Sunday, 1 November 2020

Welcome to November ...

 A pretty vintage challenge for you this month - hope you can find time to play along with us.

Our inspiration this month comes to you from Hilda Rix Nicholas with Picardy Girl.

CRITERIA - Vintage style

A little about Hilda Rix Nicholas ...

Hilda Rix Nicholas was an Australian painter of great ambition who established her career in the early decades of the 20th century both internationally and in Australia. Classically trained in the studios of Paris she became part of the artist colony in Etaples. Along with Ethel Carrick Fox, Rix Nicholas was one of the first women to practise her art openly in the streets of Tangier in Morocco and successfully exhibited her work at the prestigious Paris Salon and the Societe de Peintres Orientalistes Francais .

On her return to Australia after the Great War she worked from her studio in Mosman for four years. Rix Nicholas was feted as an international artist and her paintings in and around Sydney reflected her cosmopolitan training including her exposure to the Post Impressionists. This exhibition features important paintings from her time in France, Tangier and Sydney which have not been exhibited together since Hilda Rix Nicholas’s solo exhibitions in the 1920s.

And now some inspiration from our team ...
(in no particular order)

Karen McLaughlin - (Australia)

Dale Tiernan -  (Australia)

Sharon Bishop - (Australia)
I used doilies for my vintage theme and took light pink and purple from the inspirational piece. I painted the doilies from darkest to light.

Karen Guy (Australia)
I was inspired by the flowers and colours from the painting, fussy cutting and flowers mixed together have a lovely look of depth!

Karen Brierley - (Australia)
I made a double heritage-themed layout. My inspiration from the painting was the addition of the mauve flowers and mauve journalling tag.

Annemarie Caister - (New Zealand)

Jane Howden - (Australia)
I took a patterned paper I really had no idea what to do with and added a Pink Paislee note card to it along with some flowers and gold hearts to create my vintage layout of my Grandparents with my Aunt.

Our main prize winner is 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)

Now over to you ......

This year we will no longer be using a "linky" tool. Please upload your entries directly to the monthly album in our Facebook public group (ARTastic challenges) by midnight on the last day of the month - please remember we are an Australian based challenge so do check your day and time. For anyone not on Facebook, simply email us your entry and if you have a blog, a link to that too so we can still pop past for a visit. You may combine your entry with 3 other challenges. You may enter more than once in any month as long as each submission is with a different creation. International entries are very welcome.

Hope to see your amazing layouts in our Facebook gallery.


  1. Love that vintage art. I hope to play along this time after a long hibernation. THank you for a great challenge.

  2. Please play along Lili, we'd love to see your creation.