Inspired by Nature

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Are you ready for Challenge 2 at CKC?  Inspired by nature is such a perfect challenge for this kit when it includes the watercolour and ink floral paper from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook collection.  And I knew exactly what I wanted to scrap about.

In August last year I took Strawberry to a sketchbook class at The Civic in Barnsley, taught by local artist Louise Wright. Her work put me in mind of that same Amy Tangerine collection.  She uses watercolour and detailed pen work, to create amazing pieces inspired by nature.  Here’s one of the pieces she exhibited last summer:

I decided to go with a white cardstock background and fussy cut the flowers to frame a photo of Strawberry and Louise; taken on the staircase in front of one of her pictures.


I thought it needed some more layers, so I pulled another sheet from my Heidi Swapp September Skies pad to mat the photo and added a layer of vellum under that. I also put a strip of the Heidi Swapp paper to the right of the page to help ground the photo:


That’s better, but I was worried about filling the space between the flowers on the left, so I cut one more flower from the Sketchbook paper and grabbed a doily before I started sticking.

I wanted to try a hand cut title. My initial idea was to try emulating the lovely white script titles Miss Smith hand cuts for her pages.  I printed the title onto paper with the idea that I could put the pieces together somehow to form a single piece and then cut it from white cardstock.


I’ve decided that the black looks quite nice and I’m worried that if I try to use this to trace onto the back of white cardstock I will ruin both black and white versions and I’ll have to start again. Strawberry thinks that if I copy the title into Photoshop I can flip it and squish the words together so that they touch – then I can print it onto cardstock and cut it out in white. I think I’ll give it a try, but in the meantime here is my page as it stands at the moment:


I’m thinking maybe some splatters and enamel dots to finish it off?  Or maybe some Louise inspired doodling?  I’m also planning a pocket page to go opposite, with more photos, journaling, 3X4 water colour PL cards I made for the kit, Louise’s business card and my sketching from the day.

I have more nature inspired art for this section of my album. The following day we went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Strawberry did more water colour painting and I took lots of photos.

If you would like to see more of Louise’s art, her instagram is @louiseannwrightartist.  Maybe she’ll inspire you to join the challenge too.

If you are in the area she is also exhibiting as part of the Vs David Bowie exhibition at The Civic, Barnsley until 25 February.  We’ll be going if we make it up there at half term.

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4 responses »

  1. I love seeing the progression of your layout and the end result is gorgeous! A few splats of ink would be perfect I think. Such a great, soft design. Love it. Thanks for joining in on the second challenge too!

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