Digi Artists Challenge September – November 2016

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Wow… Last quarter’s maiden Artist Challenge  got off to a slow start, I think everyone was either shy…or playing their cards VERY close to their chest.  But what a finish huh?  As a brand new concept and challenge, it’s natural that it will take time to pick up and gather momentum…but I had such a blast seeing all the fab Shakespeare inspired images…which of course by now are, or should shortly be available in the respective Artists stores… so be sure to check those out.

and the winners are… EVERYBODY… artists and crafters alike.  So congrats to  everyone on some fantastic new digis   <<INSERT APPLAUSE SOUND HERE …… LOL

This is a challenge for Digi Stamp Artists to play with new ideas, have some friendly competition and get the  creative juices flowing.  It’s a fun community art event which we hope will be a quarterly  occurrence.  It’s a new spin on the  old card challenge idea…  but now our favorite artists get to  play.

New artists are welcome too, if you are a new digi artist trying to get established and meet a fab group of established artists  and mentors, or an existing artist in need of some fresh fun ideas.  Come on in, the water is great.

Now onto the new challenge…. I ummed and agghed and ummed some more while trying to decide on a new theme.  It’s perfectly timed for a Christmas theme….BUT… all the artists usually have one of those running independently anyway..

The idea behind this challenge is to break out of the comfort zone and  so..without further ado.  The new theme is….

“In a state”

 

deadline midnight Central time November 30th, 2016

This is open to anything related to the theme ….and how you interpret it.  It’s pretty loose so there should be lots of room for  personal style in this one again.

I shall give a few ideas to show the flexibility of this theme ..and then you can run with it however suits you.  

State of mind
State of shock 
Texas themed
New Hampshire themed
Messy
State flower
State animal
State flags
State of emergency
State of confusion
State of undress <<<< someone will go there  LOL
Garden State
State of the Union
State fair

For those of you who like to draw characters, there are opportunities to practice facial expressions and body language.

For the quirky ones among you… again plenty of fun expressions to be had. 

For the saucy ones… well no need to guess where you are going

For those of you who love animals, nature, floral and such… there  are plenty of ways to make that work too.

If you want to play and are stuck for ideas… you can always hit me up….I am full of crazy ideas lol.

SEE UPDATES to the Challenge here  

RULES

  • Each artist may enter up to 10 individual images per given theme.
  • Images must not be made available for sale until the end of each challenge period. ( December 1st  for this one )
  • You may add single images, or link  to a blog post with up to 10 images..but each image must be entered in the challenge linky individually.
  • You may showcase the images in color, or projects on your blog links should you wish to …but challenge entries must be watercolored black and white lineart format.

So get your thinking caps on … let’s do this”

Image Explosion…. go big….or go home

KennyK Exploded Practice sheet

 

I was poking around on some facebook pages and saw a card that inspired me to do this practice sheet.  Everyone knows how much I love my KennyK digis … so it should be no big surprise that I chose those to test this out with.

I double checked the TOU (terms of use) ..to make sure I was ok to share this idea online.  So here goes, this is my practice sheet of cropped and blown up KennyK images.

Not all of the images I have, and I have a LOT of them…. are suited to this blown up square…. but would work great blown up in a rectangle or circular frame.. so don’t be surprised if you see more of these.



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KennyK Exploded Practice sheet



I  can see me having a lot of fun experimenting with these over the coming months.  It’s also a good way to practice areas you are struggling with… which for most people is hair and skin.

Images shown are:

“Bodacious Bev” digi stamp
“Download Diva” digi stamp
“Brianna Blaster” digi stamp
“Miss Fortune” digi stamp



I’m playing around with a combination of Chameleon pens and Zig Memory System Set on these ones, but I’m still not happy with the skin tones… I still prefer to do skin digitally.  But persevere I shall, and I think I will invest in a set of the brush markers.  I love the ones I have in the memory system set, but since it’s a mixed tip set.. obviously it doesn’t have the entire color range.  I love the Zig chalk pens  that came in the set for the hair, so a set of those in the writing tip is another must for early next year.

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OOh Christmas is coming….hurry hurry

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I know you all must be as crazy busy as I am right now with last minute gifts and cards, getting ready for the big day with family and friends.
I’ve been busy making cracker boxes for the little guys grandparent/great grandparent gifts, he stamped images for the candles and  stuck clear decal stickers on the bath salts jars.

I’ve been printing out coloring sheets for me to practice on over the coming months.  I printed a tonne of practice sheets… KennyK, Bugaboostamps and  a bunch of botanical images and various other images from other digi artists in my collection.   Really looking forward to getting some time to color and play with my pen sets and paints this winter.

jack_boardI’ve also been working on some Jack Skellington project for  hubby who is a huge Nightmare before Christmas fan…. of course this one was hijacked by the lil guy who also loves the movie.  I bought some  printables  and as soon as he saw them all I heard was …. “Mommy it’s Oogie Boogie and Jack ”  “Mommy print this, I stick that on…”  It’s another chalkboard vinyl project using the Ziggyboard sheets in a 12×12 scrapbookers frame.  It’s still in progress, but this is how it is looking so far.  The lil man had a blast putting stickers on this frame…

I actually had a couple of different “Jack” projects in mind for him to make for daddy…. but that is cool. Hubby will love the fact lil man helped make this one too.  I’ll share proper pics of those later when they are finished.

We still have coasters to stamp for all the grandpas and great grandpas and more frames to decorate… busy, busy times.

Hope everyone is keeping well..  may you all have a fantastic Christmas, or holiday season.

Reminder:  We have exclusive coupons available for CraftingAbility.com and ZiggyBoard.com which expire on the 31st.

…and if you haven’t noticed the banner on the right…  the new KennyK shop is up and running with digi and clear stamps and has a 30% off your first purchase available too.