[CONTEST!] From Earthbound → Entrepreneur: A Colorful Journey

hailey_alexeditEarthbound team member and creative butterfly, Hailey Lynn Glass, published her first ever hand-illustrated, hand-bound coloring book entitled, Butterflies, Flowers & Weirdness. We sat down to get an exclusive look into this creative girl’s mind to find out how she ended up on this path and what inspired her to take on the world of coloring.

Hailey’s been everything at Earthbound, from key holder to buying intern to merchandise coordinator and stylist. Her ability to dabble a little here and a little there in a wide variety of roles not only makes her a great employee, but a great artist too. From the time she was little, she was getting her hands in and on everything and anything.

On Growing Up Weird:

“My creativity was one of my first defining qualities, besides being stubborn. ha ha! I was an only child and had a lot of time alone to develop my own creativity without a lot of input from the outside world. They (my parents) always let me dress how I wanted and even let me draw on the walls too!”

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On Pencils Being Lazy:

Over time, Hailey’s artistic style evolved into the same flowing, bold lines as seen in her coloring book. Her iconic style didn’t just develop overnight though, she practices A LOT and leaves no room for error.

“In general, I don’t use pencils to sketch out what I am going to draw first. I find it more challenging and rewarding to go straight to the page with a marker or a felt-tip, pen because it forces me to be more thoughtful with each line. When I use pencil, it’s lazy. You’re giving yourself all of these chances to erase and fix your mistakes.”

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On Creative Juices:

If you know Hailey personally, it’s no surprise this quirky and creative soul works at Earthbound. Her coloring book is unique, filled with flowing mandalas, bold butterflies and friendly animals. It’s unlike many of the mass-produced coloring books out there.

“I really wanted to make something that I wanted to color. I couldn’t validate spending money on a coloring book when I could just create one. My style lends itself to that. It’s really intricate with bold lines.”

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And that’s just what she did! Nearly 6,600 folded pieces of paper, 12,000 coloring pages, 6,000 handmade perforations, and 1,800 staples later, Hailey has officially created and printed her very own coloring book. To say it was a labor of love is an understatement.

The journey to completion wasn’t easy. Some days she was filled with inspiration and other days she wasn’t. When nothing seems to be coming out, she calls on Mother Nature to help.

“I go outside. It helps keep me sane. In general, my art is heavily inspired by nature. The colors, the subject matter and the lines.”

On Being an Entrepreneur:

At first glance, Hailey appears to be a carefree hippie child whose productivity ebbs and flows with the wind. But if it weren’t for her commitment to her craft, she wouldn’t have her coloring book up for grabs all throughout the nation. So what’s a creative soul to do?

“Just go for it! Stop trying to be perfect. There is time to refine and build as you go. Trust your creative instincts and listen to the ideas that come to you. I believe that if you don’t, then someone else will.”

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Contest Time: Win $100 to EB!

Inspired yet? Get your creative juices flowing by downloading Hailey’s FREE PDF below, coloring it, and uploading it to Instagram by tagging @earthboundtrading and using #earthboundtrading AND #wildgarnetcoloring .

Last day to post on Instagram and enter is Thursday, December 8, 2016 for a chance to win a signed copy of Butterflies, Flowers & Weirdness, and a $100 Gift Card! Winner will be announced on our Instagram (@earthboundtrading) on Friday, Dec 9, 2016 and contacted via direct message.

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Elements of Fall : Copper & Cider

‘Tis the season for cozy beanies, daylong hikes, and relaxing nights spinning vinyl with friends!

In between all of the craziness of the holidays, crafting a fun drink while kicking it with those who mean the most to us is what we live for.

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Get Creative with Wood Block Ornaments!

Wood block printing has been around since ancient times. There’s just something about the raw, organic look of using a block stamp by hand. The result is an imperfect design with plenty of character. Each one leaves behind a unique imprint with its own personality.

This season we have four Wood Block Ornaments from India! They can be hung on a tree, OR you can create your very own wrapping paper and cards by using it as a stamp.

Let your imagination run wild like an elephant and get creative!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favorite Wood Block Ornament
  • Kraft paper or other sturdy, blank rolled paper
  • Acrylic paint in colors of your choice
  • Foam paint brushes OR Speedball® Rubber Brayer (roller)

Wood Block Print Ornaments and Paint

1. Add a small amount of paint to the tip of your brush.

2. Take your Wood Block Ornament and carefully dab the paint on the white, raised edges of the stamp.

3. To create an ombre look, paint half the stamp one color and the other half another color. Slightly overlap the colors in the middle. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

PRO TIP: Avoid getting paint in the recessed (brown) areas of the block.                    If this occurs, the excess paint will distort the design when you                    stamp it.

4. Firmly press the stamp onto the paper, and rock it back and forth to make a solid imprint of the design.

Note: When you wash the acrylic paint off the ornament, the original white paint on the edges will probably come off. If that bothers you, don’t use it as a stamp! Otherwise, enjoy your ornament’s new look. 

DIY Wrapping Presents with Wood Block Print Ornaments

To hang or to stamp? Let us know how you plan on using these versatile, wood block beauties!

Meet the Heart & Soul Behind Lotus Love Beauty

Jessica Gulati, Owner and Founder of Lotus Love Beauty, is our favorite muse, whom we can’t stop talking about. Growing up in Los Angeles with Indian born parents gave Jessica a unique outlook on life, and plenty of life lessons at an early age. As a child, Jessica traveled the world and received a firsthand look at how lucky she truly is. Her mother purposely took her to places like Korea and India to experience poverty and to give back to those who were less fortunate.

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Excavating the Earth with Ground Soap

Meet Angela Youngs and Glenn Forester, Creators and Owners of Ground Soap. This husband and wife duo hand makes cold-process soaps using ONLY natural and organic ingredients. From plant-based fats to local Canadian honey to the Indonesian Batik fabric packaging, no detail is left unnoticed. Continue reading “Excavating the Earth with Ground Soap”

Storm Calysta: Vintage Instagram Beauty with a Retro Vibe

We sat down with music artist and vintage Instagram beauty, Storm Calysta (@stormcalysta), to find out the how and why behind her iconic 60s/70s vibe. Plus, we talk about the struggles of being a creative entrepreneur and what it’s like being a social media celeb. But first, let’s get to the bottom of this mysterious name…

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