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Artist Spotlight — Anahata Joy Katkin: PAPAYA and FIREWEED

Amber Lotus Publishing is excited to welcome Anahata Joy Katkin to our family. We have been a big fan of her soul-stirring artwork for a long time, so working together to publish her collection of calendars has been a thrill.

PAPAYA co-founder Anahata Joy Katkin developed her passion for the arts by trial-and-error discovery. She creates original paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces that have woven a heartcentered landscape of offbeat muses and vivid illustrations. PAPAYA’s signature aesthetic has been celebrated around the globe since 2003.

“I love the place where pretty and gritty meet. Where flowers, faces, and ink run together. I’m endlessly inspired by repeating themes of plants, travel, Victorian era, folk arts, Asian influences, and female faces. I believe in working from impulse to impulse and answering to an intuitive process. I make artwork for myself and then weave pieces into our PAPAYA & FIREWEED collections alongside our talented in-house design team.” — Anahata Joy Katkin

See the full calendar collection on our website. To learn more about PAPAYA, visit their website or follow Anahata on Instagram.

PAPAYA 2021 Wall Calendar

PAPAYA 2021 Hardcover Deluxe Planner

PAPAYA 2020 – 2021 Planner 17-Month Calendar With Pocket

PAPAYA 2020 – 2021 Desk Pad 17-Month Calendar

FIREWEED 2021 Wall Calendar

FIREWEED 2020 – 2021 Planner 17-Month Calendar With Pocket


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18 Million Thanks: Send a Thank You Note to Healthcare Workers

Artwork courtesy of 18 Million Thanks

There are 18+ million healthcare workers in the United States. Let’s show our gratitude by sending 18 million thank you notes. This note writing campaign was created by the folks at Good Juju Ink and launched by 13 women-owned stationery brands.

The 18 Million Thanks website has more details — addresses for participating hospitals, examples of what to write, and a count that you can add your thank you notes to.

Amber Lotus is participating by offering a select group of thank you cards at 50% off. But a plain sheet of paper or handmade card would also be a beautiful and inspiring note to uplift these healthcare heroes.

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Gorgeous New Weekly Planners: Start Planning 2021 Now

Katie Daisy 2020-2021 weekly planner

Katie Daisy in her studio.

We’re over the moon about our new 2020-2021 On-the-Go weekly planners featuring artwork by the amazing Katie Daisy, Geninne Zlatkis, Anahata Joy Katkin, Flora Bowley, and Meera Lee Patel! These brilliantly talented artists have created gorgeous artwork that will inspire you throughout the year.

  • 5″ x 7″ weekly planner (10″ x 7″ open).
  • 17-month calendar — August 2020 through December 2021 — excellent for school and academic planning.
  • Compact planner is perfect for your bag or backpack.
  • Great for students, teachers, parents, and anyone seeking creative inspiration.
  • Monthly 2-page-spread views facilitate big-picture planning.
  • Weekly spreads with ample writing space.
  • Extra lined pages to record notes and reminders.
  • Elastic band closure.
  • Inside pocket for storing receipts and mementos.
  • Wire-O binding offers lie-flat ease and convenience.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
  • Features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world’s major religions.

Katie Daisy 2020-2021 weekly planner.

Geninne Zlatkis 2020-2021 weekly planner. Her sweet pup Zorro is adorbs!

PAPAYA 2020-2021 weekly planner featuring artwork by Anahata Joy Katkin.

FIREWEED 2020-2021 weekly planner featuring artwork by Anahata Joy Katkin.

Creative Revolution 2020-2021 weekly planner by Flora Bowley. Features drawing and writing prompts to nurture self-discovery

Meera Lee Patel 2020-2021 weekly planner.


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KGW News Interview with Amber Lotus

Keely Chalmers of KGW News

Yesterday we welcomed Keely Chalmers and KGW News to our office. They were here to cover our milestone of reaching ONE MILLION trees planted.

Amber Lotus Publishing has been planting trees since 2008 to offset our carbon footprint and renew the resources used to publish our calendars, greeting cards, and journals. In December 2019 we reached the milestone of planting 1,000,000 trees.

While we celebrate this significant milestone for our company, we know that there is even more to be done. That is why, beginning in 2020, Amber Lotus will commit to planting 200,000 trees every year, with the goal of planting another 1,000,000 trees by 2025.

Keely talking with Leslie Gignilliat-Day Co-owner and Creative Director of Amber Lotus

Keely talking with Lawson Day Co-owner of Amber Lotus


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New Distributor in Canada — Thomas Allen & Son

Thomas Allen tradeshow

We’re welcoming Thomas Allen & Son to the Amber Lotus family. They are Canada’s leading independent distributor of books, stationery, and calendars. 

