GPP Street Team challenge – MINIMALISM

Michelle Ward’s final GPP challenge is ‘A Restraining Order’.

If you follow my blog regularly, you’ll know I love backgrounds.  That means that minimalism is NOT my forté but this page has been in my head for a couple of weeks – well, ever since I got the larger version of running Marilyn, that is!

running to stand still scan

I used stamps from Lost Coast and Viva Las Vegas with a stencil and words from an old (outdated) French dictionary. I have to say that I find ‘white space’ in a journal VERY challenging.

les mots

les mots 2

running to stand still 2b

Although I haven’t been able to take part in the GPP team challenges very often, I’ve found them really inspiring and very challenging and am very grateful to Michelle for the inspiration – not to mention for her own wonderful artwork. I fell in love with her work when I first saw the images she created for Stampington and was over the moon to discover her blog. Thanks, Michelle.



33 thoughts on “GPP Street Team challenge – MINIMALISM

  1. Cath, it's hard isn't it? To stop? Thanks for sharing your page – love hearing that it had been in your head. Bravo for making it happen, and for practicing restraint. As you know I'm not saying less is better, just a different approach to composition. I really like the impact that the stark pattern makes, and with less on the page I can really appreciate the application of the stencil. Thanks for taking part in our community!

  2. Beautiful, a stunning composition, the stamping is perfect, love the chequered floor. Another who struggles with minimalist, I am rather too messy and usually need to cover up a random ink smudge somewhere LOL. XX

  3. Oh, you've really done it, here! I think you've 'minimalized' just the right parts! It really draws a viewer in. Yeah, it's quite fabulous to find an artist like Michelle, and then be treated to her work on her website, too! It's like St. Patrick's Day every day!I like this work. Thanks for joining in!

  4. Wow, Cath! That is fabulous. It might feel a bit strange but it looks brilliant! Great to have a change now and again -Don't stop doing your usual pages though – you have such a gift with colour

  5. This is amazing Cath, it really has the WOW factor. I can look at this and think 'perfect', but then still have to throw the kitchen sink at everything I make lol. There is nothing so scary as white space! x

  6. Wow, it's so striking, I really like it. There are so many places for our imaginations to go with it, that makes it a lot of fun. I'm realizing I like the mystery of more restrained pieces, and this is a perfect example. Great job!

  7. Wow ! I think you used the white space unbelievably well in this piece ! It is awesome !I haven't done a Crusade in a long time but it has been great to revisit them for this last one and see what all the great artists who participate are up to.Here's to a creative life !Cheers !

  8. You made awesome use of the white space challenge ! This pices is very cool !I haven't done a Crusade in a long time but it has been great to see what all these taelnted artists are up to !Here's to a creative life.Cheers !

  9. I always enjoy my "end of month, and the newspaper's finished blog cruise 'n comment" time. It's been lovely to meet you and your work via the Crusades. Thanks for sharing what you do with everyone. May the rest of 2012 be filled with creative happiness for you.

  10. Wow this is beautiful. I love the colors in it, and also the subtle text. Very cool, very restrained! Thanks for sharing your Crusade. Best wishes, tj

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