Living & Creating a Brightly Decorated Life & Brand: Evelyn Henson

@EvelynHenson, Instagram 

Simply taking a glimpse at Evelyn Henson's website, designs, Instagram feed, & blog you don't need a road map--or painting lesson to realize that she & her illustrations are full of wit & whimsy. Not-to-mention, imagination & overall creativity. Whether you are shopping for original art to hang by your bedside, browsing for an amusing zebra illustrated mug, or skimming  through the Evelyn Henson Blog you will be inspired by all the cheery colors, vibrancy, & cheeky humor. 

It is in Evelyn's mission statement that she hopes to share her designs & her tips to living a brightly decorated life. & by doing so {following her advice}you can make the lives of those around you a little brighter--a little more stylish too. 

Evelyn Henson

Evelyn's journey to becoming an artist started back in May of 2012 when she was inspired to paint  her mother a painting for a personalized Mother's Day gift. & on her website, Evelyn admits, "I haven't been able to put down the paint brush since."

We are so thrilled that she hasn't! Her goodies range from collaborated prints which she did with Carly from The College Prepster to journals (5 x 7 hardcover) & vibrant phone cases.   

Aside from her website/blog success, she has other creative bloggers such as Prep Ave (@PrepAve) frequently featuring her prints. 

Evelyn Henson

As mentioned above, one of Evelyn's trademark products just might be her mugs--often, they come in in an array of animal illustrations with cheeky sayings such as, "Hust'lion" & "Who Gives a Flock" (lions & flamingos).

The Yellow Spectacles had the chance to discuss shop, creativity, and being a #GirlBoss with Evelyn. Put on your specs...the conversation is simply inspirational...or maybe as an Evelyn Henson mug would read, "It's Spect-acluar.

The Yellow SpectaclesEveryone knows your name and the your name associated with your vibrant prints, but what is one thing that many people may not know?
Evelyn Henson: I'm a triplet! One of five siblings if we're counting ;)

TYS: What/who do you attribute {if anyone/thing} your success to...there are a lot of painters out there!
EH:The support of family and friends, as well as all the teachers who helped me find and have confidence in my voice. 

TYS: Creatively speaking, what inspires you?
EH:Well, this morning I sketched a newspaper. So, I'm inspired by just about everything. For some reason, I was particularly struck by the crossword puzzle page. 
Perhaps, it's the little details in life that really inspire me. Picasso said "inspiration exists, but it has to find you working," and, with all the hours I've spent with a paintbrush in hand, art's allowed me to see the everyday in a more whimsical, colorful light. 

Take the Bull by the Horns

TYS: Do you have a favorite illustration...painting? What?  
EH: Probably the "Take the Bull by the Horns" print, just because I can vividly remember every detail that went into creating it. 
My Dad and I were fixing a fence outside early one morning in the rain (one of our family dogs had been escaping). When I asked if he really wanted to fix it then, he replied with the "take the bull by the horns" idiom. light bulb went off in my head and I had the bull illustrated by noon! I'll always cherish that one for the story behind it. 

Happy Hour 

TYS: Collaborating with other blogger/brands/ and social media accounts seems to be present in your business..i.e. The College Prepster do you pick and choose what / who you'd like to partner with?
EH:I prefer to work with established brands who have a clear vision of who they are and inspire me. 

TYSYour blog is you do all the writing?
EH:Thank you! I do all of the illustration and most of the writing. I've recently started getting my campus reps involved with writing some of the content. It's me blogging unless otherwise specified. 

...With all the hours I've spent with a paintbrush in hand, art's allowed me to see the everyday in a more whimsical, colorful light-EH

TYSYou have campus reps...for people interested next year how do they apply and do you have to be in college to do so?
EH: Applications for the 2016-2017 campus rep program will be available in May 2016. You must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in college to apply. 

TYS: Staying on the subject, how do you pick your reps?

EH: This past year. I asked applicants to send a resume and a brief summary of what a brightly decorated life meant to them. After reviewing all the applications, I looked for students who had clear understanding of my brand, came across as hardworking and motivated, and were social media savvy. The reps I ended up selecting stood out because of their marketing experience (from either job related opportunities or individual initiatives like a blog), well-written and thought out brightly decorated life statements, and obvious passion for the brand. As a side note for anyone planning on applying for next year, be sure proofread!!! 

TYS: What is one thing you can't live without...?
EH: Coffee ;)

TYS: Three words to describe your brand...
EH: Happy, bright, and cheeky.

TYS:  One amazing goal Evelyn Henson wants to accomplish is...
EH: To start teaching art classes. 

TYS: Advice for creative-tees going done their own creative path...?
EH:Work hard to find a creative style that's all your own. It's not going to come immediately, but if you spend time with your craft, you'll eventually find your own voice, and that's SO important! 

TYS: Top 3 inspirational/favorite Insta accounts...
EH: So many! Top 3 are probably @anniereeves, @prepavenue, & @mackenziehoran

TYS: Was there/or are there any struggles to your success? Have you been able to manage them?
EH: Absolutely! Figuring out how to print art, how to scan it, how to photograph it, how to sell it online, etc. (I could go on all day)! Everything has been a crazy learning process. I just take it one day at a time and remind myself that all I can do is my best. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day! ;)

TYS: 'Nuff said. 

Hopefully, you too are inspired to live a brightly {somewhat cheeky} decorated life. If you don't know where to start...I think Evelyn may have a few inspirational designs to get you started!


  1. I love Evelyn Henson, it's so cool that you got to interview her!
    xo, Syd

  2. Great interview! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Laura