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Artist-Inspired Palettes With COLOURlovers

May 18, 2010

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Margot_bio.jpgMargot Harrington, a.k.a. CheekyMonkey82, is a freelance graphic designer, the editor of COLOURlovers’ Print Channel, an art junkie, and all-around collaborator captivated by all forms of making and doing. She documents art and design on the Internet at Pitch Design Union and Mint Design Blog.

Of all the glorious sundries available on Etsy, interestingly enough, it’s not the first place I normally look when I’m in the mood for art and design, or prints and posters. Any artist I tend to find on Etsy is usually referred from another source, typically from one of the many design blogs I frequent when I’m on the hunt some inspiration for my own work and blog. That’s not to say that there aren’t fantastic gems to be had; there’s everything from handmade zines, screenprints, bound books, prints, and letterpress goodies galore. I’ve picked out my newer favorite finds and a handful of loves that I’ve been eyeballing for some time. I also put together a few color palettes based off some of the work, feel free to wander over to COLOURlovers and use them in your own work!



Artwork by essimar

I’ve been a big fan of the dreamy vibe in essimar‘s work for a long time, and I just love the particular color palette she employs. Her work is mostly small prints and cards, either screenprinted, collaged or both. Also check out her blog for new work and Flickr for even more product and in-process photos.


Artwork by alyoisiusspyker

Lovely rainbow-hued screenprints are by alyoisisspyker, though I’m partial to these geometric ones and would love to have them in my house. There are still few left of each, snap those babies up!




Artwork by chrispiascik

All acid-pop fun, illustrator Chris Piascik’s hand-lettering is incredibly clever and detailed. See more of his work at


Artwork by slidesideways

Slide Sideways is made up of screenprinters Jaqui and Scott and they are no strangers to Etsy. Their work is adorable and irreverent, but not too cutesy. I especially like how they’ve managed to extend their printing talents to pouches, journal and pillows.



Artwork by leahduncan

Leah Duncan is the brains behind these brilliant illustrations, which have are a unique feel that’s both modern and folksy. Super hot colors too! Loves.


Artwork by annebenjamin

Mok Duk is Anne Benjamin: illustrator, screenprinter, and letterpress maven. She does tons of amazing letterpress wedding invitations too. See more of her work at


Artwork by rarrarpress

Typophiles rejoice with the sassy prints by Reba Rakstad of Rar Rar Press. Posters, buttons, small notebooks, cards, and T-shirts are all hand typeset and letterpressed. Reba also has a blog and helps run Chicago-based No Coast, which is a multi-use art space and studio focused on printmaking, and book art and fiber arts.

Thanks to Margot for sharing her COLOURlover palettes inspired by Etsy artists.
Do you have a favorite colorful Etsy artist? Leave their shop name in the comments below.

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  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking said 7 years ago

    Um, oh my gosh I love this article so much I may marry it.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    just how wonderful is this!!! LOVE the color inspiration!

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 7 years ago

    LOVE the geometric prints!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    Lovely article! Thanks for sharing :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    i love the color palettes! great aesthetic.

  • theblackbirdsings

    theblackbirdsings said 7 years ago

    A very inspiring article - just what I needed! Thank you. :)

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 7 years ago

    hell yes! typophiles of the world unite make sh*t yourself! i love this article and am happy my eyes have layed upon it.

  • xmoonbloom

    xmoonbloom said 7 years ago


  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    great images! thanks!

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 7 years ago

    love making letters..So glad there are people out there who like color, type and putting it all together as much as I do!

  • jillhannah

    jillhannah said 7 years ago

    I LOUVE! Such a great idea for an article, and such a great article! Just over a year ago I went through a colourlovers/color-obsessive phase and found more fun color toys, like the color-vision test and and Colourism. Links and commentary can be found here:

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Margot! This is awesome! LOVE IT!!!!!!!

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 7 years ago

    I love the color! Great finds.

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 7 years ago

    WOWWWWWWW!!!!! Love this article!!!!!!!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 7 years ago

    ooh, found some new favorites here. Thanks for a fun post

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner said 7 years ago

    I love the color combos! So fresh!

