Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Our February mid month reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.


Our inspiration this month is this delightful painting called Carousel Delight by Karen Pierce.

CRITERIA - Butterflies

And some gorgeous inspiration from our second team ...

TONE

KAREN
The inspiration I have taken from this Karen Pierce painting is the joy and happiness it shows, the butterflies, the colours and the flowers.

ANNA
I was inspired of the colors and all the butterflies.


ANGELIKA
The inspiration- the painting reminded me of a carousel I photographed in Paris at Montmartre.

KAT
I was inspired by the pretty colours and the carousel theme to make a card featuring music notes, tickets and a tassel.

KRIPA
As soon as I saw the image, wanted to use flowers, watercolours and lots of butterflies.

JANE
I decided to go with something a little different in the form of a travel page and wanted to replicate the bronze background of the artwork by using a similar shade for my base cardstock. I've certainly embraced the butterflies in patterned paper, stamping and individual embellishments.

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see your own interpretation. You have until 11.55pm on the last day of the month to submit your entry.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

January winners / February tutorial ...

I will be announcing our January winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our Tips, Tricks and Techniques for February brought to you by team member Tone Jensen.


Hi everyone,  Tone here, today I am going to show you one way I use to make my own background. It is also a great way to get rid of paper scraps and leftovers from your stash.

First of all I gesso my base page ...


Then I paste on a lot of strips of patterned paper. I have chosen to keep the colors in the same approximate color range ie green, neutral tones.


I add a new coat of gesso over the paper strips.

There are many types of gesso to choose from so use what you are used to and like to use. You can choose to not use gesso, but then you might choose bright, soft colors in the residual paper you use. When gesso is dry so I start with the colors.


Here I have used three different colors of green Glimmermist.  You can use watercolors, Distress Ink and water, Distress Stains or any other sprays….you name it.

When the colors are dry I use a stencil and modelling paste over the base to create my final background.


…when dry….you can decorate your page as you like it.



Hope you are inspired to try to make your own background - it is so easy but really effective.

now onto our January winners .....  thank you to all who played along, your pages were all amazing.

Our main winner in January is #9 Karen B



Our random draw winner is #8 Amanda Hartmann


Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me on jjjustjane@bigpond.com with their postal details. You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar. 

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Maria - your album was simply amazing.  She will receive a little surprise something from me.


Please don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge. All the details are in the left sidebar. Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

And now February ...

Welcome to our February challenge.  Hopefully now the summer holidays are behind us and the kids are back to school we can knuckle down and get our own creative juices flowing and scrap up a storm.

Our inspiration for you this month comes from this quirky painting called Carousel Delight by Karen Pierce.


CRITERIA - Butterflies

So many delightful aspects to this painting - you may love the colours, the flowers, the butterflies.  You may like to run with a carnival theme or be inspired by the idea of prancing horses - you might be touched by gold or inspired by tassels.

A little about Karen Pierce ...

Karen is a freelance artist with an extensive background in art education. She uses a range of mediums with a focus on drawing, painting and mixed media. The themes in Karen’s work are diverse, however they are significantly influenced by the natural world, history and culture and the power of the imagination. Karen works from her Old Post Office Studio located in Newstead, Victoria from where she exhibits her work, presents classes and workshops and has available a range of quality cards and prints.

Originally trained as a secondary art and craft teacher in Melbourne, Karen has developed a rare ability to inspire and teach adults and children alike as an art teacher, artist in residence and practicing artist. She currently teaches art at both Maldon and Newstead Primary Schools. Karen regularly works with residents, organisations and businesses to add colour and atmosphere to the local community. Projects include banners, signage and street decorations. In 2009 Karen was awarded a nomination for Australian of the Year for her work as an artist and art teacher in the community.


Since ARTastic is all about getting creative with our supplies it can all get a little messy at times.  Our prize this month might help you with that ...



And as always a lovely prize pack for our random draw winner ...

Donated by Tone Jensen

And now some beautiful inspiration from the first of our team ...

JUDY
I was drawn to the tassels and aqua colours of the saddle as well as the flowers and butterflies.The painting gave me a feeling of prettiness too which I tried to reflect in my layout.

EVELYN
 I was inspired by the soft and pastel colors and the easiness of the reference picture. I used a photo of my daughter and many flowers and stamped some butterflies.

TANYA
The butterflies really grabbed my eye when I first looked at this painting, I really liked the cream and pink colours in the painting too..

TRACEY
I love the girly feel of the painting and the colour tones. I found an old Bo Bunny paper that really suited the butterfly and flower theme.

ELAINE
When I looked at the painting I felt a sense of quiet joy. I tried to portray that in my page. I used the colours of the painting and left a lot of white inspired by the white horse.

MARIA


 Now we have winter :( so I wish for summer and the butterflies in my mini-album Castle-butterflies!

HELENE
I recently fixed our daughter's room in a jungle theme and a photo of her new wall paper was perfect for a "crazy" butterfly layout.


Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on February 28th, 2017.  We'd love to see your new paper, digital, mixed media or off the page entries. Why not try doing a pocket page spread?  Please no back-dated submissions.  

 Please note:- You may combine our challenge with a sketch challenge only - no other combining will be accepted.  Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as provide a link back to us at ARTastic  ... and don't forget to tell us how you were inspired by our challenge.  You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation.  International entries are very welcome. 


Please call past on the 8th for our announcement of the January winners and our ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for February



Friday, 27 January 2017

January highlights ...

