Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Aussie Beach Babe - Chris Sexton

ARTastic provided an amazing poster depicting the Australian beachside lifestyle of the 1930's as its inspiration for July, with the criteria of using striped pattern paper. As an added challenge, ARTastic combined with CSI, providing the extra criteria of using polka dots, scallops, distressed edges, the colours of the poster and journalling on stripes.
I found a wonderful photo of my mum at the beach, looking stunning, taken in the late 1940's, so I decided to create a beach layout. I wanted it to be stylised like the images in the poster so I drew simple shapes to depict the sun, clouds and waves. I used an unadorned bright blue background to reflect the clean lines of the poster.
I used striped pattern paper to create a beach towel, I punched a scalloped edge along each end, and used the holes to tie stranded embroidery thread to create a fringe. The stripes on the towel provided me with the perfect spot to do my journalling.Scallops were also used on the sun and clouds and I used yellow polka dot paper to depict the sand on the beach, which I inked, then distressed round the edge for added texture. I also distressed the edge of the clouds.
I added some blue mesh to depict the sea and some chipboard shells, which I painted with Liquid Pearls.
As a finishing touch I used two tones of yellow embroidery thread to hand-stitch a border round the page, then inked the edges.
I love how bright and colourful the layout is, and how all the elements reflect our Aussie lifestyle. I really enjoyed the challenge.
Cheers, Chris.


  1. Love it Chris - the colours are fabulous and I am a total sucker for vintage photographs so this works for me on all levels ! Thank you so much for joining in with us on ARTastic.

  2. I love the beach towel you have created. Your page is fabulous. Thanks for joining in with us at ARTastic.

  3. That beach towel is a wonderful idea and makes a great backing for your photo. You have used the colours well. Thanks for playing along in this special challenge with us at ARTastic.

  4. A fantastic and creative page Chris, I love the stitching and colourful threads. Thank you for playing along with our challenge @ ARTtastic :)

  5. Love the way you've done the fringed towel. Great colours and a fabulous photo. Thanks for joining in at ARTastic. :)

  6. This is a clever layout Chris. Your fringed towel is great and it frames so perfectly the wonderful photo of your mum. Love too how you worked in so many of the challenge asks.

  7. This is a great layout, Chris. I love the elements you have used from the challenges and the textural components. The beach towel idea is fab. and works so well with the photo. Thank you for joining in at ARTastic. Cheers, Di