Friday, August 30, 2019

August Art Elements Theme Challenge-- the Octopus

Photo of octopuses by Gary Sandoz on Unsplash
Photo of octopuses by Gary Sandoz on Unsplash
This month's Art Elements challenge theme is - Octopus! The hostess Claire Fabian selected the octopus because this creature is so wonderfully weird and strange. She loves them and shared what they inspired her to create for her home and just for fun on her blog.
Photo of Octopus by Bryan Burgos on Unsplash
Photo of Octopus by Bryan Burgos on Unsplash
This challenge is wide open to interpretation of media and subject. You could use the theme literally or broadly. You could use colors, shapes, materials inspired by the ocean. The idea of creating whimsical fantasy creatures - mermaids with tentacles, steampunk octopus are all possibilities.
Octopus tentacles Photo by Adam Muise on Unsplash
Octopus tentacles Photo by Adam Muise on Unsplash
I decided to make a couple of octopus themed handmade cards. I had a lot of fun with a new stamp and die set.
Octopus Card by BayMoonDesign
This octopus card is a perfect card for a birthday, thank you, thinking of you, or anniversary. There is an under the sea scene with an octopus, starfish, and ocean reef.  "You're One of a Kind" sentiment makes this a personal and special greeting. I love the pop of the turquoise and purple colors. The purple was hand stamped on the octopus. The inside the notecard is blank which makes it a very versatile card.

Reaching Out  Card by BayMoonDesign
My second card has a very different color palette. I sponged a very pale aqua color on the white card stock and sponged pale shades of blue and green on the octopus. The sentiment  "Thanks for Reaching Out"  makes this a very special notecard.

This is a blog hop so take time and enjoy the wide variety of creations inspired by this theme.  We love to read your comments. A special thanks to Claire Fabian for this perfect summer inspiration.


  1. The second card is my favourite - although I like them both - but the second ones colours are so restful on the eye. Just lovely.

  2. Lovely postcards, I especially like the soft colors of the second one.

  3. Oh Kathy, such great designs! I really love the details you put into your handmade cards :)

  4. love these Kathy - what a cute idea for the hop

  5. I saw your second card shared in twitter (from Etsy) and was wondering if it was part of your contribution for this challenge! I'm so glad it is, as well as the other card. They're so pretty. I really adore the layers of texture you have behind each of the octopi.

  6. Such lovely cards. Both are really beautiful but the second one is my fave. The colors and composition just speak to me:-)

  7. The cards are lovely. The color palettes are gorgeous.

  8. These are some of the most inspiring hand made cards I’ve ever seen. The colors and design are beautiful. The recipients could frame them and put them on their walls.

  9. Beautiful cards, the design, the colours are fantastic.

  10. Niiiicccceee!!! Great composition!!! And the backgrounds are super cool!

  11. Both cards are so sweet and the octopus is so intricately designed :) Love both color schemes, octopuses change colors, right :)