Sunday, 28 August 2016

August highlights ...

Some delightful layouts this month - loved that you all embraced our black pen criteria with such enthusiasm.  Here are just a couple that have caught our eye over previous weeks.

Cathy Lu

Louise Turner

There are still a few of days left to get in your entry and be in the running for some wonderful prizes - we'd love to see your take on our inspiration.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Please welcome our August guest ...

Please welcome our guest designer this month, Tanya Hertiage with her wonderful layout inspired by our artwork for August.

I was inspired by the blues and cream colours in the artwork as well as the scenery. I chose a photo with trees and scenery and thought my cream hat was perfect for the colours I choose.

Hello, my name is Tanya Heritage.

I live on the Gold Coast with my husband Wes, who I might add is very supportive of my scrapbooking addiction.

We have two teenage children who keep me busy driving them around everywhere they need to go.  They are the reason I started scrapbooking 15 plus years ago. .

Recently I have started taking part in monthly challenges. I love seeing what other people create and how they interpret things. I am really enjoying using mixed media elements on my work, not bad for someone who hated getting her hands messy! Something I do love about scrapbooking is how our style can change just with new products being introduced.

I am currently a design team member for Funky Flair Studio and Kitaholics Kits.

Please feel free to stop by my blog and take a look.

Here are two of my favourite recent layouts ...

Thank you so much for being part of the team this month Tanya, we have really enjoyed having you with us.

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 August 2016

Our second August reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal. 

In August we hope to inspire you with this delightful woodcut by Thea Proctor called The Swing. It is printed in black ink, and hand-coloured on cream rice paper and is hanging in the Art Gallery of NSW.

Be inspired by the colours or the theme of children playing or perhaps you are drawn to the outdoor scenery or love the idea of the girl on the swing or even the vintage nature of the artwork. 

CRITERIA - The use of black pen on your work

When I look at the photo Alice In Wonderland , The Wizard of Oz comes to mind . I think it has a whimsical feeling to it. I have had these photo's of my Granddaughter dancing for ages (I think they were doing the Wizard of Oz from mind) and I have had the paper for ages, which I brought to go with the photo's, so I was glad to be inspired to scrap them. My Granddaughter is in the middle in the joker costume

I was inspired by the swinging girl, the colors and of course my journaling is done with the use of black pen.

The photo is of my son Daniel in 2007 when he got a new bike. I was inspired by the outdoors fun.

My inspiration is taken from the swirls in the sky.

I was inspired by the scene in the artwork and made a pocket page about a visit to the park with my family. I used pocket cards featuring some of the colours from the artwork (coral and green) and used a black pen to outline some of the subtle background patterns.

 I was inspired by the bright colours, as well as the sections of colour outlined in black. I mimicked that by filling in sections of a geometric shape with pattern paper and watercolours, then outlining it with black pen.

I loved the vintage feel of the artwork and the bright happy colours and used a photograph of my Mother is her younger years. I used black pen to go around all the paper elements on my page.

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see your own interpretation ...

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 something new for our challenge and only combine your entry with a sketch challenge. We offer two prizes determined by team vote and one other prize selected purely 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 August Guest Designer.

Monday, 8 August 2016

July winners and our August tutorial ...

I will be announcing our July winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our August  Tips, Tricks and Techniques brought to you by team member Sue Smith.

Adding sparkle to your stencils by Sue Smith

For a fun, subtle sparkle to your stencilled background, try this technique below. I have used it make bubbles for a bath layout and one of children chasing bubbles.

Spray your background with colours and sprays of choice or leave blank.

Mix together a gel gloss medium (which dries clear) and some iridescent medium.

Lay your stencil on your page, spread over the mixture with a pallet knife or old debit card.

Leave to dry.

You will be left with a lovely, transparent, sheen, ready to decorate.

My two layouts, using this technique:

Cheers,  Sue 

and now onto our July winners .....

 We were working with this delightful painting by Elioth Gruner called Spring Frost Study.

Kylie gW is our winner of the prize pack from Kaisercraft although since Kylie is a digital scrapper I am happy to change this out to a voucher to a digital store of her choice.

Mei-Chen is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.

Our random draw winner of a lovely prize donated by Tracey Henly is #8 Agnieszka Janas 

Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me on with their postal details.  You have until the announcement of the winners for next  month to do so. Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar.  

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Tone 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.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Say hello to August ...

This year is just racing past, I find it hard to comprehend we are into the 8th month of 2016 already.  In August we hope to inspire you with this delightful woodcut by Thea Proctor called The Swing.  It is printed in black ink, and hand-coloured on cream rice paper and is hanging in the Art Gallery of NSW.

CRITERIA - The use of black pen 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. An exhibitor in the watershed Burdekin House exhibition in 1929, she was a mentor and champion for young interior designers including Marion Hall Best. 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 stunning inspiration from the first of our team ...

I used a black pen to draw an "explosion symbol" to highlight the photo.


Inspiration was from the composition of the picture - created a sketch based on it, & I used the colours.

My page for this month was inspired by choosing a photo of my girls enjoying the outside like in the painting. I went with the bold colours and big patterns that I think of when I see this painting, along with showing a bit of olden style.

My inspiration - the girl and the summer! Flowers and frame painted black pen.

For my inspiration, I went with the bold black lines and how it makes each detail stand out. This single 4x6 photo of my daughter was perfect. Its was done with an app on her phone. She captures many views of herself. And this app allowed the black lines to stand out.

My inspiration was the story book feel. I used my mad hatter tea party photo. 

Inspired by the playground/swing, the sunny day and clouds.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on August 31st, 2016.  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.  

 Please note:- You may combine our challenge with a sketch challenge only - no other combining will be accepted.  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 call past on the 8th for our announcement of the July winners and our ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for August