Archive for March, 2015

Featured Artist: Jay Fleck

unnamed-2Meet Jay Fleck, a sophisticated artist with an eye for bold and imaginative design. Whether this week’s featured artist is hanging out with his two kids or his pet Weimaraner named Lily, Jay is most likely taking inspiration from his surroundings to formulate some of his offbeat-yet-smile-inducing prints. Take a look at his interview with BoomBoom Prints to get inspired:

BBP: Describe your style in 5 words or less:

Jay: Bold, colorful, modern and classic.

BBP: What is your creative process like?

Jay: I’m constantly looking for inspiration. I’ll see something­ out shopping, online, in a dream, anywhere at anytime and then I’ll create a rough sketch based on that. From there I go onto the computer and make the magic happen.

BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot­ a studio, a particular desk, etc.­ or do you move around?

Jay: I’m usually at my desk. But I’ve been doing more and more work from my laptop, so pretty much anywhere.

BBP: How has your style changed over the years?

Jay: I think in many ways it’s stayed the same­ the colors, keeping things simple, etc­ none of that has changed. I think now I do more work that is cute and whimsical, though.

BBP: Tell us about the colors you use­ how do you choose them, what inspires them?

Jay: I like blues, aquas and complimentary reds and oranges. They just look good.

BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

Jay: Not really­ – at first I wanted to do very simple, geometric illustration work. That felt limiting after awhile, so I tried imparting more character into my work, more personality.

BBP: Do you think art is important for kids? Why?

Jay: Yes, extremely important. Art is about creativity, and creativity is the basis for every great discovery and innovation mankind has ever made. Art is way undervalued in our society.


Jay: I’d have to say “Big Mama”. The elephant is just such a happy “mother” to the chicks, and yet they’re obviously so different. Being a parent is what inspired it.

BBP: Do you have kids? Tell us about them!

Jay: I have a five year old boy, Owen. And a seven year old daughter, Audrey.

­BBP: How did you decorate their nursery?

Jay: I like to keep things fairly minimal. A nice bold paint color on the wall, some shelves (not too many) and just other essential items. You don’t need to use or display every gift and knick­knack that people give to you.

BBP: What was the most surprising thing about having children?

Jay: Honestly there wasn’t much that surprised me. I knew what I was getting into.

BBP: Any advice for new moms or dads?

Jay: Always, always be patient. Every other parent goes through the same things. It’s not just you who thinks your child might be defective.

BBP: Do you have any pets?

Jay: Yep, a 12 year old dog, a Weimaraner named Lily. The sweetest, most loyal dog there ever was.

BBP: Where did you grow up?

Jay: I grew up in a suburb south of Chicago.

BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid? Tell us about it!

Jay: I was big into action figures. I’d probably say He­Man’s Castle Grayskull­, I have fond memories of it. I still remember receiving it as a gift, and can picture unwrapping it.

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Jay: A lot of toys­: Star Wars, GI Joes, He­man, Transformers, all that good stuff that was popular during my childhood.

BBP: Are you usually late, early, or right on time?

Jay: I’m early, always early. I sometimes wait outside parties and events because you never want to be too early.

BBP: Beach or mountains?

Jay: Beach. While I love being outdoors and would be happy in the mountains, I freakin’ love the beach.

BBP: Pencil or pen?

Jay: Pencil. Pen is way too permanent. I’m always going back and updating and refining things.

BBP: Coffee or tea?

Jay: Coffee. Every day starts with coffee.

BBP: Polka dots or stripes?

Jay: Stripes. Polka dots are tacky.



BBP Artist Webinar: Studio Art to Digital Art

Painters, sketch artists, collage artist, and all other studio artists:  Find out how you can format your artwork and create digital files for BoomBoom Prints.  Learn ABCs of scanning, photographing, and editing studio artwork.

Inspiration Board: Haidi Shabrina’s Shower Gift Basket

This week’s gift board is inspired by BoomBoom Prints’ featured artist, Haidi Shabrina. Her bright, folk artsy prints are adorable accompaniments alongside other cheery gifts, personalizing the entire collection. Whether looking at gifts for a baby shower, birthday or just because, we hope you find inspiration from our Folk Artsy Gift Basket.


