Monday 28 June 2021

2021 Topic 8: Nature's Treasure TOPIC INTRO

 2020 Topic  8 - Nature's Treasure

Hi everyone, Keren here, feeling very inspired by the natural and the splendour of the seemingly simple. Our next topic 'Nature's Treasures' is a beauty.

What are Nature's treasures? It could be a superbly long list and it possibly might depend on what sort of a person you are. If you have your head turned by intricate flowers or scent-filled blooms, then coming across a wildflower meadow might seem like you'd found a treasure trove. It might be that your love of colour or graphic style patterns leads you to delighting in a bee's honeycomb or the luminous quality of the colours on the shell of a mint leaf beetle. Grander landscapes might be your thing; watching the myriad of colours as the sun sets or remembering awe-inspiring mountaineous regions. You might be a lover of all things sparkly and love nothing better than seeing crisp snow, unique snowflakes or icicles. Delve further beneath and see the beauty of stalactites and underground lakes or plunge deeper still and find the allure of the diamond 'crushed' into existence.
We haven't mentioned animals, birds, rainforests, tree bark (& maple syrup sap), nor considered the luminance of shells, the perfection of dew soaked lawn nor the power of a thunderstorm. All are nature's treasures, whether grand or microscopic, process or person. The sky being the literal limit, we are going to have a diverse treat of posts and art and let's begin our treasure hunt with some PaperArtsy gems.

I really loved the natural and nature feel to this mini album by Alison Bomber highlighting her new quote sets about nature. The subtle delicate colours and lots of insects and fauna let the eye rest gently around the album's pages leaving you feeling calmed and rested.

This colour themed piece brings in a bolder palette but highlights the tree in gold so beautifully. Autumn Clark's piece has layers of texture separated into physical layers so you are drawn to the delicateness of artistic touch.

Ellie Knol curated her own treasures, packing them into tiny glass jars and securing them to a twig frame with lovely natural elements stamped around the piece.

Capturing the best of nature in resin and preserving it so you can wear it is a lovely idea (assuming that what you take is replenishable and not rare!).

We don't always need to embellish nature, there's really no good reason to gild a lily!!

Nature makes its own fire sometimes, in this beautiful fire opal.

There is often a satisfying symmetry in nature that we can replicate in our art.

Jo Brown illustrates what she finds outside and doesn't she create wonderful journals. Her style makes me think of the beautiful images from Scrapcosy.

Anna Karin created this gorgeous art journal page using Lin Brown stamps and Infusions. Even the hessian styled title creates the feeling of nature.

Adding botanicals and delicate butterflies makes simple tags extraordinary.

Nature's treasures can reside in a singular flower, simply watercoloured and with an added aqua layer that gives the image dimension.

You can paint with thread. Russian artist Vera Shimunia creates miniature art using landscapes and tiny nature scenes capturing the best of nature.

There's something magical seeing water cascade down rocks and the glinting of the water droplets as they catch the sun and bounce off the surfaces. Using pointillism and a beautiful rock and some beautiful paint colours you can create wonders like this.

Using inspiration from nature, Zhaira Dhzaubaeva has painted the beauty of artichokes resting near a glistening spider web. Artichokes might not be the first thing you'd think of painting in bloom, but these are stunning.

Nature can also inspire some unusual art; thinking a little out of the box..

Or using art to enhance nature (if that's even possible).

Nature's treasure is just everywhere around us. What can find in your surroundings to inspire you? You could find street art being inspired by birds like this French street.

We finish with one of Alison Bomber's pieces with a perfect quotation too.

If you want to create along with us while we explore this topic, please share your makes on our social feeds so we can follow along. Instagram @paperartsy or why not join us and post in the PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world! 


Etsuko said...

What a fabulous topic Nature's Treasure and great intro Keren!! These samples are so beautiful. xx

SewPaperPaint said...

A lovely look at how nature influences our stamping! Nature has always been a favorite theme of mine and it was great seeing the various artists' reflections.

Miriam said...

Wow...such amazing inspiration

Ellie Knol said...

Gorgeous post about this new theme Keren.. so inspiring.. beautiful natural samples. I did not expect the project with these tiny bottles to appear in the post, from a while ago, but I did think of it last week as it's on a friend's wall, still hanging. hugz Ellie