vendredi 30 juin 2017

Get Messy Season of Colour || 04

This week we explore green! Now you all know that green isn't my favourite colour to work with. Except if it's this very, very deep, dark, jungle green. I kind of like that one. I know that green is almost immediately associated with nature (makes total sense) but I tried to explore an archetype that relates to green as an emotion. So here is the Queen of Envy.

This woman's expression was the perfect one to convey that feeling of looking on the other side with that envious stare. I also truly had fun playing with Katie's colourful hair tutorial on the Get Messy private blog.

Some of my favourite things are in this spread: luscious inky splotches à la Pen + Ink, hand stickers that came with the lovely Elly's We Are All Artists cards and the leaves I used during a gelli plate session.

 And washi tape, how could I forget that? I used clear packing tape to hold the leaves in place. I love doing that, it gives them almost a laboratory specimen look.

So I, like everyone else, go through periods where I feel that my art is crap, what I do isn't as good as so and so, I wish I was that good at using [ insert art medium here] and what's going on over there, anyway? But I feel like we all have this, we all go through such moments of discouragements and envy...even the people whose work or process we are coveting. So it probably isn't that much greener on the other side.

My second archetype Queen is one that is very, very, very present within me. It's the Warrior Queen. For this spread, I am approaching the Race is a Colour prompt.

Most of us have seen this image or variations of it. I  was inspired by this idea. The idea that what seems to divide us is really only skin deep. Our bones hold us up, they are also an armour for parts of our body. So I built on this idea by drawing an armour for my Warrior Queen. The gelli prints around her represent the Wilderness, this is a symbol of incomprehension for me. Of not seeing the forest for the trees of not trying to find common ground. The Warrior Queen navigates in this Wilderness and tries to create a path through it.

The Warrior archetype is one that has gotten me in trouble sometimes. If I feel their is an injustice or someone hasn't been treated right or that there is some thing unjust, I can't not talk about it. I can't let it go; I have to say something. Sometimes that gets me in trouble because some people do not like to be confronted or can't handle confrontation and quickly get on the defensive or attack right away. In other cases, people don't need me to get worked up about something that they consider a non-issue.

In this sense, I sometimes put my foot in my mouth and I thought this image conjured that for me nicely. Whether or not it is justified or helpful, my Warrior will always hold you up and look out for you.


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lundi 26 juin 2017

Pen + Ink | a new Get Messy class by Julia

Oh how I love to try new things! How I love something that pushes me to think differently a bout supplies or the way I work. The ever inspiring Julia has offered us the chance to do just that with her now class at Get Messy: Pen + Ink. You are in for a treat when you take this class!

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Jules's style. She is the whole reason I decided to embark on the My Day Arted project. I just love the way she uses colours and lines and patterns in her art journaling. The best part? This class uses supplies you already have or can get for a pretty good price.

I just raided my kids' crayon box and found this handful of markers. I have lots of ink already from various brands like Sennelier, Liquitex, JB Herbin and Winsor and Newton. I keep them in these Ikea flower pots!

As soon as I got the class, I went through a couple of the lessons. I immediately pressed pause and had to try out all the techniques. I am especially mesmerized by the interaction between ink and water. So I started with that.

For the moment, I am using watercolour paper, remnants from books I have bound. I am thinking about dedicating a journal to this class, after seeing Katie's, Ashley's and Riet's journals!

Just in love with these phantom landscapes.

My biggest takeaway from the class so far is how much fun can be had with colour markers or felt tips as Jules calls them. I just love the way they bleed and blend and these are not the expensive kind of markers too. It seems so simple but it is definitely an 'a-ha' moment for me.

Almost as good as watercolours!

 I used a mix of felt tips and inks on the paper strips below, Aren't these colours so vibrant? Don't they give you so much energy? I also wasn't expecting to fall for colour in this way!

The techniques have found their way into my Daily Diary as well. I'm excited to play more and to see how I can incorporate them into my art journaling. This class fits in so perfectly with the Season of Colour. But what you learn can be applied to anything and it's absolutely possible to make it your own.

I invite you to check out Pen + Ink here, at 25$ it's a total steal. You will not regret it.

vendredi 23 juin 2017


Hello all. How was your week? I can tell you that mine was super busy with real life stuff. I had no time to do any of the tutorials and hardly any time in the studio. Plus I hated everything I was making because I was so conscious about how little free time I had, that I was stressed and not making anything good.

My colour this week was yellow and I was having the hardest time finding what I wanted to explore with it. This was the first version of my spread, with an angry queen figure that was expressing my feelings that day. I hated it.

So I covered it up and my approach finally came to me after my Advocate/Warrior archetype got kind of out of hand this week. So here is the Fire Dragon Queen.

I covered the drawn queen with some ripped flames and toxic smoke. This archetype addresses the part of me that is judgemental. I am an open-hearted and loyal person. I will support you and hold you up. But if you hurt me or if you let me down repeatedly, it is hard for me to forgive that.

I tend to then expect that from the person and call out the actions once they show up. I believe this is what is happening with my mother. It's happened with an ex-friend who did this to me. Since that event, I have this Dragon Fire Queen who lives within me and who will put up that firewall when I am in danger of being hurt. It's a defence mechanism.

I love the second iteration of my spread much more than the first. The stapled thread is something I borrowed from Lauren Caterson. This spread also addresses the "death to colour" idea.

My next colour is gold. I love that colour so much and I have maybe 25 different types of it: iridescent, glitter, watercolour, paper, bronze gold, yellow gold, etc. I think I had so much that I put it all on my page and absolutely hated it. Again.

So I covered it all up with white gesso and did an ink blot with all my different gold inks and I felt much better.

This archetype is a positive one that I have: the Queen of seized opportunities. I find my self often scared and nervous and putting myself in situations where I feel stressed about things but every single time I have said "yes" something great has come from it.

Whether it's moving to China, or taking a chance at a new contract or job, I have been very lucky to have had these positive encounters and it is because I have this tendency to do things that scare me.

I am grateful for these golden opportunities that have come my way and even more that I had the guts to say "yes!" I love how the gold looks like veins here. On the right I used tissue paper, one of my great loves is using that type of paper in my spreads and I haven't had the chance to do so in a while.

Thank you for coming by!


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!

mardi 20 juin 2017

The Circle Zine

We haven't shared a zine in a while but this one is worth the wait. The Zine Squad enlisted Ashley and made a zine for Clare. The theme was circles, plain and simple. It opened up a whole lot of possibilities!

 I made the watercolour circles above and left them mostly blank so the others could add to them. Which they did without it being too much.

I love those huge neon orange sequins. I cut up a leftover self-portrait and aligned it in some holes I had punched. I love that Ashley played off the idea of scattered shapes.

I put the orange ribbon on the left page but I love the added the sequins! Ashley did that and it fits nicely with the lion, almost compensating for the fact that it was black and white. I was the second to have the zine so it's so cool to see how it has evolved.

The right page above was inspired by a Red Hot Chili Peppers song that I was listening to at the time I made it. Circles and planets go together, do they not?

It was really fun to explore this theme, actually to let a shape be our common thread through the zine. Please take a look at everyone's pages : Julia, Katie, Ashley. And give us a like on Instagram to see more of our work.

lundi 19 juin 2017

100 Days of listening to the dead | 41-60

This project is still bringing me so much joy. I truly enjoy matching photos to the text in Spoon River Anthology and I am happy that the combination still resonates with people. Here are day 41 to 60.

I love this message on the back so I didn't glue that one down. ''This is pretty punk. If I get any better ones I will send youse some.''

Thanks for coming by!

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