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01 March, 2024

March 2024 - Signs & Symbols and Meaningful Marks

  


 Happy new month!  We hope you enjoyed our February challenge - we certainly enjoyed seeing all your entries!  

This month is all about mark-making and what signs and symbols are meaningful to you.  Please bear in mind that this would be an ideal opportunity to use your Word of the Year also and focus your mark-making and symbols around your word.


It is our hope that we can continue to use our word of the year in all of our pages this year just to keep that fresh in our minds, together with the monthly prompts or instead of them. The choice is yours!  

We can't wait to see what you create this month and what you choose to focus on!  Due to changes on Instagram it is harder to see the recent entries on a hashtag, so please also remember to tag us @mtw_challenge so we don't miss your projects.  

#MTWartjournalchallenge


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, like or follow them on your favourite social media.



ELLE - EOTC


Ready to...
I added a lot of mark-making by hand and also using some Tracy Scott stamps from Paperartsy.  When it came to symbols I realised that I had to include a kitty as my own personal symbol, as they appear many times in my art, accidentally or on purpose.  I made my page with a pocket to hold two tags with even more mark-making on them.  More photos and details on my blog.



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HEATHER MCMAHON



I used my Word of the Year - determination - and lots of mark-making on my page. The black stripes on the sides of the pages are made with a paint and a fork. I also hand-drew the alphas (using a stencil).  I confess that the rest of the marks are from ArtStacks' new release Tissue Backgrounds but they worked perfectly for this! I had fun adding blanket stitching to the edges of some of the papers too.  I hope you'll join us this month!  

I'm doing a full step by step about how I made this on my blog if you want to take a look. 



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HEIDI MATTESSICH


I decided to use my WOTY for this challenge. My word is Possibility. A google search showed the symbol for possibility which is the infinity symbol.



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KOUNELI



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LENA BLANKENSTEIN HOLMSTROM






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MATILDE FAB



My word of the year is IMAGINATION. One of the symbols of imagination is the bulb so I used them here. I created my background using distress oxides, the tissue paper and a stamp. I hope you like it

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SUNILA MAHAJAN





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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.   

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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Engage with us!

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.  


Enter in our Facebook Group, using this month's Challenge Album!  

Enter on Instagram by tagging us (so we can see your entry!) @MTW_challenge and using the hashtag: #MTWartjournalchallenge


21 February, 2024

Announcing our January 2024 Winner!

  Hello everyone!

We are excited to announce our talented January winner!  We really loved looking at all of your pages this month and how you interpreted our challenge.  
 Don't forget to enter our February challenge!  

 

ART JOURNAL CHALLENGE WINNER

Without further ado we are thrilled to announce that our January 2024 winner is
 Valerie Ouellet!
Valerie made a beautiful page that reflected the challenge well. We love her Word of the Year!


Valerie, you've won a digital pack from ArtStacks!
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To claim your prize please contact Heather: artstacksdesigns(at)gmail(dot)com 

Grab your badge from this post and proudly display it on your blog and/or social media!


Thank you for entering your wonderful journal pages!



01 February, 2024

February 2024 - Your Word of the Year + Your Element + Dragon or Red

 


 Here's a fun one for you since Chinese New Year will start on Feb 10th and this year will be the Year of the Dragon!

Chinese astrology is based on the year of your birth, and you will be a specific animal depending on which year you were born, but you will also be a specific ELEMENT (eg you could be a metal tiger or a water rabbit or a fire rooster ). If you want to use your element here is an easy way to work it out:  

If the last number in your birth year is 0 or 1, your element is Metal.
If the last number in your birth year is 2 or 3, your element is Water.
If the last number in your birth year is 4 or 5, your element is Wood.
If the last number in your birth year is 6 or 7, your element is Fire.
If the last number in your birth year is 8 or 9, your element is Earth.

So for example if you were born in 1981 your element would be Metal and so on.



Feel free to use your element (or not) and/or the prompt Dragon (for Year of the Dragon) or Red (considered to be the luckiest colour). 

It is our hope that we can continue to use our word of the year in all of our pages this year just to keep that fresh in our minds, together with the monthly prompts or instead of them. The choice is yours!  

We can't wait to see what you create this month and what you choose to focus on!

#MTWartjournalchallenge


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, like or follow them on your favourite social media.



ELLE - EOTC


This month's challenge was a fun one.  I already knew that my element was water and that I wanted to use it and my word of the year.  As this month will also welcome in the Year of the Dragon I wanted to include a dragon and then I found these red flowers which gave me a red element too so I managed all four options in one page and that made me pretty happy!  My WOTY is READY and so I added in the statement "Je suis prĂȘt" which is French for "I am ready".


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HEATHER MCMAHON



Ohh there are so many challenge options this month! I went with my element (water) and red. I absolutely adore these watery images by Tracy Verdugo over at ArtStacks so I based my page around them.



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HEIDI MATTESSICH





Visit Heidi:  BLOG - INSTAGRAM -  YOUTUBE 



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KOUNELI




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LENA BLANKENSTEIN HOLMSTROM





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MATILDE FAB



This time I was inspired by the colour (red is so energetic!) and the dragon. I used my word of the year (Imagination) as well. I tried to create some unique background using for it stamps, beautiful sparkling spray, and texture paste with a stencil. These little drops are made of acrylic paint.

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SUNILA MAHAJAN




Visit Sunila:  FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM


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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.   

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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To follow us on other social media, please visit the links at the top right of the page.


Engage with us!

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.  


Enter in our Facebook Group, using this month's Challenge Album!  

Enter on Instagram by tagging us and using the hashtag: #MTWartjournalchallenge