Sunday, 28 October 2018

October highlights ...

There is still time to play along with us this month.  Joining in is very simple - please be inspired in some way by our wonderful art and use our criteria.   

Our October inspiration comes to you from Lyn Butchart with a piece called Green Peacock.

CRITERIA -  Monochromatic (can be any colour)
Feel free to use black, white, kraft or navy as your accent colours.

Monochromatic colours are all the colours (tones, tints and shades ) of a single hue.

Here are just a couple of entries that have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks ...

Cathy Lu

Lizzy Hill

We'd love to see your work too so please come and join in with us.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018


Applications are open to everyone – you don’t have to be a scrapbooking superstar nor live in Australia to apply – all are welcome.

The new team will run for 6 months from January 2019 through to end of June 2019 with every likelihood of an extension until the end of the year if mutually agreeable.

As a Design Team member you will be required to:

* Create one layout a month using the challenge requirements provided.  Challenges are set in advance and you are welcome to work ahead.

* Comment on all our challenge entries – I consider this a very important part of being on the ARTastic team so please consider if you are able to do this before applying.

* Promoting ARTastic on your blog or via Facebook or other social media.

*  Have a Facebook account as this is how we communicate as a team.

If you like taking inspiration from a source that is a little different to the norm we would love to hear from you.

To apply …

Participate in the challenge this month or the upcoming November challenge and include DT CALL with your name and country details when you submit your entry so I know you wish to be considered.

Applications close 15th of November and successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.  Your first submission will go live on 1st January, 2019.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

September winners ...

Thank you so very much for all your fantastic male inspired entries for our September challenge using this amazing painting by Robert Hagan called The mentor.

CRITERIA - Let's celebrate the males in our lives

Our winners are ...

#10 MAUD



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. 

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.

You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Welcome to October ...

Our October inspiration comes to you from Lyn Butchart with a piece called Green Peacock.

CRITERIA -  Monochromatic (can be any colour)
Monochromatic colours are all the colours (tones, tints and shades ) of a single hue.

A little about Lyn Butchart ...

Lyn Butchart draws her inspiration from the vibrant, textural and ethereal spirit of nature.

Born in 1951 in Manildra NSW of Aboriginal Irish Swedish descent, Lyn has developed a unique individual style ranging from contemporary to abstract. Her fascination with the ocean inspires intricate underwater scenes, a theme she is renowned for.  She undertakes extremely large works on paper, some of the largest in Australia, and incorporates strong vibrant colours that bring harmony and balance to her paintings.  Lyn is a self taught artist with over 25 years tutoring experience. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, and her work is held in private and corporate collections worldwide. Her work has also been featured in numerous national art magazines featuring watercolour and mixed media works.

Lyn lives and works in Grafton northern New South Wales, and travels frequently to conduct workshops in regional areas around Australia.

And now some inspiration from our team ...

This month we say goodbye to DT member Judy Willey. We all wish her the very best for the future and thank her for her amazing contribution and dedication to ARTastic as part of our design team.  We will be thinking of you Judy.

We'd like to welcome Sharon Bishop back to our little team.  Shazza's work is amazing and I am sure you will be inspired by what she creates for us.

Judy Willey - Australia
I have chosen green as my colour theme for this layout, using green mist and patterned papers.

Karen McLaughlin - Australia

Tanya Heritage - Australia
This was actually tricky doing a monochromatic layout. Just makes you realise how many colours you actually do put on a layout. I liked the textured look of all the peacock feathers so I textured my whole layout using old chipboard letters.

Tone Jensen - Norway
Cute as can be - I really like this photo of Daniel.....he looks a little mischievous here. I was inspired by the feathers.

Kat Gray - Australia
(Having a break this month but will be back with us in November)

Karen Brierley - Australia
After wavering between green and brown for this layout, I finally settled on monochromatic brown tones. The peacock in the inspiration piece prompted me to add a bird to the design.

Sharon Bishop - Australia
 I went with pale blues and I also added a peacock.

Jane Howden - Australia
I decided to do something a little different and got out my container of washi and put them to good use! 

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 Tanya Heritage

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 three (3) 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 September winners.