Aztec, tribal, southwest... however you choose to describe it, this look is as hot as a Phoenix summer sun. With arrows, zigzag lines, feathers, warm colors, ikat patterns, tipis (teepees) and more, you don’t need a dreamcatcher to have sweet, creative dreams. Though, it certainly wouldn’t hurt. Let’s check out how this tribal-inspired trend will lead us into the fall season in style!
Trendy Tribal-inspired Fashion
Aztec Backpack by Mossimo Supply Co.
As sad as it is, school days are just around the corner (or, in some cases, already in full swing). Ease the pain of summer’s end with a stylish pack like this one at Target.
Beaded Bohemian Tunic by Boho Angels
LOVE the idea of creating a tribal pattern using sequins. Wouldn’t this look awesome as the border on a scrapbook page or a striking card front? Hmmm... Feels like a project is in order sometime soon.
Mayan Mayhem Dress at BlueTique
There’s still time to wear this sweet summer number. Looks like the perfect Labor Day BBQ outfit to me.
Deco Dagger Drops at Anthropologie
Need some fun earrings to go with your dress? These are just the ticket!
Standout Southwestern Scarf by Escherpe
Summer or fall, the pretty pairing of colors and patterns on this scarf is sure to be a season must-have.
Fancy the feathers? Here are a few handmade ideas to tickle your creativity!
Feather Zentangle by Holly Mayb
Oh, how I adore this! Zentangle is one of my favorite creative interests at the moment, and I can’t wait to give a feather tangle a try. What a cool idea!
Free Feather Cut File by Einzelglueck
Want to make your own tribal treats? You’re in luck! Here’s a free feather cut file for the Silhouette. Isn’t it awesome?
DIY Tribal Leather Feather Earrings by Sew Country Chick
This is a very cool project approach, whether you choose to make your own earrings or use this technique to create crafting accents!
Stitched Feather by Pitter and Glink
This stunning project was created using the fabulous Rhonna Designs app and a Silhouette machine. Isn’t that the coolest? Definitely I technique I want to try soon.
Open Road by Crate Paper
There are definite southwestern elements woven throughout this line from Crate. Has me wanting to hop in a Slugbug Bus and take a trip to beautiful Santa Fe!
True Friend by Fancy Pants Designs
I think this line is a perfect illustration of how this trend meets our paper crafting. It pulls in that beautiful desert color palette, adds layers of geometric, and comes together to work wonderfully with other motifs we know and love (hearts, florals, banners, critters, etc). Well done, Fancy Pants Designs!
Gramercy Road by Gossamer Blue
Like the yin to the Fancy Pants yang, this line takes to the softer side of the tribal trend. Equally as striking, this lovely release plays on the various aspects of this trend (feathers, triangles, arrows, etc.) in a soft and delicate way. Gorgeous!
77 by Glitz Designs
While this collection isn’t brand new, it’s still one of my favorite examples of the southwestern design at work. A warm sampling of unique and fresh designs!
Sycamore Lane by Elle’s Studio
The stamps and prints in this pretty paper party show yet another color combo and styling that fits this versatile look. (Adding those stamps to my wish list, fo sho!)
So, are you inspired by the tribal appeal? What will you create with this family of design? Wanting to get in on the fun, I decided to embrace the handmade feather fun. Here are a few I came up with.
I drew these feathers using watercolor pencils and then blended them with a water brush to create this look. L-O-V-E the watercolor postcard paper. So fun!
The paint markers from Elmer’s Products are so fun to use. I drew this feather on book paper using a pencil and then filled in one half of the feather with my paint marker.
Using white india ink and a calligraphy brush, I drew this feather into my art journal.
I’ve loved documenting my summer using my Fancy Pants Designs Brag Book. In it, I’ve captured places I’ve gone and things I’ve done. One thing I do daily is afternoon craft time. I sit on the back step and create a little something while my daughter gets some outdoor time in (her favorite!). Writing about that piece of our summer fun on this page, I decided to include a sampling of some of the crafty things I’ve enjoyed this summer. The feathers were a fun way to create a little illustration in various styles without overwhelming my page.
Thanks for playing today. I hope something here has tickled your creative fancy. Here’s to an awesome week!
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