Monday, 31 August 2015

Calendar Challenge for September

Hi everyone, we have dwindled to a hardcore few, but that's ok.. hope you are still enjoying altering your calendars. I have to say, even though I was pushed for time this month I loved doing this page.. In fact I think it may be one of my faves. 

Here are the rules for Sept.. 

Here are the rules for September. 
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - add lines using the edge of a ruler or credit card dipped in paint
3. Add – use a random word generator to pick 10 words, use these to make a sentence to add to your page
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from September 1st 2015

Here is how my page started.. 

I really wasn't inspired by the original at all, too drab for me. So I turned to the main rule for this use a word generator to find 10 words. 

These are the words that is found for me. 


and here is the sentence/title that i pulled together. 

The parrot was curious about the daisy crime at the beach; a hairy boa was left at the heart shaped lantern

So, I picked out some areas to leave... there really wasn't much to choose from, but I decide to keep the wine bottles and the hat. I wasn't sure about the area on the right. I did end up covering this eventually. 

Next I blocked in some sea and sky, outlines the lantern in black and glued on real sand for the beach. 

I added shading to the lantern, and waves to the sea. 

and here is the hairy boa.... I did wonder how I was going to do a hairy snake, but then decided to go for a feather boa instead. 

I coloured in our parrot detective.. 

and added the crime based daisies to the wine bottles

The other rule was to use a ruler or credit card to add lines of paint, i added these in the sky under where the title would go. 

Then I printed out the sentence and glued it in place. 

On the bottom planner area I used the same blues and added more daisies. The green stems are also done with the side of the credit card. 

I added a few birds from my own stamp set EDY 10.  and the month stamp is from HPXT07

Here is the whole thing finished.. 

Here are the rules for October. 

1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - use water,bleach,rubbing alcohol to remove colour to create a pattern
3. Add – add something or use the style of a famous artist. Tell us which artist and why you like them. 
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from October 1st 2015


  1. Brilliant, Darcy! I guess yours is the difference between a gifted artist and someone who's trying!!! I'm loving the challenges...stretching a bit each time. Thanks for the challenges!! I continue to do the Artful Readers each!!

  2. Oh that is such a fun page!...I made life hard for myself lol...and made a 10 word sentence :D XXX

  3. ACK !!! AWESOME - this is just brilliant :-D
    I have just stumbled across you and might have a go at this :-)

    IKE xxx

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  4. Hahahaha :-) - well, belay that idea... I don't actually HAVE a Calendar !!! LoL :-D cc