Friday, 28 July 2017

July highlights ...

Some sweet layouts this month but there is still time to play along with us.  It truly is a simple challenge - just use pen on your work.

Here are just a couple of layouts that have caught our eye during July ...

Kylie gW
how delightful is this !

proving that simple can be just as effective ...

There's still time - come and join in our challenge.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Welcome to our July guest ...

Please welcome our lovely guest designer this month, Carol Deal with her gorgeous layout inspired by our artwork for July.

I have added pen to the layout by way of the pink and yellow arrows on the background. I love the way this turned out and adored making the arrow for the bottom of the photo.
Hello, I am happily married with 3 grown up children and 2 gorgeous little granddaughters and another one on the way, due in September.
I live in the beautiful area of Lake Macquarie, NSW with my hubby and pug dog, Charli Girl.

I started my scrapping journey in Feb 2012 at the insistence of my BFF and since then it has taken me on a very interesting journey. 
I have entered numerous online challenges and have actually won some. I have been published several times in the Australian Scrapbook mags and was commissioned to do a 4 page spread for Australian Scrapbooking Ideas.

I have been on several Design Teams and I am currently serving on White With 1 and Nini's Things.

I have taught at a local scrapbook shop, which I loved, so much that on the 3rd June, 2017 I opened my very own little scrapbook shop with my hubby in Swansea, NSW.  I am loving this chapter of my scrapbook world and have been lucky enough to have been given the most amazing support from everyone in the scrapping family. I love to go to retreats so that I can recharge my " mojo" and have met some amazingly talented ladies along the way.

My motto has always been " be true to yourself" and it's something that I try to follow, in life, in art and with everyone that I meet. My hubby, Pat has been my biggest supporter and I must say my biggest enabler and supporter.

Thanks, Carol Deal

Remember ....

You still have plenty of 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.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Our July mid month reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.

This month we feature this delightful artwork by from Robert Klippel called Abstract.  Our criteria this month is a very simple one - use pen on your page in some manner - easy right?

CRITERIA - Use PEN on your work

And some lovely inspiration from our second team ...

Lots of pen work and I have done a little tutorial for you all on my BLOG.

For this challenge I made a card featuring some fun patterned paper that matches the combination of watercolours and pen lines and multiple direction in the artwork. I added extra pen work to the handmade rosette, the envelope and on the inside of the card.

 I have used a pen around every paper and round the stars. At this age Daniel used an eyepad ... that's why his eye does not show.

I was inspired by the look of colour on black lines so I used that technique to make the teacups by watercolouring over pen. I also liked the combination of golden yellow, pink and blue/green, so I made sure to use those colours.

I was inspired by the straight lines and the geometric mood of the picture. I used a photo from the 18th birthday of my daughter she celebrated at the end of June. Her biggest surprise was to get her own little car! She was so happy! I used a square stencil and surrounded some of the squares with a red pen and did some doodling in there too.

I've used the colours in the painting and for the pen work, outlined the pattern paper and the title with black pen. I'm very inspired by the stunning CAS layouts that Anna Uhras makes and tried to make a CAS layout. Quite obviously, I miserably failed CAS and reverted back to my usual minus extreme messy!  I also have a video tutorial up on my BLOG.

To me it was all about using the colours from the painting to create my page.  I then used black pen to outline the base paper and all the individual pieces and also used a stencil to add some extra embellishment to my page.

Now it is your turn, we'd love to see your own interpretation. You have until 11.55pm on the last day of the month to submit your entry.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

June winners / July Tutorial ...

I will be announcing our June winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our Tips, Tricks and Techniques for June brought to you by team member, Karen McLaughlin.

Using Doodle templates on your page by Karen McLaughlin

 I started my page by layering up my photo to see what size it would turn out.

    I then got my doodling templates and doodled around my layered photo.

I then placed everything where I needed it and stuck it down.

thanks for looking,

now onto our June winners .....  thank you to everyone who took the time to join in with us last month.

Our main winner is #3 Louise with this gorgeous page.

Our random draw winner is #5 Leanne

Donated by Tracey Henly

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 Elaine with her delightful layout.  She will receive a little surprise something from me.

Please 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.



Saturday, 1 July 2017

Welcome July ...

And suddenly it was July and we now have 25 weeks until Christmas - now there's a depressing thought!

This month our inspiration comes to you from Robert Klippel with a piece called Abstract.  Our criteria this month is a very simple one - use pen on your page in some manner - easy right?

CRITERIA - Use PEN on your work

A little about Robert Klippel (1920 - 2001)

Klippel spent much of this early life around Sydney harbour, which led to a love for building model ships. In 1939 he joined the Royal Australian Navy and then became the aircraft model maker for the Gunnery School, Woolloomooloo.
At age 24, Klippel turned his full attention to developing his art practice. The next few years would see him move in and out of various art courses and colleges in Sydney and London and cross Europe.  He returned to Australian in 1950 working in various jobs while working primarily on his sculpture. Klippel constructed the first of his metal sculptures in 1953. This departure from more familiar materials such as wood was an important development for his work.  He spend much of the late 1950's and 60' in the US. His time in America was fruitful; he had branched out into 'junk' sculpture, then a relatively new and unknown form in sculpture. By the time he returned to Australia in mid-1960, Klippel was considered Australia's foremost sculptor. For the first time his works were received in his home country with praise and sales. For the remainder of his life Klippel lived and worked in Sydney where he exhibited his works. The last few decades saw his work fluctuate between materials and techniques, but never far from his favoured 20th century modernism practices.
This year we are putting the ART back into ARTastic and our main prize each month will reflect that - this month featuring  fantastic products from Tim Holtz.

And as always a lovely prize pack for our random draw winner ...

Donated by Karen McLaughlin

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

The pattern in the painting made me think of squares and I used a black pen to draw a grid pattern as a background.

No automatic alt text available.
 I was inspired by the colors and of course the use of pen . I wrote lines around some of my paper squares and I wrote the journaling with a pen. And the photo is a documentary of how my sweet daughter used some color pens on her hands to cheer on our bandy- team when they played the final of the Swedish Championships this past winter.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling
I used the pen for circles and doodling. Arrows are stamps and drawings. And I was inspired by the chaos in the picture .

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling
I have used pen to create my background of stripes. I then added watercolour picking up the orange in the painting. I used more of the colours in the papers.

I used a template and some distress inks. Used a black pen around all the shapes to create a stained glass effect.

I loved the green and brown colours in the abstract picture, The curved lines were a focal point too which is why I decided to draw circles on my layout.

I was inspired by the pastel shades in the artwork and by the repetitive nature of the brush strokes.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on July 31st, 2017.  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 June winners and our ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for July