Color Challenge: Landscape Near Monte Carlo by Claude Monet
It's become clear to me I'm the pallets for the Color Challenges will be chosen from artwork. So far I have limited it to paintings, but I'm sure I will expand to photography as well. It's been a fun way to return to my creative roots in framing.
This week I turned to one of the masters for a fun and bright pallet. Claude Monet has quite the body of work to choose from, but after a tough week the uplifting colors here were just what I needed. Pres Monte Carlo (Landscape Near Monte Carlo) was painted in 1883 upon his first visit to the Mediterranean.
The Freedom Which Comes With Color
Monet preferred to paint outdoors. "Pres Monte Carlo" was his first painting after "being imprisoned" working on a series of interior panels. The blues and greens were a given with the landscape, but his addition of pinks and yellows were what made this piece so incredible.
Once I had my pallet I turned to my stash to see what I could create. After pulling solid cardstock in matching tones, I scoured my patterned papers and came up with the Balloons from The Paper Studio. From here I had to choose whether to make cards, tags or a scrapbook page. After playing around with some ideas, I settled on a layout.
This design is simple, bold and fun. Green and blue are my main components, heavily accented with cream. The bright lime green is the backside of Bazzill Bling Cardstock in Money Roll. I made two photo mats, both for square images. I figured most birthday photos are taken with cell phones these days and shared on Instagram. There are a few websites out there which specialize in printing out your square images including Shutterfly.
I used the Balloon paper to make a slice of cake which is "iced" in shades of pink. The paper is where you'll find the orange, as well as in the center of the birthday candle's flame. I finished the layout off with a strip of blue "Make a Wish" washi tape across the top of the page.
Come Back Next Week For A New Challenge!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout brought to life. I'll be back next week with an all new challenge! I'd love to see what you come up with for this challenge. If you want to play along, please let me know in the comments section!