I hope you might find some creative time to yourself over the weekend and have a few spare minutes to do a page for our January city themed challenge. We love the entries we have so far but there is always room for a few more :) - some lovely prizes on offer.

Here are just a couple that have caught our eye this month ...

Natsuko

Christel

Hope to see your entry too!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Welcome our January guest ...

Please welcome our wonderful guest designer this month, Rikki Graziani with her amazing layout inspired by our artwork and CITY themed challenge for January.

I loved this painting , the black with the pops of vibrant colour, this is what I tried to recreate with shimmers and texture paste for my background and of course you need a little pop of gold.

Hi my name is Rikki Graziani and I am honoured to be asked to be your guest designer this month. I have been scrapbooking for over 19 years but really got into after my first son was born in 2002. I have been madly obsessed by scrapbooking for almost half of my life. I never thought that a hobby that I took up as a teenager would still be fulfilling as an adult, but I continue to be inspired day after day. My children Tristan (14), Ethan (12) and Amelia (6) and I have been trying to make more effort in stepping in front of the camera, and to DH (Scott) disgust doing the same with him! 2011 marked my first offer of a place on a design team (LSS), and I am very blessed to be able to share this craft will all the great people I meet. Scrapping has become not just a community but almost a sisterhood - a way to share and bond. Let's just say I get far more from scrapping than beautiful layouts.

I currently design for Kaisercraft, Scrapmatt and Shop and Crop.

My favourite things are fussy cutting…. I know I can hear people moan now but for me I love even if you have a limited budget you can make an amazing layout out of a single piece of pp, plus I find it relaxing to do in front of the tv so it’s ready to go.  The next thing I love to do is layering instant dimension and you once again don’t need a lot or you can, love the versatility. I also love to do mixed media and love when I can do a fusion between paper ranges and this style of scrapping. 

Instagram: RIKKIG8o

Here are some more of my recent layouts ...




Thank you so much for joining us this month Rikki and inspiring us with your work.


Remember ....

 Ken Done with Sydney Night.
CRITERIA - A CITY theme

You still have time until the end of the month to upload your own take on this challenge.  All details are on the blog sidebar. We'd love to see what you can do with our inspiration this month.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Our January mid month reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.

Our first inspiration for 2017 is this fantastic painting by Ken Done called Sydney Night.

CRITERIA - A CITY theme

ANNA
Disneyland !! Like a whole city of dreams come true!! I have been inspired of the colors and the whimsical party feeling in the painting. This will be my reminder of always believe in my dreams and to believe in myself.

TONE
 I have tried to make a city-scene ).. inspired by the buildings and colours.)

KAREN
The inspiration I have taken from this Ken Done picture is the colours and the stars.

KAT
I was inspired by the Sydney scene and the shapes and colours in the artwork. I made a cover page for an album about the years that I lived in Sydney. I created a photo collage in the shape of the Sydney skyline and added some wood veneer shapes of the iconic landmarks in the painting.

ANGELIKA
This painting reminded me of chalkboard art and that is where I took my inspiration from- I used chalky pastel colours and chalkboard grey elements.

KRIPA
(joining us in February)

JANE
Inspired by the idea of viewing the Sydney city skyline from the water and knew I had the perfect photos from a cruise my daughter took to see the Vivid light spectacular from a year or so back.  I also knew I wanted to go big so the photo dominated the page and used the colours from the artwork to enhance the photo.

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see your own interpretation ...

Remember we happily accept all forms of paper crafting for your entry including digital and encourage international submissions. All we ask is that you create something new for our challenge and only combine your entry with a sketch challenge. We offer two prizes determined by team vote and one other prize selected purely by random draw - so anyone can be a winner regardless of style or level of experience. You have until 11.55pm on the last day of the month to submit your entry.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

January tutorial and our final 2016 winners ...

I will be announcing our December winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our first Tips, Tricks and Techniques of the new year brought to you this month by team member Kat Gray.


Hi everyone,  today I’m sharing some tips about how I made my project for the January challenge. I was inspired by the Sydney skyline in the painting and wanted to create a layout that featured the shape of the skyline.

I started by cutting a skyline shape and title from a sheet of black cardstock. For this I used my electronic cutter, but you could also freehand this with a craft knife.

I then used the cut out background as a stencil and traced the shapes onto a piece of scrap cardstock. 

I printed a series of small photos (from the years I lived in Sydney) and adhered them on the scrap cardstock, being sure to cover the entire traced shape.

For the title I cut some rectangles of patterned paper (I used colours that matched the artwork) and placed them over the traced letters.

Before adhering the background over the top I added some splatters of paint to the background using acrylic paint in the colours from the painting.

Once the paint had dried I stuck the background over the top of the scrap cardstock with the photos and patterned paper.

For embellishments I added some wood veneers that worked well with the theme. I coloured the wood veneers using some Versamark ink and coloured embossing powder.

To finish the layout I added a little bit more paint and some chipboard stickers.

I plan to use this layout as the title page for an album about my time in Sydney.

 Thanks for stopping by :)

now onto our final winner for 2016.  Thank you to everyone who took the time in a really busy month to play along with us.  Unfortunately there were insufficient numbers for us to award all the prizes so in the interest of fairness we have done a random draw and our winner is #6 Helen who will receive a gorgeous prize donated by team member Angelika Ushakova.

Congratulations Helen.

Could you please contact me on jjjustjane@bigpond.com with your postal details. You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar. 

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Sue - She will each receive a little surprise something from me.


Please don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge. All the details are in the left sidebar. Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.