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks said 7 years ago

    Great article. I love the colors.

  • victoriousyouth

    victoriousyouth said 7 years ago

    I took a color class a few years back and it reminds me of this. Glad to come across a refresher and a new perspective on color!

  • SeasationalShells

    SeasationalShells said 7 years ago

    That was great, thank you!

  • martice

    martice said 7 years ago

    I get a lot of customers asking a sleeve from a color lover palette :)))) so love it :)

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing these great pieces. I'm clicking on the links now.

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! I visited some of the websites and was not disappointed at all :) Lovely!

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 7 years ago

    What amazing printmakers you have collected here. New people i've never seen, thanks! We include process photo's in almost all of our listings since our beginning in 1997. I think it's such an important story to document and show potential customers how many steps went into the final product they buy. We like to call it "layers in process."

  • CarlaLovato

    CarlaLovato said 7 years ago

    As a "lover" of color. . . excellent article!

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle said 7 years ago

    I'm all for colors!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    great article : )

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue said 7 years ago

    Love the great colors and images. Thank you.

  • jikits

    jikits said 7 years ago

    super lovely fly colour palettes! i <3 all these picks!

  • CheekyMonkey82

    CheekyMonkey82 said 7 years ago

    Wow, I can't get over this community, it's so supportive! Glad to be a part of it and thanks for sharing the love.

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 7 years ago

    I LOvE tHE c o l ors aNd thE TYp o gRApHy.

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 7 years ago

    My Mom always told people that I was colorblind. I adamantly disagreed, and still maintain I am not because I can see and LOVE these color combinations.

  • mucar

    mucar said 7 years ago

    Great finds.....

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 7 years ago

    Ooh, I *love* COLOURlovers! Such a fun place to explore and find inspiration. Thanks for this article -- and the great collection of items shown here!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 7 years ago

    Great colors and great designs! Very nice!

  • wagtail

    wagtail said 7 years ago

    beautiful picks!

  • mimmaart

    mimmaart said 7 years ago

    COLOURlover´s palette look great!! I like the color combinations of helendardik

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 7 years ago

    Great Finds, and great Article! Thanks for sharing!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Very nice!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    Love this collection! Great, great stuff.

  • fastsoftpress

    fastsoftpress said 7 years ago

    Great prints-so inspiring! Can't wait to check out the Print channel and the Colorlovers palette.

  • thewheatfield

    thewheatfield said 7 years ago


  • louloudo

    louloudo said 7 years ago

    loved all these finds so so much!!! thanks

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 7 years ago

    I love Leah Duncan's color palette - it's amazing. Her work is gorgeous in so many ways :)

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 7 years ago

    Very fun! Love all the creativity!

  • lindasmartstudio

    lindasmartstudio said 7 years ago

    What a great colorful selection! Almost as colorful as my shop and I am terminal.

  • rawartletterpress

    rawartletterpress said 7 years ago

    great article!

  • rubypaperco

    rubypaperco said 7 years ago

    Great colors! Wonderful, thanks!

  • swimswim

    swimswim said 7 years ago

    love the colors and the "make shit yourself" poster is so great!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    I love the colors and the items! Very unique!

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 7 years ago

    Oooh! this was a fun read!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Inspiring article and love the colors!!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 7 years ago

    Yes, I love the color palettes...makes me want to experiment a bit. And the artwork, oh my!

  • DPKministat

    DPKministat said 7 years ago

    I dig it!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    LOVE the groovy colors, my mom used to have these kind of fun signs around the house when i was a kid, nice to see them re-emerge! XO

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 7 years ago

    I loved this article. Tons of new favorites here!

  • TheWhirlwind

    TheWhirlwind said 7 years ago

    I always use Colour Lovers to search for cool palettes. It's really awesome!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Thanks enjoyed my read and finds above. :)

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 7 years ago

    Love the high 5 poster!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    great colors & fun!

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket said 7 years ago

    i love everything featured in this post...<3

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    some fun color combinations

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    some favourite artists and beautiful finds ~ love leah and essimar's work. thanks for this great article :)

  • CaliforniaCraft

    CaliforniaCraft said 7 years ago

    What a great post! These color combination are so cool.


    ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES said 7 years ago

    SO MUCH FUN SO MUCH FUN SO MUCH FUN so much fun !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thestorybookcottage

    Thestorybookcottage said 7 years ago

    Your color combos are awesome! Thanks for sharing...

  • papersquid

    papersquid said 7 years ago

    You can never have to much color inspiration. I love playing & experimenting with different color. Lovely.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Great article! Love the geometric designs!

  • ArtsyCraftsy2

    ArtsyCraftsy2 said 7 years ago

    WOW-- LOVE LOVE LOVE these colors! So awesome, rock on! =]

  • ziazia

    ziazia said 7 years ago

    Great article!! Love the palettes!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 7 years ago

    Colors are my no. 1 inspiration. I feel alive when I see beautifully combined colors, and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside me :0)

  • RePairer

    RePairer said 7 years ago

    super super.. fun I love this article so much

  • artangel

    artangel said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous colours - I could look at this all day!

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 7 years ago

    Great color references and a great article.

  • sunmeower

    sunmeower said 7 years ago

    LOVING them! I love the wee woodland bits too, the hoof high five and the black bear really stood out : )

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Beautiful colour picks, I really enjoyed this all the art in here is fabulous : D

  • 2treasurehunt

    2treasurehunt said 7 years ago

    Great color palettes!

  • thingsSHEcarried

    thingsSHEcarried said 7 years ago

    You have jumped into a whole new color world - where none such existed. Exciting fun. this influences my working palette to no end!

  • Beaddles

    Beaddles said 7 years ago

    What a timely article, just as I had started some research of my own looking for different color palettes. I especially loved the one used for Harry Had a Bad Feeling. Thanks, Margot!

  • artl8dy

    artl8dy said 7 years ago

    This is my kind of goods!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 7 years ago

    Love this! Thanks:) The work of Reba Rakstad cracks me up-- amazingly talented & witty!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    Margot, it!!

  • aromaticbodyoils

    aromaticbodyoils said 7 years ago

    Great colors. I decided yesterday that I needed a little more color in my life, and packaging. So I am off to Michaels to make it happen!

  • GenevieveWoodford

    GenevieveWoodford said 7 years ago

    I love this - thank you so much for posting! I love the collection of artists you've highlighted too... just off to have a look at their work!

  • poppycottage

    poppycottage said 7 years ago

    Great color!

  • meoneil

    meoneil said 7 years ago

    Decolorful and delightful!

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes said 7 years ago

    leah duncan's moose, jack rabbit & owl I love!

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 7 years ago

    hand-lettering is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  • JoshUrsoDesign

    JoshUrsoDesign said 7 years ago

    Ha ha! "Talk nerdy to me" card is hilarious! Nice piece highlighting the 2D selection on Etsy. Color choices can sometimes be mystifying. Thanks for giving us some pointers!

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead said 7 years ago

    Leah Duncan's work is excellent! Glad to know there are other color junkies out there :)

  • BeesAndTrees

    BeesAndTrees said 7 years ago

    Yay COLOURlovers!

  • slidesideways

    slidesideways said 7 years ago

    We are lovers of all things colors! Great post! And thank you for the shop mention too!

  • AKjapan

    AKjapan said 7 years ago

    Strange, I started reading a book on colour last night.

  • DevineDesignStudios

    DevineDesignStudios said 7 years ago

    I love Harry Had aBad Feeling print by LeahDuncan!!! Thanks, great article on color, beautiful picks!!!

  • VintageScriptPress

    VintageScriptPress said 7 years ago

    Very cool colors great art

  • toutourouge

    toutourouge said 7 years ago

    love love colours

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 7 years ago

    Great collection:) I am an new to typography and graphic design. Love the work highlighted in this piece:)

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 7 years ago

    Excellent post-I am so glad to see alyoisiusspyker here. I always loved this work. As for color, well you can tell what I love by my shop name and my avatar, and the colors in this post do not disappoint. To name only one favorite color etsy artist is very difficult but here's mine.

  • cristinapires

    cristinapires said 7 years ago this!

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    Lovely article

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