September 15th, 2017
The Grand Final – The World
It has been a fabulous five weeks taking a virtual tour of the world through internationally inspired works of art for AALL & Create’s ITAC’17 tournament. We have all had so much enjoyment creating, sharing and admiring, but all good things come to an end and now we have reached our final destination – The World!
The Grand Final – The World
...UNITED WE STAND, TOGETHER WE CONNECT!
Whoever you are and wherever you live in the world, this planet is your home. All the people who live on the GLOBE share humanity and a need to CONNECT to other people.
There is no human culture that doesn’t use arts and crafts in some way; with the International Tournament of Art & Craft, AALL & Create has made a CIRCLE of connections around the world to foster a spirit of HARMONY and OPENNESS, creating a space for people to be UNITED from all over the world who share their LOVE of creating. ITAC’17 became a forum for everyone to unite, create, inspire, embrace and celebrate our creative differences and our DIVERSITY. We are at our best when we focus on what we have in common and not what separates us. We can take away the shadow of conflicts and come together under the WHITE flag of PEACE.
We have enjoyed the ride, we hope you have too and that it has been an experience to cherish.
Your project can use any format or techniques and should include at least one of the following elements;
CIRCLE(s) symbol of the globe, and of infinity
Words for PEACE, LOVE, HARMONY or UNITY in any language
Wire, sewing, lace, ribbon, something interlaced to symbolize interconnectedness
WHITE color of unity and peace in the world
And as we all are open-minded people your project could include a HOLE or something OPEN.
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 be keeping an eye out for any individual outstanding creations for special awards.
You also have the chance of earning some bonus points;
1 extra point if you use any product from our partners and sponsors.
Get some inspiration by taking a look at the fabulous work of the artists from; Aida, Bipasha, DeeDee, Jasmina, Jenn, Kassa, Lilith, Louise, Natalie, Olga, Paul, Seth, Terhi, Tina, Tracy and Val.
Aida Domisiewicz - Tray
I just love the theme of the final challenge. The world needs love and peace and that is what my project is about. Let’s give a hand to one another and let’s be strong and united. I created my project on a wooden CIRCLE base and the background is a collage of a napkin design, some old book pages, and washi tapes. You can find words LOVE and HARMONY on my project and some wire, as a symbol of CONNECTION, made also as a CIRCLE. I also used WHITE color to highlight the project.
Bipasha Bk - Art Journal
In my art journal piece, I have used concentric circles (circular maze with gaps in-between depicting a unprejudiced mind) connected with threads and doodling to indicate a celestial mapping, encapsulating the orbits of the planets and the sphere of the stars about the earth. I have tried to relate it with the celestial human mind, replicating my own version of a "United universe".
Jasmina Scrap - Mini album
I chose to make a mini album for the grand final and I called my project “Amour – The Best Place In The World Is Where You Are”. My double pages were bound together with gold twine and the cover has a round hole through which the photo on the first page can be seen. The interior pages are given over to photos of my children and me.
Jenn Engle - Art Journal Page
I incorporated all of the elements of the final challenge because they all spoke to me in some way. I used a circle, the words unity and harmony, a lace die-cut to symbolize unity, white elements, and an open element to my project. My final element, a thread linked between the children’s hearts, brings my whole page together to show that if we really sit down and think about it, we are all way more connected than we think or realize. If we remembered that more often, there would be less hate, judgement and oppression in the world.
Kassa Hayselden - Spread
Using quirky, nonserious and fun stamps like these images that I have designed for Stampotique helps me to let myself go, I can just simply sit down and start to color in, not worrying about shade & light and stuff like blending. I usually color in with coloring pencils and/or paint, just like I did in my childhood...a few splatters and scribbles on a finished piece can disguise that little faux pas that only we can see but niggle us to distraction
Lilith Eeckels- layout
Life is a journey and having someone by your side to help you grow is so important. My husband is that person. We are on a journey and our unity makes the journey a lot easier.
Louise Nelson - Painting
I have continued on from my Oceania project and have used Australian Aboriginal art as my main inspiration. Circles are used extensively in Aboriginal Art; they are symbolic of campsites, water holes, or places of significance spiritually. And, from a color perspective Dreamtime stories of the Rainbow Serpent inspired me.
Natalie May - Scrapbook
I created a beautiful canvas showcasing an image of my husband and me together. We are the best of friends, united as a family and have an incredible love for each other.
