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14 April, 2022

Special Guest Spotlight on HEIDI MATTESSICH

 This month, we are very pleased to introduce you to Heidi Mattessich, one of our fabulous Guest Designers for this month!  Heidi was one of our October winners who are all featured this month.

We invite you to get to know Heidi a little better through her interview below.  Please also visit her social links which are listed in her Artist Bio.

Artist Bio 

Hi guys! 
My name is Heidi Mattessich and only recently have I realized that I want to be an artist when I grow up, though I should have seen this coming many years ago. It started with a scrapbook that I received as a gift which became a hobby soon after I had my first child. I became involved in the parent-run art program at my kids’ elementary school and had just as much fun learning about the art as I did teaching the projects to the kids.

After we moved to Florida, I really missed having art in my life.  But my kids would share what they learned in art class at school with me and then my youngest started keeping an art journal for their drawing.  This inspired me to start getting back into art.  I volunteered at the new school and brought more art into the classroom which I incorporated around what they were learning.  I have since been developing my love and my own practice of mixed media art with a focus on art journaling, scrapbooking and mixed media tags, and I recently was chosen for the first time as a design team member at Miniature Luxuries and Papers.  I am very honored to be asked to be a Guest Designer for this month at More Than Words Challenge and hope you like my journal page!

Social Media links:
Facebook: Heidi Mattessich

Q & A with Heidi

How long have you been art journaling?
I started art journaling about 5 years ago.  My youngest is an amazing artist and is always drawing in their journal.  I started my journaling with trying to learn how to draw and would search for tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube.  This branched into Facebook and then in Instagram which is how I discovered More Than Words.

What is your favourite art journaling supply or product?  
This is a very general answer, but color…I love using either watercolor paints, sprays or inks depending on the mood of the journal page

Are you inspired by a particular artist or artists, if so who? 
Marta Lapkowska, Laly Mille, and Gwen Lafleur.  I follow these talented ladies on their social accounts and have learned a lot from them.

What is your favourite colour palette to use? 
This depends on my mood Emoji.  I really like to start with a neutral background and build up the main image with color.  I am partial to blues and pinks.

Why do you enter art challenges?  
Art challenges provide me such inspiration from the challenge team members, give me a theme to focus on and a deadline to finish by. 

Heidi's Interpretation of our April Main Challenge

The first thing that caught my attention was the word Vintage.  It got me thinking about silhouettes and retro vogue styles and then I landed on the vision of having a fancy lady looking out the window.  The collage part of this challenge was easy for me because I often use this technique for my journal backgrounds.  For this spread I used thin collage paper and glued them down overlapping one another.  Then I thought paper dolls could be considered a type of collage and created the lady like a paper doll.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful journal spread with us Heidi!  We hope that Heidi's beautiful work inspires you to enter the Main Challenge this month

Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge:

Word Inspiration - VINTAGE
Creative Challenge - ADD COLLAGE

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