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14 December, 2022

Announcing Our November 2022 Winners

 Hello everyone,


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

 

>>MAIN CHALLENGE WINNERS<<

We have three great winning projects for the Main Challenge.  

Thank you for entering your wonderful projects!


Main Challenge Winners


>>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leave a comment below with your contact details and we will get in touch (your details are safe as the comment will not be published and will be deleted after we have read it).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

12 December, 2022

Special Guest Spotlight on IRIS PEREZ December 2022

 Hello everyone!


This month, we are very pleased to welcome Iris Perez, who was one of our September
 2022 winners

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



Artist Bio 

My name is Iris, I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have been making different types of crafts for more than 25 years and in the last few years, I have focused on the mixed media associated with scrapbooking. Although I like intervened or recycled objects a lot, I have a weakness for paper and I really like it as a support when creating.

Social Media links:

INSTAGRAM


Q & A with Iris

How long have you been art journalling?

I have been writing different art journals for several years.

What is your favorite supply or product?

My favorite art supplies are pigments, I see infinite possibilities in them.

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

I like a lot of styles that are too contrasting. Sometimes inspiration just comes out of nowhere itself.

What is your favourite colour palette to use?

I don't have one, I'm always changing.

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

EVERYTHING! I see potential in unusual materials sometimes.


And finally, why do you enter art challenges?

Because I like to participate and promote this wonderful hobby. I know that I can touch at least one soul.




Iris's Interpretation of our December Main Challenge



Iris says:  For this art journal page, I used pigments and inks. Once dry, with a stencil, I applied embossing ink and did the same hot with shiny powders.


Then, I used the same stencil to apply gesso irregularly, I also spread it with a spatula generating textures and light in different parts of the project.



I used an image from a collage book that inspired me for the sentiment with the word sparkle.



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


Here's a reminder of our current Main Challenge:



Word Inspiration - SPARKLE
Creative Challenge - ADD GESSO


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



06 December, 2022

Introducing the More Than Words Jan-Jun 2023 Design Team

 Hello friends!


Today we are announcing our new Design Team for Jan-Jun 2023! We have added some fabulously talented artists to our team and we hope they will inspire you for the rest of this year and beyond. We are very excited to introduce you to them all in more detail soon.

And now, meet the new team for 2023...





New Design Team Members:


These two new design team members will be joining our existing design team, who are...

Returning Design Team Members:

ANN CHUANG - Taiwan
ELLE WILSON - United Kingdom
HEATHER MCMAHON - Australia
HEIDI MATTESSICH - USA
KAT PALECZNY - Poland
LISA OXLEY - Australia
MATILDE FAB - Poland

Please join us in welcoming our new Design Team members. They will be creating inspiring projects for our challenges starting from next month.  

Change brings growth, and we are very excited to see 
the creativity our new teams bring in 2023!  

***

Unfortunately, along with happy hellos, also come sad farewells.   
The following 2022 Design Team members will be heading in new 
directions at the end of December. We send our best wishes along with them!

ROX BOYCE - Australia SARAH DORGERE - France
A huge THANK YOU to all these departing designers!
You are the best and will always be considered part of the MTW family.


05 December, 2022

December 2022 Mini Challenge - SHINE

Hi Mini Challenge lovers! Welcome to this month's shiny Mini Challenge!

Word inspiration: Add the word SHINE on your mini projects. We need to see the actual word SHINE 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: #mtwminishine 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:  Shine card for December Mini, I used Tim Holtz/Sizzix die-cut for this card. Wishing you a Shiny & Bright Christmas.

Visit Ann:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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ELLE - EOTC




Elle says:  Shine tag for December Mini, I used a napkin for this one and then diecut the SHINE letters out and backed them with some white glitter card. I added some greenery using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix die and added some berries and a pom pom ribbon.

Visit Elle:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM



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HEATHER MCMAHON



Heather says:  I used a quote from a song for my SHINE inspiration (an approximate one anyway!). In keeping with the theme I added a peacock feather to the top of the tag instead of the usual ribbon. I hope you'll join us this month!

Visit Heather:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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HEIDI MATTESSICH



Heidi says:
 My December Mini Challenge DT inspiration tag...let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Visit Heidi:  BLOG - INSTAGRAM -  YOUTUBE



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MATILDE FAB



Matilde says:  I made a winter tag for the mini challenge with some positive quote - "It's your turn to shine". I used embossing powder and some of the stars are shining and glittering as well 

Visit Matilde:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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RACHEL MARTIN




Rachel says:  Shine like a star!

