Wednesday, February 04, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley's Inspired By Friedensreich Hundertwasser - Take One

Hi guys! For the next few Wednesdays I'll be doing a little feature on cards inspired by architecture, artists or art styles.

Disclaimer: I don't profess to know anything about art - if I like it, it's good art, and that's good enough for me!

I'm starting today with Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Billy Connolly had a TV series a few years ago, Billy's World Tour of New Zealand, in which he featured Hundertwasser's toilets at Kawakawa. So when we were visiting that region of New Zealand a couple of years later, they were on my "to do" list, so to speak.

That led me to find out a bit more about Hundertwasser, who was an Austrian artist and architect who rejected straight lines and preferred fluid, natural forms. He actually ended up living in New Zealand. I'd love to show you some of his work here, but I almost had to sign the Official Secrets Act just to get on the official website - linking images from there is frowned upon, so I suggest you just google his name, click on images, and you'll be able to see his works.

This card is based on Hundertwasser's landscape paintings. Here's a step-by-step of my process:

I started by stamping some of the outline shapes from the Retro Mod Shapes set in Versafine Onyx Black on to mixed media paper.

I added some solid shapes with Distress Inks, then added borders around the solid shapes and stalks with a Posca pen.

I coloured in the outline shapes with matching Distress markers, and coloured patterns on some of the stalks.

Then I drew some fluid horizontal lines across the design with the Posca pen, which is waterproof. (Actually, it looks cool at this stage!)

Once it was all coloured in, I trimmed the panel then tried it against different coloured base cards: red, green, yellow, blue. Red is already too dominant, yellow and green were so/so, but blue works best because there's only a bit of blue in the panel, and the blue of the base card brings it to the fore and helps balance the overall look of the card - sort of tops and tails it.

Here's a look at the finished card again:

Supplies Shirley used in today's project:

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for February. We'll pick a commenter to win a $10 gift certificate or her choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winner on March 1!


  1. Fabulous design, love the vibrant colours, Cathy x

  2. Sherly you did a great Job !!!
    Congrats to you *Shakehands
    We got a Hunderwasser Hous near from our home and every shoolclasses are going there to see it ;o)
    CU hellerlittle

  3. What a colorful delight!!! Cool, and very mod!!! Love the fact that she used the stamplorations stamp set that I have - going to play around with this - HOW FUN!!!

  4. Shirley, what a wonderfully informative, creative post! I'm thrilled with your Wednesday focus on architecture, artists or art styles; based on this first showcase, we are in for some incredible inspiration. Your card:every stage along the way is fascinating. You've translated Hundertwasser's fluid, natural forms landscape into a stunning card. In awe...

  5. I remember that program the vibrancy of your piece.

  6. Such an interesting series, Shirley! Love this modern, abstract creation.

  7. Gorgeous colours and shapes. Love this card. Hugz

  8. Thank you for spotlighting New Zealand :-) and what a wonderful card - love it!!
    Maxine - a proud Kiwi :-)

  9. An artistic creation, love the beautiful use of retro shapes with vibrant colors, Totally awesome!!

  10. Wow Shirley! Fabulous design! The vibrant colours and fluid lines work so great together! Love Love Love it! Need to search for Friedensreich Hundertwasser's work...

  11. Love that you included the photo of the panel before and after cardbase. That blue does an amazing job of catching the yellow before it seeps off the panel. Great job.

  12. Oh WOW!!!! Love this card! Unique and cheerful! :-D Thank you for sharing your stunning creation with us, Shirley. :-D

  13. Wwo..Very different graphic cad ,loved the bold outlines n colors !

  14. Shirley Bee this card is amazing. It showcases your talent and imagination! What a fab job you did~

  15. This is true art on a card! You are the very best!

  16. WOW, what a vibrant card with bold colors, love it!

  17. Bright, bold and beautiful. Thank goodness you love to share unlike some artists ;)

  18. WOW Shirley, what a fabulous way to use those outline stamps we get, I stare at them dumbly. Thanks to Mr Hundertwasser for inspiring you to create this cool colourful card.

  19. wow..gorgeous bright colored modern work of art Shirley. TFS and the Inspiration.

  20. I just checked Friedensreich Hundertwasser 's work. It IS gorgeous and so is yours Shirley!! Lovely technique and such vibrant colors make your day! Thank you so much!
    Suchi xx

  21. I have this stamp
    and you give me inspiration to make a similar like you
    thanks dear Shirley for the inspiration
    you are really a talented woman
    and Shery must be proud to have you on her design team
    GREAT POST GREAT CARD AND I Like to CASE ing this Shirley..
    hugs, Monika


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