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.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Hello 2017 ...

Welcome to a brand new year on ARTastic.  We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, spent quality time with your family and friends and are ready to get back into some crafty time for yourselves.

We have lots of fun in-store for you here on ARTastic during 2017.  Our new creative team will inspire you with their interpretations of our showcased works by amazing Australian artists.  We have wonderful prizes to give away each month and of course we will have more amazing tutorials and extra special guests popping by the blog.  2017 is going to be one awesome year!!

Just a little housekeeping before we get started on our first challenge.  

During 2017 we will have one main monthly prize pack selected by creative team vote.  Due to the excessive cost of international postage this will only be available to Australian and New Zealand based entrants.  And because we want to put the ART back into ARTastic, this prize is going to be special - this month featuring amazing products from Tim Holtz.

January Prize

We will also have a prize pack donated each month by one of our team where the winner is selected purely by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience. This prize will be available to anyone, no matter your country of residence.

Donated by Kat Gray


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

CRITERIA - A CITY theme

A little about Ken Done ...

Ken Done's first solo exhibition was held in Sydney in 1980. Since then, he has held over 50 one-man shows, including major exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan, and the USA. His work has been described as the most original style to come out of Australia, and his paintings are held in collections throughout the world.

Working predominantly in oils and acrylic, Done takes inspirations from diverse sources - the ebullience of the sea and sky, the transcendent emotions of a quiet garden, aboriginal art, Japanese poetry, the urban shout of Sydney, where he makes his home - but the sensibility that underlies his work is uniquely his own. The Ken Done Gallery was opened in May of 1994, in the magnificent heritage Australian Steam Navigation Building in Sydney's historic Rocks area. It holds the most extensive collection of Ken Done's works on canvas, works on paper, signed limited edition prints, and posters.


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

ELAINE
My son went on a digital media excursion to our state's capital city, Perth. His teacher took these photos of him and combined them to make one photo. I created a graffiti looking background with stamps, texture paint and a bit of watercolour. The night sky in the inspiration painting, drew me to using black as my main colour with a bit of colour added in.

TRACEY
I took the inspiration for the photo from the paintings subject matter and the background from the bright abstract style of the painting.

JUDY
I was inspired by the bright vibrant colours against the black background as well as the city of Sydney theme.

TANYA
The city buildings and the black and blue tones are what have inspired me to do my layout.

HELENE
A city theme with a difference ...

EVELYN
It´s a big dream of me to visit New York one day. May be in 2017? I was inspired by the dark background with the bold colors on top. I also tried to create a background in street art style. I hope you like it!

MARIA
My city is Saint-Petersburg in Russia. I like it very much! It inspires me. It provided beautiful scenes and backgrounds for many photos I've combined in an 8x8" album called "One city on a map. Saint Petersburg".





Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on January 31st, 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 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 8th for our announcement of the December winners and our first ARTastic Tips, Tricks and Techniques for 2017. 








Thursday, 22 December 2016

Merry Christmas ...

On behalf of all of us here at ARTastic Challenge blog I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of our supporters peace, joy and much happiness for the Christmas season.  


You still have until 11.55pm on the 31 of December to complete our December challenge and we would love to see your entries. If you have some downtime over the Christmas break please think of us :)

I'd like to thank you for your support and encouragement through 2016. We have seen some amazing work submitted by all of you wonderfully talented ladies and we hope we will see more from you again next year.  We have much to inspire you!

ARTastic will be back in 2017 with a new look and some new and super talented team members as well as some familiar faces. Sadly there are also some goodbyes at this time as several of our members move on to other pursuits.  We will miss you Lizzy Hill, Sue Smith and Mary Bennetts.   Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done while here at ARTastic - you are all such wonderful and inspiring ladies. 


Design Team for 2017

We welcome new team members ...

Judy Willey - Australia
Tanya Heritage - Australia
Evelyn Walter - Germany
Kripa Koushik - Australia (joining us in February)

Plus returning members ...

Tracey Henly - Australia
Tone Jensen - Norway
Kat Gray - Australia
Karen McLaughlin - Australia
Anna Uhras - Sweden
Maria Shakhova - Russia
Elaine Schoof - Australia
Jane Howden - Australia


Travel safe everyone and enjoy time with your families and friends - see you in 2017 !!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Our December mid month reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.

This month we are working with Neighbourhood by Lisa Frances Judd.  


CRITERIA - HOME, whatever that means to you.

ANNA
My inspiration comes from the houses and the home theme. This house on the page is our home, the white one :) And the title in Swedish says - Our home is my castle.

MARY
I was inspired by the image of the houses, as I knew I had some Amy Tangerine patterned paper with little houses that I have fussy cut and used washi tape from Craftqueen with little houses. I scrapped my haven, my nest, my home.

HELENE

TONE
 I have made a layout with pictures of Daniel from the cabin on our boat trip to Denmark, Summer 2007. I have interpreted the task as this was our "home" for the night.
And of course waves on the theme on my layout reflects the waves in the picture.

KAT
I was inspired by the rows of houses, the colours, wavy lines and 'home' theme. I've scrapped an advertisement flyer of our first home that I kept from our first inspection.

ANGELIKA
I was inspired by the cute houses on wavy lines.

JANE
Inspired by the colours of brown, red, blue, green and yellow and the little houses.

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, 11 December 2016

November winners / December tutorial ...

I will be announcing our November winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our December Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you this month by team member Angelika Ushakova.


Hi everyone! 

I'm so happy to be sharing my first ever process video! I've always wanted to make one and thought this was the perfect opportunity! I've also included some close ups of my layout and a description of my process. Enjoy!


My idea and inspiration was the row of houses. Seeing as the challenge was to do a project about home, I decided to do a layout about when we first moved into our condo.

   

 The Crate Paper Cute Girl collection was perfect for this layout. I picked out a bunch of chipboard houses, puffy sticker houses, a few fussy cut houses and even a rubber accent house. I also stamped a bunch of houses, painted them with watercolours and cut them out. This creates a variety of textures and dimension in the layout but keeps it all tied together. 

 

 I drew then stitched a bunch of wavy lines on the paper. I love stitching on paper- it gives the most unique texture.

 

I love making long titles using a variety of alphas, mini alphas, and foam work stickers. Using mini alphas helps to make the whole thing fit, and the size difference creates a nice contrast. 

 

   I used a variety of methods to frame my photos- 2 got frames underneaths, one got a woodgrain pattern paper mat and one got a layer of acetate tucked in beside it. I didn't want to cover up my photos with the frames so I layered them underneath.

   

 Another thing I like to do on my layouts it customizing embellishments. That Sweet acetate piece had "girl" written underneath but I just wanted the sweet part so I cut it apart. I doodled on that love chipboard banner. I also embossed one wood veneer banner and painted another one. Both wood  pieces are Crate Paper Hello Love.

   

Tangled thread tucked under embellishments is a fun whimsical touch that gives texture and dimension. Splatters of paint, beads, sequins, tiny stickers, etc add the last final touches.


I hope you enjoyed watching and reading about my process. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything that I did, about any products I used, etc. And please come visit me on my blog at www.silhouetteangelika.com to see more of my projects!

 xoxo A


now onto our November winners .....

 Christel is our winner of the prize pack from Kaisercraft.

 Helena is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.


Our random draw winner of a lovely prize goes to  #6 Karen B

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. 

We have two Creative Team highlights from last month -  Mary and Anna.   They 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.