MariJ

Monday Challenge: January 20, 2014

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Welcome to the third installment of our Monday Art Challenges! For Week 3 I thought we'd explore Pop Art.



"Pop" Art is the abbreviation for POPular Art, a style that emerged during the 1950s-60's in response to abstract expressionism. Pop Art uses bright colors and takes inspiration from popular culture -- such as movies, comic books, advertising and television. It focuses on everyday objects and uses ordinary elements like soup cans, cereal boxes, etc to make it relate better to all people and these are considered every bit as artistically worthy as the traditional subject matter of Fine Art. Famous pop artists include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns.



When I first did an image search for "Pop Art" the results were amazing! Think Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup cans or a colorful Marilyn Monroe -- repeated 4 times in four different colored squares! But, how do we create Pop Art digital scrapbook style? My research found a "How to Paint Pop Art" article on eHow.com and its steps work perfectly as guidelines.


1. Pick a Pop subject -- something instantly recognizable and ordinary.


2. Go for vivid "paint" and bold colors. Soft watercolors are too "wishy-washy" for Pop Art and grey is rarely used unless offset by "colors that scream"!


3. Stay simple - too many subjects and too much detail detract from the overall effect.


4. Give the background a punch with bold color or texture. No blank white backgrounds, rather fill in your space with big fat polka dots, colorful swirls or a splash of brilliant yellow.



I used the same photo and scrapped it two different ways using layer styles, filters, blending modes and a ScrapGirl action. I also searched my stash and the ScrapGirls Boutique for vivid, colorful papers and embellishments that could even be used as an "ordinary" element. Four different bold papers can even be used for your Pop Art background!


I hope you will try it out, play and have fun creating! When you are finished, please post your completed Pop Art page in the Monday Challenge Gallery.



I can't wait to see what you come up with! :)


Here's my layouts:


4 Matties


Mattie Comic Action


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excellent, i was hoping you might pick this style! love the idea, i shall be busy this evening...

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Great explanation and tips! I'll be thinking about this today and hope to get a layout done later.

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I so want to give this a try. Such a busy week ahead, I may have to do it in bits and pieces.

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Loved all the pages in the gallery and thought I'd give it a go. Here's mine Young at Art

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Another fun challenge Marilyn!

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Yes, indeed, I was looking at that comfort zone in the rear view mirror the entire time on this one! But it was a fun exercise and if I find some free time, I'll try another one. Thanks for these interesting and, well, challenging, challenges!

 

POP ART CHALLENGE

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WOW, I am in awe of all the awesome Pop Art pages appearing in the Gallery and happy that everyone is having fun! :)

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Thanks Marilyn for a fun challenge. You will find my page HERE

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Well here's my offering for the week. It's not at all what I had envisaged yesterday when I saw the challenge, but the whole family is now ill and so a quick and simple layout was required! It's certainly very bold and although the image of my son is not completely 'Pop Art' style, I like the effect - and I only used 4 products - that must be a first for me!

 

http://scrapgirls.net/forum/gallery/image/148369-pop-art-20-01/

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marilyn I have just read all the monthly challenges and they are awesome. I will see if I can get any done but its not the weather here at the moment for being indoors so will see

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After much hemming and hawing, I finally got my layout done. But I did have fun and learned a lot of new stuff. I only hope I remember it all.

 

 

Tini and Me

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Well, mine isn's quite Pop Art, but I tried - HERE is my contribution.

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Okay, today's color challenge just begs to be used in this challenge. I'll see what I can come up with...

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This was a fabulous challenge and I really enjoyed participating. I saw this one earlier and wrote it down because I really wanted to come back and do it. Wonderful. Thank so much for the chance to stretch!!

 

What could be more recognizable than Elmo.

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