Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley's Inspired by Wassily Kandinsky

Hi guys! Today's card was inspired by the painting "Two Black Spots" by Wassily Kandinsky.

Russian-born Kandinsky is considered by many to be the originator of abstract art. He analysed every shape and colour, linking them to music, even calling his later artworks "compositions". My analysis of Two Black Spots was "I can't see two black spots but I like it", then I turned it 90 degrees which probably changes the whole meaning of the composition! So just lean your head over to the left and you'll get an idea of what his painting looked like.

I started by stamping the various shapes, and painted a blue wash across the centre of the panel. Then I drew two black lines intersecting the shapes and infilled the area with a Black Posca pen. I added some red Dotta-Riffic dots, some black lines, and some fine black dots and white highlighting on some of the shapes.

I turned the image by 90 degrees so that I could have the sentiment running along the black stripe. I stamped the 'happy' in red to unify the small red elements, and 'birthday' in black to unify the black elements, then mounted the panel onto a black card.

Back next week with another artist!

Stamps Shirley used in today's project:


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  1. Love the clean, crisp look and bright colors.
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  2. Fun card! Love the bright colors and free feel to it ♥

  3. Shirley, your abstract card is fun and fabulous! I love the design and flair you imparted! Great job.

  4. Gorgeous card Shirley!!! He is such a great painter. :-D

  5. Love the card! Would make a great "guy" card as so hard to come up with ideas for them.

  6. Too good! Love the artsy feel in this abstract creation! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Shirley, I am loving the way you are using paintings to get inspired for your cards! They are wonderful!! I loved your piece of Art(Craft) ;)
    Suchi xx

  8. This is cool, hip, modern and oh, so trendy!!! Love it - it looks like art!! So excited to play around with this idea!! Such good inspiration is always found on the Stamplorations blog!!!

  9. Wow, great design! Love the shapes and colors!

  10. Oh ny, that is just so free and liberating. Love it. Hugz

  11. Not only is your card an amazing abstract composition, but I so enjoy learning about the works of artists that, I confess, I know little to nothing about! Your translation of Kandinsky's work is brilliant; your explanation of his techniques, engaging! I think he'd be incredibly proud of your tribute!

  12. Once again Shirley you have made a fabulously bright and abstract card using the Stamplorations sets - you really capture this guys style


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