Little Journeys and Inspired Art Special Prize Winners

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Little Journeys: The Nursery, Children’s, and Family Tree Wall Art Challenge

There is something magical about decorating a child’s room. We want the best for our children and look to use elements that will inspire and educate them. Art can help stimulate their imaginations, yet soothe them at the end of a day. These special prize picks from our Little Journeys Nursery, Children’s, and Family Tree Art Challenge do just that. Congratulations to our winners!

Part of the proceeds of the sale of these pieces, as well as those from our entire children’s collection, help to fund Every Mother Counts, a charitable organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns to increase education and support for reducing global maternal mortality.

Easy as ABC Award for the best design that teaches the alphabet by relating to illustrations in a clever way

Animals Alphabet by Alethea and Ruth

Delightful animals are interspersed among the whimsically rendered letters of the alphabet. This imaginative menagerie mixes land and water animals along with unusual color renditions that are sure to delight any child. Customize the print by adding your child’s name at the top.

1-2-3 Award for the best design that teaches numbers 1-10 by relating to illustrations in a clever wayConstellation Dreamsby Kayla King

The constellation array creates a pattern of numbers in a circular format resulting in a highly innovative presentation. Set against the backdrop of the night sky, little ones can learn their 1-2-3s while dreaming of the stars.

 Child’s Name in Lights Award for the most unique design that incorporates a child’s name

My Place by trbdesign

This piece signifies pride of place in a modern, monochromatic graphic. The customizable features allow you to add the recipient’s name as well as many other details about the room’s inhabitant such address and date of birth. Perfect for the young and older set.

 Modern Use of Color Award for the best design that leaves behind the pastel pinks and baby blues by using fresh, unique color combinations for modern moms

Xylophone by Tyler Tea

We love the exceptional use of color in this work – a simple musical toy is elevated into a series of patterns and hues that makes music in its own right. The details on this piece, such as the stars cutouts, enhance this classic image of child’s xylophone.

 Get Inspired Award for the best design incorporating wise or inspirational sayings for children

Our Masterpiece by Pistols

A bold representation of a piano keyboard, this piece expresses the joy in one’s children. Add your child’s name to the top, pick the color of your preference, and you have a wonderfully customizable image that celebrates your child. One of the sweetest sentiments out there.

Mother Goose Award for the best design that incorporates a favorite nursery rhyme or fairy tale in a creative way

Little Princess & the Pea by Moglea

While there may not be quite the 20 mattresses referenced in the story of the Princess and the Pea, the colors and patterns more than make up for the shortage! This image celebrates the classic story about the ultimate Princess Test. Now parents can celebrate their own little princesses with this whimsical print.

 Out on a Limb Award for the most unique take on a personalizable family tree

Folk Family Tree by Heather Francisco

The Inspired Art Challenge

We were thrilled with the submissions from our Inspired Art Challenge. From atmospheric photography to beautiful renditions of color, these latest picks give you many options to enjoy for years to come. We were certainly inspired by these pieces. Congratulations, winners!

Painterly Award for the best painting

Tear Drop in My Soul by Artsy Canvas Girl

This gorgeous watercolor intermingles different tones of reds, pinks, and oranges. It reminds me of a vibrant sunset where the clouds pick up different tones of the descending sun.

 Illustration Award for the best illustration

Grass with Seeds by Jorey Hurley

 This simple illustration—beautifully executed—of a stalk with grass seeds is a perfect example of the quiet elegance of monochrome. I would love to place this in my entryway.

Art of Photography Award for the best photographic art print

Through the Fog by R Studio

The strong lines in this piece—the rampart that intersects the photo combined with the vertical fence posts and male figures—create powerful fields of focus. The separated figures in the photo are gazing in opposite directions, yet are connected by the frame of the photograph.

 Bright and Bold Award for the best bold, bright, colorful art print

Dancing Couple by Chad Trutt

Energy flies from the image as the couple gyrates to an imaginary jazz beat. The pared down use of color amplifies the movement, as does the repeating of the couple in outline in the background.

 Mix It Up Award for the best mixed media art print

Vintage Reading by That Girl Studio

A tidy upright stack of vintage children’s books invites the viewer to choose one for an afternoon of revisiting one’s youth.

Monochromatic Award for the best monochromatic art print

Trestles by Cheyne Brooking

Textured waves of color swirl over the paper—I imagine this piece repeated in different colorways for an interesting series of color and pattern. In a large size format, this would be perfect for a living room or other public room.

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