These mini decals were designed small to make a big impact in your kid’s room but they’re so stylish, they can work in any room in your house. Affordable and versatile, WeeCals can be placed in a geometric pattern to mimic wallpaper at a fraction of the cost or arranged irregularly to give the effect of a mural. They can also be used like borders, with one design or mix and match between four charming designs: Painted Dots, Trees, Ladybugs and Flowers.
Did you ever want to know more about the designers and artists at Blik? We’ve decided to do an artist spotlight every other month to give you a little insight into six artists at a time. Plus, you’ll save $10 on their Blik graphics*. It’s a win-win. To kick-off this fun new idea, we handpicked six versatile artists to highlight.
1. Threadless: Our partnership with Threadless began in 2006 with a Blik loves Threadless design competition and took off from there. Now, Threadless is one of our largest brand partners and helped us launch our innovative and eco-friendly Pattern Wall Tiles collection in 2010.
2. WRAPPED: Last fall, Blik and WRAPPED brought their Venice roots together to develop a line of wall wraps based on WRAPPED’s line of artistic, custom wrapping paper. The result has led to Blik x WRAPPED Surface Skins, a new product category of super durable, self-adhesive art that allows you to personalize just about any large surface in your home or office quickly and easily. WRAPPED was launched over a year ago by Ryland Arnoldi and Sam Seidman when the duo set out to do what they love most: translate their passion for art and nature beyond wrapping paper.
3. Christy Flora: Christy Flora was one of Blik’s first artist partners. Her designs are based on artwork from her eponymous line of greeting cards and stationery that Blik co-founders were fans of. 11 years later, Christy’s kid-friendly designs still rank as top-sellers.
4. Jim Houser: Almost a year ago, we launched four designs from Philly artist and musician Jim Houser. Jim had been on Blik co-founder Scott Flora’s radar for a couple of years and they finally connected. We love Jim’s sense of fun and whimsical characters. Today, we’re also launching a new design from Jim: Sprouts ~ Pattern Wall Tiles. More Jim is good for everyone.
5. Keith Haring: What can we say about Keith Haring, the iconic artist and activist whose work responded to urban street culture of the 80s? Blik was fortunate to start working with the Keith Haring Estate in 2004 and since then has made Haring fans happy with 15 affordable Haring designs, including the new Keith Haring Surface Skins.
6. Hannah Stouffer: San Francisco artist and illustrator Hannah Stouffer came to Blik in early 2010 and helped add a prominent female influence to our growing artist roster. When asked to describe her work, Hannah calls it “feminine decorative embellishments that are counterbalanced by macabre motifs, the animal kingdom and the never-ending pursuit of illustrating explosive emotional transcendence.” Deep…
$10 OFF BLIK COUPON CODE:
To get a $10 off Blik code, head over to Facebook and answer one super quick Artist Spotlight question. Once you’ve filled in your name, email and answer, the $10 off code will magically arrive in your inbox. The code is good for $10 off one of the six selected artists and is valid until July 2, 2013. But don’t drag your heels, you only have until Tuesday, July 18 to get a code (and Tuesday, July 2, 2013 to use it.) Got that?
The code is good for $10 off Blik products designed by these six selected artists. Maximum quantity discount applies to is 1 package per design. Sound confusing? For example, if you buy 2 packages of Flutter by Christy Flora, you don’t get $10 off each package. It’s $10 off maximum per design – no matter if it’s 1 or 20 packages. So if you put 2 Flutter in your cart, only one of them is $10 off. Please also note that the discount cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotional code.
See you back in August for the 2nd installment of Blik’s Artist Spotlight.
Elephants, horses and polar bears, oh my! Our friends at Wee Gallery have three new chalkboard graphics available today at Blik: Arctic Bear ~ Chalkboard, Swedish Horse ~ Chalkboard, and Asian Elephant ~ Chalkboard. Let your imagination soar with a polar bear from the arctic, an elephant from the Taj Mahal or just ride off into the sunset on a horse with no name.
KIDS GROW SO FAST
We’re also super excited about the new Wee Gallery Quiet Forest Growth Chart ~ ReStik. Just peel, stick and watch your wee one grow! Because the only change that you can measure is in inches and centimeters.
For this new launch, we thought a sale was in order. Wee Gallery Elephant ~ Re-Stik and Wee Gallery Farm ~ Re-Stik are two of the best selling Wee Gallery designs and now they’re on sale for just $15! Crazy!
