September Challenge and Inspiration

Are you ready for some fun? Let’s try adding some texture or use patterns in our creative work this month!

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE:  TEXTURES/AND OR PATTERNS

Go to the Challenge page HERE for all the details and rules and to LINK UP your creation!

Here is some inspiration for you from Gail and Larissa and Peggy!

Larissa

Muffins and Lace usinng Celebrate with Liliacs from A Creative Need

Gail

September 5 Gail Scott NEW Texture ACN

Peggy

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You will find the ACN images used on these lovely cards in my ETSY SHOP.  Stop by Gail and Larissa’s blog to see more of their beautiful work and spread some love!  Have fun with the challenge; I can’t wait to see what you will do!

 Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!!

Deena

Gardening Digital Images

Hello again!  Did you miss me?  I apologize for not posting more regularly, but it’s been a busy summer.  My boys are going back to school this week and I am a little sad of it.  The summer flew by and I will miss the long warm days and not having a schedule or routine.  I’m sure we will adapt again quickly to the bagged lunches, rushed mornings, and homework routines!

As summer is waning, I know many of you are still working in the garden and enjoying those late summer blooms and trying to rejuvenate others.  These images are for you, I hope you enjoy them!  This is the best way I have found to enjoy the garden as I do not have a green thumb!

Click on the image to take you to the Etsy shop.

ACreativeNeed Garden Shelf Preview

ACreativeNeed Garden Palette Preview

This month’s FREEBIE is a lovely GARDEN URN, so don’t forget to pick it up for your scrap booking or card making!

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!! Come back Friday for our SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE and DT INSPIRATION!

Mini Mushroom Village Card Set

Hello! I’m back from an all too short vacation! But,  I’ve missed you all!! :)

I do have an exciting announcement to make… I am now making some of my prints and patterns available on different products at Society6!  I’m super nervous about this but I’ve taken the plunge!

My MINI MUSHROOM VILLAGE cards are now available as sets of 3, 5 or 10 at SOCIETY6!  They will be printed and shipped to your door!

You can see more of what I have in store at Society6 HERE.  Let me know what you think…I’m being very selective as to what I will make available there so you will not see the same things as in my ACNPrintable Art Etsy shop.  Let me know if you are looking for a particular pattern or image for a product and I’ll see what I can do.   Thank you!  Your feedback, comments and support are so very much appreciated.

Mini Mushroom Village Card Set

July Challenge Winner

THANK YOU for playing in last month’s challenge!

We will be taking a holiday for the month of August, but don’t worry…

we will be back with a fresh challenge on

SEPTEMBER 5

Our JULY challenge WINNER is MEL (Cards by Mel)! Mel used the Free Digital Image provided and for using an ACN image, she will receive a bonus image!

Congratulations Mel! Please e-mail deenaperreault@gmail.com with your 3 digital image choices from my Etsy shop.

GUIDELINES FOR CHALLENGE ENTRY:

Everyone is welcome to join in with a craft creation using any images you like! Of course I would love to see what you do with any of my ACN images, and I’m happy to share a FREE IMAGE with you every month! Join in the challenge ANYTIME THIS MONTH and leave a link to your creation(s) (card, journal page, jewelry, scrap page, art piece etc.) in the comments and I will pop on over to see what you’ve done. **If you enter and have followed the CHALLENGE theme, you will be placed in the random draw for 2 digi images of your choice!

**If you are the lucky random draw winner AND you’ve used an A CREATIVE NEED image in your creation, you will receive a bonus image for a total of 3 images!

LIMIT of up to 3 entries per/person please. The challenge runs from the first day of the new month to the end of the month. Winner is announced on the first FRIDAY of the new Month for the previous month’s challenge.

Would you like an ACN image of your own? Pick up this month’s FREEBIE !

We will be back with a fresh challenge on

SEPTEMBER 5

Sweet Elephant Mixed Media

I’ve been using my baby elephant digital image  in different ways, and here is the latest result….a mixed media print.

I painted and distressed a background in blue, teal and oatmeal  to create my paper…

Sea Green Painted Paper 2 preview

 

added in my blue bird and stencil stenciled in my elephant using a digital stencil I created from my original drawing…

ACN Elephant Art Childrens Illustration Preview

then I painted in some of my long stem florals that you may have seen used a few weeks back in my  Long Stem Floral Digital Paper Pack.

I gave a print of this to my friend’s 3 year old daughter who just loved it!  I’m quite sure the next time I go over it will be up on her bedroom wall and she will take me by hand to see it! :)

Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day!

Deena

Watercolour Illustrtation~Mini Mushroom Village

I’m so excited to share this illustration today! This creative piece just makes me happy! It just puts a smile on my face!  I really enjoyed the process of creating it, and now it holds a special place in my heart.

This digital watercolour was inspired by Danielle Donaldson‘s workshop CREATIVE GIRL: LAND OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS .  Danielle works with traditional media, and creates her beautiful art in pencil, watercolour, acrylics and papers.

I have been practising my digital painting techniques and was really excited about creating a ‘mixed media’ piece in a completely digital format.

I approach a digital piece much the same as I do a traditional piece.  I start with a white canvas and build my paint up in layers.

Here are a few photos of my process…

I painted in watercolours for the background with different brush work, and then sketched in my mushroom houses in pencil.

 I painted with more watercolours and white acrylic on the next two layers…

…finishing my illustration with pen and white liquid ink. (All Digital)

This is a change of pace for me as my style is usually more classically inspired.   This is light, loose, and whimsical! Yay for me! I think it’s important to stretch myself creatively and challenge myself to try things outside of my comfort zone. I have to say it felt really good!   I would love to hear what you think…

Illustration Friday’s challenge keyword is GOLDEN this week so I’ve shared there as I’ve used what I feel is a golden palette. It is vibrant and fun with the use of golden yellows to highlight my little mushroom houses. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!!

Deena x