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 ...


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

KAT
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.

TONE
 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.

ANGELIKA
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.

EVELYN
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.

KRIPA
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.

JANE
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,
Karen


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 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 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.



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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 ...

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

ANNA
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 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.

MARIA
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I used the pen for circles and doodling. Arrows are stamps and drawings. And I was inspired by the chaos in the picture .

ELAINE
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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.

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

TANYA
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.

JUDY
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

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

June highlights ...

We'd love to see more entries for our June challenge  - I hope you might find some creative time in the next couple of days to join in with us. The challenge is EITHER doing a vintage style page OR featuring children on your layout and since most of us scrap our kids this really could not be simpler.

Here are just a couple of layouts that have caught our eye this month ...

Leanne
who has very beautifully combined both a child and vintage style - well done you!

Jasmine
who has delightfully used a photo of her boys flying a kite

Hope to see your entry too!



Thursday, 22 June 2017

Welcome to our June guest ...

Please welcome our lovely guest designer this month, Rachel Dutko with her beautiful layout inspired by our artwork for June.

I was pushed out of my comfort zone with the requirements being a vintage style layout. I took inspiration from the colours, the 'outdoors' theme and the lineal composition of 'The Kite'.


Hi! My name is Rachel Dutko and I live in Adelaide with my husband and our 2 young boys, who are the inspiration for the majority of my scrapbook pages. I am currently on the Design Teams for Colour Blast Australia, D-lish Scraps, Uniquely Creative Kit Club, as well as 'Scrap The Boys' and 'Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia' challenge blogs. I really like using mixed media, texture, and learning new techniques. I think my style is fun, bright, and sometimes messy, 'boy' pages.


Blog: www.sequinsandstarsandlittletoycars.blogspot.com.au
Instagram: www.instagram.com/rachel_dutko



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.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Our June mid month reveal ...

Welcome to our mid month reveal.

This month we feature this delightful artwork by Ethel Spowers called The Kite.  

CRITERIA - VINTAGE style OR featuring CHILDREN
 (or for an extra challenge combine both)


And some lovely inspiration from our second team ...

KAT
Huge congratulations to Kat from all of the team on the birth of twins ...
I find vintage style challenging so I made a layout about my children. I don't have much time to scrap with newborn twins so I used a pre-made page kit which features geometric shapes (inspired by the kite) and some of the colours from the painting.

TONE
I decided to feature children (well one child) outdoors playing.

ANGELIKA
I was inspired by the sepia tones in the painting to do my photos in sepia. The vintage challenge inspired me to do a page about a flapper girl performance. I also fussy cut a million vintage roses.

KAREN
The inspiration I have taken from this painting is the sense of oldy worldy.

KRIPA

I started with vintage & children and ended up making shabby chic instead  the painting of the children looking at the kite inspired me to pick this photo of my son.

ANNA
 I have made a try to combine both but I'm not sure how I succeeded  - the wooden background has that vintage feel and I am featuring children or at least one child. I have used some of the colors from the painting too.

JANE
I've combined both taking the colours from the painting as my inspiration. I've used a sweet photo of a family member.

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.

Friday, 9 June 2017

May winners / June tutorial ...

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


Timeless Layout by Tracey Henly



Working with acetate can be troublesome when you don’t wish your adhesive to be visible. This new Heidi Swapp range called Magnolia Jane has an awesome coordinating acetate sheet. You could of cause just use it as a full 12 x 12 overlay but I decided to fussy cut it up and layer it with the matching pattern paper.

Now remember Acetate comes with a plastic coating that you just peel off before attaching to your layout.

After you have cut out all your elements decide where your photo is to sit on your layout and draw a pencil line around it. This will give you a guild as to where you want your flowers to go.

Your first layer goes on flat just use your double sided tape for the paper flowers and glossy accents for the acetate.

You can cut clusters up and make them smaller to make your design work.

Mat your photo if you wish and using magic mount double sided foam raise your photo up off the background. I actually used two layers so I could poke some of the second layer of flowers under the photo.

So add your second layer of flowers by using one layer of foam tape.

Cut your doily in half and position on either side of your photo.

Now I use a product called scrap dots, which is like silicone gel. It allows me to get more height on certain elements if I wish it.

So the final layer of acetate flowers which just go over the edges of the photo I have attached with the scrap dots.

I added a Heidi acetate title …. Timeless.

Also with the left over clear acetate from the 12 x 12 sheet, I stamp butterflies on it with black staz on.

Then turn it over and coloured the back with alcohol Inks, let dry then cut out and attach to your layout.

Have fun playing with acetate.

Thanks for looking

Tracey


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

Our main winner for May is #3 Maja with this delightful page.




Our random draw winner is #5 Asa




Donated by Anna Uhras

Congratulations ladies.

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. 

We have two Creative Team highlights from last month, Evelyn and Karen with their gorgeous layouts.  They will each receive a little surprise something from me.

Evelyn

Karen

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.