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12 January, 2023

Special Guest Spotlight on ERIKA NELSON January 2023

 Hello everyone!

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

We hope you enjoy her take on our January Challenge and do please visit her blog which is linked below, and also our social media channels to watch the Guest Designer video! 

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Q & A with Erika

How long have you been art journalling?

I've been art journalling for probably twenty-five years, but at first my journalling was more like a messy scrapbook page. I discovered rubber stamping and painting as well as using all kinds of media, and once I realized that I could make journal page and not a more traditional scrapbook page, journalling became my new passion. 

What is your favourite colour palette to use?

I lean towards cool colors (because blues and greens are my favorites), and at other times I go for warm colors. I think my color choice really depends upon the seasons, nature and even the weather.

And finally, why do you enter art challenges?

I love entering art challenges because it allows you to meet other people who love the same types of art, and you discovered so many techniques, ideas and inspiration.

Erika's Interpretation of our January Challenge

Erika says:  This is a great month for me to be a guest at More Than Words because I really love the idea of time and making art on that theme. My art is a 2 page spread. I started by inking my background to coordinate with the printed paper I was going to use.

I tore the paper in half to use some on each side. On the part of the pages I didn't cover with the matching paper, I used 2 old rubber stamps I had and added the days of the weeks and the months of the year words.

Then I did a lot of paper cutting. This is where I got the clock images. I then used some chipboard gears to give the page some dimension and depth. I painted them with bronze paint and  rubbed some black ink over them.  Finally I  stamped the time phrases on the right and also used a couple of letter stickers to create the word time.

Thanks for sharing your amazing journal spread with us Erika and for explaining your process.  We really loved how your page turned out and all those clock images and the rusty looking gears are fantastic!

 We hope Erika's fantastic take on our challenge theme inspires you to enter the January challenge!

Here's a reminder of our current Challenge:

Don't forget that you can find all of our challenge details and extra information, as well as Erika's published interview in our magazine Artful Pages.  Enter the challenge on the blog, Instagram or our Facebook group.  All links are on the sidebar!


  1. Thanks ladies for this fabulous post. I appreciate being picked and asked to be a guest designer. You are all such fabulous artists; it's a thrill to be included this month. hugs-Erika

  2. Congrats on being Guest Designer this month Erika! Love your project xx


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