Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Party on a page

Every now and then it happens. An idea will come to me out of nowhere and I must act upon it. Truth be told this happens very rarely and I'm not one of those people who believes that sitting around and waiting for the Muse to drop by is a good idea.

In general my ideas come from keeping up an artistic practice. Making stuff leads to making more stuff, it's as simple as that. But...every now and then the Muse hands me a freebie. This time it happened upon waking up about a week ago. An image just jumped in my mind and I scribbled it down as soon as I had the opportunity. It looked something like this:


Basically what I had in mind were strips of decorated colourful ribbon across the page surrounded by little colourful dots. The dots reminded me of confetti. It just seemed like a fun idea to try out in full colour. Of course as is often the case with such ideas I had to wait a while before I could really sit down with my sketchbook, but later that day I actually made my first attempt:


I drew the ribbons and dots with a Pitt drawing pen and then coloured them in with Tombow brush markers. I really liked this first try. It looked to me like a little party on a page!

This came in handy later that week when one of my sisters celebrated her birthday. I decided to combine these ribbons and confetti with some words and let the ribbons go back and in front of the letters. 


Again I drew the picture with a drawing pen and filled in the colours with tombow markers, but not after first setting it up in pencil so I could figure out which lines were covered. And I love love love how it turned out. I'm thinking a design like this would make for really cool greeting cards or birthday cards. There was no time for that now, but I did put a picture of the page on her Facebook timeline, so it was like a personal e-card. ;-)

I think I will be drawing more of these. I feel I have just scratched the surface with this idea. I'll keep you posted and see if there will be more party pages in the future. ;-)

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

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28 comments:

  1. Dat ziet er lekker vrolijk uit!

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    1. Dank je wel, Annet, dat was precies de bedoeling. :-)

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  2. Nou ik denk dat je "zusje" hier heel erg blij mee zal zijn. Mooi gemaakt Caatje.

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    1. Bedankt, Adrie. Mijn zus zei dat ze haar cadeautje er wel in ingepakt wilde hebben. :-)

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  3. Adorable I like the way you chose to go in and out with the ribbons love it when the muse taps us on the shoulder unexpectantly.

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    1. Me too! Thanks for your kind words Mary.

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  4. Cool idea, and I loved your atc tutorials. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Linda, glad you enjoyed them.

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  5. Love the idea of your "Party on a Page" I feel the same playful way when my Muse pops in unexpectantly...:) Wheeeee! :)

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  6. I LOVE when that happens. It looks great and I'm sure you'll take it to many new, exciting pieces.

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  7. This design DOES look like a party on the page...very fun! I agree with you that there is a lot that you can do with this design, and it will look great as a series of greeting cards.

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    1. Thank you Andria. I think it might be nice to do a small series of birthday cards with this theme and have them printed.

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  8. I love the idea!
    You really should make greeting/birthday cards out of this.

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    1. Thank you Jacolien, you flatter me. :-)

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  9. Net als je huisjes zijn deze pagina's het vrolijkste wat ik mij kan indenken , zulke leuke kleuren , ik wil het beslist gaan proberen !
    Je blog vind ik helemaal te gek !
    ♥RINI♥

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    1. Dank je wel en leef je uit! ;-) Ik heet trouwens officieel ook Catharina Maria (met nog een Johanna erachteraan), toevallig wat?

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