Friday, 15 March 2019

February winners ...

Thank you for your delightful layouts based on our February inspiration by Grace Cossington Smith called Trees.

CRITERIA - Nature theme

Our main prize winner this year will be selected by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience or your country of residence. If there are more than 8 entries in the month a second prize (donated each month by one of our team) will be drawn.

Main February Prize

and our winners is

#9 Barb Holmes

Second February Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Donated by Jane Howden

and our winner is


#10 Gloria Lee

Could the winners please contact me on artasticchallengeblog@gmail.com with their postal address.  Please remember it is the winners responsibility to claim their prize and provide their details.  You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 

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.

You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Welcome to March ...

We are now making it even easier to enter our challenges - use our inlinkz gallery on the left or click onto our new Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) and put your entry directly into our monthly album under photos.

This month our inspiration comes to you by Poncho Army with Freedom in Ruins.

CRITERIA - Monochromatic (can be any colour)

A little about Poncho Army ...

Trina Collins, who works under the pseudonym Poncho Army, is an artist who isn’t afraid to get some paint under her fingernails. The central theme for Poncho Army’s art is the exploration of contrasts – between urban and rural spaces, between internal and external realities, between melancholy and joy. She loves to capture youthful innocence and often draws upon her experiences growing up in a shrinking rural landscape to gather inspiration for her work.


And now some inspiration from our team ...
(in no particular order)

Annemarie Caister - (New Zealand)
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I chose pink.burgandy hues this month for my monochrome layout. This photo was taken 19 years ago the day after our wedding. I printed the photo in greyscale to tone in with the layout. I hope you like it!

Karen McLaughlin - (Australia)
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Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
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 'Chihuahua on duty'. You can see our chihuahua Duke's little head sticking out behind the curtains. Orange was my go to color!

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
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I went with the darkness theme and scrapped some photographs from a rainy, overcast day. 

Tanya Heritage - (Australia)
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I thought I'd choose black as my momochromatic colour. I dont think I have ever created a just black layout before.

Dale Tiernan -  (Australia)
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Jane Howden - (Australia)
Using green for a little nature inspiration.

Our main prize winner this year will be selected by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience or your country of residence. If there are more than 8 entries in the month a second prize (donated each month by one of our team) will be drawn.

Main Prize

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Donated by Tanya Heritage

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT or click onto our new Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) and put your entry directly into our monthly album under photos by 11.55pm on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so please check your day and time. You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges. Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as providing a link back to us at ARTastic. 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 15th for our announcement of our February winners.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

February highlights ...

There is still time to play along with us this month. We'd really love to see your layout based on our February inspiration by Grace Cossington Smith called Trees.

CRITERIA - Nature theme


Here are just a couple of entries that have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks ...

Lizzy Hill


Tracey B
Seriously crazy fun

Karen Guy

We'd love to see your work too so please come and join in with us.

Friday, 15 February 2019

January winners ...

Thank you for your wonderful projects for our first inspiration for 2019 using this fantastic abstract painting by Chris Vella called Joy.

CRITERIA - Yellow, blue and orange

Our main prize winner this year will be selected by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience or your country of residence. If there are more than 8 entries in the month a second prize (donated each month by one of our team) will be drawn.

Main January Prize


and our winner is ...


#7 Aussie Annie

Second January Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Donated by Sharon Bishop


and our winner is ...

#2 R Bekker

Could the winners please contact me on artasticchallengeblog@gmail.com with their postal details. You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 

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.


You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Welcome to February ...

Our February inspiration comes to you with a painting by Grace Cossington Smith called Trees.

CRITERIA - Nature theme

A little about Grace Cossington Smith ...

Grace Cossington Smith OBE (1892-1984) was an artist who was at the forefront of the Australian modernist movement. Born and educated in Sydney, she studied drawing with Dattilo Rubbo at the Royal Art Society of New South wales between 1910 and 1912. After two years spent travelling in Europe, shere she was inspired by post-impressionism, she returned to continue her studies with Rubbo. Sock Knitter (1915), painted while Cossington Smith was still a student, is considered a key picture of the Australian modernist movement. She was a member of the Contemporary Group (established in 1926 by George Lambert and Thea Proctor to foster young modern artists) and worked closely with modernists Roland Wakelin and Roy de Maistre. However, her contribution to Australian art went largely unrecognised until 1970 when a retrospective of her work, organised by Daniel Thomas, toured Australian galleries. Cossington Smith, who has come to be recognised as a major 20th century Australian painter, produced a large and consistent body of work that is distinctive in its vibrant use of colour, representation of volume and space, and concern for the objects of everyday life. She is best known for her domestic interiors and images of the Harbour Bridge during its construction. Cossington Smith is represented in the National Gallery of Australia and in all the state and many regional galleries.

