Elements of Floral Composition
One of my favorite Altenew Designers is Jaycee Gaspar. You can find him at https://jgaultier.wordpress.com. One the classes he taught was Elements of Floral Composition. Because I do a LOT of floral cards this class was very helpful. I recently purchased the stamp and die set Grateful Heart and I thought the flower in that set would be a good one to use for this class. I heat set two flowers with Platinum embossing powder on Arches hot pressed watercolor paper. I like the hot press better because it has a smoother surface than the cold pressed paper. I recently watched one of Erum Tasneem’s many watercolor videos. You can find her videos on YouTube here https://youtube.com/c/ErumTasneem. I really like her free form watercoloring, because it’s so easy to achieve such good results.
Here is my card for this class.
In one of Jaycee’s lessons he talked about the use of color using the 60-30-10 rule: 60% of one color, 30% of another, and 10% of a third color. In my card I used about 60% orange-ish, about 30% green, and about 10% pink-ish. In another lesson he talked about the element of shape, such as squares/rectangles and triangles. In my card I tried to arrange the leaves, that were under the flowers, in a triangle shape. I also wanted a square/rectangle shape under all the floral elements. I couldn’t decide what square shape I should use. I had a square die cut and also the Burlap Texture Die cut that was in a square shape. Below you can see my trying to decide which one to use.
In the end I went with the Burlap Texture die cut. I thought it added much more texture (hence the name of it) and more interest. I also wanted to add another floral element to have a total of 3 flower elements. It’s always best to do groups of three. I learned that a long time ago, but was reinforced in Jaycee’s class. I choose not to put a sentiment on this one. That way it can be used for anything, or I can always add a sentiment when I know what kind of card I need.