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12 November, 2022

Special Guest Spotlight on ADRIANA November 2022

Hello everyone!

This month, we are very pleased to welcome Adriana, who was one of our August
 2022 winners

We hope you enjoy her take on our November Main Challenge and do please visit her social links which are listed in her Artist Bio.



Artist Bio 

My name is Adriana, I am from Argentina, approximately two years ago, when the pandemic began, I enrolled in the virtual classrooms of Mariela Papeletas, and from her hand I began to discover this fascinating world, I have always been inclined towards art and everything related to art. artistic expressions. I am a graphic designer and art teacher in a secondary school.



Social Media links:
INSTAGRAM


Q & A with Adriana

What is your favorite November memory?

It is a very special month, the beautiful days begin to enjoy the first heat, walks and walks with my husband Guillermo and my children Juanpi and Mariano, more time to share with friends and meetings. It is the anniversary month of being married to my love, and the time of closing of cycles.

What is your favorite supply or product?

I really like acrylics, watercolors and I love modeling paste. But the truth is that the mix media is fascinating because it allows you to continue discovering materials constantly, so I could expand my list and add stencils and rice paper to my favorites.

Are you inspired by a particular artist or artists, if so who?

I use Instagram a lot and through this network I follow many artists of this medium, who always serve as inspiration, for example: Sharon Fritchman, Heather McMahon, Emma Zappone, MarielaPapeletas, smnmarina, dequevaelrollo, craftowanie.

What is your favourite colour palette to use?

My favorite palette is between blues and light blues, but generally it has a lot to do with the mood or what I want against at that moment.

In my art journal, I have always wanted to try...? 

In my art journal I always try to be creative and let myself go. I like to experiment and discover the beauty of aesthetics through different media. It is best to observe the results and try to be self-critical. 


And finally, why do you enter art challenges?

I love challenges, they are a fantastic trigger to tell something, transmit messages, feelings and express yourself.  I deeply appreciate this fantastic opportunity to show my work through the More Than Words Challenge!




Adriana's Interpretation of our November Main Challenge



Adriana says:  For this work I was inspired by the word face, I liked the phrase "choose your face", in my case I am not one to hide what happens to me and my face says it all.



I chose a vibrant palette of pink and violet colors using gelli for the background seeking to highlight the face. Some stencils and strokes with acrylic. I hope you enjoy this proposal.




Thanks for sharing your beautiful journal spread with us Adriana!  We hope Adriana's beautiful work inspires you to enter the November challenge!


Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge:



Word Inspiration - FACE
Creative Challenge - MONOPRINTING


Don't forget that you can find all of our challenge details and extra information, as well as Adriana's published interview in our new magazine Artful Pages.




08 November, 2022

Announcing Our October 2022 Winners

 Hello everyone,


Today we are excited to announce our October winners!  We really loved looking at your projects and how you interpreted our challenges this month.  
 Don't forget to enter our November challenges!  Now let's see who our winners are...

 

>>MAIN CHALLENGE WINNERS<<

We have only ONE winner for the Main Challenge this time due to insufficient number of entries.  

Thank you for entering your wonderful projects!


Main Challenge Winner





>>MINI CHALLENGE WINNER<<

As this challenge is now held in our Facebook Group, the links below will take you to the group, if you wish to view more photos.  We would like to invite our Mini challenge winner to be Guest Designers in a future challenge.  Your Guest Designer feature would appear on our blog, social media and in our Artful Pages magazine. Please see the end of the post for more details.

Thank you for entering your wonderful mini projects this month!


Mini Challenge Winner



Congratulations to all our winners

Congrats once again to all our winners and thank you to everyone who entered the challenge. We encourage all merit winners and runners-up to grab your badges from this post and proudly display it on your blog or social media. 



*** Be Our Special Guest Designer ***


If you are interested, please leave a comment below with your contact details and we will get in touch (your details are safe as the comment will not be published and will be deleted after we have read it).  Alternately, send us a message us via More Than Words Facebook Page

05 November, 2022

November 2022 Mini Challenge - PERFECT

 Hi Mini Challenge lovers! Welcome to this month's Mini Challenge in its new earlier spot! Here are the challenge details!

Word inspiration: Add the word PERFECT on your mini projects. We need to see the actual word PERFECT on your postcards, cards, tags and ATCs.

