samedi 31 octobre 2015

V's 52 portraits || 44

Memento Mori

It means 'remember that you will die'. It really means 'don't forget to live'. Live every second of your life. Live every emotion, hardship, joy, tiredness, strength, weakness, hope. Live all of it because it will be gone faster than you think. Live all of it because how do you know if something else is coming? Live without fear because fear will hold you back and will not get those moments back. When they are gone, they are gone. I try to live intentionally. Every day. Because Life is really is precious.

note: my portraits don't always turn out how I imagine them. Not a single one of this morning's session was in focus. For the record, I'm wearing Day of the Dead bones and roses tattoos.

jeudi 29 octobre 2015

Get Messy Season of Words || 06

Oh my! How can it be week 6 already?! I have so loved this Season! I still feel I have lots to say, lots to put into this altered book of mine. I get the feeling we are all similarly inspired no?

Ok, on to this week's pages. Before going into the promts, I wanted to show you this intro page. On the right is my name written in the hand of the one and only Caylee Grey! Once upon a time I won an art journal from her and this was in the package. So glad I found the perfect place for it.

On the right is a table number for our wedding. Did I ever mention we had a Day of the Dead/Till Death Do You Part wedding? With skulls and roses and temporary tattoos? It was awesome. Speaking of tattoos, I carved the swallow stamps below based on my own tattoo. 

She is adorned with the types of tattoos I'd love to have. Eventually.

This next one is for the loved one prompt. My husband and I celebrated our 14 year anniversary (of meeting not wedding!). I call him Grand Loup (Big Wolf) and I consider myself the Rose from the Little Prince, so this spread is all us. I put black gesso on a page I had torn out of my book, splattered paint all over and cut out the wolf silhouette. The Rose is from a calendar with St-Exupéry's original drawings from The Little Prince.

The saying reads : 'You are forever responsible for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your Rose'.

And the kicker? I used glow-in-the-dark paint around the rose and in the wolf :) I tried to take a picture, but of course, it's pretty bad....but you get the idea!

In keeping with the love/death theme, this page was made with that in mind.

This next photo of the beautiful Scarlett Johansen I have had for at least 6 years. Into the book she goes! I added her bones and a favorite lyric from a song by Coeur de Pirate who incidentally is my tattoo hero.

Thinking about my funeral and such made me recall some unfinished business. We all have that, right? Things that are unsettled. This is what this spread is about. I cut out a window in two pages and sandwiched the woman's photo in between them.

 That is super practical when you like both sides of the magazine spread.

Facing her is the page I made for the tutorial that is on the blog. 'Memento Mori' means 'remember that you are mortal'. So, live while you can!

That brings me to my funeral spread. I cut out another window in two pages and sandwiched a confetti pocket that I made out of acetate, vellum skulls and bones and sequins.

I wrote my legacy on white gesso. This is really heartfelt.

I love that you can see the rose through my pocket window.

And 'I loved' from the other page. I think that is a good condensation of my message: I loved.

The facing page has 'mi vida' (my life) under the Rose and a skull that looks like Frida. Perfect.

Once again, thank you for making it to the end of another long post!


Get Messy Art Journal is gang of crafty vixens who are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We support and encourage one another on this journey of creating and learning and we would love for you to join us too

mercredi 28 octobre 2015

Post-it art for WITL

Julia had a very original and fun way of doing 'a week in the life' style documenting : she decided to doodle her days according to a daily theme. I played along with her because she's my creative crush and I thought it would be a fun project to do while at work. I decided to put my doodles on post-it notes.

Here is what my week looked like:

Monday-the view from my desk

Tuesday : what I had for tea

Wednesday - from where I stand

Thursday - what I read today

Friday - my happy place today

Saturday - what I dreamt last night

And Sunday - who I saw today

As I was doing them, I put my post-its in my work Moleskine and I love how they look.

Thanks for this fun project Julia!

lundi 26 octobre 2015

Inktober || 19 to 25

I am having trouble with my new computer, or maybe it's the new Windows 10, but I can't seem to have the photos download where I want them to. Also, they used to be separated into weekly files and now they are monthly. If I don't erase the photos off my phone after an upload, they show up twice on the computer. I really don't like that none of my Hipstamatic or square prints upload correctly on the computer. SO ANNOYING! 

Anyway, this is why some of the images below are closely cropped and not others. Thanks for coming by anyway.

samedi 24 octobre 2015

V's 52 portraits || 43

This girl

Ten years ago, she made me a mother. Ten years ago, my life changed, the person I was changed. A decade ago I started along a path that has lead me to becoming a better person. Children enable you to take on so much : your childhood fears, your adult fears, notions of mortality, impermanence, Death, Life. They give you so much and make you want to give so much. It is not always easy and we are entering a new decade when things will evolve rapidly for her and for us. But I welcome these changes. Our daughter is a light in this world. I recognise her frailties as my own, but her strengths are all her.

jeudi 22 octobre 2015

Get Messy Season of Words || 05

Hi hi! Hope you all had a lovely week! It's getting quite busy around here with Halloween coming up and kids's birthday parties and fall break and all that jazz. I'm quickly losing light in the evenings which makes taking good pictures harder and harder. Managed to sneak these in just in time!

So this week was very interesting with the 'cover up that bad with the good' prompt. I did this but I changed it up a little. I'm lucky enough that no one has said such bad things about my art or my need to be creative. So I adapted the prompt to writing down how a situation made me feel and putting these strong words on top. 

I wanted to make a bold statement so I painted the words on a double page in black gesso. Once dry, I cut out the words but leaving the center binding intact. I wrote down everything I had to get out on the pages behind these words and then covered them up with photos and doodling. Here is how they look once finished.

I have been hoarding these images of the woman below for four years, I got them in a magazine in Hong Kong. I love her determined look. And there had to be some Taylor Swift lyrics in there.

I love the kind of 'peek-a-boo' effect that the words add to the pages underneath.

I'm also continuing the visual themes from last week's retelling of Alice. I think that skulls, roses and queens are definitely a recurring theme in this altered book.

 Here is a quick Hyperlapse of me turning the pages. This may better explain my technique!

 Thank you for coming by. x


Get Messy Art Journal is gang of crafty vixens who are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We support and encourage one another on this journey of creating and learning and we would love for you to join us too

mercredi 21 octobre 2015

Standing in the Ruins || the cemetery

As you can probably imagine, I love cemeteries. I feel very calm and serene there. I love the art, the statues, the environment surrounding these places. So seeing the cemetery in San Miguel is a real treat for me. Last year, we went in November, after Dia de los Muertos. The cemetery was brimming with decaying flowers, papel picados, candles and offerings. This year, it was much quieter. That said, there is always so much to see. Once again, a post where I let my photos speak for themselves.

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