Monday, August 29, 2016

OLS30 Details

Many thanks to all who played along with the OLS30 August Art Challenge. We hope you had fun and will play along again with our OLS31 Challenge coming up September 1st. Ardyth will be hosting, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with!

Today's post will highlight some of the Design Team's favorite details from the August entries. On one-layer cards, it's all about those little details that elevate simple to spectacular. There was some gorgeous art shared this month, so please take time to check out all of it on this post. Also, remember if you're highlighted on a Details post, you are invited to include this badge on your blog!

Let's get to the good stuff!

Susan's Details

Bonnie added pretty, soft speckles, and her subtle debossed border perfectly puts her fruit in a basket, so to speak.

Shery caught my eye with her one-layer collage that leaves no room for white space but perfectly nails balance and harmony through color and perfect image placement.

One-layered card with masking and stamping

Jasleen used a clear Wink of Stella pen to blend her watercolors...brilliant! Her gray shadowing here makes the colors pop beautifully as well.

Karen's Details

Deepti stamped this wonderful silhouette against what looks like a fire, red pretty.

Marilyn created a beautiful 'art' card with flowing colors and a great artsy look.

Annie's mermaid looks wonderful done in these great green and blue tones.

Ardyth's Details

Foley's Friend's use of a stencil and bright colours captures the look and feel of modern art!

Buffy's clever technique creates artistic-feeling colour and texture!

Heather's Details

Debbie has created colourful splashes that appear to have just hit the canvas!

Jane made a visual impact with white against a bright colour.

Monday, August 1, 2016

OLS30 August Art

Susan here with the August One-Layer Simplicity Challenge. Summer break is almost over here in the northern hemisphere (school starts for us August 11!), but it sure doesn't feel like it in this Ohio heat. That makes it a perfect month to stay inside and make art.

August Art!

There are three ways to play along with our August Art challenge:

1. Use art-supply themed images or art-related sentiment stamps.

2. Be inspired by a work of art. (If you choose this, please include a link to your inspiration piece  in your post.)

3. Use a fine-art supply or technique on your card. Supplies you might use include watercolors, watercolor pencils, acrylic paint, texture medium, pastels, gesso, charcoal, or some other fine-art supply. Techniques you might use include printmaking, stenciling, spatter painting, pointillism, mosaic, gilding, and so on.

Remember to keep your card to a single layer of cardstock (or watercolor paper).

My card combines two of the three ways to play along with this challenge. The sentiment is art-themed, and the supply and technique are watercolor pencil and wash. The card base is also watercolor paper.

To make the card, I masked the card base (made of watercolor paper) and stamped half the butterfly from Hero Arts Antique Engravings in Hero Arts intense black ink. Using a stamp positioner, I placed the sentiment (a wood-mounted rubber stamp from Inkadinkado) beside the butterfly.

After coloring in the image lightly with Prismacolor Copenhagen and Derwent sap green watercolor pencils, I wet a large wash brush in water, dabbed it on a Bounty paper towel to remove most of the water, and dragged it across the butterfly a few times to blend the pencil.

OLS30 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of card stock folded in half. No other layers of paper allowed.

2. Make an art-themed card, an art-inspired card, a card using fine-art supplies, or a card using a fine-art technique. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum.

3. Post your card online somewhere and link to it using the InLink button below. If linking to your blog, remember to link to the individual post so we can find your entry easily. (Also note that some people have been linking to Instagram but those of us without Instagram accounts cannot comment.)

4. The challenge will run through August 24, 2016, at midnight eastern daylight time.

5. The most important rule of all...HAVE FUN!