Sunday, 27 September 2020

September highlights ...

 We have enjoyed seeing your fabulous entries this month based on our inspiration by Cathy McClelland called Butterfly Tree.

CRITERIA - Please use a stencil

These lovely layouts have caught our eye over the month ...

VICTORIA

EMMA

MYRY

There is still some time to play along with us this month. We'd really love to see your entry. 


Tuesday, 15 September 2020

August winner ...

Thank you for your amazing entries last month inspired by Adrian Feint with The Green Hen.

CRITERIA - Feature things that fly in some way

Our main prize winner is 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

and our winner is:

MAUREEN

Unfortunately we didn't have enough entries to do an additional prize draw.

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, 1 September 2020

Welcome to September ...

Welcome to our September challenge.

Our inspiration this month comes to you from Cathy McClelland with Butterfly Tree.


CRITERIA - Please use a stencil

A little about Cathy McClelland ..

Cathy McClelland has drawn and painted most of her life. Art has always been her escape from day to day life, taking her into the realms of her imagination.

Her work encompasses many themes, from the ethereal and magical, to animals, scenes of Lake Tahoe to lush jungles, deserts and places in between. Cathy also enjoys making sculptures of mystical beings made from handmade paper, cloth and found objects. All her creations have a feeling of the magical weaving through them. Whether it be a mural, sculpture or painting, her artwork reflects her love of nature and mythical subjects.


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

Karen McLaughlin - (Australia)
Using my favourite stencil with gesso.

Annemarie Caister - (New Zealand)

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
I loved all the swirly branches and roots of the tree. I chose a stencil with swirls, and included a tree in the foreground.

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
I used the polka dot stencil to look like falling snow. My inspiration came from the butterfly tree so I made a 'button' tree! Pic of GD 'Skyla' at the snow as the snow was just starting to fall....

Dale Tiernan -  (Australia)

Karen Guy (Australia)
Fun with Stencils, I used four different stencils, two for the background, one of course butterflies, and used distress oxide two colours, two different stencils. Then another large floral stencil with TCW pearl modeling paste and another stencil with the same modeling paste for the title.

Jane Howden - (Australia)
I took the colours from the artwork and incorporated a butterflies and smattering of hearts for my page. I decided to make my stencil a focus on the page rather than as a background.

Our main prize winner is 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)

Now over to you ......

This year we will no longer be using a "linky" tool. Please upload your entries directly to the monthly album in our Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) by midnight on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so do check your day and time. For anyone not on Facebook, simply email us your entry and if you have a blog, a link to that too so we can still pop past for a visit. You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome.

Hope to see your amazing layouts in our Facebook gallery.

Friday, 28 August 2020

August highlights ...

There is still some time to play along with us this month. We'd really love to see your layout based on our inspiration from Adrian Feint with The Green Hen.

CRITERIA - Feature things that fly in some way

Please remember - You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges only.

We have enjoyed seeing your fabulous entries this month.  Here are just a couple which have caught our eye over the past few weeks ...

MAUREEN

JACKIE

Hope you can join in too.

Saturday, 15 August 2020

July winner ...

Thank you so much for all your entries last month inspired by Thea Proctor with The Game.

CRITERIA - Use penwork on your work

Our main prize winner is 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

and our winner is:


VICTORIA

Unfortunately we didn't have enough entries to do an additional prize draw.

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.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Welcome to August ...

Welcome to our August challenge.

Our inspiration this month comes to you from Adrian Feint with The Green Hen.

CRITERIA - Feature things that fly in some way

A little about Adrian Feint ...

Adrian Feint (1894-1971) studied at the Sydney Art School with Julian Ashton after having served in the AIF in France and Belgium in World War I, during which he was praised for gallantry. Director of the Grosvenor galleries from 1924 to 1928, he came to specialise in commercial art, illustration and bookplate design. An exhibition of his bookplates was held at the Library of Congress, Washington DC in 1930. At the end of the 1930s he gave up on illustration to concentrate on oil painting, in the techniques of which he was advised by Margaret Preston. Over the 1940s he gained a modest following for his flower pieces and landscapes, which include The Jetties - Palm Beach (1942), described by his biographer Roger Butler as a 'potent' work. Sydney Ure Smith published Adrian Feint Flower Paintings in 1948. Remarkably handsome, with a reputation for impeccable taste, Feint lived austerely in a flat in Elizabeth Bay until his death in Sydney at the beginning of the 1970s.

