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01 July, 2022

July 2022 Main Challenge - Wonderful and Watercolour

 Hello everyone and Happy July!

Welcome to another month of lovely challenges from More Than Words. This month we are celebrating the wonders of watercolour with our new Design Team of 12 in place! We also are excited to launch the first issue of our new magazine - Artful Pages - more details below!

But first, let's look at this month's art journal challenge!

Our challenge has two parts, please use both prompts to inspire you:

Word Inspiration:  WONDERFUL
Creative Challenge:  USE WATERCOLOUR

As previously mentioned in the Art Café Facebook Group, we have suspended all sponsored prizes until further notice due to the current world situation.

Helpful Tips For The Challenge

We would like you to be inspired by both parts of our challenge
- our word inspiration WONDERFUL and our creative
challenge - USE WATERCOLOUR.
We can't wait to see what you do and if you need more help, you might find our new magazine useful!

As mentioned at the top of the post, we are excited to announce our new magazine - Artful Pages - which is a new way of looking at our challenges and inspiration, as well as being able to add more value for our readers which we are not able to do in our current formats.  So here's a look at our very first issue which is available to flick through online just like a real magazine.  The magazine contains more about our challenges this month, more info about our new Design Team - plus DT inspiration, Guest Designer interviews, and more!  Check it out and see for yourself - we would love your feedback!

Let's see what our lovely new Design Team have created this month...


Ann says:  The word Wonderful reminds me of the leisurely life in the countryside, it is a wonderful thing to be able to live in nature. I stamped the image and heat embossing it. Then I created a WATERCOLOUR background using Prima Watercolor Confections. Added some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Layers and paper dolls as a finishing touch.

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Elle says:  "The Key to a WONDERFUL life is to never stop wandering into wonder - always pursue new ventures in your life and be willing to open doors to different light. This is the only way to keep it magical and always filled with wonder." I am trying to take these words to heart at the moment but sometimes it's not so easy and the mundane, boring things get in the way of the wonder. As for the WATERCOLOUR element, my whole page is watercoloured. I used watercolour pencils and a brush to shade her face and then what to do with the rest of the page? Well, I filled it with her hair and used some of my favourite colours - how wonderful it would be to have hair like this! 




Heather says:  I was inspired by the word WONDERFUL to create a positive page about seeking out the wonderful things in life. I created a WATERCOLOUR background and added gorgeous butterflies, anemones and a transparency window, all from ArtStacks.  I hope you can join in our challenge this month!




Helen says:  Wonderful for me represents all things in life that make you happy! And having too much of them, can be a good thing! I used a mixture of yellow, orange, and red watercolors for the background, with some watercolor painted squares that I stenciled with modeling paste. A splattering of watercolor, an image and quote finished off my first design team project!




Kat says: I love summer and this quote "Wonderful day" is perfect to wish you a happy holiday. I used watercolours and stamps to make the flowers in my art journal.




Lisa says:  To me, its the everyday things that make life WONDERFUL, like finding those perfect boots to wear.  While WATERCOLOURS ain't really my bag, layering together Art by Marlene pan watercolours and Inktense pencils allowed me to achieve this vibrantly rich background with ease.




Matilde says:  For me a word WONDERFUL is related to happy life filled with love. I created a WATERCOLOUR background using shimmering powders and adding some beautiful stamps. The violet flowers is painted with watercolours also. 




Rachel says:  When I think of "WONDERFUL", I think of an imaginary world where everything is a bit magical and the imperfect is just perfect. I found this Art Foamies stamp ideal to represent my idea! I played with WATERCOLOR, embossing powder and a water spray to create my background.




Rox says:  I have always liked this quote by Maya Angelou “This is a wonderful day, I’ve never seen this one before.” This was the inspiration for me to use my watercolours and stamps today and create an art journal layout.




Sarah says: What a WONDERFUL World. that's what I say every day. I wanted to represent that by tracing this girl and her thoughts with these bubbles full of colors. the beauty of this world with nature and above all the love that resembles us with these hearts. I used the WATERCOLORS technique with my favorite lindy’s gang products.




Sharon says:  I am LOVING Lisa Oxley's beautiful pink canvas paper from ArtStacks! I used it as my art journal page background and added a WATERCOLORED sun, clouds, a tree, and a mom holding her baby. My sentiment is one of my favorites from the song "What a WONDERFUL World" that was sung by Louis Armstrong.




Sunila says:  'Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters', this quote inspired me to create this page. I was inspired by the idea of time and the time it takes for a butterfly to become one. The whole process is so wonderful, isn't it? I've used watercolour technique on my page, to colour the page and the elements with my favourite Lindy's.



This year we are continuing with a Regional Prize structure, whereby there will be multiple Main Challenge Winners.  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 and Art Cafe group entries!  

As previously mentioned in the Art Café Facebook Group, we have suspended all prizes until further notice due to the current world situation.

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1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful magazine with lots of inspiration! Really seeing all of the beautiful projects from the team! Thank you for sharing!


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