Friday, 31 August 2012


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Our August inspiration, July winners and our latest Creative Team reveal...

is going to be a little different.  This month our focus Creative Team member is Helene Bogren and she will be leading us with a tutorial on one of the ways to use mixed media on your layout.  She has produced this absolutely delightful layout.

She has also provided us with an inspiration piece by Swedish artist C.O. Hultén entitled “Om färgernas mörkerseende” which can be translated as “Night Vision Colors”. 

Carl Otto Hultén was born in 1916 and has enjoyed a long and rich career as an artist. He is a major figure in Swedish art history. Early on in his career, CO Hultén became convinced that art was about spontaneous creation, not realistic depiction. His quest for alternative role models, and his demand that painting should generate its own reality, distanced him from formal, academic painting and led him towards genres such as cubism and surrealism.

You can read more about him here .

What I love most about Helene's inclusion of this artist is the personal family connection she shares with us. 

Helene says ...C.O. Hultén is an artist from my region in Sweden. He’s 95 years old and has been an artist for more than 70 years! I don’t know if he’s famous abroad but he’s certainly a famous national artist. A funny thing is that he was a friend of my grandpa. My grandpa was the owner of a small printing office and as he was printing lithographs he came to know some of the local artists at that time. They used to come to his house and my mother has told me that Hultén was the one she liked most as he was very kind to her.
So this month you have a choice ...
1.  You may use the tutorial and do a mixed media layout along the lines of the one Helene has produced.  You can make this as detailed as you like or merely take parts of it what Helene has shown you (using mist, ink, acrylic paint, gesso, modeling paste etc) in any way on the background.
2.  You may use the oil on canvas painting by C.O. Hultén to inspire you (think diamond shapes, grey, blue and peach tones or night-time things).
3.  You can combine them both and see where this takes you.

Helene will also be choosing a winner from amongst the entries for a delightful prize of some lovely supplies to use on your mixed media layouts.

Here is the second half of our Creative Team reveal.  We are introducing you to the first inspiration pieces from our two new team members, Julie and Elaine.

Please scroll to the the posts below this one to learn more about them and see some of their beautiful work.  Welcome ladies to the ARTastic team - I hope you enjoy your time with us.

and a digital piece from me just to show you all that you can achieve a mixed media look from your computer.

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by midnight on August 31st, 2012. We'd love to see your paper, digital, card and off the page submissions but please remember we appreciate original entries (you may combine with a sketch).

Congratulations to our July winners ...

The voucher from our main sponsor Scrap Therapy goes to Elaine Schoof.

The Curator's prize goes to Anita Bownds and

our random draw prize (donated by Shazza Bishop) goes to Angie Budden.

Our Creative Team winner is Chantelle.

Please email me your postage addresses and I will see your prizes get out to you.

Many thanks for all your wonderful entries last month.  They were all amazing.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Introducing Julie and Elaine ...

We welcome Julie Short to our Creative Team.

"I have always been involved in Visual Arts, first as part of my teaching career and now for the sheer joy that creating brings to my life.

The telling of the story is what draws me to papercrafting. This is particularly important when I scrapbook.

If a photo doesn't speak to me, then it stays in the photo box. I believe that my layouts should tell a story with each and every element that is used on the page.
I love to experiment and keep my muse "What If" happy by playing and dabbling with all things inky, painty and generally messy.

As the owner of Time To Create I am privileged to be able to share my creativity with my customers.

I truly believe that making art not only heals but also enables individuals to blossom. Everyone has a story to tell and a memory to share.

My scrapbooking ranges across many themes and subjects and I enjoy the process of analysing my memories as I create my stories.

I do what I love and love what I do."

and we also welcome Elaine Schoof to the team ....

"Hi, I am Elaine Schoof, a SAHM to 3 girls and 1 boy. I live on a vineyard in the southwest of WA; very spoilt. I started scrapbooking 12 years ago when my eldest daughter was born but made it my passion 8 years ago. My son has Autism and scrapbooking allows me to be able to take time out during stressful times and also focus on the amazing and good times we are able to have as a family. I owe my husband a lot for the time he lets me retreat to my craft desk. Scrapping has also become a hobby I can share with my eldest and we share lots of special moments together this way.
I have developed my style from very simple to using lots of layers and clusters but I always keep my photos the focus of my pages because that is my reason fro scrapbooking.

I also do crocheting, patchwork and sewing which I like to show through-out my pages and this way hopefully show a bit of me to my children when they look through their albums."

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Introducing ...

... Helene Brogen

I have always loved playing with colors in different ways which has resulted in hobbies like interior design, designing and sewing clothing and gardening/garden design. When I found out about scrapbooking that quickly became my new passion! I just love the colors, patterned papers, embellishments, and so on… Lately I’ve been more and more interested in mixed media. I love to mess around with acrylic paint, gesso, modeling paste, templates, etc; to experiment and try new techniques. As I love scrapbooking products I try to make mixed media backgrounds that combine with papers and embellishments. My style could be described as “more is more”… :) I also love challenges – it puts something extra into scrapbooking, I think!

I live in south of Sweden with my husband and our almost four year old daughter. We live in the countryside and I guess that’s why I use a lot of flowers and butterflies on my layouts. :) In my profession I’m a Ph. D. and I work at an authority. Since I started my blog I have found out that scrapping has a fantastic side effect – you get to know people from all over the world and gain insight into what it’s like to live in other places! I love that! So of course I hope that you will pop into my blog and write a few words! :)

Here are three of Helene's favourite layouts ...