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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shirley's Inspired by Pop Art

Hi, guys! Got your sunglasses at the ready? Today I'm inspired by Pop Art. I'm intrigued by how bright blocks of colour are used to represent shape and form, light and shade, without the use of grey or black. When you actually look at shadows, they're not grey or black anyway but darker shades of complementary colours.

So here's the pop art that inspired my card:

I stamped The Bee's Knees CityGirl in Antique Linen Distress Ink, which is great as a neutral base when you don't want a black outline. Then I grabbed the brightest colours from my collection of Tombow markers and started adding marks and blocks of colour on the image (I've got to admit, a bit randomly, and probably not in the right places, but hey, I enjoyed it!).

I criss-crossed some black lines, outlined CityGirl in black where she intersected the top-to-bottom line, and coloured in some of the background blocks. Then I decided that I would add text in one of the blocks, so I reached for my favourite text set, Hashtag Authentic, and masked off one section so that I could fill it with stamped text.

Here's another look at the finished card.

That's the last of my Inspired By series for now, I hope you've enjoyed it, and I hope it's inspired you to think how you can bring different art styles to your own work.

Stamps Shirley used in today's project:


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  1. Fabulous representation of your inspiration! Lovely! ♥

  2. wooooooooohoooooooooooo ....I´m speechless
    your are an ARTIST by the way
    CU hellerlittle

  3. Fabulous inspirational project Shirley...love this. Carol x

  4. Wow, I wish I was half the artist that you are! Simply stunning.

  5. Yet again, your City Girl takes centre stage, positioned and posed perfectly (ooops...unintentional alliteration) on the funky blocks! Another stunning artistic translation. Oh to have an iota of your talent...Love this!

  6. You have totally captured pop art in your card. I'm impressed.

  7. So fancy as my 10 year old daughter is saying! I love it too! Great colors....love the way you masked the card to have different colors and stamped words.

  8. How SASSY does your city girl look today....cool masking job too...go Shirley

  9. Wjat a cool trendy card !! Really pops with those bold bright colors .

  10. What a fabulous, modern, graphic look you have created here!

  11. O Em Gee --- I am in love. This is beyond amazing!!

  12. Wowzer, that is bright and gorgeous. Love this. So glad you don't care if the colours are in the right place. I can never get that right. You inspire me to do it anyway. Hugz

  13. Wow Shirley another gorgeous City Girl! Keep them coming. Your creativity is amazing!

  14. Cool card with verve and coolness!! Love the bright colors and the hip style to this!!!

  15. Cool card with verve and coolness!! Love the bright colors and the hip style to this!!!

  16. This is a great card. Love the way you used the bold sentiments and shadowed the blocking. Great job.


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