Octopus Paintings, Prints and more by Rupa DasGupta

Asbury Park, New Jersey

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Announcement    Unique and abstract watercolor prints, originals, wearables and more from the over 800 octopuses I've painted for my project.


Last updated on Oct 8, 2019

Unique and abstract watercolor prints, originals, wearables and more from the over 800 octopuses I've painted for my project.



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About AnOctopusADay

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On Etsy since 2011

I finished a year of drawing octopuses every day... and kept going.

If ever there was an animal that could be conceived of as having dreamed itself into existence, it would be the octopus. Nearly all axes of their being are for all intents and purposes impossible for humans to imagine – from their radial symmetry, their multitude of independently-controlled suckers that touch as well as taste their surroundings, their complex but non-centralized nervous systems, to the horizontal slit of their eyes. That sense of radical self-invention that octopuses bonelessly embody is an element crucial to my work. Because of their inherent amorphousness, octopuses can be represented in an infinite number of ways and offer an ideal conduit to represent the intangible.

Inspired by the many recent daily projects undertaken by artists, writers and other creators, I embarked upon my An Octopus a Day project in October of 2010. Over the course of the 700+ pieces I have drawn, painted, embossed, cut and folded since then, I have found the beautifully nebulous and alien form of the octopus to be an ideal vehicle to explore line, texture, color, light, and dark. Their ever-shifting indefinite silhouettes have allowed for endless abstraction and exploration using a wide variety of media - from pen and ink to watercolors, gouache, charcoal, mixed media, embossing powder, magnetic paint, and my personal favorite - squid ink. I hope my paintings and drawings are able to echo some fraction of the wonder that octopuses evoke in their otherworldly splendor.

The overwhelming and wonderful response to my Octopus a Day project on tumblr, twitter and facebook inspired me to open my Etsy shop in 2012. Five percent of all my sales are donated to Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures project to support their efforts in preserving our oceans and their inhabitants.

Shop members

  • Rupa DasGupta


    I'm a graphic designer, web developer, seamstress, painter, printmaker, and photographer with an MFA in Design + Technology and a firm belief that love and a soldering iron can fix anything.

Production partners

  • iPrintFromHome

    Kenmore, NY

    iPrintFromHome prints my large format art prints.

  • Printful

    Chatsworth, CA

    Printful prints and sews the fabric for my dresses, leggings, and skirts. They also print and frame some of my larger fine art prints.


    Bettendorf, IA manufactures all my wooden stamps.

  • StickerGiant

    Longmont, CO

    These high quality stickers are made by StickerGiant.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 7, 2016
Thanks so much for taking a look around my shop! If you'd like to see more of my work - paintings, drawings, printmaking, graphic design, fashion design, photography, physical computing, etc! - feel free to check out the following:

While the focus of this shop is primarily octopus - oriented, I'd be happy to discuss any other items you might be interested in and commissions as well. I can always be reached at info @

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Oh noes! Hopefully this won't be necessary, but if you're less than happy with your item please let me know. Refunds & exchanges are accepted within 30 days of purchase. The buyer is responsible for the costs of shipping the item back.

If your item arrives damaged, please let me know immediately and I'll replace it.
Payment is accepted through Paypal and all major credit cards.
I generally ship all orders within 48 hours. All packages are sent via USPS First Class with delivery confirmation. A tracking number will be provided for larger orders & originals.

Prints & originals are sent out packaged with heavy duty backing boards to prevent any damage. Framed items will be bubble wrapped with the utmost love and care (though I can't promise that I'll be able to resist not popping a bubble or two).

Please let me know if your order is a gift! I'll be happy to wrap it for you.