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Featuring: Natty Malik

Back in the fall I was lucky enough to meet Natty Malik face to face over Google+. This girl is incredible - and wow, she's funny! I laughed so hard during the few hours we chatted. Natty is unbelievably talented. She is a fellow art journalist who works mostly with collage, washi tape, text, image transfers, and warm, vibrant colors; her style is playful, vivid, and she has an exceptional eye for design. More than that, she has been published all over the place, including no less than three times in Art Journaling Magazine, and teaches the free art journaling In the Sun ecourse which is going on right now. Sheesh, girlie!

At the end of our chat we agreed to exchange some mail love. (This post, by the way, is extremely overdue, as Natty shared my package on her blog way back in – eek! – November. This goes to show how incredibly unorganized I am – so sorry, lovely!)

I was so amazed opening her gifts! She was so sweet and personalized the package, including lots of maps due to my love for traveling and use of travel-related materials in my journaling, sheet music, vintage papers, gorgeous business cards, handmade tag, lace.. and so much more. Natty sells these packets in her etsy shop, which has me drooling every time I visit. She has so much loveliness there: prints, original art, zines, workshops, handmade journals, and a ton of gorgeous collage materials.

Is this girl incredible or what?
Samples of Natty's work, via her Flickr photostream. All images are ©Natty Malik.

Natty, thanks again for being such an inspiration. I'm so amazed at what you've accomplished in just a few years and am proud to call you a friend. I wish you the very best in continuing to follow your heart in building a business upon sharing your love of art!

Go check out Natty's blog Awkward & Beautiful here, and find her at twitter, her facebook page, and etsy shop. And if you feel so inclined, why don't you try your hand at making and sending a paper flower to her for her upcoming wedding?

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