Inspired by the Masters

We have new challenge over at Anything But A Card and the theme for the next four weeks is Inspired by the Masters. Simply choose the master and also the painting/ sculpture/etc that inspires you and use it to create a project. Whilst I was studying A’ Level art at college I found that the more that I learned about a painting the more I would appreciate it. I ended up liking a lot of pieces! Consequently, choosing one for my DT piece wasn’t easy, in fact it proved impossible and I ended up making two!



I’m sure you know which paintings provided the inspiration for these two pieces but perhaps you weren’t expecting Agatha?!

monet vg

Van Gogh’s Starry Night is one of my absolute favourites. I am a fan of anything celestial and I just love the swirls and whirls he creates and the textures of his mark making. I also love it that you’re so focused on the night sky that it’s a while before you notice perfect little village.


For my little scene I used various shades of blue distress ink and a swirly stencil on some cardstock and then used this to cover a large matchbox. I used the little star from Agatha Star (Magda Polakow for Stampotique) plus my Stampotique moon and stamped and coloured these separately before adding them to the background. I used Polychromos to replicate the textured swirls in the original.


The tree and grass were created using Stampotique’s French Text stamp. Agatha Star herself was coloured with a combination of Promarkers and Polychromos.

My second piece was, of course, inspired by Monet’s water lilies.



The base is an old ribbon spool that I painted with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint and some Dylusions London Blue. The lily pad is a piece of green cardstock that I stretched using a ball tool. The water lily was made using a Spellbinders spiral flower die.


Agatha herself was created using paper clay and the tissue transfer technique. You can find full details of how I did this on my earlier post here. If you check out the reverse side of Agatha Traveller, you will see I have managed to decorate that too.


This is easy to do simply by flipping your stamped tissue image so the inked side is facing down. Because the tissue becomes almost transparent when you apply glue, the lines still show through from the reverse. I just removed the face and instead drew some hair to match.


Make sure you buzz over to Anything But A Card and check out what the rest of the DT have been up to and find out which masterpieces inspired them. For further inspiration take a look at the virtual art gallery that is Artsy. You’ll find all your favourites plus lots of new works too.

Thanks for buzzing by.


Inspired by the Masters — 14 Comments

  1. Two fabulous interpretions of famous artwork/Masters! The little floating star details on the first and use of clay for the figure on second are wonderful details.

    • Thanks Heather – having struggled to know what to do when the inspiration hit me it was hard to stop!

  2. Such an artistic project and then to have to make up something about it. So clever, so talented. I know nothing about art as you sure do.
    Hope all going well for you, hope your job is letting you enjoy life more.
    Have been busy doing all chores, taking care of hubs, since hubs had his knee partially replaced last Tuesday, 28th. He is grouchy impatient, mean patient. If I don’t kill him or myself first we’ll get thru it. (maybe).
    Finally had to give up trying to use 8.1windows pc. Just too darned frustrating and I don’t need that now. Got old 7.0 windows out today so I can at least get emails.
    Sons got roof on last weekend, was so good to see both of them and they got to spend quality time together also. It’s been almost 5 yrs. since oldest son here. Hated to see him go home on Sunday. We picked him up at youngest son’s house, went to lunch then to airport. Was nice just three of us.
    Happy week dear lady.

    • Thank you 🙂 Sorry to hear hubs is out of action and giving you grief, hope he’s soon back to his usual self. Do you bake? I only ask because I saw this quote recently “I only bake because punching people is frowned upon!” Might save you from a GBH charge 🙂 🙂 🙂 I cannot bear Windows 8 and I hope they come up with something better before I need to replace my laptop. Take care of you and keep smiling x

  3. What a fun take on both of the Masters. Monet is my favorite fine artist as you will see this week! My take is a bit more literal, but yours is sooooo much fun!

  4. I was cleaning out my inbox and realized I had not commented on this… How did that happen?! LOVE both of these and how Agatha has become a part of the masterpieces!

I really appreciate it when people take time to leave a comment, thank you so much for doing so :)