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Archive for October 6th, 2007

To Imitate Art

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This is so BIG!  All the more for you to see my dear!

I love it when I am inspired by real art…today is one of those days.  I saw this painting on Etsy and it really called to me.  So I set off to see if I could get the essence of it in a card..this is the product of that effort.

The painting was large and gave the impression of looking at the water lilies sitting on top of a dark pool.  The lily pads were so bright and danced with color…..how was I to get that on a card.  After pondering it for days and a couple of failed attempts I picked up a piece of new white cardstock.  Yes it was white.  I stamped the lilies using the Purely Pomegranate (so luscious), then made a mask to cover those areas  and placed the mask over the lilies.  Now the fun began.

The lily pads took a little more playing around, but since I did not have a stamp that was a lily pad ..well I adapted as I always do.  From the retired SU Shape of Things set I pulled out the circle.  I inked it in Summer Sun, then in mellow moss and added a few light touches of the Purely Pomegranate.  Next I misted the rubber….very lightly !!!  and placed it down on the paper.  I repeated this several times till I had the look of the pads almost overlapping. 

The next step was to careful remove the mask…should have waited till it dried a bit but I was anxious.  In the real piece of art the artist had used the vibrant purple on the stems and at the base of the flowers….I worked at that and it is ok, but not the glow of the original, but then it doesn’t have to be as it is only my inspiration piece.  To make the pond look dark I used my Prisma color pencils, starting with dark shades of blue adding some purples and blending with a light coat of black.  I cut the piece down to fit a card and began of the card.

The base of the card is SU Basic Black and the accent color is Purely Pomegranate.  The lime green is a pretty ribbon I picked up at “Mike’s” some time ago…sure have loved it.

Now for a sentiment…well when I visit a local hospital that has a beautiful water lily pond I just lean over the bridge and dream and wonder…so that’s it DREAM.  I used the Flourishes Fantasy Floral Garden word on a piece of the same paper I had worked on.

It’s a Dream…..so from the Atelier it time to say Ciao and now your turn to DREAM.

Ciao

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