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Weekly Art Challenge: Be Inspired by Our Swap Winners! (April 15, 2009)

Weekly Art Challenge: Be Inspired by Our Swap Winners! (April 15, 2009)

I was inspired by Shannon Sawyer's twinchies to make this fun birthday tag for a friend. I used the Lavender Lovelies collage sheet in the background like Shannon did. And I dug out my rub-ons and added them to my tag. What fun!


Weekly Art Challenge: Be Inspired by Our Swap Winners! (April 15, 2009)

Weekly Art Challenge: Be Inspired by Our Swap Winners! (April 15, 2009)

For this week, check out the gorgeous artwork made by our recent swap winners. Here's 2 twinchies made by our big swap winner: Shannon Sawyer. I love her purple hued color palette and I love her layers of rub-ons. Her gorgeous artwork inspired me to make....


Weekly Art Challenge: What do you love? (April 22, 2009)

Weekly Art Challenge: What do you love? (April 22, 2009)

For this week, make a collage or set of collages devoted to things that you love. I made this set of twinchies (2" square collages) for a recent ARTchix swap. It was so much fun!


Weekly Art Challenge: Celebrate Birds! (April 29, 2009)

Weekly Art Challenge: Celebrate Birds! (April 29, 2009)

For this week, make an ATC (or collage of any size) that features a beautiful bird or birds in it.

I made this ATC for our upcoming swap: Art Blast ATCs. It was so fun! I made this ATC with ARTchix images, pink tinfoil ornaments that I bought in Mexico ages ago and rub-ons.


Weekly Art Challenge (June 2, 2009): Make a Background out of Receipts & Ephemera!

Weekly Art Challenge (June 2, 2009): Make a Background out of Receipts & Ephemera!

The beautiful card from Paris brought to mind a painting that I did after James and I got married. This is a huge canvas that hangs in our dining area. First, I painted the background with ochre acrylic paint. Then I randomly glued on receipts from our honeymoon and misc. papers from our wedding. Next, I got out a big paintbrush and painted the heart on top of all of the papers and added the green background, etc. I also used a toothbrush to flick on paint and I put the paint on heavy in some places so that it would drip down. I really enjoyed painting this and it's such a special memento of our wedding day and honeymoon.

Now I've collected and saved the receipts and misc. papers from our recent trip to Europe. And I'm thinking about what I should do with them. I haven't decided exactly yet but I'm thinking something like this would be fun. Will be sure to show you when I do. : )

In the meantime, your art challenge for this week is to collect receipts and misc. papers from your week and then use them in a background for a collage of any size you'd like. You can paint over them or keep them as is, your choice. I just think it will be fun to play with receipts in our backgrounds. : )


Weekly Art Challenge (June 2, 2009): Make a Background out of Receipts & Ephemera!

Weekly Art Challenge (June 2, 2009): Make a Background out of Receipts & Ephemera!

When I was in Paris recently, I bought this beautiful card. If you look closely, this talented artist (Sophie Adde), made a background out of newsprint and ephemera. Then she painted on top of it with acrylic paints. I think it's absolutely gorgeous and so inspiring!


Weekly Art Challenge (June 17): Art up an uplifting quote!

Weekly Art Challenge (June 17): Art up an uplifting quote!

I read this great quote in a magazine and wanted to do something special with it. Right now, my big goal is to lose weight so having this by my desk helps keep me motivated. One morning, I got up early and just wrote out the quote in thick markers. Then I dug out my scrap bin and just glued down random scraps of paper and doodled a bit with watercolor crayons and pens. This took me about 20 minutes to do. Try it, it's so much fun!


Weekly Art Challenge (July 1): Play with Pink and Blue!

Weekly Art Challenge (July 1): Play with Pink and Blue!

I love this color combination! As you can see here, I made these ATCs featuring pink and blue flowers. It made me want to make lots more collages with this color scheme. Try it, you'll be hooked! : )


Weekly Art Challenge (Aug 5): Bring back the kitty!

Weekly Art Challenge (Aug 5): Bring back the kitty!

Earlier this year, I played with the tiger image that is found on my favorite tea package (Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice). Well guess what, I drank another package's worth of tea and had another box to play with. Hence, I decided to bring back the kitty and play with him again!

For this week, add a kitty to your artwork.


Weekly Art Challenge (Aug 12): Masterboard Playtime!

Weekly Art Challenge (Aug 12): Masterboard Playtime!

I recently read a great article in Stampers Sampler. It was about creating a Masterboard which they describe as: "The artist first creates a "master" by layering many elements of color and graphics together on a page. The process should be reckless and random. Once satisfied, the artist makes several copies of the master. The copies are then used as backgrounds, panels and elements in other projects." What a fantastic idea!

