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Member's Showcase; Anita Mari

Anita creates delightful art using Pen Markers and Pencils/Drawing Pens

Every 2 weeks we feature one of our members in the "Members Showcase" featuring  a selection of their art.

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Here are some fun ways that you can join The Art Colony's latest activities;

The theme for February is "Love"! Create a work of art based on this theme and upload it to the theme thread:



See what others created, too!

Every month a photo will be posted to use as a reference/inspiration for an art piece you create, In Your Style! The Challenges are open to all artists, whatever your medium. We're looking forward to seeing the diversity in art that one photo creates!

Style Challenges are always open and you can post your art in them at any time.

NEW Yorkie Challenge:



Check out all of the style challenges here: http://community.art-is-fun.com/forum/categories/style-challenge/listForCategory

Create and swap art with your fellow Art Colonists in the Swap Art Group! The following swaps are currently open for sign-up:

 Warp, Weft & Weave -- Stick Weaving (at least 6 sticks)  you will need to create one stick woven Doll, one simple Coaster and artist choice of either one funky woven piece of Jewellery or one small woven Wall Hanging.....To participate;


New.....Colour Wheel Postcard Swap

Create one postcard 6x4 for one partner using the complementary colours Yellow and Purple...the choice of subject and materials you use to create the postcard is yours......sign up by 19th February 2016.



Member's Showcase ; Anita Mari

Started by cheekyjane in Artist Interviews. Last reply by Anita Mari 8 hours ago. 30 Replies

Welcome to our Members Showcase! We are delighted to present Anita Mari from Denver USA Anita creates delightful artworks using  Pen Markers and Pencils/Drawing PensTo see…READ MORE

Monthly Theme - February 2016

Started by cheekyjane in Monthly Theme Forum. Last reply by Judy A. Leopard 11 hours ago. 26 Replies

Welcome to the monthly theme for February. Artwork and comments welcome from everyone!!!!This month's theme is - Love The theme is open to all artists whatever your medium.Please post your finished artwork in this discussion thread.Feel free to post…READ MORE

Critique requested for my latest project

Started by Reta Massing in Critique Corner - Request & Receive Feedback Here. Last reply by Laura Luisa Cowell 11 hours ago. 8 Replies

This is a barnwood piece that is 5 foot by 10 inches and my first post to this site.I am looking forward to learning from others since I have no formal training. I have loved drawing since I was in grade school and tried my hand at oil painting when…READ MORE

Tags: #Homedisplay, #birchtrees, #woodplacque, #Acrylic

In your style Yorkie

Started by Brenda Sumpter in Style Challenge 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

This is Mikey using pastel pencils.

In your style Yorkie

Started by Brenda Sumpter in Style Challenge 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

This is Mikey using pastel pencils.

"In Your Style" ~ Yorkie Challenge ~ 02-01-2016

Started by Jo Flockton in Style Challenge. Last reply by Pat 12 hours ago. 23 Replies

The Yorkshire Terrier is a small…READ MORE

What is the difference between Gloss Varnish vs fluid gloss medium and varnish vs gel medium

Started by Harpreet Kaur in Mixed Media & Altered Art Questions & Tips. Last reply by David Munroe Art 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hello Friends,               I want to work on projects related to decoupaging, mixed media, canvas work with acrylic paints. To seal my project I am confused among so many products. Since I would be working on Wood, canvas, metal, paper, ceramic…READ MORE

Style challenge Terrier

Started by Mairi McLeod in Style Challenge 17 hours ago. 0 Replies


Tags: Terrier

I'm stuck

Started by Jade Hutchinson in General Art Room 23 hours ago. 0 Replies

Ok I need some help, I know it's cheeky but I can't afford postage...Would anyone be willing to donate to me? Even pennies, larger donations will be thanked some unconventional way.…READ MORE

Tags: donate, help, postage, swap, art

(March 21, 2015) Profile of the Week: Nelson Failing

Started by Thaneeya McArdle in Artist Interviews. Last reply by Nelson Failing yesterday. 99 Replies

Welcome to Profile of the Week! We are delighted to present Nelson Failing from Honolulu, HI, USA.Nelson creates eye-catching…READ MORE


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