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.
January 20, 2023

11 Popular Watercolor Techniques All Painters Need to Know

Watercolor painting has long been a favorite medium of expression for enthusiasts and professional artists alike. Although you only need a brush and pigments to get started, watercolor is a material with many creative possibilities. By incorporating household supplies into your painting, you can create work that has interesting textures as well as fluid, carefree colors that showcase the best attributes of the water-based medium.

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January 19, 2023

23 Creative Confections To Give to Your Sweetie on Valentine’s Day

One of the most popular gifts for Valentine’s Day is candy. Boxes of a heart-shaped assortment of chocolates have been a staple for decades now, but that’s not the only choice you have when it comes to selecting tasty treats for the sweet person in your life. Confectionary companies are now making creative gourmet candy that’s imaginative as it is delectable.

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January 17, 2023

Astronomer Captures One Spectacular Photo of 5 Planets All Visible With the Naked Eye

Sometimes, the planets align—and that’s not just a saying. As astronomer Gianluca Masi of The Virtual Telescope Project shows, the worlds in our Solar System came together on December 28, 2022, in a spectacular “planetary parade.” Using a fish-eye and zoom lens, he captured the naked-eye sight of the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and Mercury from his home in Rome. Rome’s night sky on December 28 was finally clear after cloudy weather.

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January 15, 2023

29 Hand Embroidery Patterns Ready to Download and Start Sewing

Embroidery is a humble craft that only takes a few inexpensive supplies to get started. It's great news for anyone interested in beginning their own embroidery practice. But once you’ve got your hoop and a rainbow-colored selection of floss, now comes the eternal question: what do you want to sew? You can make up your own images, of course, but many newbies and advanced stitchers alike enjoy completing embroidery patterns created by other people.

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