vendredi 21 juillet 2017

Get Messy Season of Colour || flip through

Here is a look at the rainbow archetype queens I explored in the Season of Colour!

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vendredi 14 juillet 2017

GET MESSY SEASON OF COLOUR || 06



Friends, welcome to the deepest, most mysterious hues of the rainbow: purple and black. Those two colours are inherently associated with mystery, velvet textures and dark corners for me. So naturally, this week's archetype queen is the Queen of Spiritual Wanderings.


As some of you may or may not know, I am an apostate. I am also a pantheist and great believer in connections. Connections with Nature, between people, with ourselves and with this time and place. I feel a need to explore myself and my place in this world right now. Purple absolutely illustrates this for me.



This life goes by so fast. Things change, they go through us, we react to them. All of this shapes our beings and I for one feel a strong need to live intentionally and fully. I want to know myself, to hold my truths up unapologetically.



The fact that I am not religious doesn't mean I am not spiritual, on the contrary. I am in tune with the divine in me and around me. I just don't see it as embodied in the way the major religions make it out to be. Which is why my Queens float in a galaxy.



In infinite, ever-expanding like the universe, galaxy. I hope I did Katie proud.


You can hear the silence from here. Perfect to listen closely to you.


Now we come to the last colour of the rainbow, the one that holds them all: black. This archetype is closely related to the previous one in the sense that is touches my essence, my core: the Goddess Queen.  



For those of you who have been following my Get Messy journey, you may remember my Goddess manifesto from the Season of Serenity. In that post, I touch upon many of the same themes I do here. This archetype is all about the Divine Feminine.



It's about honouring that part of you that is connected to those who came before. Their knowledge and their struggles, passed down through bloodlines. It's about claiming the female at all ages, respecting our cycles and not hiding from these elements.


I photocopied this beauty onto vellum and love its imperfections where my fingers picked up the wet ink and left prints.


Just like black is the result of all the colours coming together (for a super interesting discussion on if this last statement is true or not, read this website), so this Queen encompasses them all. She is the underlying archetype, the common thread that runs through all of the other ones for me. Black is a deep, textured colour and so are we all (I wish you could see how amazing this gunmetal paint is in real life).


Thank you for having explored the rainbow with me! I hope you have enjoyed these queens, I really did. I always like to take the time to see where I am and not just coast through life on the surface of things. I do truly appreciate your presence here and I hope that you enjoy coming along as well.

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lundi 10 juillet 2017

100 Days of listening to the dead | 61-80

As read and re-read the texts, I find myself attracted to different parts of these writings. Some people that didn't really catch my eye at first have become my favourites (as is the case with Editor Whedon below). Others that I was sure I wanted to put in my book seemed less inviting when I re-read them. To me, that is the magic of a well-written book. Here are days 61 to 80.







































This series holds some of my favourites.

vendredi 7 juillet 2017

GET MESSY SEASON OF COLOUR || 05

After green comes blue! That means we are getting close to the end of the rainbow. Just one more week after this one in the Season of Colour. I am getting ready to go on vacation. I will be gone almost five weeks. In my real life, this is also a time for goodbyes. Some people who I have become very close to in Beijing have finished their posting and are returning to Canada or moving on, so when I return they will be gone. This is a very difficult thing for me, saying goodbye, being overwhelmed with emotion. I have just come from a hugely stressful week and now I am thrown into sadness. I am emotionally spent. So this week's first Queen is a reflection of that.


I am vulnerable. I soak up people's emotions. I have learned with time when to retreat behind my armour, to turn inward, to let my bones shelter me. This week was one of those times. It can be hard on others who don't understand this retreat sometimes.


I wear my heart on my sleeve all the time, where it gets bruised easily. So I need to be alone sometimes, to recharge that battery.



When I can feel people's judgement or their disapproval, when I get the feeling people were expecting something else, I become the hermit to recenter myself. Other wise, it hurts too much.


I thought this soft blue was the perfect way of illustrating this feeling. I followed Riet's cut and paste prompt for this spread.


On to a darker blue in my rainbow spectrum. The other thing I am really good at is "magical thinking". I am always surprised when all of sudden I have no more money or time left to do all I want to. I am the Queen of thinking that it will all work out in the end.


Total Deus Ex Machina.


I loosely followed EmK's monochromatic tutorial for this. I started with an ink base, with lots of salt to get those lovely surprising textures.


Then, to make the clouds, I used some Japanese washi paper and printed vellum. I tore these rather than cutting them to give that magical feel.



I like seeing them interact this way.


Next week, we delve into deep, mysterious colours. Can't wait.

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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!


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