1. Burlap Growth Chart – Flutter Bunny Boutique

2. Baby Girl Knit Hat – Etsy

3. “The Wonderful Whale” Pink Onesie – Haidi Shabrina of BBP

“The Ducky Duck” White Bib – Haidi Shabrina of BBP

“I Have Nothing to do Today but Smile” 8 x 10 Canvas Print – Haidi Shabrina of BBP

4. Fade Up Rattan Floor Basket – Land of Nod

5. 25 dollar Gift Card – BoomBoom Prints

6. Animal Nesting Dolls – Not on the High Street


And check out what she had to say to us here!

Featured Artist: Haidi Shabrina

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This week’s featured artist, Haidi Shabrina, hails all the way from Indonesia.  Her folk-art style ties together tropical elements and bright colors for a truly unique look. Amidst drafting tigers, lions, and bears (oh my!), she managed to find time to give us some of her unique insight – check out what she had to say to us below:

BBP: Describe your style in as few words as possible:

Haidi: Cute, colorful, full of details, and ethnic.

BBP: What is your creative process like?

Haidi: First, I do brainstorming for what I will draw and I choose the color palette. Next, I do the sketch. After that, I paint the sketch with watercolor, and lastly I edit the artwork on Photoshop.

BBP: Do you always work from the same a spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?

Haidi: I do all my work in the living room of my house.

BBP: How has your style changed over the years?

Haidi: A few years back, my drawing style was mainly influenced by my love for Japanese manga. My style changed when I began doing children’s book illustrations for an Indonesian publisher, and I began to show a more European style. It then changed again into a more ethnic folk-art style due to my changing interest in folk-art around the world.

BBP: Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?

Untitled-1Haidi: I choose my colors by taking inspiration from things around me, reading magazines, browsing, and from the colors of nature. Sometimes I also experiment by combining one color with another just from my instinct.

BBP: Did you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

Haidi: When I was a child, I never imagined that I would be designing for kids and families – I just loved to draw manga. It wasn’t until I became a children’s book illustrator for an Indonesian publisher that I really fell in love with designing for kids.

BBP: Do you think art is important for kids? Why?

Haidi: Art has an important aesthetic role in human life. When kids enjoy, learn, or make art, they actively work to improve their spacial ability, as well as to better their emotional development.

BBP: Tell us about your favorite one of your designs on the site: Which one is it? Why? What inspired it?

Haidi: One of my favorite pieces of artwork is my “Welcome to Africa” art print. It was inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of animals in Africa. I love it because it makes me want to travel to Africa.

BBP: Do you have kids?ts101012-1

Haidi: I don’t have any kids yet.

BBP: If you have kids, how will you decorate their nursery?

Haidi: If I were to decorate a kids room, I would probably use lots of bright colors.

BBP: Do you have any pets?

Haidi: Personally, I don’t have any pets, but my family has two Brazilian Turtles, a rooster, a hen, and one other bird.

BBP: Where did you grow up?

Haidi: I grew up in Semarang, Indonesia and currently still live there.

BBP: What was your most prized possession as a kid? Tell us about it!

Haidi: My most prized possession was probably my Mermaid Barbie doll. I cut her hair and used a marker to color her face purple and pink. I thought I was a great make up artist and hairdresser at the time.

BBP: What did your room look like growing up?

Haidi: My room when I was growing up was simple with white painted walls.

BBP: Favorite movie?

Haidi: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

BBP: Beach or mountains?

Haidi: The mountains

BBP: Pencil or pen?

Haidi: Pencil

BBP: Coffee or tea?

Haidi: Tea

BBP: Polka dots or stripes?

Haidi: Polka dotsThe Wonderful WhaleLa FleurI Have Nothing to do Today but Smile

And check out our gift inspiration featuring Haidi Shabrina’s work here!

Inspiration Board: Kathrin Legg’s Rocket Scientist Gift Set

This fun gift basket was inspired by Kathrin Legg‘s designs.  Whether your child wants to observe the planets or fly among them, this basket provides the perfect inspiration to get started.  After all, the best kinds of dreams are those among the stars!



1. “Sleep Now Little One” 11 x 14 Framed Art Print – BBP Artist Kathrin Legg

2. Needle Felted Astronaut Space Mobile – Etsy

3. Sugarbooger® By O.R.E Flatware Set In Outerspace – Bed Bath & Beyond

4. There’s No Place Like Space: All About our Solar System Hardcover Book  – Amazon

5. “Rocket” Tote Bag – BBP Artist Kathrin Legg

6. “My Cosmic Garden” Kiwi Onesie – BBP Artist Kathrin Legg

7. Starry Skies Organic Baby Blanket – EllieFunDay

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