Friday, 24 June 2016

Mondrian inspired card set

This project is entered into this week's Crazy Crafters Project Highlights.  Click here to see the other great projects and vote for your favourites.

I was first introduced to the work of Piet Mondrian while studying History of Art .... a long time ago now!  It had immediate appeal for me which has grown, rather than diminished, with the years.

In making a set of cards as a gift, I turned to Mondrian for inspiration ... and I think he came up trumps!


I started out with Composition with Red, Blue and Yellow (he painted it in 1930 but it's still fresh and appealing today) because there were more bold blocks of colour than lines.  I added a couple of stamped greetings because the large blocks seemed to require it.
Stampin' Up, #thecraftythinker, Gift Card Set, Mondrian, Swirly Scribbles, Painter's Palette
The greetings are (appropriately) from the stamp set Painter's Palette

I then felt ready to try my hand at some of the more intricate pieces, starting with 
Composition with Red, Yellow, Blue and Black (one of his 1921 pieces). 

Stampin' Up, #thecraftythinker, Gift Card Set, Mondrian, Swirly Scribbles, Painter's Palette
I first cut and positioned the black horizontal and vertical lines then added the rectangles of colour

To suit the medium of cardmaking and my abilities, I had to make some adjustments to the designs but I hope I have managed to maintain the balance that is so important in his designs.

The next card is based on Mondrian's Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue (painted in 1921)
Stampin' Up, #thecraftythinker, Gift Card Set, Mondrian, Swirly Scribbles, Painter's Palette
I cut and glued the lines first then trimmed and adhered the coloured cardstock

All of this was inevitably and inexorably leading me back to present day Stampin' Up! and the wonderful new Swirly Scribbles thinlits!  

Stampin' Up, #thecraftythinker, Gift Card Set, Mondrian, Swirly Scribbles, Painter's Palette
The Swirly Scribbles thinlits are perfect for a Mondrian inspired design
 
I cut the Swirly Scribbles several times in Basic Black and adhered them to a piece of Whisper White cardstock in a design that I found pleasing.  Then I used the same die with Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point cardstock.  After adhering the pieces that I wanted to complete my design, I kept the rest for later projects.

I like the card case so much, I'm going to make a card version of it!

Stampin' Up, #thecraftythinker, Gift Card Set, Mondrian, Swirly Scribbles, Painter's Palette
I used the easel and greeting from the Painter's Palette stamp set to cover the join in the Swirly Scribbles!
Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoyed this card set.  This project is entered into the International Blog Highlight - do visit it to see the other great projects and vote for your favourites. 

'Til next time
Stephanie


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18 comments:

  1. This card is soooo groovy Stephanie. It reminds me of a scene from Austin Powers. Love it. Groovy baby!!!

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  2. Wow! Love how you've create these cards Stephanie. Great art influence - still modern even today, love your swirly birds adaptation- so clever! :)

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    1. Thanks, Juan. Yes, that's how I feel about his work!

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  3. Stephanie - just brilliant - and exciting to see how an artist inspired your approach - I am in awe. Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. These cards are really interesting and fun! I love them all.

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  5. So much work has gone into these! They're lovely! xx

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  6. WOW. Thank you for introducing me to Piet Mondrian. I had seen picture of some of his works, but your post made me look him up. I found two of his earlier works that particularly inspired me. You have me think about how to use "Avond" (Evening:Red Tree) as inspiration for a card.

    I particularly like your creations with Swirly Scribbles. I have saved that idea to CASE as soon as I have that set in my house.

    Again, thank you for the inspiration to learn, appreciate art and create.

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    1. Thank you, BK. I was so excited (and also honoured) to read your comment. I'm very grateful that you took the time to write it!

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  7. Wow! Anyone should be honored to receive one of these cards. They are impressive.

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  8. Stephanie, your collection is just stunning! What vision Mondrian must have had to create designs like this in his time. I don't know anything about him, but I can imagine the reaction his work must have generated. Going to Google Mondrian now! And, I've been on the fence about the Swirly Scribbles, but you may have just convinced me that I need it!

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    1. Thank you, Gail! Yes, he was really ahead of his time! I find the Swirly Scribbles really versatile and an easy way to add a bit of interest or even wow. I don't use the Swirly Birds as much but I always regret not buying a bundle!

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