Transport yourself to a watercolor wonderland of friendly creatures ad tasty treats, this week our featured artist is Natalie Lundeen. Her work is a mixture of watercolor and collage that comes together to build magical jungles and dessert scapes where friendly animals are ready to grace our walls and say hello each morning. If you’re looking to decorate a baby’s nursery, children’s room, playroom or are just plain a lover of animals big and small, these are some affordable art prints you should pick up for your home decor.
1. Can you tell us about your work, when did you start creating?
I’ve been an artist since I was little, always loved crafting and painting as a hobby as a kid. I’ve always been in love with color particularly. My work is usually done in watercolor or gouache and often is composed of pieces that are painted separately and scanned in to the computer and collaged together in Photoshop. Some of my illustrations are completely digital and drawn on my iPad. I love bright colors and fun characters.
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2. How would you describe your home decor style?
I would say colorful, fresh, eclectic and playful. I do have to tone it down a bit (OK, a lot) for my husband. If it were up to me my whole house would look like a super cool modern kids room. The work I sell in my Etsy shop is marketed for kids, but it’s all stuff I want on my grown-up walls. We moved into our house about six months ago and everything was beige—even the ceilings! So I had a big project of painting everything white. Now I’m taking my time decorating and adding things thoughtfully when I find something just right.
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3. What inspires you when you get in a rut?
Hiking, getting out in nature. Taking an online class to learn something new. Looking through my idea sketchbooks. Most often, I just have to get started and the juices start flowing after I’ve been consistent about putting in the time drawing or painting. Sometimes it takes a couple days to get back in the groove if I’ve been away from my desk for awhile.
4. What colors do you enjoy using in your art the most and why?
It takes a huge amount of restraint to keep pink and lime green out of my paintings.
5. Where do you create most of your work, what is your space like?
My workspace is occupying this sort of bonus family room area next to our kitchen. I’d love to have a door to close sometimes, but I do like how open the space is. I mainly took this part of the house over because it has a lot of light. I can’t work in a dark room all day or I will go mad. Especially living here in rainy Oregon!
6. Name 3 crafters, artists or designers that you follow and love their work…
I LOVE Danielle Pedersen’s amazing ceramic animals (@smallwildshop on Insta). I have a little donut necklace from her and it’s my favorite piece of jewelry.
A couple of my favorite illustrators are Rebecca Green and Jon Klassen.
7. What are your favorite items decorating your home and why?
The mural I made for my three-year-old daughter’s room. I wanted to put my ice cream and popsicle prints in there on the opposite wall, but she said that would be “too many ice creams”. Another favorite is a painting she did for me (I picked the colors!) that’s hanging in my bedroom.