Goodies & treats for your enjoyment! Made by G. Shea.

Quaker Hill, Connecticut On Etsy since 2017


Goodies & treats for your enjoyment! Made by G. Shea.

Quaker Hill, Connecticut | 34 Sales

monsterlibrary is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Monster Library is on vacation, see ya in a week! ~~

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Oct 10, 2018

Monster Library is on vacation, see ya in a week! ~~

Gabrielle Shea

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Gabrielle Shea


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About monsterlibrary

Sales 34
On Etsy since 2017

After spending about four to five years flip-flopping between very practical and respectable college studies involving math, engineering, and nursing and finding that I hated all of them (they're wonderful subjects but all crushed my soul a bit), I'm finally giving it a go doing things I actually enjoy. Since 2015 I've done several mural projects at the restaurant I work at, painted a hanging sign for a local boutique, done a bunch of volunteer work and lead a community "drawing night" at a local non-profit learning center (Spark Makerspace in New London, CT), continuously sell handmade pins in local festivals and a brick-and-mortar shop (Spark Emporium in New London, CT), and sold my first "big" watercolor piece at a local art show. It's been a great time! Now I've chosen to broaden my horizons in the big world of the interwebs, hence Monster Library.

Monster Library in it's current incarnation is me, Gabrielle Shea, selling all of my hand drawn, hand made pins. I was inspired to start making these things after enamel pins made their revival. I've chosen not to have enamel pins made of my designs and instead make mine using shrinkable plastic (Shrinky Dinks, straight outta the 70's!) because I think they have more of a personal, individual touch. As such, all of the pins you see here are entirely created by yours truly! Here's the basics of the process:
1. It starts with me drawing up the base illustration (at about three times the size of the finished pin) for each design, which I hand-trace from for each pin copy.
2. After tracing them onto the polystyrene (shrinkable plastic), I color each illustration with Prismacolor and Faber Castell Design Spectracolor pencils.
3. I stick 'em in the oven where they shrink and thicken up into a sturdy little wearable piece.
4. I varnish each one and adhere their pin backings.
5. I attach them to their little info cards (with hand drawn illustrations) and they're good to go!
Pins are what I've got up here so far, but soon I'll be adding more artsy goodies (prints, original illustrations, stickers, screen printed stuff, etc.) to Monster Library. I hope y'all enjoy what I come up with!

Thanks a lot for your interest in my work! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me a message. Do take note that I have an outside job I work at nearly full-time, so if I ever take a half a day or so to respond to any messages, please understand why! Also, I'm potentially open to custom work on a case-by-case basis, so inquire on that if you have a fun idea! Best wishes. xoxo

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  • Gabrielle Shea

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    I live in an old house in a quiet neighborhood with my boyfriend and a smol cat. I also waitress at a bustling breakfast cafe. If I'm not making something, I'm often reading comics, gamin' it or watching movies with my hunny.

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