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Friday, March 26, 2010


Good morning Everybody!

How are all you ladies?? Did you have a good nights sleep?? Or did you toss and turn and go to the toilet about 3 times in the night????? Ha, ha.....I had the latter because I am over 50 and it is caused by a terrible disease called menopause....I could go on about this disease, I might do some other time but I wanted to talk about more cultural things to be specific - about ART NOUVEAU ( I looked up the spelling and I think this is right!)
Anyway I made these lovely cards that I thought were in the art nouveau style....my daughter studies history of art and I was talking to her and I said I made 2 cards in the "art deco" style and although we were talking on the phone I could see her eyes rollling when she said " No mom Art deco is an architectual style, Art nouveau is for art" Yes my dear I understand!
Well anyway I went to have a look on Wikipedia - I would't be a librarian if I wouldn't do a bit of research on the subject so: Art Nouveau is a style of art, especially applied and decorative art,  that was developed in Europe between 1890 and 1914. It is characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly-stylized flowing curvilinear forms! The word "Art Nouveau" is French, Germans call it "Jugendstil", English "modern style or style liberty (refering to the Liberty store in London), in Spanish "modernismo"..etc. etc... I love the style because there are so many lovely little decorative things from that time that you can find in antique shops like broches, all sorts of other jewelry, parfume bottles, belts...
I think this picture characterizes the style:

It is so beautiful isn't it?? Anyway my cards are not anywhere near as beautiful as this but I tried to get close...
Here is my interpretation of  ART NOUVEAU:

The lovely Easter egg is a digi stamp from Bugaboo stamps, I colored it with glittery watercolors, I used a  Martha Stewart punch for the butterfly, colored with Copics and added a bit of glitter. Because I wanted the egg to pop out there is no special background paper, I just used a bit of black so it went with the strong lines of the egg ! 
The challenges I want to enter are:
The Color Dare ( color combo green, pink and black - one of them ownes up to that combo)
Our Creative Corner (Easter) and
Daring Cardmakers (Easter eggs)
That is my rambling for today!


  1. Love those egg cards ... a modern form of Rennie Mackintosh who I love.
    As for the 50+ complaint .... I was lucky and it has not been too bad ...I didn't fight it ...let nature get on with it. Not sure how long it goes on for though lol every so often I still feel hot ...especially at night and I can get moody and the waiste is now bigger than the hips and its over 10 years since it reared its ugly head ....not that I want to depress you lol xx

  2. In reply ...he was born in Glasgow ...and my son took me to tea at the Willow Tea Rooms once ...amazing.

  3. Wow... so gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Dare!

  4. Very lovely cards, the flowers are very much of that period. I have several books on Art nouveau, art deco and The Arts & Crafts periods.I love them all, so much prettier than modern designs.

  5. More beautiful Easter creations....so happy you played the OCCC again!!! Hugs ~S~

  6. You've done a great job with the egg cards and I can definitely see some Art Nouveau design elements here - they look wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing with The Daring Cardmakers

  7. You did a great job with our colours - LOVE the effect!
    Thanks so much for playing along!