samedi 14 octobre 2017

GET MESSY SEASON OF CONNECTIONS || 02

Hello alla nd welcome to week two of the Season of Connections. This week kicked my butt so I didn't have as much time in my art journal as I thought. I did manage one spread in my Connections journal:


I went with a quick rendition of a continuous line self-portrait and some writing.



"Tempus fugit" means "time flies" and "Memento mori" means "remember that you are mortal". I put these in my art journal as a reminder that things are constantly changing.


 Good or bad, they never stay the same.


The roses are there to remind me to "smell the roses" and take the time to look up and see what is happening.


I also managed a mixed media self portrait in what is turning out to be my Fire Burning Bright journal. This is still a work in progress, but I have an idea of where it's going.




Stickers are by Elly and the Mucha is from an old notebook cover. Khaleesi approves!



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mercredi 11 octobre 2017

Painting Galaxies || a Get Messy class

Last month, Get Messy launched Katie's wonderful class, Painting Galaxies. I learned so much from doing the lessons! First off, there are many differences between watercolour galaxies and acrylic ones. That was my biggest takeaway.


I also love trying new things like making ink galaxies and cutting letters out of amazing galaxy images.


Making moons and geometic galaxies was an original and inspiring idea. I love Katie's no nonsense, clear approach to her art journaling. You will learn a lot from this class. Here's a flip through of the galaxy journal that I made:


video

You can find the class in the Get Messy shop here.

lundi 9 octobre 2017

Collab journal with Cait Sherwood

Every Monday for the Season of Connections I am sharing some of the collaborative journals I made this year. Today, I am sharing a personal favorite, my collab with Cait Sherwood. 


Last year, Cait and I were featured on an episode of How She Creates about bringing depth to your work. We have two very different processes when it comes to art journaling but our approach to the practice of it is similar.


I feel like this art journal is a great mix of both of us. I definitely stretched myself here, especially with there being no journaling.


Words are usually the final step in my art journal spreads. But this journal was started in the spring, during the Season of Contrast when I felt I didn't need so many words anymore.


So I just went with what felt right and I believe Cait did that too.



The journal feels finished to me...except for the pags below....I feel like I may add to them.


We'll see. It sometimes feels good to step away from my usual style.


Still really digging the accordion journals and how the way you fold them makes different types of spreads.


The continuity/disruption appeals to me.


 Thank you for embarking on this with me Cait!

vendredi 6 octobre 2017

Get Messy Season of Connections || 01

Welcome the the Season of Connections. Oh, how I love that theme. My approach this Season is to use an accordion photo book (that's what it says on the cover!) with kraft paper inside and vintage photos and fabric.


I curated a kit so that I would have these elements handy.


As you may have seen from my tutorial, I am mending relationships with the past in these pages. This spread deals with my late father, using the shashiko stitch.




This spread is a connection to my great-great-aunt and the ancestors from my mother's side of the family.




Some family legacies are not positive and need to be changed. This spread addresses this: problems with body image and self-esteem passed down through the generations. That stops with me.



My final spread for this week, not related to my tutorial is the one addressing our chosen family.


For me, my chosen families are my friends and my art tribe. To represent my friends, I added this pressed corsage. It was the one we used when we did prom night here in Beijing and it represents the people who are my support system aborad.


These women are the representation of my art tribe. Get Messy is a huge part of my life and has given me so much. The friendships I have made there are some of the most important to me. These women also represent Orly, Rebecca and the women I met in San Miguel both times I went. Some beautiful artists and souls.


And these cool people hanging out together are the representation of my friends back home. My forever friends, the ones with who I've walked for 20 plus years. These friendships are until the end and with I feel like myself the most.


Can we talk about this magnificent hare ribbon!? A gift from my friend Joey who came to visit and who totally gets me.



That's it for this week. What is your approach to this Season? Does the theme appeal to you or scare you a little? For me it's a bit of both to be honest!

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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!

mercredi 4 octobre 2017

The Elements Zine

It's always so thrilling when you find the perfect fit between zine theme and recipient and collaborator. This happened to the Zine Squad with the Eelements Zine.


We made this zine for Serena and recruited Divyam to help us out. This zine is pure magic. Everything meshed so perfectly!


I started the zine and it was fun to add some gelli prints pages like the left one above. I also added flaps like for the spread below.



I just love seeing people add things to my pages. I see Julia's influence here:


In general I'm a water elemental but recently I've been super attracted to fire. I feel like the right page below blends there two elements nicely. It's my favourite and is so perfect next to Katie's ocean galaxy page.


This final spread features lyrics by Karen Elson. I love the idea of learning more about herbal medicines and what they bring to our health.


Please take a look at everyone's contributions here: Katie, Julia, Divyam.


So much love for the Zine Squad. One of my favourite projects!


lundi 2 octobre 2017

Women Rising collab with @lifethroughjournals

I have had a few art journal collaborations go around the world this year. They have started to come back to me and I am slowly adding the final touches on them. I will be sharing here on Mondays for the next weeks. 

The first collab I want to show is the Women Rising journal with Sarah Mason aka @lifethroughjournals


Sarah and I connected through Get Messy and she is now also on the Awesome Ladies Project creative team. We share a love of similar subjet matter in our art journals so I was excited to collaborate with her on the theme of women and witches and strength.


We each started a journal that we sent to the other to add to, after which the journals were returned to their owner. So I have this lovely accordion journal with Sarah's work in it.


I might come back to it and add a little more details to the white spaces in these pages eventually.


But for now, I love how this project turned out. I feel like we got an interesting mix of both our styles and approaches.


I love this last page by Sarah so much!


Here's to the spirit of Women Rising!

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