jeudi 27 novembre 2014

Get Messy || 23 and November's prompt!


Oh how I love prompt reveal day! I really get a kick from seeing everyone's interpretation of the same theme. Here is our prompt for November (thought up by Andrea):
Journaling challenge: Pick one word that describes you right now. Just one word. 
Art challenge: Play with the word you picked. Use letter stickers, cut out your word from magazines and create a collage, write your word a hundred times on a piece of paper and use it as a background, use paint to write your word, … The main focus should be on your word.

Isn' this a great prompt? I find it really inspiring. I had a few words going through my head when I read this at the beginning of the month. but I wasn't sure yet which technique to use to highlight my word. Also, I knew that I would be going to my art journaling workshop in San Miguel the week before, so I figured I'd wait before making the spread. I'm so glad I did.

Without further ado, here is my take on the prompt:
 

 
teem1
tēm/
verb
gerund or present participle: teeming
  1. be full of or swarming with.
    "every garden is teeming with wildlife"
    synonyms:be full of, be filled with, be alive with, be brimming with, abound in, be swarming with, be aswarm with


Oh yes, that is the perfect word to describe me right now. I am teeming with ideas, with inspiration, with color, with life!
 

I hesitated between 'teeming' and 'brimming'. In the end I chose the first one because of the slightly darker, 'stepping-into-a-wild-jungle-full-of-surprises' feel that teeming has.
 

In light of that out-of-control feel, I decided that my word would be calm and highlighted against a busy and full background. I started by collaging a few paper pieces and adding some paint splotches. Once dry, I took out my Uni-ball Signo and doodled some wild flowers and plants all over.
 


I love the overall feel of it. Definitely illustrative of where I am right now. The woman below is from a painting by Diego Rivera. And I made sure to doodle lots of marigolds, which were plentiful in San Miguel.


Speaking of San Miguel de Allende, I'll be sharing my pages made during the workshop soon. Some are not quite done yet and I want to work on them a little before sharing. I learned so much and I am still putting words to some of the ideas and notions that came to me. I will put it all down in a post soon. I actually finished my 6th Moleskine in SMA, so this spread is in my new one. I still have to decorate the introduction page.
 

Thank you so much for coming by and taking a look. We Get Messians have quite a surprise coming next week, so please stay tuned! You could say that this group is also teeming with ideas, with possibilities, with passion!
 
 
 
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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

mercredi 26 novembre 2014

My heart is still there

 
You guys. San Miguel de Allende was incredible. So much to say, but I have not returned yet in my mind, in my heart. Here are just a few glimpses. I'll share more about it soon.
 











jeudi 20 novembre 2014

Get Messy || 22


Hi there! Thanks for coming by! As you may or may not remember, I am currently in San Miguel de Allende attending a wonderful art journaling workshop. Nevertheless, I have a couple of pages to share with you today.


This first one....It's funny how you start to associate a certain type of material or style with a certain size of journal. This spread is all about the infamous friendship break-up I've been sorting through. When it happened, I laid down my feelings in my End Game/Match Point journal. I had pulled specific and very telling pieces of ephemera to work with. I saved the extra bits and they just called to me when I made this.

 
I rarely leave so much empty space in this Moleskine journal. But I had something to say about this specific event and I just naturally went with the style I had used in the smaller journal. It looks different on this scale and I actually really like both sizes.
 
Clearly I am still processing that whole story. On to my second spread. I teased my IG followers with these two pictures. I got that huge Hero Arts stamp from Kristin's shop when I was still in Hong Kong (it kinda inspired my most recent tattoo as you can see on my picture on the top right).


 I stamped a piece of white cardstock then I free-hand cut it out so it would look like hair.
 

 Here is where I used it.


It's not perfect, but neither am I. I wanted to illustrate having ideas and all the possibilities that entails. I wanted to cut out the woman's cowl or paint it but in the end, I thought that might ruin it so I left it as is and added the golden circle.
 

This spread is about conquering fear. The irrational one that weighs on you. The one that stops you from getting/doing what you want. The fear that makes you pass up certain experiences 'in case something should happen'. I do not want to be someone like that. I do not want to let fear win. Before leaving on my trip to San Miguel - my first solo one - there was a lot of talk about sexual assault in light of the many # movements. I started to get paranoïd - it had happened to so many people close to me, why should I be spared? Did that mean I would be next? Should I not go traveling alone? Was I putting myself in danger by going on this trip? What if something happened to me?
 
 
And then I said no. I will not let this kind of fear stop me. If I do that, they win. I refuse to be boxed in or to limit myself. I refuse to psych myself out. I have also seen too much of that from people around me. I refuse to be bullied into fear. I will not make excuses or give in to irrational thoughts. The above quote is my favorite ever. (Also : 'fear is the mind killer')
 
So there you have it. As you are reading this, I am past the halfway mark for my trip and I am excited to share it with you when I come back.
 
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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.
 

lundi 17 novembre 2014

My December 30 Days of Lists notebook

That's right, 30 Days of Lists is coming back in December. But it will be a less complicated version of itself - no private blog, no FB group, just emails. That way everyone can focus on listing through that very busy month. I like that idea a lot.

I thought I'd show you my notebook. It's all primed and ready to go. I used papers from the All That Glitters collection by Webster's Pages and Get Happy by Gossamer Blue. Also added a Crate Paper and a Shimelle paper in there...

Here it is:


One of my favorite papers. Ever. So pretty. I love the white on white of the glitter Thickers on the sky. I used the copper tile alphas that came with my Studio Calico kit this month to add in the date.
 


I didn't round the corners on this one. I like it this way.
 


Yes...pink in my Christmas notebook! And all that gold :)
 



A good woodgrain paper is a must.
 



After this middle page, the other side repeats. I've used one of these noteboooks for each of the 6 rounds of 30 Lists that I've participated in. I love the size (6 x 8) and I love figuring out which patterns look good together.

Not sure yet about my approach for the inside...but I still have a couple of weeks to figure that out!

If you want to take a look, I have a few of these in my Etsy shop.

jeudi 13 novembre 2014

Get Messy || 21


Hello friends. Today I thought I'd keep this a little lighter than last week and share the last pages from my Fall Journal. I must confess that I started feeling that this journal was kind of generic after awhile. I don't know, maybe it's because I so wanted to use all the stuff of the season or something. Anyway, it's all finished now!
 

 
Had to put in something about All Hallow's Eve, right? I LOVE vintage Halloween ephemera.


These stamps are so cool, they represent some of Canada's haunted places and their have a holographic shimmer to them


I thought this was also appropriate : an old, blurry negative from a church gathering (I think it's for a baptism).
 

October is a big month for my little family!
 

And sometimes, you just want to play with patterns and not write anything.
 


Those gorgeous leaves are from my neighbor's treebush. So pretty.
 
 
The PL cards on the right are from Dearest Someday. They totally reflected my mood.
 
 

And there you have it! On to bigger and better projects!
 

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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

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