It's the third Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas featuring a single stamp set. This week it's a photopolymer set called Wondrous Wreath. You have likely come from Rochelle Blok's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
Pointillism /ˈpɔɪntɨlɪzəm/ is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term "Pointillism" was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation. The movement Seurat began with this technique is known as Neo-Impressionism. The Divisionists, too, used a similar technique of patterns to form images, though with larger cube-like brushstrokes.
My goal was to make this card resemble a Pointillism painting. I tried to stay with as light a color palette as I possibly could while still maintaining some contrast. The stamp intended to add leaves to the tree was the perfect ”all over“ image to create this impression.
Step by Step Tips:
- The initial base was created by stamping Soft Sky Classic Ink on Soft Sky Card Stock. This created the base for the ”painting.” And because Classic Ink is somewhat translucent, it allows images stamped on top of the background to also have the same “Pointillism” effect.
- The grassy hill was created by using the hill stamp multiple times with Pistachio Pudding Classic Ink. The background images vaguely show through this light colored ink.
- The tree trunk was first inked with Crumb Cake Classic Ink and then stamped off on the “leaves” stamp to remove some of the ink. Then I stamped it on the background. This gave the same “spotty” look to the tree trunk that is in the sky.
- The leaves are stamped on the tree trunk also using Pistachio Pudding.
- The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow (how appropriate!) Classic Ink and the card front is matted on Mossy Meadow Card Stock. Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Nancy Smith where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.