The kitsch style tends to be known as garish. It's bold in it's own right while, in many ways, it exudes a feminine grace. Somehow, all of this bold design comes together and it works. It's the perfect style to describe someone with a bold personality. I chose to document our female cat, Jujubee.
A Diva Still by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper: Sassafrass; Die Cuts: Sassafrass, Glitz Designs; Letters: Pink Paislee, American Crafts; Stickers: Webster's Pages; Ink: Tsukineko; Other: Doily, Buttons, Sequin Trim; Appears in an article for Get It Scrapped
Kitsch isn't my normal style. It took me some time to study it and get a feel for how it worked.I explored Pinterest for awhile, making notes of color, pattern and design. There is a definite retro feel which led me to choosing a collection of paper with that in mind. I also felt that, in order to make it work, I must use variations of the same colors throughout. Color and design of the layout made the page cohesive.
The first print I chose is the diamond pattern in the canvas. I was then able to add scraps of paper and die cuts which repeated those colors. I knew I wanted a cat on the page. The queen die cut was chosen as I shuffled through my supplies. Not only does she repeat some of the colors from the canvas, she also represents that my cat is female and loves the world to be focused on her.
As I clustered the die cuts and embellishments around the photo, I paid attention to motif and color. My aim was to draw the eye to the photo and the queen. Notice how I repeated some motifs such as the flowers and the doilies. To add a bit more garishness to the page, I chose to mix in both silver and gold elements.
I am not sure the kitsch style is one I would use on a regular basis. However,experimenting with it was still a good creative exercise. I needed to identify what makes the style work so that I could incorporate it into my own page. Understanding a variety of styles can really help you to identify more strongly with your own personal style. It also helps you to touch base with some of the basic tenants of design. Once I had identified the components of kitsch style that I wanted to work with, I was able to choose a solid page design which would allow for my own personal style to be present in the page.
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