I was so inspired that I immediately ran to my art supplies and created the masterboard shown here. It was so fun! I randomly glued down scraps of decorative papers and added ARTchix words and images. Then I highlighted areas with watercolor crayons and rubber stamps.

The art challenge for the next 2 weeks is to copy my masterboard shown here and make something out of it! Anything at all. My favorites will get to pick 3 ARTchix sheets of their choice as their prize. Woohoo!


Weekly Art Challenge (Aug 26): To Have and To Hold!

Weekly Art Challenge (Aug 26): To Have and To Hold!

This challenge was inspired by these fabulous bookmarks from our Paris swap. Laura Barnes created the ones on the far right and left and Eileen Terhaar Clark created the one in the center. I love how all of the figures are holding mini Eiffel Towers. Looks so fantastic!

For this week, make a piece of art that shows a person or animal holding something.


Weekly Art Challenge (Sept 9): Checkerboard Fun!

Weekly Art Challenge (Sept 9): Checkerboard Fun!

For this week, add a checkerboard to your art. I love making simple checkerboard backgrounds. In this piece, I tore bits of wrapping paper into squares and then glued them onto watercolor paper with a glue stick. Then I then rubbed the edges with watercolor crayons to blend the background together.

Next, I added the lovely woman, flower and words from our Tell Me a Story sheet. They say "be bright beautiful blooming bliss." Love it! I finished this collage by sewing on some pink seed beads.


Weekly Art Challenge (Sept 16): Play with Pink and Green!

Weekly Art Challenge (Sept 16): Play with Pink and Green!

For this week, play with two of my favorite colors: pink and green! I used this color palette when I made my Paris-themed bookmarks shown here. So much fun!


Weekly Art Challenge (Sept 30): Little Big Combo!

Weekly Art Challenge (Sept 30): Little Big Combo!

For these 2 weeks, make an inchie (1" square collage) and add it to a 4" square collage or an ATC (2.5" x 3.5"). It's wonderful to challenge yourself by combining little and big elements together. Have fun!


Art Challenge (Jan 6 - 20, 2010): Vintage Postcard Inspiration

Art Challenge (Jan 6 - 20, 2010): Vintage Postcard Inspiration

Here is the ATC that I made that is inspired by the vintage postcard. I had so much fun making it!


Art Challenge (Jan 6 - 20, 2010): Vintage Postcard Inspiration

Art Challenge (Jan 6 - 20, 2010): Vintage Postcard Inspiration

I recently came across this beautiful postcard in my collection. It features a giant gold scrap butterfly with a vintage image and some netting and satin ribbon. Just beautiful! For this art challenge, make a collage (or anything you'd like) that is inspired by this old postcard.


Art Challenge: Get Inspired by the Power of 3!

Art Challenge: Get Inspired by the Power of 3!

I made this collage and focused on adding sets of 3 (my lucky number and also this number of items is pleasing to look at). You'll find 3 butterflies, 3 of my kitty (the wings on the woman at the top are kitty ears), sets of 3 circles and the word "happy" is repeated 3 times. Fun, fun! : )


Art Challenge: Get Inspired by Making Inchies!

Art Challenge: Get Inspired by Making Inchies!

Every day this week, except for one day off, make an inchie (1" square collage). It's great to add a tiny dose of creativity to your days..they take minutes...and are so fun. Make 5 inchies in total for this art challenge.


Weekly Art Challenge: Get Inspired by Making Inchies AND the Power of 3!

Weekly Art Challenge: Get Inspired by Making Inchies AND the Power of 3!

This week, make 5 inchies (1" square collages) again. But this time, limit yourself to only 3 main items to play with. Here I played with our Green Decorative Papers, the Chixies Royal Purple Birds sheet and the packaging from my favorite tea: Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice. Try to make one of your items a recycled item like a tea box, chocolate wrapping, wrapping paper, etc. It's great to add recycling to your art!


Weekly Art Challenge: Get Inspired by Making Twinchies!

Weekly Art Challenge: Get Inspired by Making Twinchies!

For the last 2 weeks, we've made inchies...how about we move up a size to twinchies (2" square collages)? I personally LOVE this size!


Weekly Art Challenge: Show Off Your Favorite Twinchie!

Weekly Art Challenge: Show Off Your Favorite Twinchie!

Last week, we made twinchies (2" square collages). This week, pick your favorite twinchie (or make a new one) and make something out of it. I made a fun necklace out of mine. How about framing yours in a unique way, turning it into a cool card or postcard, a fun piece of jewelry..the possibilities are endless.... : )


Art Challenge: Celebrate Your Day with Inchies

Art Challenge: Celebrate Your Day with Inchies

Inchies are a wonderful way to be creative most every day. While I was away on vacation, I made an inchie a day to celebrate what I learned and did that day. It was soo fun to do! Some inchies took 2 minutes...others took 15. I found the whole experience to be so uplifting that I want to encourage you to do it too. Please make at least 20 inchies this month using only 2-3 ARTchix sheets of your choice.


