Tuesday, February 16, 2010

INSPIRED: artist Charles Clary

Edited to add: The artist that I took inspiration from, Charles Clary, left a comment here with his BLOG....please do check it I out, I know I will! :>

Have you seen the February issue of WIRED magazine? The bit I am specifically asking those of you who love papercrafting, art, beauty, and the truly inspired is the article on paper artist, Charles Clary. There are a series of pictures of his work there. He hand cuts his paper and layers them perfectly for free form, amoeba-like shapes. My jaw just dropped when Hubby pointed the article out to me. After looking for more of his inspirational work online, I found his resume at The Rymer Gallery and a collection of photos of even more of his amazing art!

Charles Clary definitely inspired me! I used Kazan's Sketch 46 from 2 Sketches 4 You, flipped it vertically and started playing. And oh how much fun I had playing!

I started by stamping the nested outline heart stamp from Papertrey Ink's Heart Prints.....it looked like the layered papers from Charles Clary's pieces to me.....only in a single stamp! I liked how airy his pieces feel, so I stamped on transparency with Staz On and colored the images in with Bic Mark Its. I played with those, Sharpies, and the handful of Prismacolor markers I have and they all will work well.

I used some Glossy Accents under the center hearts to adhere the transparency to the card base. Using the coordinating heart punch, I punched out three, adhered them together, and glued the hand cut out heart on top, and then freehand cut (that was a challenge for me!) two more layers for a bigger heart. I punched out several more hearts, adhered them together and used them to lift up the nested heart center piece (foam tape or pop dots would work the same, but since the transparency is reflective, I didn't want it white....yes, you could just color it, but I had the heart punch handy). Wanting the largest heart to stand out a bit more, before I glued the whole smackaroo onto the card, I ran a black marker around the edge. Not sure that I like that, but it does help to define it more.

Pink Elephant's challenge this week is to use ribbon.......that should make room for lots of us to play!

Are you inspired by Charles Clary's art?? I would love to know what you think. And if you are so inspired to create something yourself, leave me a link so that I can come see!! :>

Don't forget about my Blog Anniversary Giveaway and to comment! You can read about it HERE and find out how you can get in on it!

Cardstock: Marigold Morning - Stampin' Up!
Ink: Black - Staz On
Stamps: Heart Prints - Papertrey Ink
Punch: Heart by EK Success (purchased at PTI), Corner Rounder - Marvy UCHIDA
Markers: Bic Mark It
Ribbon: Stash (bought it awhile back....think I got it in Michael's dollar bin)

Transparency: Office Depot


  1. Oh wow, love the bold feel of the card, and the colors are fab!

    Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at 2S4Y. :)

  2. those hearts are fabulous! Gorgeous fun & colorful
    :) Kazan

  3. I love the warmth of this card! Great take on the sketch and I love your source of inspiration!
    You know for fun you could enter this into our current challenge on A Passion For Papertrey (no pressure though ;D)

  4. very pretty Karen! The colors are so fun!

  5. Love the card and the colors!! :)

  6. Beautful card in rich colours. Love those hearths.

  7. It's really striking and bold! I LOVE it!

  8. Hi sweet friend! what an awesome piece of art! i tried to click on some of charles work but i am at the office and they have lots of stuff blocked from the computer. i guess they want us to earn our money! ha i love the colors and all the layers you used.

  9. I have not seen his work previously but man, that is awesome! And so much work! You did a great job. That ribbon fits PERFECTLY!

  10. Hi, Karen! What a beautiful nested heart card! I love the colors! :-)

  11. you did i again Karen :-) I love the idea behind this card, and I love the outcome :-)


  12. Interesting, bold card, love the vivid, bright colors!

  13. How cool is that? Love it, the hearts and the layering is so cool. Way to go...

  14. This is gorgeous, Karen. I'll have to go take a peek at your inspiration. I'm not familiar with the artist.

  15. Whoooooops! I'm late to the party, although, I've been and left SEVERAL times, without having the right mind frame to leave you some love... Which, clearly YOU deserve because, THIS is lovely! Gorgeous interpretation and your inspiration was mind-blowing! Way to get your CRAFT on, sweet Kare!

  16. Ohhhhhh! Love this! These colors are sizzing hot summer sun to me! Bring it on! Those hearts look amazing with this design!

  17. such a sweet card! very pretty colors, too!! thanks for playing along with us at 2S4Y this week! =)

  18. Ohhhh I LOVE it!! Super fun bright colors!! So happy you shared with The Pink Elephant this week!!

    HUGS - LORi

    The Pink Elephant Blog

  19. Oooh, I LOVE these colors! Gorgeous card!

  20. Wonderful card!! I love the hearts!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at The Pink Elephant!!
    Sheri-TPE DT

  21. Hey Karen,

    I'm glad you found inspiration from my article in Wired. I think you've done a wonderful interpretation of my style. If you want to see more of my work you can visit my blog percusiveart.blogspot.com to keep up to date on everything that I am working on. Hope all is well.



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