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01 April, 2023

BEING GREEN - April 2023 Art Journal Challenge


Hello everyone, and welcome to our April challenge!
This month, with Earth Day being on the 24th of April, our challenge is all about BEING GREEN. You can find our challenge details below as well as links to the latest issue of our digital magazine - Artful Pages - more details below.

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Let's take a look at this month's art journal challenge! We have simplified the challenges this year and the challenge no longer has two parts. Instead we have one main theme to inspire you and this month it's all about BEING GREEN. What does being green mean to you? Feel free to interpret the theme in any way that speaks to you!


We can't wait to see what you do with our challenge prompt this month and if you need more inspiration, you might find our new magazine useful. Inside there are weekly prompts if you need them or if you want to follow along and create multiple pages.

Artful Pages April 2023

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 challenge this month, our Design Team inspiration,Guest Designer interviews, and more!  Check it out and see for yourself - we would love your feedback! 

Design Team Inspiration

Let's see what our lovely Design Team have created this month. If you love their projects, please visit their social links and let them know, or why not follow them on your favourite social media.


Green is a color that calms my heart and also represents vitality and hope. I hope that the earth will be full of hope and peace everywhere.

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When I think about being green I automatically think about my garden which is completely organic and where I do as much recycling and reusing as possible. I grow a lot of my own food so I can reduce how much I have to buy from the supermarket. Most food has to travel a long way to reach the supermarket but the food from my garden is just a short walk away.




This challenge got me thinking -which is what I think a good challenge should do! I was really drawn to this image of a cow by the amazing Tamara Laporte (#willowing) over at ArtStacks and I got thinking about how it's easy to blame cows and livestock for our greenhouse emission problems but we really need to look at ourselves. So many things can be improved by changing our habits.  
I think the cow agrees - she's got that look in her eyes!




My journal page is for Earth Day. The poem below by Jane Yolen spoke to me and I thought it went along well with my page. 
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here

That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.




I was inspired to create this journal by the colour green. Surrounded by flowers and leaves, wire and cardboard appear to represent environmental pollution. The flowers and leaves represent the hope that the Earth gives us.




For this theme I wanted a profusion of different greens.
This is a call to save our planet and its environment




Being green for me is all about recycled. I always try to use recycled materials in my art. In this spread I have use old book pages, champagne cork, fabric etc.




There is a part of all of us that connects with the Earth.
The essence of tranquillity we feel in nature is a direct call to our great internal spirit.  I'm using this for my 1st of the month #100dayproject and have recorded a hyperlapse video for it.  Please visit my Instagram to see it. 




"Being green" means a lot for me. I love the Earth and want to protect it in any way. I think the first step could be following the three "R's" - reduce, reuse and recycle. There are many other things we can do to help save the Earth. If you're looking for small ways that you can make a difference, search online for ideas of how to get started.  For creating my page I used distress crayons, inks and mists - all in green. There is a little bit of stamping as well because I can't imagine my journaling without stamps  💚




For this theme, I was inspired by the color green. I recovered a monoprint and I used this flower which represents the small gestures that we can do on a daily basis for the environment.




The theme “Being Green” makes me remember my Irish heritage. I made the focal point of my art journal page "An Irish Blessing," which I learned from my dad. I also used ArtStacks' images to create my page. (The woman from ArtStack's new "Fabulous Faces" pack reminded me of ME, so I added digital glasses to her face!)




Green is a colour I associate with healing and nature. It makes me feel serene and at peace. I’ve created a clean and simple page using shades of green with a dab of blue. The page gives me the same vibes as the colour- being at peace, being one with the centre.



Prizes & Special Guest Designers

This year we are very happy to welcome ArtStacks Designs as our prize sponsor. 

 ArtStacks will be donating one of their fabulous DigiStacks to the overall winner of each of our challenges this year.  This will be a digital prize of one DigiStack to be downloaded from their online shop. 
(This prize is not transferable or exchangeable for non-digital products.)  

In addition, one or more participants, handpicked by our team, may be invited to be our Special Guest Designers, to be featured on our blog and promoted in our magazine and social media.

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