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01 May, 2022

May 2022 Main Challenge - Ocean & Add Splatters - Design Team Inspiration

Hello everyone and Happy May! Welcome to our May Main Challenge. As it is also #MerMay this month we are also on the lookout for mermaids and so you may well see a mermaid or two in our creations this month! Here comes the challenge!

All our Main Challenges are now ART JOURNAL Challenges!  

Our challenge has two parts, please use both prompts to inspire you:

Word Inspiration:  OCEAN
Creative Challenge:  ADD SPLATTERS

As previously mentioned in the Art Café Facebook Group, we have suspended all prizes until further notice due to the current world situation.

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

We would like you to be inspired by both parts of our challenge - our word inspiration OCEAN and our creative challenge - ADD SPLATTERS. We can't wait to see what you do!


Let's see what our lovely Design Team have created this month...


Sharon says:  I have always loved the OCEAN! My parents didn't have a lot of money, but they made sure we took a trip to the New Jersey shore every summer, if just for a day! I loved walking along the beach, feeling the the sand at my feet, and especially liked seeing the OCEAN rise and fall. It had a magical quality and I had many a dream of seeing a mermaid. In making my art journal page, I scattered black and white paint SPLATTERS around my silhouette mermaid and added the quote "The OCEAN is calling and I must go."




Heather says:  I found this wonderful quote online and it was perfect for my OCEAN art journal page. I was in a textural mood so I added lots of gorgeous sea-coloured texture to the cluster on the left. I created my background with geli printing and added SPLASHES in two shades of blue and pink.




Lisa says:  Reading the requirements for this months challenge, instantly took me to the deep sea. As a child I grew up in a Lighthouse, and the fantasy to see a mermaid was utterly palatable to me.

"She splashed and splattered water in my direction, her ocean eyes glistened, calling me to frolic and swim in the warmth of the deep blue sea."  This one is called "Ocean Eyes".





Elle says:  I've been thinking a lot lately about where I want to be and this place would be very high on the list - Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland where I have been lucky enough to visit more than once. I used watercolour, acrylic, metallic watercolour, collage, and even some Harris Tweed. If you look carefully, you might even see a little mermaid visiting the sheep!  Visit my blog to see how this page came together.




Kat says:  The main challenge for May is verbal inspiration: Ocean. In my work I used the quote "As free as the ocean"  May is of course also MerMay time, so my design featured a mermaid.




Sarah says:  The OCEAN is water vacations by the beach, and this is my inspiration from my diary. Holidays on the beach to enjoy the warm sand and the sound of waves.



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