Tuesday, 28 November 2017

November highlights ...

 There is still time to play along with us this month.  Simply use a black background and be inspired in some way by our November artwork - Landing by Poncho Army.
CRITERIA - Use a BLACK background

Here are just a couple of entries that have caught our eye during November ...




 Come and join in with us.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A November tutorial ...

Introducing a beautiful page and inspirational process video by team member Kripa Koushik based on our November artwork - Landing by  Poncho Army.
CRITERIA - Use a BLACK background

Two aspects of the painting by Poncho Army stood out for me – blue and yellow against a black background and an imagined movement of the bird landing on the lone tree branch.

 So I selected shades of blue and yellow with a few pastel colours to balance. Inspired by the vibrancy of the painting, I chose these two photographs of my boys engaged in a screaming match which was their idea of fun! 

I’ve used many different chipboard pieces behind the photographs (numbers) to frame the pictures (polaroid frames) and as embellishments (arrows & words). 

I hope you enjoy the video.


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.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Our November mid month reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.

This month our inspiration comes to you from Poncho Army with Landing.

CRITERIA - Use a BLACK background

You may now combine your entry with other challenges.

And some lovely inspiration from our second team ...

I was inspired by the colours in the artwork and the winged creature.

I was inspired by the blue colors and the small dots on the photo.

Please come back on the 22nd to see Kripa's amazing page and a special video tutorial showing how she put it all together.


 I was inspired by the yellow of the bird.

I was inspired by the burst of bright colour on the black.

 I made a card this time. Was inspired by the the bright happy colors. Used a free cut file by talented Laura Whitaker . Used inks and blending tool for the coloring.

Inspired by the vivid yellow and blue and the bird theme.

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.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

October winners ...

Congratulations to our  October winners - thank you to everyone who took the time to join in with us last month.

Our main winner is #11 Karen

Our random draw winner is #1 Jackie.

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. Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar. 

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Kripa.

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.

Remember you may combine your entry with other challenges.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

And then it was November ...

Welcome to November and a new challenge here at ARTastic.

This month our inspiration comes to you from Poncho Army with Landing.

CRITERIA - Use a BLACK background

A little about Poncho Army ...

Trina Collins, who works under the pseudonym Poncho Army, is an artist who isn’t afraid to get some paint under her fingernails. Known for her detailed line work, precision cut stencils and signature splatter paint skies, she has appeared in numerous gallery shows, been a finalist in multiple art prizes.  The central theme for Poncho Army’s art is the exploration of contrasts – between urban and rural spaces, between internal and external realities, between melancholy and joy. She loves to capture youthful innocence and often draws upon her experiences growing up in a shrinking rural landscape to gather inspiration for her work.

This year we are putting the ART back into ARTastic and our main prize each month will reflect that - this month featuring amazing products from Kaisercraft.

And as always a lovely prize pack for our random draw winner ...
Donated by Tanya Heritage

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

My challenge is quite simple. Black background, bright strips and cute photo.

The striking colours of the bird on the black background in the artwork are stunning and have inspired my colour choice and the photo. I took the photo recently when the cheeky cockatoo "joined us for lunch"!

I loved this new sugar skull piece from Memory Maze chipboard and couldn't wait to use it. The black background criteria for this months challenge was perfect. I even found an old set of basic grey chipboard that I used to embellish this. Love when I use up old stash with new stash.

I chose to use the blue and yellow of the painting in my layout. My background is made with gesso coloured with mist.

I loved the pop of yellow in this painting too.

I was inspired by the bold colors and chose pink and the blue of the bird.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on November 30th, 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 October winners and our final ARTastic 3T's - Tips, Tricks and Techniques for this year