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01 June, 2021

June 2021 Main Challenge - HERO and PAINT

 Hello again and welcome to our June Main Challenge!  

This month, we are challenging you to use our inspiration word Hero and add some Paint to your project.  We also have a special offer from one of this month's sponsors, so keep reading to find out what that is!

As always, our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.  The word inspiration can appear on your project or not but you must show that you have been inspired by it.  The creative challenge must be used on your project!

Word Inspiration - HERO
Creative Challenge - PAINT

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

Not all heroes wear capes! Who is your HERO? Is it your father, a child or a friend? Maybe it's a sportsperson or an artist. Or maybe your hero really does appear in a comic book or on a screen. Whoever it is, we want to hear about it! For this creative challenge you need to add PAINT to your project, Any paint is fine!

Design Team Inspiration

And now let's look at our first DT Inspiration for this month:


Marie: "I`m one of them - the pandemic superheroes. And I am SO sick of it. During this 1½ year the Arts & crafts has been my saviour. Playing with colours, paper, stamps and knitting with beautiful soft yarns has made me live & breathe again. Do I need to tell you what inspired me? ME, my colleagues and every one working their socks off at every hospital around the world. WE NEED A BREAK! And more PAINT in our lives!


Sarah:  My little super HERO. my son is a fan of Spiderman, that's why for this year he dressed up as a superhero for the carnival. I represented the painting with a stamp board that contained rollers. I wanted to give a paint effect applied to my background with black gesso.


Vidhi:  I have created a scrapbook layout with our ( me and my brother ) childhood super hero , BATMAN ! We were always fond of playing with him and watched movies , cartoons and read comics of him...  He was definitely our childhood super hero ?? used bright paper and paints to match a moodboard for this challenge.  Hope you like it 

Heather:  For this challenge I wanted to make a layout dedicated to my dad who is 93. He's always been my HERO. I found a gorgeous photo of us when I was very young. I think every little girl needs a hero for a dad.
For my PAINT part of the challenge, I stencilled paints onto my very old sheet music from ArtStacks and created my background with paints on a geli-plate.

Elle:  She needed a hero so that's what she became.  Some times you need to be your own hero! 
I painted this black and white woman on the left and then painted the rest of the art journal page with this violet paint, then added gold and white paint splatters to the background and finished it off with a handwritten quote. So it's all paint all the time lol.


Jinal:  He is no Superhero, but He had zero fear.. with all his humble he faced hardship with a smiling heart...the depth in his eyes shows what he went through...he PAINTED his life with joy.. without having any despair he now intends to share his wisdom to the coming generations.. He is no less than a Hero for them.. an ideal, their support..

This post is dedicated to my grandfather-in-law who passed away last month leaving behind his memories, wisdom, humbleness and kindness... he was my husbands Hero.. and forever be missed by all of us...

Kat: For this challenge I decided to make a quote with words HERO. I found this "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." I agree with this.
For my PAINT, I used paints on my background.


Lisa:  Finding this image of Mohammad Ali in his Cassius Clay days assisted this page into being.
So many things to admire about this incredibly intelligent, activist, entertainer and philanthropist.
I admire his persistence of spirit, physical abilities and commitment to humanitarian causes.
Acrylics add drama and boldness, while assisting in bringing focus to the subject.

"Perseverance is the act of true role models and heroes"

Olya: Hello everybody! The word HERO inspired me to create a page about my hero - my husband. I love him very much and he helps me in everything, especially when it's hard for me or I'm sick! I added a lot of colors to my vintage background. Bright glass accents and a lot of embellishments. Link to video tutorial:

This year we have changed to a Regional Prize structure, whereby there will be multiple Main Challenge Winners, one or more for each Region.  The number of Winners/Prizes for each Region is dependent on the number of Sponsors for that Region.  Some of our Sponsors remain as International Sponsors but many are now Region specific. It is now more important than ever that you add your NAME and COUNTRY to your Inlinkz entries!   

For our June Main Challenge, here are the prizes that you can win. 

Regional Challenge Winner - Australia/NZ

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from 2CRAFTY CHIPBOARD

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from FABRIKA DECORU

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 2

(as voted by our DT) 

USD value prize from MAJA DESIGN

Regional Challenge Winner - Europe 3

(as voted by our DT) 

USD value prize from STAMPERIA

Regional Challenge Winner - International 1

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from DECOUPAGE QUEEN

Regional Challenge Winner - International 2

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value *DIGITAL* prize from GECKO GALZ


Gecko Galz have also generously offered a 50% discount to our followers during this month for all orders of $10 or more!  This offer is valid until the end of June by using the coupon code: MTW50JUNE during checkout at Gecko Galz shop.

Regional Challenge Winner - International 3

(as voted by our DT) 

$25 USD value prize from AB STUDIO

We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors for these fabulous prizes.
To learn more about any of them, click on the SPONSORS tab.

Special Guest Designer

One participant, handpicked by our Admin team, may be invited to be our Special Guest Designer.

Challenge closes on the last day of the month at 11:59 pm EST.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


  1. Amazing inspiration from the MTW design team. Love it !!

  2. Spectacular inspiration everyone! Love all the heroes! Elle xx


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