Anyone who knows Nicole well or reads her blog regularly would know that she has a slight obsession with the work of iconic Australian artist Charles Blackman. She has been maybe his biggest fan since her early teens and never tires or stops being inspired by his works on so many levels.
Out of more than 3600 recorded pieces by Charles Blackman, Nic chose to be inspired for this challenge by this etching simply titled "Web".
At first it was the earthy and dull colour palette of the background that appealed to Nic, the texture reminded her of some of her favourite styles of paper. The beautiful bright colours of the butterfly "pop" out from the muted background and draw the viewers eye straight to the high contrast and vivid colours.
The journalling on Nic's layout came straight to her when she looked at this piece so knew she had to scrap it right away. She painted the background in similar style using a combination of Glimmer Mists and watercolour paints.
She then drew the spider's web by hand loosely mimicking the one on the painting. Once she worked out her photo placement, she sketched a butterfly as closely as possible to the one in the painting, outlined with a journal pen and then coloured with watercolour paints. She added her journalling freely and casually and finished by adding some favourite embellishments - lace, button and a new Jenni Bowlin pin!
When Suz was looking for an art piece to be inspired by, it was from more of a design point of view than an illustrative one, and her search ended with some of the beautifully stylised pieces by Paul Klee. This particular piece, called Flora on the Sand, was right up her alley in terms of colour palette and light, and she set about attempting to reinterpret it onto a scrapbooking page.
Suz created her page by Glimmer Misting tissue paper, cutting and tearing it up into randomly sized squares, and then layering it onto plain white cardstock, incorporating and layering her photos in the centre of the page. After title and journalling she felt it needed something to bring it together and so departed from Paul Klee by adding a Hambly Screen Print right over the top!