ART CHALLENGE: Play in our New Art Lottery!

ART CHALLENGE: Play in our New Art Lottery!

Make up to 3 altered wooden clothespins. See our online class for inspiration: http://www.artchixstudio.com/shop/class_AlteredClothespins.html. Enter your clothespins by posting them to the wall of our Facebook Fan Page or email them to gillian@artchixstudio.com. One of my kitties will pick the winner who will win all of the altered clothespins that are submitted.


Art Challenge: Make a Monochromatic Twinchie!

Art Challenge: Make a Monochromatic Twinchie!

This quick art challenge kicks off my new Color Series Art Challenges. All this month, we'll take a trip around the color wheel and I'll be hosting fun art challenges related to color.

For this week, pick a color and make a monochromatic (one color) twinchie (2" square collage). I pulled out an assortment of green papers and cut, ripped and glued them into place. Then added a bit of embellishment with watercolor crayons and pencils. Fast, fun and easy. : )


Art Challenge: Make a Twinchie with Complimentary Colors!

Art Challenge: Make a Twinchie with Complimentary Colors!


Art Challenge: Make a Twinchie with Analogous Colors!

Art Challenge: Make a Twinchie with Analogous Colors!

This week, make a 2" square collage (twinchie) with analogous colors (3 colors next to eachother on the color wheel).


Art Challenge: Make a collage with warm or cool colors!

Art Challenge: Make a collage with warm or cool colors!

This week, make a collage (any size) with warm colors (red, orange, yellow) or cool colors (green, blue, purple). Have fun with this! : )


Art Challenges for June 2010: Recyle * Refresh * Renew

Art Challenges for June 2010: Recyle * Refresh * Renew

For the month of June, we'll be playing with common household recycled items. Each week, I'll announce a new recycled item to play with. Come join the fun!


Art Challenge for July: Mermaids * Mermen * Meranimals

Art Challenge for July: Mermaids * Mermen * Meranimals

I love mermaids and have quite a collection of them! So, I'm super excited about this fun art challenge. Make mermaids, mermen, meranimals simply by adding fish tails to your favorite images. So much fun!


Art Challenge (August 4 - 16, 2010): Get creative with drink umbrellas!

Art Challenge (August 4 - 16, 2010): Get creative with drink umbrellas!

I recently had a couple of fun, fruity drinks on vacation and fell in love with the pretty umbrellas that came with them. Before you know it, I whipped up this fun art journal page exploring different ways to play with these fun decorations. Join me and play with some too!


Blog Art Challenge: Turquoise Inchies

Blog Art Challenge: Turquoise Inchies

Make inchies (1" square collages) that feature the color turquoise. I put together an Artist Trading Card that includes 6 turquoise inchies...fun, fast and easy.


Blog Art Challenge: Popsicle Sticks

Blog Art Challenge: Popsicle Sticks

Make something creative using a popsicle stick. I made this flag and wrapped a popsicle stick to the top. Fun stuff!


Blog Art Challenge: Make art with our new free gift!

Blog Art Challenge: Make art with our new free gift!

I thought it would be fun to try something different. How about making something with the beautiful free gifts that we're giving away with purchases this month? You'll receive a wonderful variety of materials to play with... a great, fun challenge! I made this cute collage shown here. : )


Blog Art Challenge: Halloween Art

Blog Art Challenge: Halloween Art

Make a piece of art that celebrates Halloween. Any shape, any size, it's totally open...just have fun making something for Halloween.


Blog Art Challenge: German Scrap!

Blog Art Challenge: German Scrap!

Make something for the holidays (a tag, card, gift, etc) with our exquisite German Scrap! See our new class at artchixstudio.com/inspiration/classes for some great ways to alter our German Scrap to jumpstart your creativity!


Blog Art Challenge: Artful Giftwrapping

Blog Art Challenge: Artful Giftwrapping

It's the holidays and one of my favorite things to do is wrap gifts. Show off your creativity by sharing photos of your artfully giftwrapped presents this year.


Blog Art Challenge: Make something with your old calendar!

Blog Art Challenge: Make something with your old calendar!

A new year means a new calendar...but what will you do with your old calendar? Don't put it in the recycling bin...make something with it. : )


Blog Art Challenge: Snow

Blog Art Challenge: Snow

Make a collage, take a photo, draw....anything you'd like...celebrate the beauty of snow.


Blog Art Challenge: Hearts

Blog Art Challenge: Hearts

Make a collage, draw, take photos...celebrate the beauty of love and hearts. Valentine's Day is fast approaching.


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