Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Welcome to August ...

Our August inspiration comes to your from Marie Jonsson-Harrison with "Balloon-Wedding"

CRITERIA - Feature things that fly either in the photos or as embellishments

A little about Marie Jonsson-Harrison ...

Born in Sweden, her grandparents were famous circus artists and her father is Adelaide based sculptor, Ted Jönsson. Marie immigrated to Australia with her family in 1972, and embarked on a highly successful career ‘diversion’ as an international model. Picking up on peripatetic life of her forebears she was to enjoy success as” Miss Summer Spain”,” South Australia Model of the Year” and “Australian Model of the Year”. However her rich artistic heritage soon exerted its primacy and she began painting while pregnant with her son.
Bringing immediate zest and life to the genre of Naïve or Naïf Art (sometimes also referred to as outsiders art, innocent art) she developed a unique painting approach wherein figures and objects are rendered in relief, giving the works a wonderful human and tactile quality. Marie’s art can best be described as Contemporary Naive Art.
Marie brings to her work a great sense of humour and keen observation of life, always presenting a positive and joyful experience often with a social comment about the human condition. Her paintings, prints and sculptures are for sale and are collected widely throughout Australia and internationally. Japan and USA has proved to be particularly appreciative and supportive markets for Marie and recently she has been making inroads into the European market.

And now some inspiration from our team ...

Judy Willey - Australia
I loved this fun challenge and have used a photo of my grandchildren launching their paper planes. I have also used a Resin Rainbow plane in my embellishments.

Karen Brierley - Australia
I focused on the vibrant colour and a mode of flying transport - and this prompted me to create a page for my 2017 travel journal.

Karen McLaughlin - Australia

Tanya Heritage - Australia
Things related to flying always reminds me of holidays. Here is my daughter while on her holidays in Europe.

Tone Jensen - Norway
We are making Halloween fingers for Halloween. Made of almond cake dough and almonds.....very good !

Kat Gray - Australia
I've made a card featuring lots of flying insects (a moth die cut, a butterfly paperclip and some firefly patterned paper. I've also chosen a sentiment that ties in with the 'things that fly' criteria and the wedding theme from the artwork.

Jane Howden - Australia
I broke out my Maggie Holmes sticker book and added some butterflies and a cute little bird to my layout.

Our main prize winner this year will be selected by random draw - so anyone could be a winner, no matter your style or your level of experience or your country of residence. If there are more than 8 entries in the month a second prize (donated each month by one of our team) will be drawn.

Main Prize

Second Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)
Donated by Jane Howden

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so please check your day and time. You may combine your entry with other challenges. Please include our inspirational picture and challenge details on your blog post as well as providing a link back to us at ARTastic. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome. No blog? No problem!  You can also add your entry to our gallery on our Facebook page.

Please call past on the 15th for our announcement of the July winners. 


  1. What a delightful inspiration piece and awesome samples!! I esp love Judy's fun interpretation with the paper airplane fabulous. Thank you for another lovely challenge.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  2. Wonderful inspiration by your design team.

    Thanks for a fun challenge.