Saturday, January 15, 2011

Art Nouveau


The History of Graphic Design was the longest course in college and while most of my classmates dreaded the ninety minute daily lectures, I looked forward to them. I still have the heavy, image ridden textbook from the class. In it, I find the description for the inspiration of this card...

"Art Nouveau's identifying visual quality is an organic, plantlike line.
Free from roots and gravity, it can either undulate with whiplash energy
or flow with elegant grace as it defines, modulates and decorates a given space.
Vine tendrils, flowers, birds, and the human female form
were frequent motifs from which this fluid line was adapted."

For my entry into the Moxie Fab World's The Gray is the New Black Challenge I started by printing in darker tone of gray a digital image onto textured gray cardstock and then colored areas lightly with colored pencils. I then added enamel accents in both black and white and finished the card with a sentiment panel. While my card doesn't necessarily reflect the bright colors from the period in Graphic Design history, I'm happy that I think I captured its essence.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Textured Gray) Bazzill, (White) Georgia Pacific
Stamps: (Doodle Blooms Digital Image) TiffanyDoodles, (Sentiment from Look Up! Additions) Practicing Creativity Designs
Ink: (Basic Grey Pigment) SU, (Charcoal Chalk) Colorbox
Fiber: (Pink Twill) May Arts
Embellishments: (Black and White Enamel Accents) Ranger, (Black Brad) SU
Tools: (Corner Chomper) WR Memory Keepers, (Colored Pencils) Prismacolor

43 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous Karen and so original. Love it!

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  2. Wow Karen. I love this Art Nouveau inspired piece and the sentiment font is just perfect for it.

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  3. I love it! And, I LOVE the typeface on the "thanks." It's been calling my name ever since it was released. :)

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  4. WOW! Just WOW! Beautiful card Karen. It's stunning in its simplicity. Love the subtle bits of color but still returning back to gray. You've got a winner in my book! :)

    I start my graphic design class this month and my book doesn't sound nearly as cool as yours!

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  5. Stunning! Absolutely stunning! This is certainly Moxie Fab!

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  6. Wowza, this is STUNNING! Love the bits of coloring you did on the gray! Spectacular!

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  7. This card is sooooooooo gorgeous!!!!!

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  8. Jaw dropping gorgeousness. Love that digi image. Reminds me of wallpaper form the late 60s (only in shocking pink/orange colors!)

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  9. I've often thought about doing a graphic design course to help me in my cardmaking but never quite taken the plunge! I LOVE your card, so pretty!!

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  10. I love this KAren! It is just so fantastic, everything about it! Great work girl!

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  11. beautiful, karen! love that little pop of pink:) (these were my wedding colors)

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  12. What a classy card Karen! That little pop of pink just enhances the gray! :)

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  13. Told you you'd be bounding out of that crafty rut in no time! This is awesome and wouldn't your professor be proud to see what came of his class!

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  14. This is such a stunning card and I like how you have added the enamel accents. Don't you just love that stuff?

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  15. this is just so gorgeous and such quite elegance to it. Beautifully done. :)

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  16. beautiful! love the pops of pink and white! you are making it so tempting. hope i can come up with something and give this challenge a try! =)

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  17. Stunning Karen! Based on your textbook definition--I think you nailed it!! Love the soft pink ribbon accent too!

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  18. This is such a beauty, Karen. The enamel accents are perfect for this image, and I just love the touch of soft coloring you did. Really stunning!

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  19. I think you've accomplished your goal completely! The image, font, the enamel accents, and the pink- combined they are very nouveau!!! :D Nice spin on the gray challenge!

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  20. Wow, a digi? What a great image and beautiful color combo.

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  21. Oh you're so so good!
    Love your take, your card is Gorgeous, elegant and unique! ( Love Art Nouveau as well )

    Thanks Karen ~

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  22. Definitely very art nouveaux! Love the gems and the little rounded corner! You always have the perfect eye for the little extras that make a card stunning!

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  23. Simply stunning, Karen! Love the touch of pink to add that sweet finishing touch!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  24. Love the enamel accents... and the Thanks is perfect for your card.

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  25. Fab card, Karen!!! Love the enamel accents and that gray is so stunning!!

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  26. This is gorgeous Karen! Love how stunning it is on the gray.

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  27. Very elegant, Karen. Beautiful design!

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  28. You have beautifully captured the distinctive movement of the Art Nouveau period. The enameled accents add an element of shine against the muted background, and the touch of pink is perfect. This is a unique and elegant card.

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  29. Oh I love this...and the smidge of pink is wonderful!

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  30. super stunning card Karen. love the different shades of grey. and that tiny little pop of pink is perfect.

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  31. Ohh...thi is gorgeous! I love what you did with the sentiment!

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  32. I love this! I'm not sure what appeals to me most - the image itself, the way it blends into the background but can still be seen, or the subtle hints of colour.

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  33. Karen! I just adore this card! The simplicity and the little touch of the pink ribbon! Brilliant!

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  34. I love the design on this one!

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  35. This looks like embroidery on fabric and is gorgeous!

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  36. GORGEOUS!!! Love the organic feel of this card, the subtle touches of color and those enamel accents (you have totally convinced me I need to purchase that product---I just LOVE the effects!)!

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  37. Karen, this is simply stunning! I love the little white & black accents you added. :)

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  38. THis is stunning!! Maybe I was not getting my Feedburner notices on these days cause I surely would not have let this slip by me either!

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  39. Hey Karen! Thanks for entering the Gray is the New Black challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

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