Posts by Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

September 17, 2023

38 Fun and Creative Gifts for the Artist in Your Life

Whether you’re gearing up for a holiday, birthday, or just the everyday, it’s always a good idea to have gifts in mind for the artist in your life. There are a ton of items out there that are sure to inspire your favorite creative person, so how do you choose the best gift? Luckily, the search is over. We’ve found some great gifts for artists that'll spark their inspiration—no matter the season.

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September 1, 2023

Labor Day Sale at My Modern Met Store: Save 15% on All of Our Creative Products

Labor Day weekend often signifies the end of summer and also marks the beginning of the shopping season. Whether you’re picking up back-to-school items or getting ahead on your holiday gift list, be sure to visit My Modern Met Store during our special Labor Day sale. By using the code LABORDAY23 at checkout, you'll save 15% off your entire order of unique gifts from September 1 to September 4 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

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August 10, 2023

26 Quirky Candles To Cast a Creative Glow in Your Home

A candle is one of the easiest ways to add ambiance to your home. But just because they cast a soft glow in your living room, it doesn't hide the fact that they can look a bit banal. Luckily, there have been some clever candle developments over the past several years and otherwise ordinary balls of wax have been shaped into statement-making pieces for your home.

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July 30, 2023

Learn the Basics of Charcoal Drawing To Capture the Intensity of Life With Art

You’ve got a lot of choices for tools when it comes to drawing. Pencils are the most popular, simply because they are so ubiquitous. But the more you get into drawing, the more you’ll want to experiment with media to figure out what you like using the best. Charcoal, for instance, is a popular tool for artists—especially those that like to sketch and do it fast. Why Should You Try Charcoal Drawing?

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