Art Nouveau “Pool Party”
Good Tuesday morning! Did you all make it through your Monday without too much trouble? It was a gloomy, rainy day here in NC, and perfect for working in the studio. (Of course, every day is perfect for working in the studio in my world. I’ve adapted the mail carrier’s oath: “neither rain, nor snow, nor heat nor gloom of night shall keep this paper artist from her appointed project!” ) Today I have an Art Nouveau card created with Pool Party and Basic Black. The sketch is from Mojo Monday #307 and the color palette is from Dynamic Duos #66. I’m entering this card in both those challenges, and hope you will choose to play along in one or both of them as well.
What is Art Nouveau?
Art Nouveau was popular between 1890-1910 and is characterized by an elaborate ornamental style with curving lines and flowing organic shapes based on plant forms. It was used in architecture, Tiffany lamps, jewelry and interior design. It was also seen in posters and illustrations as well as certain paintings and sculptures. You can read all about it and find more examples of it here. The stamp I used today is based on a painting by Alphonse Mucha. Now that we’ve had our art lesson, we’ll get on with the card.
I stitched layers of Pool Party and Basic Black designer papers together, finishing with a piece of Pool Party cardstock that was dry embossed with a Steampunk embossing folder and sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I cut the scalloped circle out of Basic Black and topped it with a circle that was first stamped with the image in black ink and then embossed in the same Steampunk folder. The edges were inked with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I used my Versamark embossing pen to selectively emboss swirled areas on the circle, then added silver tinsel embossing powder. I used white glue to add powder blue fragments around the base of the stamped image. Here’s a close-up:
This added some wonderful texture and shine. I stamped the Art Nouveau lady again, and this time I fussy cut her head and shoulders from the image. She was colored in with alcohol markers and mounted with foam tape over the base image.
The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of Pool Party, fussy cut and matted with Basic Black. The little flower at the base of the focal was made by cutting out three of the medallion images from the reverse side of the designer paper. I backed each layer with cardstock, shaped them with my tools and then stacked them. A silver and black brad was added to the center, and leaves were cut free hand from a scrap piece of paper.
The fishtail banners were cut from the designer paper and matted with Basic Black cardstock, then arranged in the top right hand corner of the card. White crochet thread was sponged with Tumbled Glass DI, and tied around the top of the card. A button from my stash was added to the bow.
I know it’s not good manners, but I have to say, I am really happy with the way this card turned out. I would never have thought to mix Basic Black with Pool Party, but they play together very nicely, don’t you think? The card has a certain turquoise jewelry vibe, and I love that look. I wish I could capture all the texture, shine and dimension in a photo….you’ll just have to come visit me so you can see it in person. Barring that, you can click on the photos for a larger image.
I carried the theme onto the inside of the card. The sentiment was hand written onto a scrap of Pool Party cardstock. Then, I inked the edges of the same frame stamp I used on the front of the card, stamped it off onto a piece of scrap paper and stamped around the edges. I wasn’t sure how well this would work, but knew I could always flip the paper over and stamp on the reverse side if my idea didn’t pan out. Fortunately, I was happy with the first attempt.
So, that’s my Art Nouveau “Pool Party”. What do you think? Do you like the Art Nouveau vibe of this card? Does the color palette work for you? If you have any questions about today’s project, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll be happy to help you in any way I can. Thanks for taking time to stop by the blog…and thanks for your kind comments. They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time…..