Pop Art is a modern art movement, started in the 1950s, which uses imagery, styles and themes of advertising, mass media, and popular culture. Andy Warhol is probably the best known Pop artist. Vivid, opaque colors are characteristic of this art style making it easy to recognize. Today's project is a play off of that style.
The brain is a marvelous thing - I don't know how it does what it does, but I am always so excited when I see something and an idea just pops into my head without any thought put into it whatsoever. That is what happened with today's project!
I don't have a lot of free time to spend on Pinterest (which you can tell by the few pins I have - LOL!) but I was at a loss as to what I should cover in today's newsletter so I headed over to Pinterest to see if it would trigger a project for me. I was not signed in to my account and so loads of general pins were in my view.
It was this image that popped up on my screen and so I clicked on it to discover this fabulous series of Pop Art inspired pieces on the ZGallerie site. Instantly I knew that I had the resources at my fingertips to create some fabulous, trendy wall art!
Neon is hot right now and I figured why not experiment with it - adding little pops of color in your home in things that are inexpensive and easily changed out is the perfect way to embrace new trends for a season. Put these items in an office, child's room or bathroom - places where you can easily change out the look without a lot of expense.
A huge thanks to Krystie for sharing this fabulous linen textured cardstock with me. The moment I saw it I knew that I had to try rubbing my ink pad to its' surface to expose the beautiful texture.
TIP: Keep moving your ink pad in a smooth circular motion to avoid getting "edges" and/or heavy spots on your paper surface when applying your ink.
Cut out simple, basic shapes that relate, from black mat board. To do this you need to select thick, traditional steel rule dies, such as Sizzix Bigz. Tim's vintage style Alterations dies work perfectly for a project like this!
If you end up with recesses that don't cut all the way through, you can simply cut out the shape again and apply the inset pieces using 2-way Glue.
Selecting a frame with a mat will add a sense of refinement to your project. I picked up some simple frames on sale from Aaron Brothers for this project. IKEA is another place that always seems to have fun, simple, inexpensive frames.
Use a centering ruler to help make certain that you place your die cut in the correct position.
I used my ATG gun to affix the die cuts to my linen textured background.
It is really hard to photograph an art piece with glass inset, so I opted to leave the glass out for these pictures. Trying to capture the beauty of the neon was also a little challenging - LOL! Taking the photos outside certainly did help to make it easier to photograph the
I felt that the theme of these would make them perfect to place in an office setting.
These would also make fabulous items to sell at a craft fair or Farmer's Market!
paper: Essentials by Ellen: White Linen Cardstock
accessories: Black Mat Board