Thomas Allen & Son is the oldest family-owned and operated trade book distributor in Canada, serving the industry for more than 100 years and through four generations of the Allen family.

They are the exclusive Canadian distributor for over 25 US and British book publishers and are positioned as one of the top 10 book distributors by volume in the Canadian marketplace.

Their diverse product lines include everything from dictionaries to self-help books, award-winning fiction and non-fiction, calendars, gift products, journals, stationery, and a wide range of children’s books. Their Bibliographic Data base features over 55,000 available titles and their 75,000 square foot warehouse facility stocks over 13,000 active titles at any one time.

Visit their website to learn more.


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One Million Trees Planted!

There is a magic machine that sucks carbon out of the air, costs very little, and builds itself. It’s called a tree. — George Monbiot

In September 2019 Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg partnered with writer and fellow activist George Monbiot to create the short film Nature Now, an impassioned call to action for people around the world to protect and restore nature and fund natural climate solutions before it’s too late. In the film, Monbiot brilliantly describes the tree as “a magic machine that sucks carbon out of the air.”

Amber Lotus Publishing has been planting these magic machines since 2008 to offset our carbon footprint and resource usage. In December 2019 we reached the milestone of planting 1,000,000 trees.

Each year, we use about 2,500 trees in manufacturing our products. In the first six years, we planted an average of 35,000 trees annually. As our business grew over the next six years, we increased our commitment and have planted an average of 111,000 trees annually—more than 45 times the number of trees used each year to make our products. While we celebrate this significant milestone for our company, we know that there is even more to be done.

That is why, beginning in 2020, Amber Lotus will commit to planting 200,000 trees every year, with the goal of planting another 1,000,000 trees by 2025.*

We are awed and inspired by Greta Thunberg and all the children around the world who are demanding action on the climate crisis. We hope you are inspired, too, and will join us in rising to this climate challenge.

~ Lawson Day, Co-owner

Our tree-planting partner, Trees for the Future, is a nonprofit agroforestry resource center that helps communities across six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. For more information about the program, please visit trees.org.


* COVID-19 Update: We remain passionately committed to our tree planting initiative. The impact of COVID-19 on the economy creates uncertainty that may require us to reevaluate our numbers. We will update this post as we proceed through these strange and uncertain times.


Update March 10: KGW News visited our office to cover our tree planting initiative.


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Artist Spotlight — Salli S. Swindell and Nate Padavick: They Draw & Cook

They Draw and Cook 2020 wall calendar

We’re so happy to welcome the family of artists from the popular website They Draw & Cook™. This 2020 illustrated recipe calendar of the same name will treat your senses to a feast of colorful culinary inspiration featuring a diverse array of styles and delectable dishes from different cultures.

Salli S. Swindell and Nate Padavick, a sister-and-brother design and illustration team, have created hundreds of illustrations for magazines and books. Inspired by their love of cooking and doodling, the duo founded the popular They Draw & Cook™ (TDAC) website in 2010. The idea for TDAC formed during a family vacation as Nate was trying to re-create a favorite dish while Salli sat at the counter with her watercolors. Today TDAC features the internet’s largest collection of illustrated recipes created by artists from around the world and has become a big, happy, creative playground where people share their love of food and art.

We happily curated the 2020 They Draw & Cook™ calendar from this varied and talented bunch. Some of them are professional illustrators and practicing artists, while others are passionate doodlers and drawers.


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They Draw and Cook 2020 wall calendar

Artist Spotlight — Android Jones: Electro-Mineralism

Android Jones 2020 wall calendar

We’re excited to welcome Android Jones to our family of contributing artists. His vibrant multilayered psychedelic pieces challenge your perception of reality and push the boundaries of imagination. Creativity, Jones emphasizes, is the foundation of consciousness and an agent of social change.

Android Jones began studying art at age eight. At the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, he trained in traditional drawing, painting, and animation. Jones worked as an intern at Industrial Light and Magic and later founded Massive Black, an art development company in Los Angeles. An independent artist since 2005, Jones maintains a large art studio in a repurposed barn in his hometown of Lyons, Colorado.

Jones is well known for his multilayered psychedelic works and live performances using a custom-built digital setup. He participated in the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Tour, and his work has been projected on the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building. A longtime member of the Burning Man community, Jones has exhibited his work around the world and has contributed to events on six continents.

Jones’s work centers on spirituality and altered states of consciousness. Describing his work as Electro-Mineralism, he manipulates light and energy to capture complex concepts while drawing on his formal background in the arts. He attributes his ability to create his art to the wonders of technology and credits the planet’s resources for advancements in art production.

You can see more of his artwork on his website.

Android Jones 2020 wall calendar


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