Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Inspired by Artist Colleen Holland

I've explained this in other posts, but I am SO inspired by other artists. Particularly abstract artists. When I see a piece of art that catches my eye, I immediately wonder how I can use similar colors along with my stamp or die images to not really recreate the piece, but somehow honor the artwork with my interpretation of it. All products Stampin' Up!

I ran across Colleen Holland on Instagram and she has graciously given me permission to include her in this post.  Colleen resides in Fort Worth, Texas. According to her, she started painting about 4 years ago and started painting abstract about 3 years ago. At about that time, she left a career in social services and uses art to supplement her income, while being a stay at home Mom. To purchase her art online, visit her Etsy shop here. If you are in the Fort Worth area, see her art (and her) in person this coming Saturday at ArtsGoggle at Near Southside or on November 4th at the Fort Worth Makers Gift Market at West Bend. 

This is the first card I made inspired by one of her pieces. Her use of strategically placed color with white space to showcase it, really caught my attention.

I stamped and embossed the flower image from the Remarkable You stamp set with a bit of white embossing powder and a bit of gold embossing powder. I then tried to replicate (somewhat) the colors she used, watercoloring with various Stampin' Up! Classic Inks. The sentiment is from the Best Birds stamp set. 

This was the inspiration for the above card.

Although completely different, this is the second card I made using one of her pieces for inspiration. Colleen has some amazing work that she paints using only a palette knife and acrylic paint. 

Using the "swoosh" stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set, I repeatedly stamped it using various colors. The black image is from the stamp set called Timeless Textures. I didn't ink it up completely, but colored just a portion of it with the SU Basic Black marker before stamping it. The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. I love how clean and simple this card turned out and I think it would look great in all kinds of colors. 

This was the inspiration for the above card. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post. Once you start thinking of your rubber stamps as your "paint brushes", you will see world of possibilities! Click here to see a prior post I did using another abstract artist as inspiration. 

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  2. I just love these, Kim. Thanks so much for sharing the originals as well. On the first one, I have to say, I like yours even better! Can you remember what colors you used?

  3. Stunning, as usual. Other artists may be your inspiration but you, my dear, are my inspiration!! Thank you so much for always sharing your methods. I just love all your cards!

  4. Truly a beautiful work of art, Kim! I am always inspired by your cards. I want to encourage you...would love to see you on the Stampin' Up! Artisan Team!


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