Monday, 15 January 2018

December winners ...

Some wonderful entries for our December scrap-lift challenge last month - thank you to everyone who took the time in the busy lead up to Christmas and the new year to play along with us.

Although I said we would only do a second draw if we had more than 8 entries and since there were 7 of you I am feeling generous and have drawn two random winners from amongst our entries.

Congratulations go to ...


Louise TURNER

who lifted DT Tone

and 

Cathy LU

who lifted DT Judy

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. 

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 other challenges.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello 2018 ...

Welcome to a brand new year on ARTastic. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, spent quality time with your family and friends and are ready to get back into some crafty time for yourselves.

Our first inspiration for 2018 is this fantastic painting by Arthur Streeton called Beach Scene.

CRITERIA - Use vacation photos

A little about Arthur Streeton ...

Arthur Streeton was born on 8 April 1867 at Mount Duneed, Geelong, Victoria, the son of a schoolteacher. He took night classes at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, from 1882-87 and for two years during that time he worked as an apprentice lithographer with George Troedel & Co., Melbourne.

In the summer of 1886 Streeton met Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin, and subsequently joined their painting camps around Heidelberg and Box Hill, on the outskirts of Melbourne, where they were also joined by Charles Conder. Streeton exhibited about forty small plein air paintings in the ’9 × 5 Impressions’ exhibition of 1889. He moved to Sydney in 1890, where he became known for his lyric views of the area around Sydney Harbour and heroic landscapes of the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury River.

In 1897, Streeton left for England, breaking his journey with a stay in Cairo and Naples. While living in London he visited Italy and France and made several return trips to Australia. He admired the landscapes of Constable and Turner, as well as those of Philip Wilson Steer.

During the First World War Streeton served as an orderly at the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, and was subsequently appointed an official war artist, working in France. He finally returned to Australia in 1923, where he painted sunny, pastoral landscapes – which were appropriated in the cause of a conservative nationalism. In 1929 he became art critic for Melbourne Argus . He campaigned to preserve native forests, and sought better urban planning for Melbourne. After his wife’s death in 1938, Streeton retired to Olinda where he devoted most of his time to his gardening and listening to music. He died on 1 September 1943 at Olinda, Victoria.



And now some inspiration from our team ...

Judy Willey - Australia
I was inspired by the beach theme of the painting. The beautiful textures of the water and waves inspired my mixed media background too

Tanya Heritage - Australia
I choose the yellow and red colours from the people’s clothes to use with my Fijian holiday snap shot.

Karen McLaughlin - Australia

Tone Jensen - Norway
 I was inspired by the blue and light yellow colors....and water of course

Kat Gray - Australia
I made a pocket page inspired by the beach themes and the title of the artwork.

Elaine Schoof - Australia
I went with the beach theme like the painting.

Jane Howden - Australia
I picked out the blue and yellow from the painting and used some photos from a driving holiday my family did around Tasmania a few years ago.

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 January Prize

Second January Prize
(drawn if more than 8 entries)

Donated by Karen McLaughlin

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. 

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

Friday, 22 December 2017

Seasons Greetings ...

On behalf of all of us here at ARTastic Challenge blog I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone peace, joy and much happiness for the Christmas season.  Thank you for your continued support and encouragement throughout 2017.


ARTastic will be back in 2018 with new artwork and fresh challenges to inspire you.

Design Team for 2018

Judy Willey - Australia
Tanya Heritage - Australia
Karen McLaughlin - Australia
Kripa Koushik - Australia 
Tone Jensen - Norway
Kat Gray - Australia
Elaine Schoof - Australia
Jane Howden - Australia

Saying goodbye to ...

Evelyn Walter - Germany
Tracey Henly - Australia
Anna Uhras - Sweden
Maria Shakhova - Russia

Thank you for being part of ARTastic lovely ladies -  you have been an inspiration and we shall miss you.  All the very best in your crafting journey.

You still have until 11.55pm on the 31st of December to complete our December scraplift challenge and we would love to see your entries. If you have some downtime over the Christmas break please think of us :)

and now a couple of December highlights ...

Louise Turner

scraplifting DT Tone


Julie J

scraplifting DT Judy

Keep safe everyone and enjoy time with your family and friends - see you in 2018 !!

Friday, 15 December 2017

November winners ...

Some really striking entries for our challenge last month - thank you to everyone who took the time to play along with us.

Our main winner is #4 Julie J

Our random draw winner is #2 Emma

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 Kat.

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 other challenges.

Friday, 1 December 2017

And then it was December ...

Welcome to December and something just a little different on ARTastic this month.  Our team and our artworks are taking a short break away from normal design team duties for December but this doesn't mean we won't be having a challenge for you.

This month each of our team members present to you their favourite 2017 layout - your challenge is to select one of them and scrap lift it.  Just mention in your entry post which team member you have lifted.  There will be no voting this month - a winner will be selected by random draw.  If we have more than 8 entries in the month we will select an additional random winner.  Couldn't be simpler hey!!

KAREN
My page is from the May Challenge where the criteria was flowers. Everyone likes flowers, right :)

JUDY
Here is my March challenge page. I like the stamped and stencilled background which could be done with any colour and any stamps or stencils.

ANNA
Love the colors and I like the design. It’s from the August challenge.

MARIA
I love this layout! I used a lot of stamps, arrows, doodling and a pretty photo - it was a cool challenge in July!

EVELYN
This is one of my favourite layouts ever. I used tons of embellishments and I like the style of it. It is from the March challenge.

TRACEY
I love the colour tones and composition of my April challenge page.

ELAINE
My favourite page is from the June challenge. I still love the dreamy feel this page has.

TANYA
Here is my page from July. Its an easy and simple layout but I love it.

KAT
I don't often use mixed media in my projects so I was quite pleased with the layout I made for the September challenge (where the criteria was to use paint).

ANGELIKA
This is my favouorite layout- ever. I have it up on my wall by my bed.

TONE
 I like the playfulness of my July page.

KRIPA
I had so much fun making this layout. The composition, embelishments and colours were chosen to compliment the playfulness & energy of the little boy in the photograph. Here is a link to the video tutorial for this layout -https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=HwkU1MiLlnk

JANE
I love lots of white space and a design with clean and simple lines so my page from March really appeals to me.

Over to you ......

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on December 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 with other challenges.  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 15th for our announcement of the November winners.  

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 ...

Emma

Bozena

Julie

 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.


http://thecolourpress.blogspot.com.au/


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 ...

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

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

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

KAREN

 I was inspired by the yellow of the bird.

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

ANNA
 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.

JANE
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.