July 15, 2011

The Next Moxie Fab World Challenge: Fanatical About Botanical

As most of you know, I write a column in Paper Crafts magazine called Moxie Fabs. In each issue, I ask 5 designers to explore a trend that we editors feel is relevant to our readers. Sandwiched between two other inspiring columns, Go-to Sketches and Color Play, Moxie Fabs offers creative approaches to trendy topics in an effort to make the trends (which can sometimes be intimidating) approachable to our readers--which is you!

In the July/August issue, the trend focus is botanicals. You might say that botanical style is a definitive style in design all on its own. As in, it never really goes out of style.

And what, exactly, is botanical style? The botanical style (think botany) is characterized by realistic drawings or watercolors of flora and fauna. Originally used as a way to identify and categorize plants and animals, it has, indeed, become its own style of design. It's always around, in one form or another, as the seasons and years pass by.

What makes it a trend now, you might ask? Well, the difference is in how prevalent the style is in our everyday world, that is, how often we see botanical elements from day to day--and it's also a measure of how the style is being treated. While the botanical trend might have had a certain spin in the 70's, '80's, and '90's, it definitely has its own timbre this go 'round. Check it:















One important thing to remember about botanicals? The images are life-like. They are not cartoon-y. They are not cutesy. They are not necessarily graphic, either, although they can be graphic in their realistic representation of a life-like thing (see the Marimekko image from Crate & Barrel above, for example.)
Here are some moxie fab projects from the issue itself:

Beautiful Butterfly Frame by Danielle Flanders, p, 24

Moxie Fab Alert: Danielle actually drew her inspiration from the butterfly Pottery Barn pillow shown above. Note that she's also included some text and numbers which often accompany the botanical style.

With Gratitude Card by Betsy Veldman, p. 26

Moxie Fab Alert: This card has all the elements of botanical style: a beautiful flower that is drawn/painted to look real, a sentiment treatment that emulates the often romantic "feel" of botanical style, and a music background--another element that is often paired with botanical images.

Eclectic Thanks Card by Julia Stainton, p. 25

Moxie Fab Alert: Here is a gorgeous graphic interpretation of the botanical style. Note the use of white space, the eclectic font treatments, and the colorful background elements Julia has incorporated to set off the botanical bird. Moxie to the fab!

Whaddayasay? Are you ready to give this trendy style a try? If so, here are all the details you'll need to rock it:
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates the botanical style in an innovative way.
  • Upload it to your blog, click on the title of that post, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Fanatical About Botanical Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and link it back to this post to encourage your readers to play along as well.
  • If you don't have a blog, upload your project to this flickr gallery, copy the URL to your project, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Upload your projects by midnight EDT on Monday, August 8.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, August 10 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a truly moxie fab prize.
What a fun chance to dabble in a style that may be comfortable or brand new to you. Either or, there's sure to be gigantical amounts of inspiration along the way.

Fanatical about botanical,

~Cath

PS To see additional moxie fab projects from the column by Jennifer McGuire and Kim Kesti, see pages 25 and 26 respectively.

79 comments:

Suzanne C said...

OH YEAH!!! Botanical is my favorites and what delightful inspiration photos!

dahlhousedesigns said...

Hmmmm, this is a new style trend to me. I'm intrigued!!! Thanks for the fabulous challenge.


lisa a.

Jennie said...

LOVE Botanical!!! Beautiful inspiration and know just what I want to make...

Marybeth said...

I seem to have made a card that may have fit the botanical challenge, I have to say , the botanicals can be very soothing. Thanks for more inspiration.

Lori said...

Gorgeous inspiration! Thanks!

Mandee Adams said...

I love botanicals and have dabbled in using them as of late. What a great challenge!

Tina M said...

I've not dabbled with the botanicals, however, I just bought the most beautiful floral stamp because I wanted to give it a whirl...what PERFECT timing! :)

Sylvia said...

I second Suzanne's Yeah! I love botanical as well. I get a lot of inspiration from Pottery Barn! shells and butterflies are my fav's, but I love flowers and birds too. Wonderful inspiration for a challenge!

Barbara said...

Moxie fab, fab, fabulous! Botanical is my favorite! I just picked up this issue of Papercrafts & had to drool on every page before getting after my chores today...

Julie S said...

This was totally outside my comfort zone but I did my best. ;)

Nerina said...

I LOVE botanical anything! Went a bit out of my comfort zone here - and enjoyed every bit of the process - thanks for another round of wonderful fun!

Jacqueline said...

LOVE botanical art and I love the inspiration photos!

chris richards said...

Fabulous challenge, love the inspiration !
love and hugs
chris richards
xxxx

Bellaidea said...

wow, I like the idea a lot, will be happy to play along!

ferrellgraph-x said...

You found so many wonderful things for inspiration! Thank you for hosting another fun challenge.
Kindest regards,
Jennifer

Annette said...

I am changing it up this time around. I made a mixed media art canvas for this challenge. I hoe you enjoy...
Thanks for all the fun challenge..

Barb's Boys Inspired said...

I could do several for this challenge...love Botanical!

ivy said...

such pretty eye candy to look at! thanks for the inspiration!

lauren bergold said...

oooooooh! what luscious examples for our inspiration, i think we can reallllllly have some fun with this!!! :)

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Uh-oh... I'm terribly sorry for invading your Linky, Cath!
You just came out with a friggin' perfect challenge! Haha

Marlena M. said...

Thank you for botanical! ;)

Jan Garber said...

So much fun to color the botanical images!!! I used stamps that have been dusty for years! Thanks!

