AnnaLift Challenge 02.24.23-03.17.23


aA Creative Team Member
Hello aArtists!

It’s time for another challenge from Anna Aspnes. The AnnaTeam selects a creative page or design concept from the Anna gallery as the ‘AnnaLift.’ Be inspired, create your own ‘AnnaLift,’ upload your page to the Anna gallery and include it here in this forum thread. Upload your page by Friday 3.17.23 by 8:00 pm EST with the title, ‘AnnaLift. ’ One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a $5.00 GiftKard to Anna’s shop.

HOW IT WORKS: On Saturday the AnnaTeam posts a creative concept from the Anna gallery as the ‘AnnaLift.’ Check out the inspiration and decide what speaks to you. Is it the design, the color, the wordART, or maybe the photo? Then enjoy artfully playing—there is no right or wrong way to ArtPlay.

Choose ONE idea to lift or choose it ALL and lift it completely. Be inspired, create your ‘AnnaLift’ and then upload your page to the Anna gallery, plus include it here in this forum thread. It would be great if you could link back to your page in the gallery too!

Anna’s products mix well with so many kits/designers and Anna welcomes you to include these with your Anna Products on your AnnaLift page.

If you’ve never challenged yourself to an AnnaLift—just do it!

If you’ve never posted or shared your AnnaLift—just do it!

If you have time to leave some love for someone in the gallery—do it too!
(Your kind words may inspire and encourage someone!)

Please post your art in this thread and link to the Anna Aspnes gallery to win the $5 giftcard.

Please note that this challenge will run for three weeks!


The Smokestacks by helenedubois

The Smokestacks by helenedubois is a provocative statement of the destructive power of war. The journaling is combined with an abstract image of an industrialized community. The smokestacks are depicted in flowing lines that blur and fade with a heavy washed fog of decay. Thoughts and themes of war, pollution, and societal decline echo throughout an ever present news cycle. The colors are neutrals of burnished orange, grey, and black. The bold shapes are dark contrasts to the light ground. Thin artsy strokes dance and frame the image. The journaling appears in poetic lines to complete the artistry.

Thank you, helene, for sharing your stunning and inspirational artistry.

IDEAS TO INSPIRE: Use ONE or MORE of the following in your AnnaLift layout.

• Create an abstracted image or close crop for deep meaning . . .
• Use a Watercolor Masks and Stains to expand the image . . .
• Create a thought-provoking and expressive design about a
family change or the daily news. . . (Definitely can be positive and happy!)
• Add Artsy Strokes and Splatters. . .
• Add Accents or Multimedia Clusters for your theme. . .
• Choose a title for impact or journal with a poem . . .


ArtPlay Palette Strom
ArtPlay Palette Inclement
Artsy Transfers Downtown
Different Strokes No. 7
ScriptTease Time Frames No. 1
CarpeDiem WordArtMix No. 3
MultiMedia Documents No. 9

Upload your page by Friday at 8:00 pm (EST) with the title, ‘AnnaLift ’ and one page will be randomly selected to win a $5 GiftKard to Anna's store. The winner will be posted here on SATURDAY.

Hint: Multiple entries are welcome! Use a separate post - number for each!

We hope our AnnaLift inspires your creativity. You know we always LOVE to see how you ArtPlay.

Thanks for ArtPLAY-ing with us!

Anna and the aA Team
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aA Creative Team Member
I am so impressed with Helene's ART....
when I grow up, I want to be able to do that too.

Thank you so much for this challenge. I've enjoyed the process.
Beautiful use of textures! I agree! I would love to create as Helene does!


aA Creative Team Member

après " un gros passage à vide " je suis heureuse de retrouver la Galerie ainsi que vous toutes !!!
merci Nancy pour ce beau lift et félicitations à helenedubois pour cette magnifique page. :)
Beautiful photo! The boat moors echo the smokestacks of Helene's photo!


aA Creative Team Member
I struggled to find a suitable photo, mainly because I couldn't figure out what the heck to do on this lift. I expanded my search to artwork, and visited DeviantArt.com, which is not in my regular rotation of websites to search, but they sent me an email congratulating me on my 8 yr anniversary on the website, so I explored. Then I found the rarely used fotoblendz that I thought worked reasonably well. It's different from my usual anyway.