Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Welcome to April ...

This month we feature this delightful work by Roy de Maistre called Frozen Music.

CRITERIA is to use swirls on your submission.

Swirls can be created using flourishes, in paint, with string, using stamps, as doodles, from embellishments or in your patterned paper ...

A little about Roy de Maistre ...

Roy de Maistre CBE was an Australian artist of international fame. He is renowned in Australian art for his early experimentation with "colour-music", and is recognised as the first Australian artist to use pure abstraction. 

This year we will have two main prize packs, one from Mystical Scrapbooks and the other from Flourish with a Bling - these winners will be selected by Creative Team vote and by myself.  Each month we will also have another prize pack donated 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.  All these prizes will be available to anyone, no matter your country of residence.
And now how the first of our team was inspired ...

 I took the swirls and created a mixed media background with some of the colours in the art piece to show that you can use the same paper to create 4 very different cards. Gelatos and lots of stamps came out to play this month!

This artwork inspired me to use water colours as well as some of my flourishes that I've had in my stash for ages. I used the emboss-resist technique on this paper which already had some lovely swirls printed on it.

I’ve used some of the colours in the artwork as inspiration to alter my photo.  For the added criteria of “swirls” I’ve added masking and rub ons to the page.

I love the different look of this painting and chose a background paper with the same looking effect and colours.  My swirls are in the embellishments and the twine at the end of the banner.


Sometimes our daughter make a kind of drawing that looks a bit like the inspirational piece. I asked her to draw one in the same colors as the inspiration picture and used it as a patterned papers. So there you will find my swirls.


I used the colours from the inspiration painting to help create my layout.  I really liked the almost cosmic feel this painting evokes and went with the same feeling for my own page.

And now it is your turn ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on April 30th, 2015.  We'd love to see your new paper, digital, mixed media or off the page entries.  Please no back-dated submissions.  

 You may combine our challenge with a sketch and a product/technique challenge (so two additional challenges).  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 pop back on the 8th for The ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you this month by our wonderfully creative team member, Tone-Lill Angelskar

Our March winners will also be announced at this time and with so many totally gorgeous layouts and cards in the link-up it is going to be very difficult to select our winners - thank goodness for random draw :)


  1. Amazing how we were all inspired differently. They all look great. Can't wait for the second reveal :-).

  2. Love that art work and great work by the DT thanks for the inspiration girls

  3. What a beautiful piece for inspiration. Agree with the above comments, very creative interpretation by the DT


  4. All so beautiful , well done DT

  5. This is an awesome inspiration photo - I've just linked up my first ever entry into an ARTastic Challenge - woohoo!!