And now some inspiration from our team ...
(in no particular order)

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
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Plunge - Jenna (DD), swinging off a rope swing and getting ready to plunge into the Jamieson river...an 8 year old with no fear!! (circa 1997)

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
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I took my inspiration from the trees and water in the painting, and scrapped a photograph from the Nightcap National Park rainforest. Lots of fussy cutting on this layout!

Tanya Heritage - (Australia)
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I was inspired by the tall trees in the painting.

Dale Tiernan -  (Australia)
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Annemarie Caister - (New Zealand)
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I was inspired by the "nature" theme this month after my recent cruise to the Pacific Islands. We spent a blissful day snorkeling and lounging on Mystery Island, Vanuatu.

Karen McLaughlin - (Australia)
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I took my inspiration from the trees in the painting.

Jane Howden - (Australia)
I was inspired by a number of colours in the artwork and used a few photos of my children having fun in a corn maze many years ago.  I have made a concerted effort to use as many stickers as I could on this page - I think it works!

Our main prize winner this year will be selected by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience or your country of residence. If there are more than 8 entries in the month a second prize (donated each month by one of our team) will be drawn.

Main February Prize

Second February Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Donated by Jane Howden

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so please check your day and time. You may combine your entry with other challenges. Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as providing a link back to us at ARTastic. 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 15th for our announcement of January winners. 

Sunday, 27 January 2019

January highlights ...

There is still time to play along with us this month. We'd really love to see your layout based on this colour scheme.

Our first inspiration for 2019 is this fantastic abstract painting by Chris Vella called Joy.

CRITERIA - Yellow, blue and orange

Here are just a couple of entries that have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks ...

MARGARET

ANNIE

We'd love to see your work too so please come and join in with us.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

December winners ...

Thank you for your wonderful projects for our December challenge using inspiration by Lisa Frances Judd called Candy Cane Owl.  We had some fantastic takes on this quirky little artwork.

CRITERIA -  Christmas theme

Our winners are ...


GLORIA

and


KAREN

Could the winners please contact me on artasticchallengeblog@gmail.com with their postal details. You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. 


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.



You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Welcome to 2019 ...

Welcome to a brand new year on ARTastic. We hope you all had a sensational Christmas with family and friends and are now keen to spend some quality crafty time for yourselves.

Our first inspiration for 2019 is this fantastic abstract painting by Chris Vella called Joy.


CRITERIA - Yellow, blue and orange

A little about Chris Vella ...

I have always worked in an expressionist style. Sydney was my birth place, back in 1948. My aim in my paintings is to create something that touches my inner self and echoes in a meditative way an image that symbolises my thoughts, emotions and perceptions of whatever the subject matter generates. Art studies were completed at Wollongong West Art College and Wollongong University.


And now some inspiration from our team ...
(in no particular order)

Dale Tiernan -  (Australia)
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Annemarie Caister - (New Zealand)
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I love this photo of my Late Mum as a child and when I found the vintage patterned paper in my stash I knew I had to use it for this month's challenge! I distressed all paper and cardstock to enhance the heritage theme and I inked and sprayed lots of white flowers to match the paper. I also sprayed some white lace with a copper spray to make it look old. I really enjoyed creating this layout.

Tanya Heritage - (Australia)
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The blue and yellow tones reminded me of the beach so I thought this photo would work perfectly.

Karen McLaughlin - (Australia)
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Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
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Karen Brierley - (Australia)
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I adore the colour combination, and it was perfect for scrapping a summer beach photograph. The artwork inspired me to create my own background using orange and yellow Dylusion inks.

Jane Howden - (Australia)
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Our main prize winner this year will be selected by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience or your country of residence. If there are more than 8 entries in the month a second prize (donated each month by one of our team) will be drawn.

Main January Prize

Second January Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Donated by Sharon Bishop

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so please check your day and time. You may combine your entry with other challenges. Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as providing a link back to us at ARTastic. 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 15th for our announcement of December winners.