Happy New Year Everyone!!
Hope you had a Happy Holiday and welcome to the first Monday challenge of 2014.
For January I thought we do a month of "Art" based themes and to start I'd like to explore Impressionist paintings. I researched this Art style and found that Impressionism originated in France in the 1870s and is characterized by an immediate visual IMPRESSION -- that's where its name comes from! Apparently an art critic considered one of Monet's paintings "sloppy" so referred to it sarcastically as "making an impression"!
Impressionist Art makes an immediate visual impression by using unmixed primary colors and small strokes to depict light. The paintings evoke a "mood" more than a reality without much attention to detail. The Impressionist Artists painted ordinary life around them rather than "ideal beauty" and used short, thick strokes to create the essence of their subject rather than its details. Colors were applied side-by-side rather than mixed and wet paint was mixed into wet to produce soft edges and intermingling of color.
So how do we translate that into digital scrapping? Here are some suggestions for different ways to create an Impressionist-themed layout.
1: Choose a colorful, photo with lots of light -- an "ordinary" photo of something in your normal everyday life -- and scrap it.
2: If you would also like to soften up your photo Impressionist-style, you can try these ways:
- Use the Impressionist brush found in PSE! (who knew?). In trying out this brush, I found flowers or a simple landscape work best.
- Use filters found under the filter menu such as "paint daubs" (under artistic), "cross hatch" and "splatter" (under brush strokes), a surface or gaussian blur (under the blur filter), or any combination of these.
- Use a ScrapGirls product such as a SS Template or action to soften your photo and then scrap!
3: Choose a favorite Impressionist painting and use those colors in your layout.
Please post your completed Impressionist Painting Layout using whatever method(s) you desire in the Monday Challenge Gallery. I can't wait to see your works of Art!
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