Aroha, Ahua – A Nature Banner

Hi there.  Today I’m sharing a nature banner which is inspired by ITAC 2017’s Oceania challenge:

It should include one of the following elements:

  • Patterns inspired by traditional symbols (Maori tattoos, Dots/dashes of aboriginal Arts…)

  • Think Monochromatic black and white or think colors of the Earth.

  • Some sort of organic or natural material(s) (earth, stone, bone, bark, wood, fibres…)

  • Shapes inspired by traditional or indigenous art

Here’s my interpretation:

“Aroha, Ahua Banner”

I was inspired by many things from the Oceania moodboard…the brown and earthy tones, the green leaves, the Maori influence and the hearts.  Aroha and Ahua are Maori words, Aroha=Love, Ahua=Nature.  This banner is for the love of nature.

My elements are colors of the earth, organic materials, and hints of black and white.  I love how the deep browns marry the lush bright greens, along with some hay and natural fibers.

I’ve used the leaves here in three different ways. First as a stencil, second as a stamp, and third by its delicate self.

I’ve layered some earthy colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer and Chalkboard Mists on the layers of the banner.

I’ve fussy cut some black and white butterfly and bird the add to the clusters of the banner.

An assortment of earthy and black and white clothespin colors are added to help hold the banner in place.

I really enjoyed creating this project and thanks to the creative and inspiring team of the International Tournament of Art and Craft 2017.


Check out their amazing inspirations  and more about the challenges HERE.

I’ll be back soon for another creative destination.




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