Sale details: The $15 Wee Gallery Elephant & Farm sale cannot be combined with other Blik promotions. Sale begins Wednesday, May 22, 2013 and ends Monday, May 27, 2013 11:59pm PST. No code necessary. Online orders only. Not valid towards phone orders. Cannot be combined with any other coupon, deal or discount code.
Yahoo! Surface Skins by Blik are back with six circular designs from iconic artist and frequent collaborator, Keith Haring. Similar to the concept of personalizing your cellphone or laptop, Surface Skins let you to bring art off the walls and onto other objects in your home including cabinets, finished wood, laminate, metal and glass. Move away from walls and transform the everyday with a little help from Keith Haring.
Fun fact: the Haring designs were originally designed for other circular products like buttons, watches, CD’s and a painting.
You’ve met WRAPPED ~ Surface Skins. Now It’s Haring’s Turn.
Surface Skins by Keith Haring are six circle skins in three diameters: 30” ($35), 36” ($45) and 42” ($60). The designs restore luster to otherwise lackluster coffee and dining tables. Haring is best known for his iconic-line drawings of radiant babies and barking dogs and these designs capture his unique style in a circular format well-suited to a round table. Haring’s people and dogs form a congregation – dancing and moving around the table in celebration.
The six designs: Untitled (Twisting Man) , Untitled (Dancers), Untitled (Rainbow Dancers), Untitled (Radiant Baby), Untitled (Flying Clock) and Untitled (Dancing Dog) are inviting those who gather at the table to join them.
Surface Skins launched last month with 12 skins from Venice-based WRAPPED and we are excited to follow-up the momentum with circular designs by Keith Haring. The skins were developed with a new film that allows the design to be “floated” over the selected surface during installation. The skin’s lamination provides a durable protection to surfaces and makes them easy to apply and remove.
Wonder how easy it really is? Watch and see how magic is made.
Your new motto, “Old surface, new skin!”
We asked new Blik artist Amelie Mancini of Left Field Cards to share with us five fun facts about herself. Left Field Cards x Blik wall graphics launched yesterday (MLB opening day) and we can’t get enough of her witty, playful style. Take it away, Amelie!
1. Left Field Cards started in late summer 2011, when this funny idea of making my own baseball cards popped into my head. I bought a few linoleum blocks, some linocutting tools, inks and started carving. At the time, I was in between jobs and had no money, but plenty of time on my hands! Block printing doesn’t cost much to get started and I’m a hard believer in DIY so I thought, why not print my own baseball cards? It will be fun! Maybe other people will like them! (They did).
2. I was born and raised in France where we don’t have baseball. It’s a little weird to have become so obsessed over something I knew nothing about until my late twenties, but now I can’t imagine my life without baseball! I barely survive the off-season.
3. I was peer-pressured by my Brooklyn-bred friends into becoming a Mets fan and not a Yankee fan. I had no idea what I was getting into at the time but now I wouldn’t change it. Someday the Mets will be good. And that day my heart will be filled with such incredible joy. I actually have dreams about the Mets winning the World Series. It’s the purest kind of happiness I’ve ever experienced, albeit in dream form. I really hope they win someday. Oh man.
4. If I were a baseball player, I would like to be a catcher. To be honest I like telling people what to do, and I would like to be able to do that by simply flashing secret signs with my fingers! Catchers are so bad-ass: look at Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, Buster Posey… I’m excited about this new Travis d’Arnaud kid the Mets just got! And of course my favorite baseball movie is Bull Durham.
5. I have been to eight ballparks so far and it is my personal goal to go to every Major League ballpark in the country. Another goal of mine is to eat hot dogs in all of these different ballparks. And watch baseball. I have big dreams.
Thanks, Amelie! Shop the entire Left Field Cards collection at Blik and let us know which graphic is your favorite.
Are you a baseball superfan? So excited that it’s opening day! Yeah, us too. Today we’re bringing the best-loved cult baseball artist in Brooklyn to your walls. Say hello to Amelie Mancini and Left Field Cards. We’ve teamed up to launch three baseball designs based on Amelie’s artisanal line of letterpress baseball cards. The Blik collection is launching with three wall graphics: Marvelous Moustaches, Pitching 101 and Throwback Uniforms.
