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Monday, April 24, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal: Season of Contrast (Weeks 1-3)

It's currently the Season of Contrast at Get Messy, and the prompts and tutorials this season have provided a ton of inspiration. It's also been wonderful to have Amy Maricle from Mindful Art Studios as our guest artist for the season.
This season I've returned to one of my little pocket notebooks. I started using this notebook when I joined Get Messy last year during the Season of Introspection. At that time I skipped around in the journal, so there are still quite a few pages left to fill. I decided to finish this journal with the Season of Contrast since I have spent some time digging deep and exploring contrasting thoughts and feelings.
This is the first spread I created in Week 1. It's about revealing your true self  and feeling exposed.  The quote I wrote is from a commencement speech Neil Gaiman, an English author, gave to graduates at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2012. I had scribbled this quote on a piece of paper and when I came across it again, I decided to watch the speech in its entirety. His words really resonated with me. Sometimes I'm afraid of exposing too much, but I'm learning every day that when you reveal your innermost thoughts and feelings and bare your heart and soul, it fosters deeper connections, a greater capacity for understanding, and true beauty.
This spread was inspired by a prompt from Vanessa exploring light and dark. I found this heart I had drawn in my scrap stash, and I decided to layer it on top of some string to illustrate how the light in my heart is a shield. When feelings of emptiness and sorrow creep in, the light always breaks through. I truly believe love is the greatest light in the world and will always overcome darkness. No matter how dark and terror-ridden the world seems, this source of light is much greater.
In Week 1, I was also inspired by Sasha's face printing tutorial. However, instead of a face, I used an image of a hummingbird. Creating this spread was quite meditative. All my thoughts quieted and I heard a hummingbird singing to me, or perhaps for me, in the silence.
Weeks 2 and 3 I didn't do much at all in my journal. During that time, I lost two members of my family and I was feeling pretty low. I didn't feel like doing anything.  Still, I did manage to join the live webinar with Amy, and it was so relaxing to watch her work intuitively. It was so inspiring, and I made mental notes of her methods for mindfulness while creating. I found great comfort and peace while creating this spread and using some of the techniques she shared. Somehow mixing paint and making those repetitive marks helped heal my broken spirit.
In a separate journal, I used the leftover paint to create these messy florals. I decided to ditch the brushes and do some finger painting. I just love how it turned out. It was so intuitive. No planning, no second guessing. I just let it happen like Riet proposed in her intuitive painting tutorial. I enjoyed it so much, I might start a new series experimenting with the technique.

Overall, I am enjoying the Season of Contrast, but most of all the amazing art my fellow Get Messians have shared. Check out #seasonofcontrast and prepare to be blown away!
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Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support, and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Journal 03: Patterns and Oil Pastels

One Year, Twelve Journals: This year I want to make it a habit to art journal on a regular basis. So, I've decided to create 12 art journals for myself, and my goal is to complete one for each month of the year.

In March I received a set of oil pastels from Art Bento Box, and I knew immediately I wanted to experiment with them in this journal. I haven't used oil pastels in a long time so I just had fun making patterns with them. I also enjoyed playing with layers and discovered a new way to add journaling to my pages.
"Holding On"
{collage, oil pastel, and pen}
"Let Me Be"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pen, and marker}
"Way Maker"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, and pen}
"Rise Again"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, and pen}
"Truly Yours"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pen, and marker}
"It's Not Over Yet"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pen, and marker}
"Broken"
{collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pen, and marker}
Like my February journal, this one was all about experimentation and testing different techniques. My favorite bits in this journal are the overlay of writing and the pattern play. I know I will carry these elements on into my future work.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal: Basic Bookbinding Class

Y'all, binding books may be my new favorite thing! It just makes your art journal or sketchbook that much more special knowing that you made it yourself. I followed the Long Stitch lesson in the Basic Bookbinding course from Vanessa at Get Messy Art Journal. I'm still searching for the perfect book with a decorative cover, but right now I have a couple nice sized books to work with.
The course is great for beginners! It features step by step instructions for four different book binding techniques: Pamphlet stitch, Long stitch, Coptic stitch, and French-link stitch. I didn't have some of the tools listed in the course, but I still managed to make it work with materials I had on hand. My journal has three signatures made up of four pages each, and I used embroidery floss to bind it.
I've decided to use it as a prayer/faith journal, and I've already collected some ephemera to use in it.
This is the very first page, and I just love it! I used mixed media paper to handle layers and layers of paint and collage. I'm just having so much fun experimenting with the techniques I learned during the Season of Art 101 at Get Messy.
Now, I'm on to the next one. Can't wait to try the Coptic stitch and French-link stitch too!
Have you ever tried book binding? What's your favorite stitch?
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Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support, and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal: Season of Art 101 (Weeks 4-6)


Weeks 4-6 of the Season of Art 101 flew by so fast. I did manage to make a few more pages following some of the techniques shared, including connected lettering and scrap collage. I made an accordion style journal to keep all of the tiny art I made during the season, and then I wrapped it in a bow. You can see a flip through here. I've learned so many new techniques and I've met some seriously amazing artists this season. I can't wait to get started with the next season!
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Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support, and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Journal 02: Trying New Things

One Year, Twelve Journals: This year I want to make it a habit to art journal on a regular basis. So, I've decided to create 12 art journals for myself, and my goal is to complete one for each month of the year.