 HOW TO ENTER:  You can enter our Mini Challenge in our private  Art Cafe Facebook Group where you can now enter your project in the relevant album. Please make sure to add your project to the album so that we don't miss it when it comes to picking our winners!  

Or, you can enter on Instagram by tagging us and using the hashtags: #mtwminiperfect and #mtwminichallenge.  



As mentioned last month, we are excited to announce the latest issue of 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.  Our latest issue is now available to flick through online just like a real magazine.  The magazine contains more about our challenges this month, plus DT inspiration, Guest Designer interviews, studio spaces and more!  Check it out and see for yourself - we would love your feedback!








Let's see what our lovely Design Team have created this month for our Journey prompt...

ANN CHUANG

Ann says:  I made a card using Distress inks. I think the watercolor technique has a dreamy feel and that is perfect match to flower.

Visit Ann:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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ELLE - EOTC



Elle says:  This tag is made from lots of leftover bits, including an amazon box base, some teabag sachets, a Cadbury's chocolate bar wrapper, a leaf diecut, some gel prints, some fabric and the face is from some Jane Davenport product packaging. I chopped up some Tim Holtz stickers to make the words I wanted - he only had "perfect" but I wanted "imperfect".

Visit Elle:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM



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HEATHER MCMAHON



Heather says:  Forgive for none of us are perfect.

Visit Heather:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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HEIDI MATTESSICH



Heidi says:
 The word 'imperfect' actually spells 'I'm perfect' because everyone is perfect in their own imperfect ways.  I love this sentiment. Goodness knows I am far from perfect. And I certainly don't expect perfect from anyone else. In fact, I love my people for their imperfections.

Visit Heidi:  BLOG - INSTAGRAM -  YOUTUBE



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MATILDE FAB



Matilde says:  I made a tag with the word PERFECT. I'd like to share with a positive message for you today - keep calm and have a perfect day!

Visit Matilde:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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RACHEL MARTIN



Rachel says:  You don't have to be perfect.

Visit Rachel:  INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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ROX BOYCE



Rox says:  “Just be yourself, Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful and magical person that you are... “ By Kylia Jane was the inspirational quote for my card.

Visit Rox: INSTAGRAM



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SHARON FRITCHMAN



Sharon says:  My mom always told me that nobody's perfect, so just be yourself! That's the basis of my tag . . . and I used Deb Weiers' images from ArtStacks to complete it.

Visit Sharon:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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SUNILA MAHAJAN



Sunila says:  Perfect the way you are! A set of ATC cards capturing the essence of being who we are. It was so ironical to use the Chameleon for this one, I just had to!

Visit Sunila:  FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM


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How to enter

The Mini Challenge runs in our Facebook group from today until the end of the month.

Or you can now enter on Instagram by tagging us and using the hashtags: #mtwminiperfect and #mtwminichallenge.  

Enter your 
cards, tags, ATCs and postcards ONLY!

You MUST include the challenge word on your project! 

*ATCs. or Artist Trading Cards, are small works of art,
about 2.5 by 3.5 inches or 64 x 89 mm.

Please remember to add your country to your entry!

You have until the last day of the month - to enter, so be quick!

Please read the rules before entering.



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


Special Guest Designer

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



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03 November, 2022

Artful Pages Magazine - November 2022


 

The November issue of our magazine has been published and is now available to read online.  Just click on the large cover below to reveal the navigation panel, and use it to move back and forth through the magazine.
 



Artful Pages November 2022 by EOTC

01 November, 2022

November 2022 Main Challenge - FACE and MONOPRINTING

Hello everyone and Happy November!

This month we are inviting you to FACE facts and try some MONOPRINTING.

We are excited to share the latest issue of our new digital 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:


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 FACE and our creative challenge - MONOPRINTING

When monoprinting is mentioned on social media, most often it is a reference to gel printing, but monoprinting means a process of making unique prints, which definitely can be done with a gel plate but can just as easily be done with a potato, a stamp, a woodcut or anything else that creates one-of-a-kind prints. So don't worry if you don't have a gel plate, there are plenty of ways to make unique prints!


We can't wait to see what you do and if you need more inspiration, you might find our new magazine useful!

