Rabbel's Rad Recs #001


Hey Rabbel Readers!

Every other week we will feature 3 carefully curated and radical recommendations of artists, songs, musicians, films, products, etc.

To get started, we’ve crafted a fun list of earth-inspiring suggestions for today’s EARTH DAY!

While we encourage expression by any means necessary, we also want to remind you to always consider our planet’s resources while doing so and to let your natural surroundings inspire your process!

Here is a list of some Earthly recs we’ve conjured up for you to enjoy ~


Stib Pencils

Stib pencils has mini and jumbo coloring pencils each labeled with encouraging spark-words to inspire young minds to think about the way they look at the world and explore some fresh ideas to help them navigate the oh so natural bumps of life! Some of these spark-words include peace keeper, earth lover, world changer, and self believer. They also donate 10% of its profits to education projects supporting vulnerable children around the world.

Our children can’t all be problem solvers, big thinkers or joy finders every minute of every day,
but when they meet a tricky situation, it’s worth remembering what makes them pretty special in the first place…
— Stib Pencils



There seems to be a varying interpretation of what earth tones encompass. When I think of earth tones, I think of any neutral calming color that derives from nature. We wanted to share some of the various definitions we found!

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, an earth tone is a rich, dark color that contains some brown.

However, according to complex.com, earth tones are also known as neutral colors and, “Neutral colors don't show up on a color wheel. They can be created by mixing two complementary colors or combining a pure color with white, black, or gray. Pure neutral colors include black, white, and all grays while near neutrals include browns, tans, and darker colors.”

Lastly, according to definitions.net, “earth tone is a color scheme that draws from a color palette of browns, tans, warm grays, greens, oranges, whites, and some reds, and some blues. The colors in an earth tone scheme are muted and flat in an emulation of the natural colors found in dirt, moss, trees and rocks. Many earth tones originate from clay earth pigments, such as umber, ochre, and sienna.”

What do you think?!


Lindsay Stripling

Lindsay Stripling is an artist and painter who uses illustration and lettering to layer and texture her often earthy and nature inspired work. She tends to be influenced by, what I would call, earth tones ;). Many of her pieces seem to be informed greatly by her natural surroundings, and in an interview with Art Hound in 2018, she, as suspected, talks about one of her paintings in relation to nature,

It is a similar idea to the interconnectivity of people like in All the Fridas, but instead focusing on the interconnectivity of nature and us, and seeing ourselves in nature and nature within ourselves. I live in the bay area and grew up across the bay from Mt. Tamalpais – which my mom always told me and my sister was named by the Miwoks and meant the ‘sleeping lady’ (this is one of those situations where upon reflection and with a little wikipedia, I now know is a little less straightforward than that, but isn’t that how it always goes) and I always thought about that. What if the earth literally is us? What if we considered the earth, the land, our living and breathing selves? Would we take more care of it? Our bodies are infinite ecosystems, and live upon and within another infinite, wilder than we could even imagine ecosystem, it’s pretty neat.
— Lindsay Stripling