Posts by Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. 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.

April 21, 2021

Cats Are Showing Off Their “Murder Mittens” To Prove How Adorably Fearsome They Are

If you’ve ever been up close and personal with a cat, they’ve likely brandished their claws. And when that's happened, have you ever taken a good look at those things? They are a bit terrifying, but you can't help but go “aww” when you see the paw daggers. The subreddit Murder Mittens perfectly captures these conflicting feelings. There, users share photos of cats and kittens showing their claws in the most adorable way possible.

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April 18, 2021

9 of the Best Online Shops for Affordable Mother’s Day Gifts

It goes without saying that our moms are special people, 365 days a year. On Mother’s Day, however, it gives us all the excuse to celebrate the women that shaped who we are and shower them with gifts that convey our never-ending gratitude. We’ve already selected some of our favorite creative products to buy for Mother’s Day as well as easy DIY projects for the occasion.

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April 15, 2021

Here’s Where to Find Thousands of New Brushes to Use in Procreate and Photoshop

Photoshop and Procreate are game-changing programs, if you want to digitally draw and paint. Each has its own set of brushes that allow you to make marks that look exactly like a pencil, fine-tipped pen, and beyond. This makes drawing and painting logistically convenient—no paper, erasers, or tubes of paint needed—and means you can create work that looks like it was done with analog media but has the ease of digital.

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March 19, 2021

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

Flowers are starting to bloom and the days are getting longer—that’s right, spring is here! The first day of the season is on March 20, and to celebrate, My Modern Met Store is having a 72-hour sale. From March 19 to March 21 11:59 PM PDT, use the code HELLOSPRING15 to save 15% on your entire order on everything in our shop. This includes our items on sale.

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