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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!


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.


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 prêt" which is French for "I am ready".




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.













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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 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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