Thursday, 15 April 2010

Scrap the Art Challenge

Hi just back from an emotionally draining trip to my Scottish homeland. Well actually I'm half English but as all of my childhood was spent north of the border I feel Scottish. It wasn't the happiest trip I've had as my Mum is not well and is starting to need lots of help. It is hard to come home and carry on as normal knowing that my sisters are having to do my share. It means I will be spending all my school holidays going north to help out but at least I will get to spend more time with my sisters who I usually only see a couple of times a year.

The card I have made (mainly to cheer myself up) is for the challenge over at Scrap the Art. My sister Jenni is on the design team and she has made a beautiful card which you can check out on her blog. This time the artist Paul Klee is the inspiration, specifically his 1922 work entitled Secenio.

One of my favourite colours is orange so it wasn't hard to be inspired. The sort of eyebrow in the painting reminded me of flower petals and recently I found a tutorial on You Tube for making this style of flower which I wanted to try out. I used my deckle edge scissors to cut out all the squares to make them more petal like and drew on the stamens with a Jelly Roll pen. I found a button in my box which looked like the eyes so I was really pleased with that. The lace I have had for years, the flourish is part of a larger one by Tim Holtz and I topped the metallic flowers with half pearls.

I am also entering the following challenges


  1. Hi Gillian

    What a fantastic flower and can identiful with finding that colour easy to work with, I do as well.

    Thank you for joining my Petals and Pearls theme at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  2. Wow Gillian! This looks so pretty! I love the flower! And I like the background also... it all looks so warm.

    Thanks for joining us at Scrap the Art! Good luck and we hope to see you again to our next challenges.


  3. Fabulous Gill, I love the flower - you'll have to point me in the direction of that tutorial! Great take on this weeks challenge:o)
    Jenni x

  4. Hi Gillian! This piece is gorgeous! I absolutely love the flower. I, too, would like to know what YouTube video you watched to learn this technique. I've become a follower of your blog. Could you email me with that information if you don't mind?

    Thanks so much!
    Tana Drake