Monday, 22 June 2015

Welcome to our June guest ...

Anna Uhraswith her delightful take on our challenge this month.  Such a lovely, sweet page - just gorgeous!

The  story of the layout is about our youngest happiness over his own little bird.  He says Pip Pi all the time when he sees a bird.

Hello I am Anna Uhras and I am so exited to be guesting here at ARTastic. I am so honored indeed.
I am a happy mom of five awesome kids ( age 20 to 2), a wife, hairdresser and a scrap addicted woman.
I live in a small village in Sweden. Besides scraping, going to our cabin in the Swedish mountains with my family just chillin is a great relaxation. I have been scrapbooking for real since 2012, before that I mostly did cardmaking but only sporadically.

This is my very first GDT mission with a layout and I'm so grateful for the trust in me.

You can find me on my blog URAScrap.

Here are some more samples of my work ...

Thank you for joining us this month Anna.  I just love your work, always so fresh and colourful.

Remember ....

You still have time until the end of the month to upload your own take on this challenge.  All details are on the blog sidebar. We'd love to see what you can do with our inspiration this month.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Our June mid month reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.   We are working with this fun and quirky painting by Luka Va called "Bird King". 

CRITERIA is wood veneer and/or birds.


What do you think about our challenge picture this month? For me it is" how can you not be inspired by this?" such a fun and delightful piece of Art. It was of course the birds and the wood that inspired me, and this time to make a tag with space for a sentiment. I used birchbark and wood-veneer harts and paper with birds + a chipboard swallow
I hope you will join in with our challenge :)

I wanted to create a fun, quirky layout to reflect my interpretation of “The Bird King”. I think the artwork is very cute and sweet and that’s what I wanted for my page. I used a sweet baby photo of my youngest son and created the layout with cute, quirky elements. I used a bird and wood veneer embellishments.

I chose to do my layout on this boy that we saw on our recent holiday on the Isle of Skye Scotland.He was not shy in strutting his stuff for us.

My background is a wooden theme paper and as soon as I saw it I wanted to scrap these lovely photos of strawberry collecting! I added some small wooden birds as there were lots of birds around collecting strawberries too!

This month I have used some of the colours in the inspiration art piece to stamp a quirky edge for my page. To the background I've added cut and broken pieces of wood veneer samples to frame my two unusual photos. These were markings on a tree that caught my fancy and imagination. I know what I see, but I wonder what you see. I've also added wood veneer leaves, wooden birds and mushrooms. 

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see what you can do ...

 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 a new entry for our challenge and you are most welcome to combine with a maximum of two additional challenges.  We offer two prizes determined by team vote and one other prize purely chosen 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.

Please pop back on the 22nd when we introduce you to our June guest designer, Anna Uhras.

Monday, 8 June 2015

A graffiti tutorial and some May winners ...

I will be announcing our May winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our next edition of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for 2015 presented by our very creative team member, Helene Bogren.

Hello Helene here,  today I will show you how to make your own patterned paper in graffiti style. Graffiti makes your layout cool and you can choose your own colour palette. You can also choose any word that suits the theme on your layout and make it the perfect size.

I chose the word STAR and added an arrow that points on our daughter on stage. I let the word bend to frame the photo.

The first step is to sketch the word with a pencil. You can find a lot of inspiration with different designs on the internet. Just google the word graffiti and choose pictures.

When you are satisfied, fill in the lines with a water resistant pen. When dried erase the pencil lines.

Now it is time to colour your graffiti! I have tried three different ways – watercolours, Gelatos with water, and Pro Markers. They all work, but the results differ. Today I used watercolours on watercolour paper. It is my favourite as the colours blend perfectly.

I will also show you two samples coloured with Pro Markers (to the left) and Gelatos adding water with a brush (to the right).

When I finished my graffiti I used it as a photo mat on a layout. I cut out the end of the arrow to highlight it.

Here is a close-up of the finished layout. I hope you get inspired  to try it out. It is a lot of fun!

Wow Helene, what a sensation technique and your page is amazing.  

and now onto our May winners .....

  Thank you everyone for playing along with us last month - we had some more fantastic entries and it was really difficult to select our team favourites.  Of course each month we do a completely random draw so anyone is potentially a winner :)

We were working from this work by Sarah Beetson called The return of the young prince.
Criteria - use of stars

Erina is our winner of the prize pack from Flourish with a Bling. 

Sue Smith is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.

Our random draw winner of a lovely prize donated by DT member Elaine Schoof is #15 - Regina Chandler.

Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me with their postal details.  Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar. 

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Tone-Lill with this vibrant creation.  She will receive a little surprise something from me.

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.

Please pop back on the 15th when we will have more delightful team inspiration to show you.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Welcome to June ...

This month we hope to inspire you with this truly delightful painting by Luka Va called "Bird King". 

CRITERIA is wood veneer and/or birds.

A little about Luka Va

I’ve been drawing since childhood. You know, almost every child likes to draw but one day they just stop. Probably like many illustrators, I just didn’t lose it. Later I studied design and thought that I can make logos or chairs and other things. A few members of my family were architects and designers. I thought – that’s what grown up people do. But soon I had to realize that illustrating is a much bigger joy. Especially drawing quirky animals. When I moved to Australia, I found that it’s pretty popular and ‘normal’ profession, not just a hobby.  I keep searching for my style and use different techniques but even when I try to make to something serious, it comes out still a little bit funny and naive. I don’t have the word for my style, but a lot of people call it quirky.

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

 I was totally inspired by the blue tones and the wood for this page, as well as the design, with the clustering around the main image. I’ve taken these ideas and transferred them to my page. I was so happy to find some old magnetic wood [really plastic!] scrabble tiles to use for part of the title!

Lots of inspiration to be taken from this month’s challenge - mine came from the colours,  the woodgrain background,  the birds layered and tucked in (used this as inspiration for my photos/embellishments) and the patterns on the birds inspired the doodling on my page.

I love the colour aqua, so I had to go with that when I saw the inspiration piece, along with pops of orange from the main bird's beak. I have gone with a wood look background and then used wooden embellishments including a little wooden bird.

I have both birds (on two different patterned papers) and a wood veneer (with a geo tag) on my layout.

 I've used both wood veneer and birds on this page.

I love quirky - why be the same when you can be that little bit different eh!  And therefore I really like little sparrows, plain and common they may be but they are full of little quirks and chirps and will adjust to their circumstances and situations readily and happily just like these little fellows from across the ditch have done. 

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 June 30th, 2015.  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.  

 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 wonderful team member, Helene Bogren

Our May winners will also be announced at this time so please make sure you call past.