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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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal Giveaway!

 

As a 2017 Creative Team Member for Get Messy Art Journal, I have the incredible opportunity to give away a free year-long membership to Get Messy! When I first joined Get Messy last year, I wasn't sure what to expect but I was quickly greeted with support, encouragement, and a whole lot of love. Whether you are just beginning your art journal journey, a seasoned art journaler, or somewhere in between, there is something for you. Plus, there's an amazing community of artists and creatives that will be with you every step of the way sharing tips, trying new techniques, and inspiring you to find your own creative voice. Get Messy is beyond anything I ever thought it would be, and I'm so happy I get to share this with you!

The giveaway is taking place on my Instagram: @sweetashleyann. Once you find the post about this giveaway, follow the steps I have outlined below to enter.

How to enter:
1. Follow me @sweetashleyann and @getmessyartjournal on Instagram
2. Like the photo for my giveaway (It's the same photo as above.)
3. Comment below the photo telling me why you want to be a part of the Get Messy community
4. Tag your friends for a second entry

The giveaway ends on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11:59pm EST, and a winner will be announced on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The new season of Get Messy starts on February 1, 2017, so get excited!

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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!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Year! New Goals!

Happy New Year, everyone! (I know, super late!). Nevertheless, I hope the new year is treating you well and you're remaining steadfast in your resolutions and creative goals. Since we're already halfway through the first month of the year, I figured I should go ahead and share one of my own creative goals with you!

This year I want to make it a habit to art journal on a regular basis. I love art journaling, but I don't often make much time for it. I often have these creative spurts that fill my heart to the brim, but afterwards I go weeks without creating anything and I start to feel a bit discontent. So, this year I've decided to create 12 art journals for myself, and my goal is to complete one for each month of the year.


I enjoy creating in small-sized notebooks and journals the most, so I made these journals 4.5 x 6 inches in size. I folded four pieces of sketch paper to make about eight full spreads inside, and I used some of my favorite scrapbook papers for the covers. After I added washi tape to the spine, I used a three-hole pamphlet stitch to bind each one.


In December, I signed up for Mindfully You, an art journaling email course that promotes mindfulness and encourages introspective art journaling. Each month a set of prompts and a mini tutorial is sent to your email that promises to inspire your creativity. In this spread, I was reflecting on my one word for the year, Plan. I have dreams, but I need to start planning day to day and create an outline for my life in order to achieve them. I also know that God has a plan for me, one that is greater than my own, and it is my desire to tap into it faithfully and wholeheartedly. First, I smushed watercolors on the page. Then, I used adhesive letters to spell the word "plan" in the center of the spread. Finally, I added a little bit of journaling to complete the page.


This is another introspective art journal spread. Earlier in the day, I was listening to the song "You are Loved" by Stars Go Dim, and I felt inspired to create this page as a little "note to self". For the background I smushed some watercolors around in hues of orange, yellow, and green. All the floral elements were cut out from various scrapbook paper patterns, and I added a few paper doily bits as well. Then, I drew a scribbly line across the page and added a tiny word sticker to tie it all together.

I love that I am making day to day progress in my art journal. I can't wait to share the whole journal with you at the end of the month!

Have you made any New Year's resolutions? Have you chosen a word to guide your year? What are your goals for the year, and how do you plan to tackle them?