Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Merry Christmas ...

On behalf of all of us here at ARTastic Challenge blog I'd like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you peace, joy and 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 2015. We have seen some amazing work submitted by some extremely talented ladies and we hope we will see more from all of you in the year to come.  

ARTastic will be back next year with a new look and some new and super talented team members as well as some familiar faces. Sadly there are also some goodbyes and I would would love to thank our past design team members for this year, Wendy O'Keefe, Tone-Lill Angelscar, Stina Westbom, Deb Kupfer, Lesley French, Di Hasthorpe and Jo Tritton who leave us at this time to head onto other pursuits. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such wonderful and inspiring ladies. We will miss you !

Design Team for 2016

Tracey Henly - Australia
Sue Smith - New Zealand
Tone Jensen - Norway
Kat Gray - Australia
Karen McLaughlin - Australia
Anna Uhras - Sweden
Maria Shakhova - Russia

and returning members  ...

Mary Bennetts - Australia
Lizzy Hill - Australia
Elaine Schoof - Australia
Jane Howden - Australia

Travel safe and enjoy time with your families and friends - see you in 2016 !!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Our second December reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal. We are working with this lovely artwork called Merry Christmas by Alice Ju.

CRITERIA is the use of GOLD on your work

I was inspired of the the Christmas baubles and there is a lot!! of gold :-)


Are you one of those who wake up on Christmas morning and suddenly realize that you forgot one present? Maybe it is for a close friend, an aunt, mother/mother in law.
Here is a suggestion how to make a quick, but still "made with love" present.
Most of us have candles and napkins in a cupboard, and they can easily be turned into a lovely gift
within minutes. I have used strips of Christmas paper and wrapped around the candles and then finished off with a decorated a tag and tied with a bow.

I love to use gold on my layouts. On this one, I used gold colored acrylic paint and ink on the background. I also used patterned papers and embellishments with gold elements.

I have used Gold angel wings and gold flowers and satin seam binding.  This was my fur babies last Christmas.

The Christmas photos in my layout are four years old. I used these photos because they remind me of one of our more unusual Christmas parties. Unusual in the sense that it was in a wildlife park and part of the celebration was a bus tour to see the animals. Usually at Christmas the only wildlife we get to see are our family pets hanging around for their Christmas lunch! This time we saw lions, hippos, deer, giraffes, and much more. My husband helped Santa to distribute the presents and the look on the kid’s faces was priceless, ranging from terror to bewilderment to sheer delight. I enjoyed adding lots of gold on my page because it really added the final festive touch.


I've used a gold star on the Christmas tree and gold bows as well as using a patterned paper that has a feel of gold about it.

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.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Our November winners ...

 We are taking a little break from The ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques this month but will be back again in the new year. 

Thank you everyone for playing along with us last month, we know this is a busy time of the year for many so we appreciate your entries. 

We were working from this beautiful painting by Emma Uber called Weeds.

CRITERIA was the use of FLOWERS on your work

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

Vicky Varvadouka is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.

Our random draw winner is #12 Megan.

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. 

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Stina.  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. 

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Our final challenge for 2015 ...

as our final month of the year rolls on through ... Welcome to December!

This month we hope to inspire you in a festive way with this beautiful painting by Alice Ju called Merry Christmas.

CRITERIA is the use of GOLD on your work

A little about Alice Ju ...

Alice Ju’s artworks are best known for her photo-realistic and dramatic colour, emphasising the radiant splendor of both the urban and natural world. She confidently employs dynamic artistic mediums in her works including oil paint, watercolour, acrylic, pastel, charcoal and pencil.
Alice was classically trained under renowned Australian artist, Kay Maloney.
Alice’s artworks have been displayed in various art galleries and public exhibitions including Mosman Art Gallery, Drummoyne Art Society and NSW Transport Public Art Exhibition. Her stunning works are regularly featured in support of charities and other non-profit organisations including the Exodus Foundation and the LEAD Group. Alice is the founder and director of Creative Einstein Education, a private education centre located in Campsie, NSW.

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


That gold bow really took my eye. As did the colours and the circle shapes. So that's what I used!

Every December, my Dad and Mum come and spend a number of weeks at a caravan park close to us.  My parents live 4 hours from us so it has become a special time for the kids to spend with their Grandparents. The caravan park hosts the local brass band for a Christmas concert which we love going to. So that was the photos for my page. I love the gold and red baubles together in the inspiration painting and so I  went for those colours myself. I just bought gold glitter paper so it was perfect for this month. I ran it through my cuttlebug for the title, frames and the star. I glued on little gold sequins to finish off the page.

I've used Gold Texture Luxe with a Star stencil on the background, gold ribbon and dashes of Inka Gold the flowers & leaves. I also added the word Hope in shiny gold paper.

I have used the round baubles and bow as inspiration for my layout and used a photo of a Christmas decoration.  

I was inspired by the Christmas decoration theme and have highlighted one of the Christmas Angels we have on our tree each year made by my daughter when she was in Year 6.  I have used splashes of gold and some gold embellishments.

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 December 31st, 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 our November winners. 
 We are taking a little break from The ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques this month but will be back again in the new year.