August 11th, 2017

Challenge 1 - Europe!


So here we are; the good ship AALL & Create is ready to set sail for its voyage around the world in five weeks! Climb aboard and you will be in the company of artists from all the continents of the world.

Full steam ahead for the INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT OF ART & CRAFT... ITAC'17!


For the first leg of our journey we are inviting you to set foot in Europe.



...The Face of Printmaking!


Welcome to Europe!


Welcome to the OLD continent, rich in culture and traditions, which through the ages has absorbed multiple influences. Forged by millennia of history, Europe is a community of nations and of different states which have many shared threads of history in common as well as many differences.


Today we will be celebrating this multicultural society with many different its FACES, which is the source of so many great inventions and discoveries that have shaped the world, including PRINTMAKING, which has influenced global TRENDS and undergone many great UPHEAVALS.




If you would like to submit an entry you should create a piece of artwork (Scrapbook Layout, Card, Canvas, Art Journal, Assemblage... or any other project) using whatever format or techniques you want, but it should include some of the following;

  • A face

  • Papers (newspaper, printed paper, rice paper…etc.)

  • Letters, numbers

  • Blue for the colour of the European Union, Union Jack...

  • Ribbon, twine, string or lace…

  • Textures – take inspiration from history from ancient civilisations to the fall of the Berlin Wall

  • Something both vintage and modern


Go CRAZY and treat yourself to some fun: you don't have to include all the suggested elements in the instructions, but why not have some fun seeing how many you can fit in. The more the merrier!

Our jury will also be taking into account - your designs, techniques, how you have expressed the themes... They will be looking for originality and will keeping an eye out for any individual outstanding creations for special awards.

You also have the chance of earning some bonus points;

Get some inspiration by taking a look at the fabulous work of the artists from our EUROPE group; Tracy, Olga, DeeDee, NatalieAlberto and Autour de Mwa


Alberto Juarez - Mini Album

Salvador Dalí has always had a curious relationship with portraits and faces. I was inspired by his eccentricity and the colours of his homeland in making this piece of work. I mixed together colours and textures using a Steampunk style with touches of golden colour. I also included text and letters to bring to mind his fascination with poetry and his relationship with Federico Garcia Lorca

DeeDee Catron - Pamphlet

This little pamphlet embodies everything I love about mixed media & art with a flourish of European style like some Ukrainian text and old world textures.

Natalie May - Scrapbook Layout

It's all about PrintMaking for me (as I LOVE my Gel Press) and all of the challenge elements fitted in just perfect. I incorporated lots of different techniques to create this page, each one different to the other but all working together beautifully.