Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Get Inspired! Vintage Gift Wrap and the Feeling of Neon Pink

Ever since a friend of mine gave me a few scraps of wrapping paper from the 1950's that she had found in a relative's attic, I've been hooked on the stuff.  I cant get enough!  I love using it in my artwork so much that I even bought a book about it and was even more inspired.  Nobody can do patterns and odd color pairings like the paper designers of the 50s, 60s and 70s.   I just love the bright colors, the bold patterns, and the thinness of the actual paper used, making it perfect for using in my mixed media background layers.  I thought we could all use a dose of color inspiration today.   Here are a couple of my favorites!

 Do these colors inspire you too?  I thought I'd turn one into a color palette for anyone to use.  I really liked this particular palette because it plays with primary colors with the bright neony pink on a background of mustardy yellow, something I would NEVER think to put together, and it just works beautifully! Try this one out in your next work or in your sketchbook or art journal.
I dont know what it is about the neon pinks in these papers that just make me so happy.  So here's hoping your day is feels like the color neon pink today! I've got the whole afternoon to work in my studio, so I know mine will!  What color does your day feel like to you?


  1. Thanks for sharing 8) I love their courageous use of color...

  2. Love the bold, playful colors and patterns... fantastic!
    Thank you for sharing your passion with color :]

  3. WOW! Now that's some color popping paper...LOVE IT! PopArtMinis


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