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01 May, 2023

CELEBRATIONS May 2023 Art Journal Challenge

Hello everyone, and welcome to our May challenge!
This month, our challenge is all about CELEBRATIONS! There are many events this month that you might want to celebration on your page including Mother's Day in a lot of countries and the Coronation in the UK, or perhaps you have a more personal reason for celebrations? You can find our challenge details below as well as links to the latest issue of our digital magazine - Artful Pages - more details below.


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 CELEBRATIONS. 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 May 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! 

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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.


This month with the theme of celebration, I wanted to celebrate "Birthday". I think the birthday is a very important day because I can't meet my friends without the birthday.

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We have a very important date this month in the UK, as we have the coronation of a new King - that doesn't happen very often - so it's a pretty big deal.  I like Prince Charles (King Charles) so I wanted to make my page about him, so it has a distinctly British feel.  It's also a great month to celebrate that we have three public holidays which includes the extra one so we can all watch the coronation!




I wanted to celebrate the crazy, outrageous things in life. This little boy from ArtStacks fitted my theme perfectly as he seems so vibrant and expressive.
I hope you'll join in the fun this month!




There are so many things to celebrate. Almost every day has a holiday attached to it. Some are funny. Some are serious. I decided to search what holidays were coming up in May and was completely inspired by the International Day of Light on May 16th. This holiday was created by UNESCO to provide a focal point for activities and events to demonstrate how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve its goals – education, equality, and peace. It commemorates the first successful operation of the laser by scientist and engineer Theodore Maiman in 1960.
Through further research I came across a global and grassroots movement called Liter of Light that provides affordable, sustainable solar light to people with limited or no access to electricity.
What an amazing theme this turned out to be! I hope that my project helps to bring more awareness to this and inspires more people to take action.




This month's theme is celebration, it just so happens that I celebrate my birthday in the month of May.




For this theme of celebration, I wanted to celebrate the freedom that every living being should have to live his or her life without having to look at the past




I celebrate friendship throughout the year. Friends are important in so many ways







For me it is important to celebrate everything, not only important occasions. Every single day brings something what is worth to be celebrated. And it is important to share the joy with others 
I used some distress paints and embossing powder to create this page. There is a little bit of stamping as well.




When I think of CELEBRATIONS, eating vanilla cake with confetti comes to mind. So that was my inspiration for this page!




In our family, we love to celebrate the things that make each of us happy. Our daughter, Anne, loves panda bears . . . we have always called her joy for pandas - "Pandamania!" I used ArtStacks’ new releases to make my page.




This month with the theme of celebration, I decided to celebrate womanhood. I began with Mother’s Day in mind, and then expanded it to womanhood, the celebration of life and freedom. The essence of existence and the multifaceted strength of a woman, and how her being. I used a lot of goodies from Art Stacks for this page.



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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