samedi 19 août 2017

Get Messy Season of Fairytales || 02

This week's pages are heavily influenced by Transference, the new class at Get Messy! I will have a blog post on this class coming on Tuesday if you are curious about it. Last weeks we left the Lady of the Moors in the presence of the Witch. The central figure and the jackalope are transfers while the skull is a napkin glued down with matte medium.


I have been reunited with my dip pen and ink and I do love those splatters and the wonky thickness of the letters.


This spread is a take on the focus on a detail prompt. I started thinking about the colour red and its presence in so many fairytales: the apple in Snow White, the roses in Alice in Wonderland, the ruby shoes in the Wizard of Oz, the cloak in Red Riding Hood, every single princess's lips, etc.


What secrets do these red elements hold? I focused on the roses because I love them and they have a special symbolic significance for me every since I read The Little Prince.


I imagine the Witch holds the secret of the Roses within her and gave it to the Lady. 


The Season of Contrast was all about hands but I feel this one is shaping up to be all about eyes!



One of my favourite stories is The Dark Tower by Stephen King. In one of the books, a witch Rhea of the Coos, examines a young maiden, Susan, and that scene came back to me full force while I was making the spread below. But in my story, the Witch is kind, her hands are gifting the lady with secrets.


The hands are an image transfer. Unfortunately, I used too much water and pulled up some of the image. So I outlined the image to try and pull up some of the details.



Then a transformation occurs, brought on by the Witch's gift.


The butterfly wing is another transfer. It was more vivid when wet. I sealed it with matte medium thinking it would keep the saturation of the colour but instead it dulled it down.


As with any transformation or growth, the rest of the group may not always understand or be able to accept the changes a person has made.




This final spread was inspired by Riet's fun prompt to include yourself in the spread.



This is a picture of me during our visit to the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I printed it out on vellum. To hide my modern day clothes, I cut out the image of the dress and inserted her neck under my ponytail. You can just see my striped hoodie peeking out.


This black and white photo of me dates from 2004, when I visited la Pointe-du-Raz in Brittany, France. Loved walking those cliffs with my long black coat.


The writing is a packing tape transfer, which is my go to for transfers since it is so quick and easy to do. It is actually part of the free lesson for Transference.


I am loving the Season so much! What about you?

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mercredi 16 août 2017

My 30 Days of lists notebook || September 2017 edition (and a giveaway)

Hello all! It's that time again, September is rolling in very soon and that means LISTING! Yes, 30 Days of Lists is just around the corner. There is information about a giveaway in this post, but you'll have to read till the end! Each round, I try to keep things interesting by changing up the style of my lists. This time, I decided to try a completely new format for me: 12 by 6 inches.


Ever have those gorgeous 12 x 12 papers that it just hurts your heart to cut? Yep, me too. So I am trying out this format for September's lists. I had used a similar notebook for Find Your Voice 2015 that I did through RUkristin (now The Awesome Ladies Project). 


I'm really excited to see how I will fill these lovely pages.


I'm thinking (as I usually do for 30 Lists) stash-busting time! I'd love to use up my scraps actually, so I think this is the direction I may take.


This includes some watercolour paper scraps from other bookbinding projects. I may use them as a base for my lists.


These floral papers...I love them so! If you do to, I made a notebook that is the same size as mine; it's available in my Etsy shop here. There are a bunch of different sizes there as well (including 6 x 8 inches and Midori Traveller's Notebook size)


I am looking forward to seeing how people will choose to list this time around.


Looking at what people make in the community is one of my favourites aspects of this project.


This is the middle of my notebook. After this the pages repeat.


Look at all that space!!!


Are you curious about this project? You can see all my past editions by clicking the project link on the right sidebar on my blog or by following this link. You can also get more information on the September edition here. If you'd like to register, please use the registration button on the right sidebar of my blog as this is an affiliate link and helps me carry on with these creative endeavours (and a big thank you!).


Want to win a spot in September's edition of 30 Days of Lists? Then take a look at the giveaway post on my Instagram feed. You could win a spot for you and a friend! Good luck (winners will be announced on Friday August 25th)

mardi 15 août 2017

Colour Blast || Red Ruby

The colour red has so many powerful associations to it, don't you agree? I see it as a colour of action / reaction, definitely intense and strong. Although this photo is so blurry, I wanted you to see the cute row of pompoms.


Even before the Season of Fairytales, red is a colour associated with these stories...as much as for Red Riding Hood's cloak, as the Red Queen having the roses painted and as Snow White and Rose Red.


'Savoure le rouge' means savour the red, from a song by Indochine.


And here we are, referencing fairytales again!



Blood is also red. 



The word 'crimson' is one of my favourite words to say. I love how it sounds when I say it. I had a red series in my big Moleskine and it was all about the current state of affairs in the US and it is still relevant today.




I don't know why this image called for some Eminem lyrics, but there you have it.


As a final page, I added these red stickers I had on hand. Red is also associated with love, after all!


Be sure to check out everyone else in the Colour Blast project's pages: Riet, Julia, Lauren, Moriah, Sarah and Lauren.

samedi 12 août 2017

Get Messy Season of Fairytales | 01

Week one of the Season of Fairytales and I am so into this theme! I hope you are feeling as inspired as I am. To start off my fairytale, The Lady of the Moors, I did a few "character study" type pages, kind of to set the mood. I started by making a colour palette and naming the colours according to the Lady's landscape.




I also played around with some of my watercolours and came up with this abstract.


I can't share my title page (keeping that for my tutorial coming soon) but I can show part of this introduction one.


This is my first page of the fairytale.


I absolutely love having flaps in my journal. These open up to reveal this magical place.


You can close one or the other of the flaps, making interesting associations.





I have a vague idea of the outline of my story, but some things are evolving as I go along.


This week, I didn't focus as much on the prompts as I wanted to explore a little of the backstory of this Lady.


The flap opens to reveal the other princesses.


I love these girls.


The other night, I felt like adding a little dimension to my journal, so I stitched a tattoo sleeve for my Lady princess.



It may have been too early to introduce a catalyst, but oh well, I like witches. So there!


This image on the right I have had since 2008!!!



Sometimes, you are culling images and then something truly magical happens. 


So there you have my pages for this week. I'm going back to Beijing tomorrow and will be reunited with my computer and the rest of my supplies! I'm interested in seeing the impact this will have on this tale. Thanks for coming by!

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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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