Monday, June 28, 2010

Color Inspiration and Grids

I'm working on an altered book with the theme Color Inspiration.  I'll use it to help me out when I'm stuck for ideas or need to check out colors or color combinations.  Color inspires alot of my art ideas - I'll see what I think at that moment is the perfect color and will be stuck with it in my head - I'll have to create something using that color to release it from my head!

This month is Michelle Wards' GPP Street Team Crusade No. 41 and the challenge is Grid Lock.  You can check it out here.
Here are some pages I did recently in my Color Inspiration AB using grid layouts:

For this page I masked out the squares then painted the page with black acrylic paint.  When I removed my masks the text showed through.  I really like to leave some text showing in an altered book when I can.  I like the way it looks.  I then stamped the puffin rubber stamp in each square and hand colored the beaks.  I love the contrast of the black and white on this page.

This page is photographs I took at an Oregon State Park called Thompsons Mills.  It's an old flour mill and I was fascinated by the rusty gears and parts I found.  I took alot of photos so may definately have another rust page for this altered book.  I thought the specks of paint and the haphazard stamping of "RUST" sort of fit with the subject matter of rust. 
The facing page to this one follows and has a rust background.  In addition to looking at this page to see the dif shades of rust it also gives me ideas for combining colors like rust and turquoise.  I love the way they look together.  Although I would say the turquoise background does enhance the rust more than the rust background enhances the turquoise. 

This was a page in a magazine.  As soon as I saw it and the "Tranquil Turquoise" I knew it was destined for my color book.  And since I had already decided to do the rust page with a turquoise background this seemed like the perfect stuff for the facing page.  It was alot of fun to cut up the pieces and figure out how to arrange them.  Just cutting out squares all the same size was just not going to work for this grid!
Thanks Michelle for the Crusade idea.  I'm really enjoying working with grids!


  1. Kimber - fabulous grids! Love how you masked the page in the book so the text would show through. The next one is really handsome - love seeing just bits of the photos you took - really comes out nice on the painted page. And the last one - cool to see a full image cut into parts. Thanks so much for participating and sharing your work with the team!

  2. Really great idea! I am loving the grid idea. I am working on a Cat altered book and a Frankenstein altered book. I think I can have a lot of fun with them!
    I love the gears photos. Very steampunk!

  3. I love these creative grid ideas. Each one so unique and different. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. These are wonderful! Oh, I love them all but I think the teal blue is my fave. Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. I love your grids--especially the third, the color palette is great and I love the asymmetry!

  6. I love the look of rust and turquoise.

  7. Great layouts - well done on those multi-sized squares and rectangles.

  8. Oooh very cool. LOVE the rusty things! Anything orangey always gets my attention. Looks like the grid idea worked well for you.