This February I decided to experiment with layers and patterns. It's quite a shift from my usual minimalist style, but I did enjoy the process. Many of the spreads started with random scraps of paper glued down, and then I doodled floral patterns on top. I'm not in love with these pages, but the pen detailing and pattern play are ideas I'd like to implement in my future work.

"Exploring"
{collage, pen, and marker}

"Blooming"
{collage, pen, and marker}

" Remember"
{acrylic, collage, and pen}

"Into the Jungle"
{collage, pen, and marker}

"Dreams to the Moon"
{collage, pen, and marker}

"Don't Waste Time"
{collage, pen, and marker}

"Magic Machine"
{collage, pen, and marker}

"To Paisley"
{collage, stamps, and pen}
So far I'm enjoying working in these smaller handmade journals. There's less pressure to make perfectly complete pages, and I feel more open to experimenting than I ever have before. You can see pages from my January journal here.
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What's your favorite type of journal or sketchbook? Do you feel free to play or experiment in your journals or do you usually plan your pages ahead of time with a set idea in mind?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal: Season of Art 101 (Weeks 1-3)

This is my first season as a Creative Team member for Get Messy Art Journal, and I'm so excited! The first three weeks have been amazing. I've learned so many new techniques, and I've enjoyed viewing other Messians' work as well. The participation level and overall enthusiasm is incredible!

The Season of Art 101 is all about going back to the basics, learning to play, and experimenting with new techniques. I decided to go tiny using 2.5 inch square watercolor paper. I never worked quite this small, but I'm loving the challenge. It's super fun making these mini art pieces, and at the end of the season I plan to make a tiny journal for them. This self-portrait piece may be my favorite from the first week. We were given a pop-up prompt to create a self-portrait inspired by security envelope patterns. I used two different patterns to accentuate my wild, natural hair and my lips. Then I cut out some tiny flowers to finish the look. A pink dotted pattern helps frame the whole piece.

The main theme for the first week was watercolor. Here, I tried the wet on wet technique with an inexpensive set of watercolors. I absolutely loved the result! The colors came out so soft and dreamy. After adding a few splatters, I cut this large watercolor sheet down to size. Just a few collage scraps complete the piece.

The second week was all about texture. For one piece I decided to experiment with puffy paint, and I love how it turned out. I cut the flower out from an old greeting card and glued it to one of the watercolor backgrounds I created the week before. Then, I drew some leaves with some clear crystal puffy paint. I love the three-dimensional aspect of this piece, and there's some serious shimmer happening from all the glitter.


The third week we explored acrylics. I enjoyed creating several different acrylic backgrounds. One included a faux marbling technique. After I did the technique, I instantly saw a flower shape. I knew exactly how I wanted to enhance the shape and bring it to life. First, I outlined the shape of the marbled paint with a black pen. Next, I defined the petal shapes. Then, I added a series of lines to the petals. I love how the pen reacted to the paint. Most of the ink pooled in the center, and I used the end of my paintbrush to add a bit of white afterwards.

In week three there was also an amazing tutorial about layers by Pam Garrison. Building up layer upon layer was so much fun. I considered calling the piece done once I finished the random doodling, but I decided to see it through to the end. I used alphabet letter stencils to spell the word "create", and then I painted black around the outlines. I loved the outcome so much, I just had to try the technique again!

We're halfway through the season, but there's still so much creative inspiration to come. If you haven't joined Get Messy, now is the time! Say yes!
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Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support, and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Journal 01: My January

In a previous post, I mentioned one of my creative goals this year is to complete one art journal per month. Well, the first one is done! I'm so happy that I made the time to create consistently throughout the month. My January was all about challenging fear, embracing change, and setting intentions. This January...

"Just Breathe"
{collage and marker}
 I needed a reminder to breathe.

"His Plan, Not Mine"
{watercolor, alphabet stickers, and pen}
 I reflected on God's plans.

"I Am Here"
{collage, acrylic, and pen}
I realized I'm already where I need to be.

"Joy"
{collage, marker, and pen}
 I found the joy in every day.

"You are Loved"
{collage, watercolor, pen}
 I remembered there is love all around.

"There is Love to be Found"
{collage, stamps, and pen}
 I embraced the light in the world.

"Remember This"
{collage and pen}
 I made a list to remember.

"January 2017"
{acrylic and stamps}
I finished my first art journal!

How was your January? What did you create? What did you learn?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

My Still Space

"I am a child on the river and love waits downstream, a waterfall to steal my breath and change my mind." -Anohni

"My Still Space"
{collage and marker}
My art journal is my still space. It is a place for peace.

"Jeremiah 29:11"
{collage, stamps, and pen}
"All is Well"
{collage, watercolor, and pen}
It is a place for prayer.

"Let Us Pray"
{collage, stamps, and pen}
"Kalanchoe"
{Collage and pen}
It is a place for memories.

"Peace Stealers"
{collage, crayon, and stamps}
"Bone-tired"
{collage, acrylic, and pen}
And it is a place for madness.
Here, I am safe. Here, I find my center. Here, I live and breathe.