Visit Rachel:  INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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ROX BOYCE



Rox says:  I created a fun card using ArtStacks Deb Weiers Wonky Faces and a stamp from Visible Image.

Visit Rox: INSTAGRAM



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SHARON FRITCHMAN



Sharon says:  When I saw this month's mini-challenge, I knew that I wanted to make a tag and use the lyrics from one of my favorite songs by Collective Soul entitled "Shine." The photo is of my sister, Cathy, who is always shining down on our family.

Visit Sharon:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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SUNILA MAHAJAN



Sunila says:  I made a card for the mini challenge! Let us all pledge do do what makes our soul shine. I think it's so beautiful to be able to listen and honour our soul. The card includes shiny textures as well!

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: #mtwminishine 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.

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 CafĂ© 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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02 December, 2022

Artful Pages Magazine - December 2022

 



 

The December 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 December 2022 by EOTC

01 December, 2022

December 2022 Main Challenge - SPARKLE and ADD GESSO

  Hello everyone and welcome to another month of lovely challenges from More Than Words.

This month we are inviting you to add a little sparkle and to add some gesso to your page. (Note: gesso doesn't have to be white, there are many colours plus transparent gesso.)

We also 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:


Helpful Tips For The Challenge


We would like you to be inspired by both parts of our challenge
- our word inspiration SPARKLE and our creative challenge - ADD GESSO.
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, 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:  I used Black Gesso and Metallic Silver Sparkle Embossing Glitter Powder to make this Christmas Journal page. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.


Visit Ann:  
BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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ELLE - EOTC



Elle says:  May the festive season sparkle and shine.  I used white gesso mixed with pastels on my background to make the swirly pattern. Then on top I added some glitter paste and then the blue shiny diecut snowflakes. Then I wrote out the words with a gold pen. 

Visit Elle:  BLOG - FACEBOOK -  INSTAGRAM



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HEATHER MCMAHON


Heather says:  I found a great quote using the word SPARKLE and I added splashes of GESSO which I outlined in black. The gorgeous little girl and wings are from ArtStacks. I thought they suited the quote perfectly!

Visit Heather:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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HEIDI MATTESSICH



Heidi says:  Hi guys! Here is my inspiration for the December Main Challenge. After pasting down my collage bits, I first applied some clear gesso to prime the surface and then whitewashed with watered down white gesso to give it a muted even tone. I painted the branches with watercolors and then again used white gesso to create to snow. My picture did not fully capture the sparkle on the branches that I added with touches of iridescent paint. Happy December!!

Visit Heidi:  BLOG - INSTAGRAM -  YOUTUBE 



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KAT PALECZNY


Visit Kat:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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LISA OXLEY


"The winter days passed slowly" 
Lisa says: Starting with a gesso base it is so very hard to capture the shimmer and sparkle within the layers of shimmer paints, textures and gold leaf.

Visit Lisa:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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MATILDE FAB


Matilde says:  The word SPARKLE inspired me to use Lindy's magical powders, which are shining and an acrylic paint to make little sparkling drops. I used the white gesso to add some texture. I also have a short video of this process

Visit Matilde:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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RACHEL MARTIN



Rachel says:  When using Lindy's magical powders, I always prime my page with Gesso. I also used white Gesso to make drops.
The word "SPARKLE" inspired me Lindy's magical powders, as well as fairy magic.

Visit Rachel:  INSTAGRAM - YOUTUBE



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ROX BOYCE




Rox says:  Gesso and sparkle are the basis to my textured background on this mixed media mini artwork “ Please be kind to all sentient beings”. Created in the style of Deb Weiers using her fabulous collage pack from ArtStacks.

Visit Rox: INSTAGRAM



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SARAH DORGERE


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



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SHARON FRITCHMAN


Sharon says:  When making my mixed media art journal page, I used GESSO (white and black) to liven up my background a bit. I wanted Deb Weiers' wonky bird (from ArtStacks) to SPARKLE, so I added black Stickles to her spots! She is also holding some shimmering balloons for fun!

Visit Sharon:  BLOG - FACEBOOK - PINTEREST - INSTAGRAM



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SUNILA MAHAJAN



Sunila says:  This page is all about sparkle. Sparkle and glitter layers, and in my quote. It's the vibe, it creates, ready to explode with joy. I've used gesso differently on this page, through a stencil for a different texture and dimension.

Visit Sunila:  FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM


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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?


Challenge closes on the last day of the month at 11:59 pm EST.  You can join the challenge using the inlinkz below 


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

Or you can enter on Instagram by tagging us and using the hashtags: #mtwmainsparkle and #mtwmainchallenge. 

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