Marvelous Moustaches includes busts of six players with their fantastic lady-ticklers: The Chevron, The Magnum, The Combo, The Painter’s Brush, The Trucker and The Handle Bar. Marvelous Moustaches are sold individually.
Can you tell a curveball from a forkball? Is your favorite pitch the knuckleball? Learn how to pitch in nine steps with Pitching 101. The set includes nine different ways pitchers grip the ball before releasing it. Sold in a single set: Sinker, Two-Seam Fastball, Cutter, Four-Seam Fastball, Forkball, Change-Up, Slider, Knuckleball and Curveball.
Throwback Uniforms are sold in a set of six with uniforms from every 25 years from 1875 to 2000. The set includes: 1875, 1900, 1925, 1950, 1975 and 2000.
THE MONET OF BASEBALL CARDS
Amelie, a French-born artist, had never encountered a baseball card until a couple of years ago. She started Left Field Cards after having completed a series of seven large paintings about baseball. In October of 2011, she decided to combine her two passions, art and baseball, to create the first and only letterpress baseball cards. Last year, The Wall Street Journal referred to her as, “The Monet of Baseball Cards” and ESPN called Left Field Cards, “the coolest baseball cards of the year.”
BLIK + LEFT FIELD CARDS = A HOME RUN
We love baseball and wanted to celebrate opening day in an artful way that related to the history of this great American pastime. Amelie’s style fits perfectly with Blik’s sensibility. We were drawn to her simple illustrations and her witty and playful style.
GIVEAWAY: WIN 1 OF 5 SETS OF LEFT FIELD CARDS’ POSTCARDS
To celebrate the Left Field Cards collection at Blik, we’re giving away 5 sets of letterpress postcards (5 cards in a pack) from Left Field Cards. Enter to win Bizarre Injuries, Edible All-Stars, Marvelous Mustaches, United States of Baseball and Curious Second Careers. No purchase necessary! Contest runs until 11:59pm on Friday, April 5, 2013.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Julie Tyler, Jennifer Barnett, Brianna Deihl, Whitney Bender and Chris Wray. You are each getting a set of letterpress postcards from Left Field Cards.
BONUS FUN ALERT! While supplies last, every order of Left Field Cards will include a pack of Big League Chew™, you know, “The Ballplayers’ Bubble Gum!” Don’t let the bubble burst before you get your order in.
We are soooo Hello Kitty excited! Today we are launching nine Hello Kitty x Blik graphics that take both a traditional and an artistic spin on classic Hello Kitty images. And to celebrate this momentous day, we’re giving away 25 Hello Kitty: Chalkboards and 25 Hello Kitty: Dry Erase Boards. Plus, we are offering free U.S. ground shipping for today (Thursday, March 21) on all Blik products including Hello Kitty. Now, that’s cause for celebration.
HELLO KITTY X BLIK COLLECTION
2. Hello Kitty: Hide & Seek – We spy Hello Kitty and her friends. Use these Hello Kitty graphics to interact with the furniture and objects in your space – $55
3. Hello Kitty: Faces – Have fun with Hello Kitty deconstructed. Singular elements of the friendly Hello Kitty are broken down giving you the ability (and creativity) to place her iconic red bow or whiskers around different objects – $55.
4. Hello Kitty: Chalkboard Re-Stik - Grab some chalk and scribble some notes. Hello Kitty won’t let you forget! Made with Blik Re-Stik™, these two chalkboards are movable and reusable – $45 (Chalk not included.)
5. Hello Kitty: Dry Erase Re-Stik – Scribble some notes with a dry erase marker. Hello Kitty won’t let you forget! Made with Blik Re-Stik™, these two whiteboards are movable and reusable – $45 (Dry erase markers not included.)
6. Four Hello Kitty: Pattern Wall Tiles – Bring a multitude of Hello Kitty to your room with Blik’s popular Pattern Wall Tiles. $50/each.
Hello Kitty ~ Pattern Wall Tiles, Set 1
Hello Kitty ~ Pattern Wall Tiles, Set 2
Hello Kitty ~ Pattern Wall Tiles, Set 3
Hello Kitty ~ Pattern Wall Tiles, Set 4
As you may remember, Blik has given WRAPPED’s artistic gift wrap a Blik twist and the three designs (Shadow, 90291 & Charles Arnoldi for Wrapped, Macro) are based on intensely colored, high-resolution photos. Made from self-adhesive vinyl, the wall wraps (which have four or six sheets in a package) are durable and meant to adhere to any smooth flat surface.
