In my world, a rainy Saturday = project time (and probably a good classic movie). While looking for a little inspiration on a gray day, I stumbled across the work of paper artist, Helen Musselwhite.
I never grow tired of looking at paper cutting, with all of its lovely, lacy intricacies and layers. After admiring it, I usually think to myself, “that must have taken FOREVVVER.” But, this time, with the rain dripping outside and an apartment overflowing with paper, I decided to give myself a challenge: create a similar effect using simpler techniques.
I chose a handful of rubber stamps, black ink, soufflé pens and a few different colors of card stock and set to work! I drew upon Helen’s use of florals, layering, bold lines, color and silhouette to create my own design.
After stamping and cutting out my flowers, I played around with composition on a black sheet of 8 ½” x 11”. When I was ready, I used glue stick and xyron machine to adhere the first layer, then added more flowers using a 3D foam squares to create depth. I added a little more color and detail with the soufflé pens. I then cut out the whole composition so it was in a black silhouetted shape, and layered it on Gravel paper.
When I was done, I had my own piece of artwork, ready to frame!
As a result, we started developing artist inspiration projects in each of our store locations. I would love for you to join in the discussion too, so comment to this post by telling us about an artist who is inspiring your projects.
We look forward to hearing your responses!