Virginia L. said...

This is such a fabulous challenge! I'm loving all the botanical prints and I think they add richness and beauty to any cards/projects!

Ohneilly said...

Fantastic cards and inspiration.
My card is so not my usual style but I was so inspired I had to give it a go.

Thanks for the inspiration,
Claire xx

Lin said...

I hope this style never goes out of favor!

Brenda said...

I had such fun making my little frame! Thank you for the inspirational challenge!

Indira Tanwar said...

Came here blog hopping. Incidentally I made a card that fits right into this challenge. :)

Romina's Cretive Crafts said...

it was enjoyable making a card for this challange.

sheila said...

LOVED THIS CHALLENGE! now that I got that shout out of my system I really did love this...love botanicals and might totally have to do up another card...your inspiration photos were really fun!

Sharon D from Canada said...

Beautiful inspiration cards! Thanks for a wonderful challenge, Cath!

Tina said...

Beautifull inspiration. Love this challenge.

Becky said...

I love the botanical style! Thanks for all of the very inspirational photos!

Isha said...

I loved Botany as a subject and this challenge is no exception. Thanks for the challenge Cath.

gg nurse said...

Since I have too many botanical stamps to count, thought I should be able to do something for this challenge. Love the inspiration photos!

onecraftymama said...

can't wait to revisit this challenge...I love it :)

Amy C said...

Love it!! Thanks for the great challenge....I may have to make another card and get it entered. ♥

Anita S. said...

This is right up my alley! Thanks for the inspiration

Tina M said...

Started out with a vision, then ended up with 2 seperate cards that are NOTHING like my vision and got to use a new floral stamp I just got..loved this theme!

Tina M said...

2nd card is up...ohh how I love this challenge...THANKS Cath!!!

Pammejo said...

I posted my card for the challenge. http://pammejo-scrapbookflair.blogspot.com/

Karen said...

love botanicals....hope to have time to make another card.

Sue VanDeVusse said...

I love botanicals, they can fit just about any occassion.

Nance said...

Not sure my entry fits totally, but wanted to share it anyway! Hope to participate in more challenges soon! Love Paper Crafts Mag and Moxie Fab World blog!

Kimba's Kreations said...

I love the inspiration and I sure hope my card fits the challenge. Thanks for the chance to win!

Aimes said...

Gorgeous inspiration! I never thought I was a fan of botanical but realised that it doesn't have to be restricted to one style - I now realise I *love* it! :D
x

cbuswell said...

great theme, love it!

margaretart said...

Wonderful theme. Love Botanical look, and wonder why I don't do more of them! Great inspiration photos, too.

Nona said...

Love this challenge and the beautiful inspiration photos! I can never have enough botanical projects :)

Maureen Morton said...

The photos are just stunning! Getting a gal who hates to camp to go botanical.....well, we'll see, Cath!

Miriam Prantner said...

I've been saving this idea up for a while now. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to use it!

Peta said...

mojovaed by this challenge - yay!

Jan Marie said...

Thanks so much for the challenge. . .love this style, but haven't made much. . .appreciate the motivation! Thanks!

kerenbaker said...

Botanical imagery is not something I create with usually, here's my take on it x

Lynn said...

love this challenge, inspired me to use some supplies that I'd been saving for something special.

The Mize of Texas said...

Thanks for this challenge. Lots of fun.

Amy* said...

I <3 Botanical

Natalie said...

Beautiful inspiration here!!

Shemaine Smith said...

Thanks for the inspiration Cath! Loved the images and challenge :)

Angela Fehr said...

I love botanical style and this was a great challenge!

Milla said...

Great challenge, thanks! :)

Hollie Shepard said...

Had great fun with this Cath!!

Pamela Haskin said...

There are some gorgeous botanical stamps and papers out there. Thanks for the fun challenge.

Petti said...

Love the inspiration. and thanks for the challenge.

Kimba's Kreations said...

This is such a cool challenge. This challenge and know what Botanical really is has caused me to create cards that are out of my confort zone. Thanks for the inspiration!

Trinh said...

Thanks for the inspiration!

Enchanting Stamping said...

Perfect challenge! Thank you for the lovely inspiration.

Katie Gehring said...

Such a pretty style! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Sharon D from Canada said...

I just had to have another go! :)

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Thanks for this wonderful challenge and all the inspiraion!

Jennie said...

Fun challenge and so glad I found time to play along. Love the inspiration and thanks Cath!

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

Two Moxie Fab Challenges in one weekend - I think this is a record for me. I always enjoy your challenges, Cath, and of course this one is no exception. It was a struggle, but I appreciate you pushing me outside my proverbial box! Thank you!

Shelly said...

A great challenge to get me using my favourite stamp set, botanical silhouettes. Thanks!

Barb said...

When this challenge started I had totally lost my mojo and tried for over a week to get something created. So frustrating, but I have finally been able to create a few cards, with no time to spare, and it feels so good! Thanks for a great challenge, Cath!

amber said...

this was a great challenge! i LOVE the botanicals used in decor! i found it a little challenging to put this style onto a card, but i guess that's the point, huh...challenge! :) thanks!

KatieJ said...

Loved this challenge, realized I need some more botanical products! I can't wait to see what everyone else made now :)

Ellie A. said...

Thanks Cath for another awesome challenge & a hug to blog hop ALLL over to say hello to us :) I know I always get a giggle just from that!

Karen said...

Just linked a few more...thanks Cath.

Julie Day said...

What a great challenge, stuck my toes out of my comfort zone and tried something a smidgen different. Thanks for all the inspirational photos :)

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