Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Creative Color - A Canvas

In the Creative Color class, Christy took us through a variety of sources for color inspiration.  I used the "Where Women Create" book for my first piece.

For my second piece, I went back to Christy's Day One Color Inspiration piece... a page from Somerset Life magazine.  I was honestly so taken by smitten with this color inspiration that I HAD to own it! So I went out shopping and found a copy at Joanne's Fabrics.  $15 later I was home with this gorgeous magazine and I just loved the ideas and inspiration there!  This is the color inspiration page:

I love the aqua, teal, kiwi color scheme with the splashes of lavender and coral.  This color scheme is not one I decorate with and other than the aqua/teal portion, not colors I dress in either.  In fact, for the most part I don't care for lavender at all!  But somehow this inspiration was just calling my name.

I was also drawn to the crazy quilting effect of the way the author of this page placed all her pieces and knew I wanted to incorporate that look/feel into my piece.

Here is my color scheme chart with the paint colors I chose (I actually had to purchase the first three because I didn't have any of those colors in my stash) and the bits of paper and a snippet of ribbon I pulled from my scrap stash. Not only did I not have any lavender in my paint stash, I didn't have a single bit of it in my paper or ribbons either!

And you can see from the tiny little sketch at the bottom my rough plan for mimicking the crazy quilt layout of elements in the inspiration page.

This planner page was one of the things Christy introduced us to in class. And I LOVE it! I could do an entire Art Journal of nothing but the Inspiration and Planning pages ... because finding the inspiration and then pulling from what you have to match it really is addicting!

My finished piece - a 6x12" canvas.  I still consider myself a novice when it comes to mixed media, but I was SO HAPPY with the way this came out.  Not my colors at all.  I swear it doesn't match any room in my home decor wise. And yet I love it enough that I really want to figure out a place to hang it! I surprised myself with this one.

 detail shots - top center.  The purple paper on the left with the printed butterfly is actually a bit of gift wrap. I traced over the larger one with Pitt Artist Pen (brown) and paint (coral) - the butterfly was orange on the wrapping paper.
Center right - the quote. Love it.
Bottom right - Prima flowers with paint highlights and button centers.  Prima flowers have long been one of my "go to" embellishments and they definitely worked on this piece.

Sorry I have droned on forever about this little work of art. I just really enjoyed the process and wanted to share!


Unknown said...

Another of my fave quotes. SIMPLEY GORGEOUS! Cheri I love it!

Anonymous said...

I love your pieces of art Cheri and feel inspired to have a little go myself soon.

scrappyjacky said...

I'm not surprised you're happy,Cheri...it's stunning....and I love the butterflies and flowers you've added.

Jo.C said...

Another stunning piece of art - no wonder you love it so much. I think I have a way to go but thanks a lot for your encouragement. All my favourite colours in one go - fabulous :0)

Sandra said...

Well it would match my home, so as I'm soooo kind, I'll have it lol. It's just stunning, you are amazing at this type of creativity.

MonicaB said...

love, love, love your canvas! You did a wonderful job and the quote is great. Just looking at this makes me happy.

Ginger said...

Cheri this is Gorgeous!! Love what you did with this canvas! It truly is stunning :)

Cheryl said...

Amazing Cheri no wander you are happy with it, and that quote just says it all!

Sian said...

Your canvas is gorgeous! I love that colour combination too - it has a real "Liberty of London" feel to it

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful canvas, and I really enjoyed reading about the process. What are your plans for these lovely works of art?

Kelly Miller said...

I want one! This is amazing, Cheri. Please message me what it would cost to have my own original.