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

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
I went with fairies and flutterbies, dressed with pink and glitter. I painted the chipboard butterflies on both sides and attached to clear acetate. The butterflies remain 'suspended' in the pocket and can be seen from both sides of the page.

Dale Tiernan -  (Australia)
Spring. I have used 2 birds, a butterfly and and dragonfly. Also have the colour scheme.

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
'To fly is to Dream!' - I went with the colours in the inspirational photo and used kites as my flying item!

Karen Guy (Australia)
Fairies can fly... so can butterflies, bees and dragon flies!

Karen McLaughlin - (Australia)
My page with butterflies and a bird.

Annemarie Caister - (New Zealand)
My favourite - butterflies and fussy cutting!

Jane Howden - (Australia)

I went with a butterfly theme in patterned paper, stamping and chipboard embellishments.

Our main prize winner is 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)


Now over to you ......


This year we will no longer be using a "linky" tool. Please upload your entries directly to the monthly album in our Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) by midnight on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so do check your day and time. For anyone not on Facebook, simply email us your entry and if you have a blog, a link to that too so we can still pop past for a visit. You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome.


Hope to see your amazing layouts in our Facebook gallery.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

July highlights ...

There is still some time to play along with us this month. We'd really love to see your layout based on our inspiration this month from Thea Proctor with The Game.

CRITERIA - Use penwork on your work

Please remember - You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges only.

We have enjoyed seeing your fabulous entries this month.  Here are just a couple which have caught our eye over the past few weeks ...

MARGARET

PHILLIS
 

Hope you can join in too.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Our June winner ...

Thank you so much for all your delightful June entries based around our inspiration from Renee Farrant with My tree words worth.

CRITERIA - Let's focus on the words ...

Our main prize winner is 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


and our winner is:

MARGARET

Unfortunately we didn't have enough entries to do an additional prize draw.

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 July 2020

Welcome to July ...

Our inspiration this month comes to you from Thea Proctor with The Game.

CRITERIA - Use penwork on your work

A little about Thea Proctor ...

Thea Proctor (1879-1966), artist and stylesetter, trained at the Julian Ashton School before leaving Australia for London in 1903 where she remained until after World War 1. In her early years in London, she was a friend and model for her fellow Ashton School student, George Lambert, and encountered many of the major figures of the Edwardian art world. When she returned permanently to Sydney in 1921, her art and ideas were at the forefront of contemporary art and design in Australia; her authoritative opinions on decoration, colour, interior design, flower arrangement, ballet and fashion were widely published in new journals such as The Home (for which she designed many covers) and Art in Australia. Although she maintained a large and varied circle of friends (and adversaries), she was a lifelong singleton, living very frugally in rented accommodation, making a slender living from drawing classes, periodic exhibitions at the Macquarie Galleries and commissioned drawings of Eastern Suburbs children. 


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

Dale Tiernan -  (Australia)
I used some pp by G45, Game On collection. I picked the tennis players for inspiration. I used a stencil and fineliner pens to create a background.

Karen McLaughlin - (Australia)
I used pen and a stencil to do the squares.

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
I used black pen to outline my letters so they stand out more from the mixed media background!

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
I took my inspiration from the heritage fashions in the photograph, and scrapped some photographs of a heritage-listed building. Lots of penwork on this layout - stencils, handwritten journalling, and the doodled border. I used a dark brown 0.4mm Staedtler fineliner - beautiful to write and draw with, smooth and blot-free, and dries immediately with no smudges.
 Tip: A children's lettering stencil is a cheap and easy way to make a title!

Annemarie Caister - (New Zealand)
I used stamped floral images and leaves and used a black fineliner pen to enhance the black outlines, I used a stencil to draw some leaf images in the background, I hand-drew in black around the edges of the layout and I useda stamp set for the title which looks like hand-writing.

Karen Guy (Australia)
I used a pen to make the boarder, the Title and the arrows, simply highlighting the photo!

Jane Howden - (Australia)
I used pen to create lines on my page and to go around the circles to add dimension and used the colours from the artwork for my paper choices..

Our main prize winner is 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)

Now over to you ......

This year we will no longer be using a "linky" tool. Please upload your entries directly to the monthly album in our Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) by midnight on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so do check your day and time. For anyone not on Facebook, simply email us your entry and if you have a blog, a link to that too so we can still pop past for a visit. You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome.

Hope to see your amazing layouts in our Facebook gallery.