Spotlights & Interviews

Emily Mercedes – Nostalgia with a Twist

About Emily

Emily Mercedes currently resides in Austin, by way of Fort Wayne, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta and Venice Beach. She started the sister site to theCHIVE, called theBERRY. She’s a mom, artist and daydreamer. What’s her favorite color? All of ’em.  Follow her account on Instagram for her watercolor illustrations @nostalgiawithatwist as well as her Etsy shop to purchase prints.

Emily and her son

When did you first begin drawing?

When I was very young, my mom would draw a few random shapes and lines. I would create something out of the doodles.

Where did you come up with your idea for Nostalgia with a Twist?

I made a little Green Army Man with a Bang Banner and A Fisher Price Banana phone for gifts for my older brothers. The response was overwhelming when I decided to make prints of them. I thought I could keep the trend going and challenge myself to make 1 a day for 90 days. It’s been a blast!

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What are some of your favorite Nostalgia with a Twist creations?

I love ‘Cowardly Lion is Afraid of Lions’ and ‘Banks-E Coyote.’ I’m a big fan of street art, so the Banksy one was fun to create. ‘Little Mermaid is a Taylor Swift Fan’ makes me smile BIG, too!

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What’s your favorite medium to use when drawing?

I’m a big fan of Watercolor with Pen & Ink, but I also make a lot of oil and acrylic paintings.

What inspires you most?

My son and other artists. I love perusing sites and instagram for creative people.

Do you have someone that you turn to for advice? What’s some of the best advice they’ve given you?

My husband. He’s my go-to guy for everything. He’s always told me to follow my heart. So I quit my day job to be a full time mom and artist. Best decision I’ve ever made.

Emily, her husband, and her son

What music is on your playlist right now?

My husband is my DJ. I honestly listen to lots of podcasts and books on tape while I’m working. Favorite Podcast by far, Art for your Ear, by The Jealous Curator. If you are creative, listen to it! It’s so inspirational.

What do you love about being a creative woman?

I love that my art has found its way into lots of homes around the world. I hope people are enjoying them as much as I’ve enjoyed making them. pooh_piglet_frame_2 copy


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