Monday, 21 March 2016


Hi and welcome! At the moment I'm having heaps of fun experimenting with different mediums to make background papers, some of which I've used to create the layout for this month's ARTastic challenge. The added criteria was to use wood veneer.

The background was part of a paper created in a class held at timetocreate last month. On this we sponged paper soft- colour, through different-sized stencils. This paper soft is a wonderful product which gives fabulous effects. The shapes made were stamped. In the white sections remaining I added some of my tangled patterns with a black sharpie. I also used green, purple, copper and gold sharpies to some sections of the design.
The leaves were made from another piece of background paper I had made last year, using a distress ink smooshed tissue paper glued onto cardstock. This was then stamped with distress and archival inks.
To go with the quirky inspiration art piece, I used a photo of a tawny family from a few years ago. The youngster was definitely AD/HD and stayed awake quite  few hours during the day when it (and parents) should have been sleeping. This was just one of the photos we were able to capture of its antics!

The wood veneer came into play with the speech bubbles, title, butterflies, leaves and owl.
To complete the piece I added some fibres.

Pop on over to artasticchallengeblog to check out what the team has done with this amazing artwork.
Thank you for coming by. Catch you again soon.
Cheers, Di


  1. Oh Diane this is gorgeous - both the background and that wonderful photo - love you wee comments!

  2. Oh!! Di I am so happy to see you on the track again creating all this beauties everytime <3 Great BG work and a fabulous take on the challenge!! Many thanks fo sharing with us at ARTastic this month!! Anna xo

  3. So pleased you are having fun creating and super happy to see these gorgeous little owls. Love the background you have created. Many thanks for sharing with us on ARTastic.

  4. What a fabulous background and perfect pic for the challenge. Thanks so much for sharing with us

  5. colorful and great ! This feels like looking right into the jungle...great photo and I really like all the green around :D
    Thanks for joining us at ARTastic ! :D

  6. Fabulous take on the challenge. I love all your mixed media effects. Thanks for playing along with the ARTastic challenge this month.

  7. Beautiful birds! Beautiful work!

  8. Wow! that photo is so cool and how perfect for the challenge!! Love all your texture on the LO. Thanks for joining our challenge at ARTastic :)

  9. Your handmade background paper is so cool! And the photo is adorable/perfect for this challenge. Thanks for creating with us at ARTastic!

  10. Thanks for joining us, Di! Your layout is awesome!