As mentioned at the top of the post, we are excited to share the latest issue of our new digital 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 latest issue which is available to flick through online just like a real magazine.  The magazine contains more about our challenges this month, our Design Team inspiration,Guest Designer interviews, studio spaces, 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 CHUANG



Ann says:  Here is my inspiration for the November Main Challenge. The background was created with monoprint paper I made with my Gelli plate and the face was made with Dina Wakley's stencil and Black Gesso. It's so fun to play with many stencils this time.


Visit Ann:  
BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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ELLE - EOTC



Elle says:  I think your whole life shows in your face, you should be proud of that - Lauren Bacall. I used a bunch of different gel printed papers to make my background. Some of them are from years ago but somehow don't get used - why is that I wonder? Anyway, decided to use more stuff from now on instead of hoarding it lol. I found this woman in a fashion magazine and liked her so much I wanted to use the whole image, so I had to turn my journal sideways to fit her in. Then I used a stencil and some black paint around the edges, and finished my page with a quote handwritten in black and white, with FACE letter stickers.

Visit Elle:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM



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HEATHER MCMAHON


Heather says:  As soon as I saw the FACE part of the challenge, I knew I had to use one of Deb Weiers' new face images. I adore her version of Vermeer's "Girl With a Pearl Earring". I added some of her flowers and used her wonky circles behind my numbers.
My MONOPRINTING is a geli-print that I made. These are so good to use as backgrounds.
Will you join us this month?

Visit Heather:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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HEIDI MATTESSICH




Heidi says:  Hi guys! Here is my inspiration for the November Main Challenge. The background was created with collaged monoprint paper I made with my gelli plate and the face from Stamperia rice paper. I had so much fun playing with techniques I haven't used in a while!

Visit Heidi:  BLOG - INSTAGRAM -  YOUTUBE 



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KAT PALECZNY



Kat says: Hi, this page is my inspiration for the November Main Challenge. The background was created with collaged monoprint paper. I added a face as my focal element, and added a quote around that. I wish you have fun. 

Visit Kat:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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LISA OXLEY






 
Lisa says:     
Monoprint + Face A
I have a love /hate relationship with my gel plate. I suppose it's the trial and error of it all.  What I do love is using alcohol ink on my plate. Which is exactly what I have done here.  Using a magazine image encased within the gel print border, gives focal and dominance upon the page.  Little else is needed.

Monoprint + Face B
I had a couple of different pages flowing for this months challenge, so I'm up for sharing both.  Again using alcohol ink upon the gel plate to achieve a unique mottled look, coupled with a Stamperia image on rice paper, this page evolved like a radiant flower blooming into existence.

Visit Lisa:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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MATILDE FAB




Matilde says:  I used my gel plate and some acrylic paints and an magazine image (the face of a celebrity) to make this monoprint. I added some stamps and applied a modeling paste through a stencil. I love the process but it's a little bit unpredictable

Visit Matilde:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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RACHEL MARTIN




Rachel says:  Turn mistakes into beauty.

Visit Rachel:  INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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ROX BOYCE



Rox says:  A monoprinting background collaged with a fabulous quote by Oscar Wilde.

Visit Rox: INSTAGRAM



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SARAH DORGERE



Sarah says: Here is my inspiration for the challenge of the month of November. I worked on my background with a single stamp that I colored with watercolors.

Visit Sarah:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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SHARON FRITCHMAN



Sharon says:  To make my page, I used my gel printing plate and a stencil to add the green MONOPRINTING to the patterned paper. The funky bird FACE and my title are from Deb Weiers' newest releases from ArtStacks!

Visit Sharon:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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SUNILA MAHAJAN




Sunila says:  For this page, I took out my Gel Press and got printing. I've created layers with stencils and paints, and then used them as collage pieces for my background. I added a face as my focal element, and added a quote around that. This sure was a fun page to create!

Visit Sunila:  FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM


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


Special Guest Designer

One or more participants, handpicked by our Admin team, may be invited to be our Special Guest Designers.


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Tell us what you think in the comments below!  Please leave your comments at the end of this post.  
Are you entering the challenge?  
Do you feel inspired by our fabulous DT this month?
Did you enjoy our new magazine?


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Or in our Facebook Group, using the November Main Challenge Album!  

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