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This week was a bit of a battle for me. I was trying to push myself to create in a way that wasn't necessarily natural to me (as prompted by EmK from the week 3 set of prompts) as well as a separate battle between me and the blue light that was around when I was taking photographs of my pages!


Cuts
- collage, pen & stamps



Chaos & Calm
- collage, washi tape, acrylic paint

I love this page and the process from behind it. My chaos is the ripped pieces and the eclectic mix of colour and mediums. 
My calm is the small, neat triangles. 



Think
- pen 

I was re-visting the fish/leaf shape that Amy spoke about in the webinar last week. I was also exploring using materials I don't usually gravitate towards. Pastel shades and thin lines. 

The quote comes from this episode of ladies who lunch - a favorite podcast of mine.


Yesterday & Tomorrow
- pen & ink

A little life reminder from the Dalai Lama 




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GET MESSY 2017 | CONTRAST | WEEK 3

This week was a super inspired week for me!

Starting with this friend or foe stencil page from a tutorial Vanessa shared on the Get Messy blog last week.



I don't know what it is about cheetahs, but they keep appearing in my subconscious recently. 
I've been dreaming about them and finding them in imagery. 



Get Messy hosted a make-along with their season artist, Amy Maricle. I watched this for the hour it was on and... had some serious making time! It might be one of my favourite ways to create, alongside others. I loved hearing about Amy's art therpaist background (more here) and her approach to making art journal pages. Amy is very hands on, un afraid and organic. 

Things I want to incorporate more and more into my own art practice. 




Finger painting!



Venting through art journalling - is there any better way?



I love the mix of patterns and colours here, made from really simple paintbrush marks. 






Layers of repetitive marks. 

It's a bit unbelievable how much you can make in only one hour!

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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. This is an affiliate link to Get Messy Art Journal. This means that when you purchase a yearly membership using the link, I receive a small percentage. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal so Join Get Messy now! " 

GET MESSY 2017 | CONTRAST | WEEK 2

Todays post is my 4th in the color blast series - a group of colour themed journals that are literally travelling the world through the artists listed below.

Mint was the colour I was most apprehensive about, I don't use it often and on a personal level, don't really connect with it. 

So it was a surprise to myself that I made all of the pages (and loved them) in this post in less than an hour!

Color Blast 2017:

Julia - Orange
Vanessa - Grey
Lauren Brown - Green
Lauren Blood - Purple
Moriah - Crimson
Sarah - Mint
Riet - Yellow



This is part of some wrapping paper that I have been hoarding and using sporadically in journals for about 8 years. 
Fun fact - it was from my 20th birthday when I discovered that my now-husband / then-new boyfriend chose (and still chooses) ridiculously good gift wrap. Thank you paperchase!


The next page says "Go!" so i created this collaged prequel


I added the little watercolour collaged pieces to Sarah's page


I found this magazine image on the right and thought it suited Vanessa's page on the left. 
Also, super proud of myself for mixing that mint colour acrylic!


My absolute favourite page - the most fun to create and look back at!

COLOR BLAST | MINT

I am loving this new series of mine and this week especially resonated with the topic - shoe design.

I am a product designer by day and a lot of what was said during the documentary was an echo of my daily creative life at work! 
The frustrations, the technical set backs and the clear distinction between design and art. 







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You can see the rest of my film notes series here 

FILM NOTES | ABSTRACT: THE ART OF DESIGN EP 2

We have started a new get messy season! For the next six weeks, all of my get messy art will based around the theme of contrast. It's a really open theme so I'm interested where the prompts, inspiration and tutorials will take me.. 


Dark / Light
- watercolour, ink & acrylic

I had created this page from week one of our previous messy season (art 101) but didn't like it. I painted over the top with a mix of acrylic and ink. I love how you get multi colour bleed through. This is a representation of any hard times in my life; little stripes of multicolouredness peeking through darkness.



Minimalism
- collage, pen, ink & washi

Thinking about possessions in our life; things and people. 




Forever in my own mind
- ink, acrylic, collage, washi & pen

A simple statement that is something I come back to again and again in my journalling. 
I made the background by making a relief print from my first page. 



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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. This is an affiliate link to Get Messy Art Journal. This means that when you purchase a yearly membership using the link, I receive a small percentage. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal so Join Get Messy now! " 

GET MESSY 2017 | CONTRAST | WEEK 1