Melissa Rachel Black

Portland, Oregon · 895 Sales


Melissa Rachel Black

Portland, Oregon 895 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Jan 13: Featured on Etsy's blog! What an honor. Thanks!


Last updated on Apr 23, 2017

Jan 13: Featured on Etsy's blog! What an honor. Thanks!

Melissa Rachel Black

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Melissa Rachel Black

I Love Our Friendship - Handmade Card
Human Bean - Handmade Card
Thank You Very Mushroom - Handmade Card
I Pick You - Handmade Card
This Is The Pits - Handmade Card
You're The Tops, Pops - Handmade Card
Dad, You Are My Hero - Handmade Card
Handmade Card - Mom You Are My Hero
Handmade Card - Happy Barfday
Congratulations - Handmade Card
Thanks Holmes - Handmade Card
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Look ma, I'm doing it!

I'm an illustrator living in Portland, Oregon. I make really simple black and white illustrations, not too different than what used to pepper the insides and outsides of my notebooks throughout school. I used to think I couldn't call myself an artist, because I can't draw photo-realistically, I'm terrible at proportions, and perspective and I will never be friends.

Eventually I decided to accept and embrace my style. I now have my own greeting card company, a book of downloadable stock illustrations, and I get to draw for people all over the world. Last Valentine's Day, I got my deer illustration tattooed on my arm--the very same deer that was the first illustration I sold--as a reminder that I'm enough, that imperfections are beautiful and what make us human, and to publish even though I'm scared.

My style is a reflection of my beliefs and my personality--I love the ideals of minimalism, focusing on mindfulness, that less is more, and finding beauty in simplicity. I also love the way kids experience life. Their wonder, curiosity, playfulness and joy inspire me on my darkest days, so I always try to remember to play while working. I chose this path, art and creativity, because it's brought me joy from a young age, and I hope that comes through in my creations. I really love to inspire others.


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  • Melissa Rachel Black

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Hi! I'm Melissa. I'm the illustrator, designer and creator of everything you see in this shop. I live in Portland, Oregon with my fluffy white cat, Oreo Pie.

Production partners

  • A printing service

    Portland, OR

    These printers provide high quality work that I pass on to you!

Shop policies

Last updated on September 7, 2011
***Special note: As of November 2010, I have relocated from California to Germany. All greeting cards are available for immediate shipping in my new home, so please feel free to order & they will be shipped within 3 days. If you'd like to order any other item, please message before purchase. Thanks!***

Welcome to Mel's Diner: serving only the freshest art and design!

This shop is a small, one woman effort. Everything you see here is created by me, Melissa Rachel Black. I love making things, and if you like what you see, I'd love it if you could share a link on your facebook, twitter, or email to friends who you know would feel the same.

*Please note: All images are Copyrighted to Melissa Rachel Black and All Rights Reserved. They may not be copied, used or reproduced without the expressed written permission of Melissa Rachel Black*

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Currently I accept Paypal as the preferred (and only automated) method of payment. If you wish to discuss another payment option, please contact me before making any purchase decisions.
Your cards are shipped from my studio in Germany with Deutsche Post in 3 business days or less after your purchase. Tracking numbers available by request before shipment, include your request at checkout in "message to seller".
Refunds and Exchanges
Exchanges are permitted if the item is damaged due to seller error.
Additional policies and FAQs
The products for sale here are only a small portion of my work--see a larger selection at Feel free to message me with a request for any item or image.

Thanks for stopping by!