Monday, April 27, 2009

Tree-Loving Artists of All Ages

Are you an artist who loves trees - doodling dogwoods, painting maples, etching elms? Would you like to win a year's supply of paper products? If so, you have until June 30 to send your original, arboreal artwork to the "Save the Trees Paper Towel Design Contest," sponsored by Marcal to promote its new Small Steps line.

In an ongoing effort to save a million trees (according to their website, they're up to 20,618,043) Marcal's new Small Steps brand is made from 100 percent recycled paper. In addition, the line is hypoallergenic, virtually lint free, manufactured without chlorine bleaching and made without added dyes or fragrances.

Artists of all ages are encouraged to apply. Multiple entries from each artist will be accepted. Children must have a parent or guardian sign their entry form.

Entries will be judged on three criteria: the appreciation for trees theme (30%), originality/creativity (30%) and appeal (40%). In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken based on the highest appeal score.

The grand prize is a trip for four to "hug a giant tree" at California's Sequoia National Park, a year's supply of Small Steps paper products and the chance to have their artwork used "as inspiration for future Small Steps brand product packaging." The second prize is a tree for the artist's yard, awarded in the form of a $250 check made payable to the winner, plus a year's supply of Marcal Small Steps paper products. The third prize is a $100 gift certificate to a local garden center, plus - you guessed it - a year's supply of Marcal Small Steps paper products.

So get out the crayons, charcoals, chalks and markers. We'll be "root"ing for you.

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