Guest Post: Reversible Folk Art by Christine Okken
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Hi CardMaker friends! It?s Christine Okken here with you again today playing with some pretty folk art images. Folk art is such a sweet, whimsical and lovely art form. It often makes use of vibrant colors and many different mediums from crewel embroidery to hand-painted art and everything in between.


Photo from here

I was really inspired to find this photo of this Moravian grandma hand-painting these folk art images on her exterior walls. Look at that patience and artistry!


I love the blue-and-white folk art work like she?s working with, so I was inspired to create a set of four cards that used this blue-on-white theme and them reversed it so that it also showcased white on blue.

The two designs that are blue on white were stamped with Stampin? Up!’s Pacific point ink and then I added some soft blue to the images with Copic® markers (B00, B05, B06).

On the white-on-blue images, I stamped with white craft ink and then took my white Prismacolor pencil and lightly added some soft white shading blending it out. I love how these two styles look together!


Next, I turned them into cards with a clean and simple feel. I think that works perfectly for this type of folk art. It lends to that graphic simplicity that allows folk art to shine.


Here are the birdies close up.


And here are the flowers in a vase pair.

I hope it inspires you to look at some of your images in a new way and also coloring in a different style!


Supplies used: White cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; pacific point cardstock and pacific point and whisper white craft ink pads from Stampin’ Up!; Folk Heart stamp set from Power Poppy; Copic® markers (B00, B05, B06) from Imagination International Inc.; white pencil from Prismacolor.

8 Responses to Guest Post: Reversible Folk Art by Christine Okken

  1. CherylQuilts says:

    Oh, Christine, these are gorgeous – each one! I so love the photo of that precious grandma painting the beautiful images on her house, and what inspiration! I love how you’ve used this gorgeous new folk art image and love the colors you’ve used. So beautiful, and what a great idea for the white on darker card stock. I’m actually coloring up the Flowers Always digi that I printed out in blue and am coloring it and will make some simple note cards. Beautiful cards, and I’m so inspired! Thanks for sharing, sweet friend! Hugs!

  2. What great inspiration! I love the way you blended the white pencil on the blue cards. Gives them an extra-special touch.

  3. Christine, these are some of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen. I especially like the white on blue. I must give that a try.

  4. You have shown these images off beautifully Ms. Christine! I love all four cards!

  5. barb macaskill says:

    WOW!! Absolutely gorgeous quartet of cards! The inspiration piece is lovely!!! Would love to be skilled enough to paint like the Moravian grandma!! Stunning work! TFS!

  6. Beverly says:

    Soooo pretty. thanks

  7. Gorgeous cards! I the colors and how you reversed them making two cards just alike but they each make a great statement!

  8. Katie Sims says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, Christine!!!

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