Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Picasso and Me

The CAS23 challenge is totally kicking my creativity into high gear. Is it creative to steal ideas from fine art and adapt them for stamping? YOU BET!

Sorry the photo is a bit dark. I tried twenty ways to Sunday to brighten it up, but this was the best I could do. IRL, the cardstock is really white, which makes the colors pop so well. Sigh.

This card was inspired by a colorful Picasso sketch of a rooster. I used SU markers directly on the stamp to mimic Picasso's look, and changed the image to a flower from Hampton Arts. This is pretty much the only loosely sketched image in my huge stamp collection, but I'm so glad I have it. I tried putting a not quite navy matte under the image, but it was too heavy, so I skipped the matte and popped the white panel on white. The sentiment balances the flower...without it, the image is too top-heavy.

I NEVER would have thought to color it with all three primary colors on one flower, if not for having seen the Picasso sketch. Thanks, oh great and mighty Pablo!

Simplicity Tip: When coloring on a stamp with markers, start with the lightest color first, then gradually add the darker colors. In this case, the yellow went on first. Because there is some overlap of colors, you'll see bits of green where the blue went over the yellow. At first, this annoyed me, but then I realized that it was pretty cool. Once the stamp is fully colored, huff on it (breathe heavily...who said stamping isn't sexy?) and stamp.

stamps: Hampton Arts, PTI Birthday Basics
cardstock: PTI white
ink: SU markers in summer sun, ruby red, not quite navy, garden green
accessories: dimensionals


  1. This is a knock-out, Susan! I love how you layered the white on white. Fantastic work!

  2. What a beautiful card! And thanks for the tips on the technique, because I don't know much about stamping techniques yet!

  3. Are you serious?! You are ROCKING this week's challenge!

    Hey, any Christmas art on there? You could knock out your cards this weekend! ;)

  4. this is amazing!! I love the various colors on there and you are the queen of white on white!!! I am going to try to catch up on the CAS challenges I missed while I was away. Keep your eyes peeled :-)

  5. love it. just don't know what else to say. it is so balanced and colorful and simply perfect.


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