Thanks to The new York Times for featuring the collaboration and the cool things that are coming out of Venice!
Last week, we launched Babybot in Dinoland from our friends at Babybot. Who’s Babybot? Just the award-winning Canadian baby store for modern parents. We thought we’d delve a little deeper into the brand and find out more about those crazy Canucks.
So we give you 7 Fun Facts about Babybot – in their own words.
1. Babybot was created by a small group of designers who worked together at a digital agency on brands like Rolex, Hyatt Hotels, Mercedes Benz, Gucci + Infiniti. One time a client said “no” to a cool idea we pitched, so we started Babybot.
2. The name “Babybot” was inspired by an episode of America’s Next Top Model. (Don’t ask).
3. We hail from the great white north (Canada). We don’t ship our products by dog sled but we do say ‘eh’ a lot.
4. Our studio was a local pub for a year. We don’t remember much about that year… or even which year it was.
5. Last year’s Babybot fan of the year (on Facebook) won for being “Silent but Deadly”. He narrowly beat out ‘Half Monty’ and the ‘S-bomber’ for the big win.
6. We have a lineup of fun brand mascots that hang out with Babybot including Beaverbot, The Cyclops Twins and Xylobot. A poop-bot named Skidz debuted in our Babybot Land decal by Blik last year.
7. Our warehouse phone’s ringtone is “Intergalactic” by the Beastie Boys. Sometimes we don’t answer right away because we are bustin’ out some fresh moves.
Another fun fact about the Babybot and Blik partnership is that illustrator, Felix Wong, who designed all of the Babybot x Blik graphics, also designed the graphics for our custom project with Kaiser Permanente. When Kaiser commissioned Blik for wall decals for the three pediatrics floors at their San Francisco Medical Center, we immediately thought of Felix. Each floor has a distinct San Francisco theme (City, Golden Gate Park, and Fisherman Wharf), bringing the outside in for visitors and patients. Felix excellently created individual characters to guide visitors through each floor.
Wrapping paper for your walls? Yep, you heard us right. We are thrilled to team up with our Venice neighbors WRAPPED to launch a new line of graphics based on WRAPPED’s artfully-crafted gift wrap. We love the idea of working with another Venice-based company and combining our collective talents! The WRAPPED x Blik line includes Shadow, 90291 and Charles Arnoldi for Wrapped, Macro.
BLIK x WRAPPED
For Shadow and 90291 – think wrapping paper for your walls. Blik has given WRAPPED’s artistic gift wrap a Blik twist and created a wall wrap. Made from self-adhesive vinyl, the wall wraps (which have four or six sheets in a package) are durable and meant to adhere to any smooth flat surface. Macro is based on Charles Arnoldi’s (WRAPPED co-founder Ryland Arnoldi’s father) massive artwork Middle America. Recreate part of the original piece by assembling Macro’s brilliant assortment of colors and shapes.
WHAT IS WRAPPED?
Launched in 2011 by Ryland Arnoldi and Sam Seidman, the duo set out to do what they love most: translate their passion for art and nature beyond wrapping paper. As a result, they introduced a groundbreaking idea: wrapping paper as art rather than a disposable shell. All his life, Ryland has observed his artist-father protect his work table with butcher paper that became saturated with paint. As a child, Ryland watched him tear off pieces of the paint-spattered material and use it as gift wrap. That experience showed him how great wrapping paper can transform the experience of receiving a gift into something truly extraordinary.
WIN A SIGNED CHARLES ARNOLDI BOOK
Since Charles Arnoldi’s work inspired WRAPPED, we thought it only fitting to give away a signed book that presents the work of Arnoldi. Titled Charles Arnoldi, the 360-page book is a beautiful representation of his paintings and includes a forward by Frank Gehry. Arnoldi has been described as an artist who “draws in space” to create his unique assemblage works of art. You’ll be automatically entered to win the 360-page book (published by Radius Books) just by ordering one of the new WRAPPED graphics from November 8-14, 2012.
UPDATE: Nikolas P. is the winner of the Charles Arnoldi book. Congratulations!
Details: Due to the large size and weight of the book, this contest is only open to residents in the United States. Please also note that Charles Arnoldi’s signature is intentionally smeared. A winner will be picked using Random.org and announced on November 15, 2012.
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