markets and gazing at paintings in galleries.

 

We're so excited that we have been given the honor of producing her illustrations into beautiful and unique wall (and soon, laptop) decals. We've got our eyes set on a piece of hers called "Tiny Houses" - they're a perfect combination of dreamy and fantastical. You'd want one of Holly's illustrations in your home if you love all things pretty!

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January 12, 2018 — Di Kismet
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Christina Heitmann | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Christina Heitmann

We're happy to have Christina Heitmann collaborate with Kismet Decals by contributing her quirky, one-of-a-kind illustrations to be made into fun wall decals!

Christina tells us about herself and her inspirations:

"My name is Christina Heitmann and I work as an illustrator based in Stockholm, Sweden. As a child I often sat with pen and paper and created my own endless worlds and stories.

Still, I am driven to bring stories to life and create worlds that exist only in the imagination. I think the charm and strength of illustrating is that you are able to create things that can´t be captured with a camera.

In Illustration, I have 17 years of experience working with magazines, books, brochures, web, events, fashion and advertising campaigns.

Today, I divide my time between commissioned illustrations and self-initiated work, and I have my sights set on designing beautiful and clever products for the home.

My style is characterized by its simple lines, dynamics, attitude and playfulness. During the creative work process I like to twist and turn an idea, finding unexpected angles and bringing it to a head.

I find inspiration for my illustrations in the ordinary details of everyday life, movements, contrasts, a nice cup of coffee and jazz music. I also love visiting Berlin to enjoy the creative vibe that´s always in the air. Berlin is dirty and frayed at the edges and it´s somewhere in the imperfect that I find a tremendous urge to create.

I think I have the best job ever! I am grateful and feel truly humbled that I have the opportunity to work with what I love and where my heart is."

It looks like we will have to plan a trip to Berlin next; Christina makes it sound terribly interesting! But first, we're delighted to share her collection for sale right here on Kismet Decals. Check out her work now!

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January 12, 2018 — Di Kismet
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Aleksandra Szmidt | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with Aleksandra Szmidt

We're excited to have illustrator Aleksandra Szmidt join our ever-growing artist community here at Kismet Decals!

Her adorable and fun-loving characters are sure to steal your little ones' hearts. Get a sneak preview of her work through her Instagram page!

We'll let Aleksandra introduce herself:

"My name is Aleksandra Szmidt. I grew up in a town in the south of Poland. Currently I’m living in New Zealand. In Poland I worked as a graphic designer. When I moved, I decided it was time to pursue my big dream- now I work as a freelance illustrator for clients all over the world from my home studio.

Since I can remember, I liked to draw and create different things. I studied landscape architecture, it could be the reason why I enjoy drawing plants and animals. I like to think of animals as people; going on special adventures, having big dreams, and getting into funny situations or predicaments.

These are the main themes of my work - things often detached from reality. I’m a big fan of traditional methods of creation like: watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and ink.

I like to sketch everywhere and invent characters, stories and other magical worlds. This isn’t just a job, it's a lot of fun for me and has become a big part of my life. I really love my work and I feel an emotional connection with all my pictures."

We especially love the colored pencil effects on some of Aleksandra's artwork! With her artwork turned into wall decals, they make our wall look as if she had personally come over to paint them! We can really feel the carefree and cheerful vibes through her drawings, maybe because Aleksandra herself is a sweet and friendly person.

We're so happy to be able to share her artwork with everyone all around the world!

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October 02, 2017 — Di Kismet
"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with The Fox In The Attic | Kismet Decals

"It's Kismet!" Announcing: Collaboration with The Fox In The Attic

We are so happy to have The Fox In The Attic join our artist community at Kismet Decals. Get ready to see endless adorable-looking animals and pretty flora in wall decal form coming your way!
 
We asked Michelle, the talent behind The Fox In The Attic, to tell us more about herself and her inspiration behind her illustrations.
 

"My name is Michelle Kreussel. I live in St. Leonards-on-Sea with my husband, our daughter Penelope and a ginger tom called Floyd.  From my home studio I run my business, The Fox In The Attic.
 
Classic inspirations for children, to do with animals and nature, permeate the themes I explore within my shop.  Alongside familiar woodland creatures (badgers, owls, foxes) are animals found further abroad (monkeys, koalas, raccoons), as well as more fantastical and mythological beasts such as the ever-popular unicorn.  Complimenting these are more recent additions to my ranges, including designs drawn from the world of plants and flora, inspired by Victorian botanical illustrations. 


Most recently I have found myself drawn to ideas to do with classic, emblematic comfort foods such as desserts, puddings and biscuits.  All these creations are made with a firm emphasis on color and fun, intended to appeal to children and mothers alike.
 
Initially having featured almost exclusively hand-embroidered animals and bespoke decorative items, my product range has now developed and expanded into a stronger, more brand-led and compartmentalized approach.  I can now offer an entire product line across a range of various design items, that contains greetings cards, prints, printed stuffed baby rattles (with bells inside) and decorative cushions, specifically intended for nurseries and other interior spaces.


 
One of my most popular and successful lines at the moment is a range of cactuses and succulents in five varieties, a group of five ice lolly and ice cream designs, and a line featuring various combinations of unicorns, clouds and rainbows in multiple colors and variations.  Alongside these, my shop currently offers a longstanding and ever-expanding range of anthropomorphized cartoon-style animals - mainly aimed at children and babies -including a monkey, badger, llama, owl, fox, bear, raccoon, koala and newt (with or without clothes!)."

Awesome! We are counting our lucky stars because now we have more original illustrations to offer, especially for your nursery, bedroom, and playroom. You can check out The Fox In The Attic to see and read more about Michelle and her work.
 
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September 04, 2017 — Di Kismet