Thursday, 23 October 2014

ARTastic mid-month reveal....

Hello again. I almost forgot to post this layout I made for the fun challenge over at ARTastic. I've never thought about using paintings as inspiration for a layout, but when I was asked to be a GD at ARTastic for this month I was intrigued by how I was going to interpret the challenge:

A lovely piece of artwork and the Jacaranda tree is such a focal point. It reminded me of our visit to Versailles, France. We were walking through the magnificent grounds of Marie Antionette's estate when our guide showed us a very old Judas Tree. Now I must admit I'd never heard of a Judas tree but I fell in love with it because at the time of our visit, it was in flower. So here is my take on this challenge telling a little story about the Judas Tree.

This is such a pretty tree & this pic shows a "Folly" in the background, one of several scattered throughout the gardens of the Palace of Versailles.


I've used some lovely mauve flowers from Scrappers Garden as well as little Kaisercraft roses & I altered some metalware pieces.

The journalling for this page reads:

"The Judas Tree is a type of redbud tree that is native to Asian Countries. It is a deciduous tree & during the late winter or early spring it produces bright pink or magenta coloured blossoms. It is sometimes rumoured to be the tree that Judas Iscariot hung himself from after he betrayed Jesus."

I've learnt from this challenge not to disregard famous paintings as inspiration for my own work.

I hope you can play along :)  TFL xx


  1. Love how you were inspired by the artwork. Thanks for being our guest GD this month at ARTastic. I love all your pages and will be following your blog :-)

  2. Love this Jo, and such a great documentation of the story and your photo

  3. Absolutely lovely Jo. I really enjoyed our visit to this beautiful place. Gorgeous clusters and it's nice to see the close ups :)

  4. Great inspiration and I love how you used it. The Palace at Versailles was lovely. I don't remember the tree being in flower when I was there... How pretty it looks and I loved the story. Stunning layout. Thank you for the inspiration. :D