Hello to April! Our theme for this month will be: April is for Artspiration where each week we will identify an art journal or mixed media artist we admire then encourage you to be inspired by that artist's works. Hi everyone, and welcome to Week 2 of our April Monthly Muse. Well it's my turn this week to highlight one of my fave mixed media artists, so let me introduce you to a fellow Aussie, Toni Burt. https://www.toniburt.com.au/ I have been drawn to Toni's art for quite a while now and have pinned quite a lot of her work on my Fave Mixed Media Pinterest board! I love Toni's free-style type of sketching and the way she uses a limited colour palette really packs a punch! Toni's stunning gallery contains an awesome array of mixed media art that shows just what a talented and creative artist she is. I especially love her sketched faces and how emotive they are. Her 'girls' are all so beautiful and unique in their own way and they each have their own stories to tell. While visiting her site I took advantage of the free lessons that Toni has so kindly provided, and enjoyed them so much that I ended up purchasing two of her other classes!!! I have already looked through most of the information in those classes and without even putting pencil to paper I have learned quite a few design techniques that I could use in my digital layouts. Actually I ended up challenging myself to create a page using those techniques and I am very happy with the result, even though it took me three attempts at making it! Here is my page; based on the techniques that Toni uses in her own art I added some text to the background to give it a mixed media feel to it and also used a limited colour palette. I used a dark 'water colour' wash on the shadows and then applied a white wash to highlight parts of her face and then finished off with placing some wordart around the page. A lot of blending and masking went into making this page! Credits are in the gallery So the challenge this week is to head over to her site and check it all out, then pop into Toni's fantastic gallery and select something that inspires you to create your own piece of art! TONI'S GALLERY Since enrolling in Toni's two classes I have chatted with her a bit via email and let her know that I was hosting this challenge here. I have sent her the link and who knows, perhaps she might pop in and say hello to us! You may create any style of layout (ie. clean and simple, artsy, pocket style etc.) you wish, with or without a photo. Create any size page you wish. This is for everyone, so have fun and see where the inspiration takes you. Please post your layout to the Art Journaling Gallery HERE prior to May 1st, 2021 and then post it in this thread by copying the code (at the right of your gallery image) from the box under "Share BB Code". We will draw a winner at the beginning of next month for a coupon!! You can use any products in The Lilypad store or retired products from current Lilypad designers, (just make sure you follow our gallery guidelines).