Olga Heldwein - Box
This opening requirement brings me Idea of some sees through the window. I wanted some hanging stuff as well to create some kind of scene. this project has a lot of details and you can look at it from both sides.
This time I did voice over on video and I'm sharing there all my tips for this kind of projects
Paul Browning - Journal
Going through the list of design ideas for this final project, I instantly knew I wanted to just freely stamp images of circles over a bold vibrant color and that one of them would be the focal point by being white. Some of the stamps also had stitching designs collaged in them and I added a few more as a border, with a paint pen. I didn’t want a “hole” in my piece but it was a must. However there are no rules on size, so I used a piercing tool to poke tiny ones around the white circle. My finished art piece is simple, graphic and bold. And that makes my heart happy. I can’t wait to see how you will interpret the final project. Everybody love.
After 5 incredible challenges highlighting the unique elements from 5 different regions, I am excited to share my project that I created for the Grand Final, focusing on connection and unity among all the regions. My piece Unity includes all 5 of the directions suggested in the brief: circles (representing the globe and the concept of infinity), text referencing the concept of togetherness), the color white (the synthesis of all colors), connection via stitching (symbolizing interlaced unity), and an opening (indicating open-mindedness). Here are the steps I took along the way.
Terhi Koskinen - layout
I was so inspired by the circle shapes and connecting items and thought to create a simple background by myself.
Tina Walker - Assemblage
Projects with strong themes, timeless symbolism, and that represent humanity make my heart full of joy. No matter the year, the location, or the people, they always resonate hope, unity, and love. I was happy that I could use most of the Grand Finale themes, including circles, the color white, wire connections, and openness. I’ve enjoyed seeing your projects each week and I can’t wait to see your Grand Finale Masterpiece !
Tracy Evans - Tag
I was first inspired by using white in my creative piece, I don’t often use white only to give highlights so I was keen to incorporate the white areas into this final piece. I began with some left over paint that I mixed with some Liquitex Pouring Medium and this is where my piece began. I love using leftovers and I love adding texture to my pieces so I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of layers to give a real tactile piece.
Val Edelin-Molant - Canvas
I started out this project with the word ‘love’ in mind. Love is a universal language; you can do all sorts of things in the name of love, both big things and little things. Love has many faces; it can be cruel, magnificent, immense, painful, intense or fragile. You can speak words of love in every language; it has no borders. I wanted my project to be warm and delicate, open and inviting you to go beyond the circle, to search further and to open yourself up a little more to the world.
If you are taking part you will need to;
Create a piece of artwork following the theme and instructions for the challenge.
Post your work on the AALL & Create Fanatics Facebook group in the Granf Final album. Please note that only work posted in the correct albums will be eligible for inclusion.
Anyone who does not have a Facebook account but who still wants to take part can do so by posting their work on their own blog or website and emailing the link to or just by mailing us the image of the work.
Post your work on your own social networking account pages and/or blogs along with the link for the challenge and the hashtags #itac17 #itac17Final #aallandcreate
There’s only ONE deadline: September 24th, 2017 End of our international tournament.
- Aida has a video tutorial showing the creation of her project for everyone who is subscribed to the AALL & Create online workshops.
- Jenn has a video and a step-by-step guide to give you some fascinating advice and to show you the techniques she used to make her project.
- You can also check out the tutorial from Lilith and the step-by-step guide of her project.
- You can also check out a detailed document from Louise all about her original.
- Olga a video tutorial showing the creation of her project for everyone who is subscribed to the AALL & Create inline workshops.
- Seth has a step-by-step presentation full of useful tips.
- You can also check out the tutorial from Natalie showing all the stages of the creation of her project.
- You can also check out the tutorial from Tracy showing all the stages of the creation of her project.
- Terhi has shared her step by step and tips document.
BUT that’s not all, it’s the final and we want to go even more CRAZY than ever before! During the whole final week, we’re going to go all out to really treat you! So, to celebrate the last stage of the ITAC with you;
- This week we are giving you a huge discount NEVER DONE BEFORE on all our exclusive products with the coupon FINALITAC17.
- We are giving you FREE WORLDWIDE shipping on all orders over £30 - NEVER DONE BEFORE
- Also this week the AALL & Create team is giving away 5 accesses to your choice of our online workshops (GIVEAWAY HERE)
- One lucky person will win an original work of art by Kassa (GIVEAWAY HERE)
- One lucky person will win an original work of art by Olga (GIVEAWAY HERE)
Have fun, enjoy making and creating – we can’t wait to see what you produce!
The AALL & Create Team
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