samedi 30 janvier 2016

V's 52 pick-up || 05

I am really getting into TS Eliot's poem. I love that it is so epic (I use that word in its real sense). It covers such themes as Love, War, Decadence, Loss, History, the Occult, Abortion, Loss. Slowly getting into the meat of this project.

Here are the words for today's card:

When you are so in love that you feel you touch the Mystery of it. You go beyond the physical and feel a spiritual link. 'The heart of light', such a beautiful expression.

 This cabinet card was perfect, I love the way she disappears into the white background.

Her heart, overflowing.

I am her most times. Thank you for coming by.

vendredi 29 janvier 2016

Project Life pages || September to December

I finished my 2015 album! I love this project so much. I have to admit that I'm unsure about what to do about sharing my album pages. I'm totally in love with my album and the pages I make, but it's a lot of work to photograph the different spreads. And I get the feeling that this isn't why most of come to my blog. Like maybe I'm the only one who gets so excited of seeing my pages (which is totally ok).

Anyway, food for though, I may share just my faves for 2016, we'll see. In the meantime, here are my favorites from September to November:

I love  mixing my Studio Calico and my A Beautiful Mess kits. they go so well together.

Skipping to December! I don't do a separate album for December Daily but I do get the kits. This year I got the Ali Edwards kit with Ashley Goldberg's add-on kit.

I love mixing up all the colors.

I managed to fit in my favorite 6 x 8 papers into my album!

I also love adding seasonal ephemera, like the green bag that I added on the left page.

Love doing this : on one side the 3 x 3 grid and on the other, a full 9 x 12 page.

I did a daily December photo project (with Julia) and I decided to use the numbers from Ashley Goldberg's add-on paired with my take on the photo prompt. I added those pages at the end of my album.

The final page : Dec 31st. 

And that's a wrap!

jeudi 28 janvier 2016

The last Get Messy Thursday...and a 52 portraits class

I know that title is a bit dramatic! But I've been consistently posting art journal pages on Thursdays since June 2014, so it's kind of a big deal. When the next Season of Get Messy launches on Monday, we'll be posting on Fridays. This will give us a little breathing room. I'm excited for it because I sometimes like to take my time and the extra day will ensure that I don't feel rushed.

I have two very different spreads to share. The first one came out after I read Flora Bowley's Brave Intuitive Painting. Sorry about the lighting.

The idea in the book is to start without a plan, letting your intuition guide you. You work on different layers, turning the painting so you don't get too attached and keep building up in this way.

This is hard for me because 1- I get super attached to what I'm making or to the paper and ephemera that I am using and 2- I usually have an idea of what I want to make because this is a spread in my art journal i.e. I have something to say about something.

So I mixed a lot of Flora's techniques and notions, with my direction and intuition. I was thinking of the 44 refugees that drowned last week. I was thinking of their stories that are now drowned in the sea. The sea as keeper of these stories, these people, their dreams, their griefs, their lives. All lost now.

So this is what came out. As per my habit, I'm getting lost in the details. I really enjoyed working this way and will try to push further next time.

The second spread is way different. Once again, I wish I had better light! 

This idea came to me as I was driving home. Thinking about how you can be so hurt and miss someone and then all of a sudden realise that the pain isn't that sharp anymore.

 And so it goes.

This self-portrait started out like this.

Before ending up like this.

And speaking of self-portraits...I am thrilled to announce that V's 52 portraits, my year-long photographic project, has been transformed into an e-book. It features 52 prompts to explore yourself through self-portraiture. I learned so much from doing this project and I am so excited to bring you this class. It will be available in the Get Messy shop on Monday.

Caylee and Lauren both put in so much time and effort into this project. They even took time out of their family vacations to work on this class. It was truly a collective effort. I am so grateful to both of them for being so forthcoming and just plain amazing humans.

This class is perfect for those of you who want to start a year long project but are unsure if inspiration will be there throughout the year. Use this printable book as a jumping off point or follow the prompts scrupulously, it's up to you. You could even art journal these prompts if you prefer not to photograph yourself. The sky is the limit!

mardi 26 janvier 2016

Color Chaos

About a month ago, I was invited by a couple of Get Messy ladies to participate in their travelling journal group, a project they call Color Chaos. The idea is simple: each participant chooses a color that will be the theme of their art journal.

You start a few spreads of pages and send it to the next person in the group. This way each person will get to work in the others's journals until it comes back to you. The amazing part is that you get to have a bunch of art journal pages made by other artists and keep them in your own journal. Fun, right?

You can probably guess form these photos that my journal is GOLD. I've decided to start a few pages and leave them mostly unfinished for the other women to add to them.

I love the idea of a collaborative journal. And I am actually surprised at how much I love the idea of working with only one color. It's really fun. I'm already looking out for interesting ephemera for the other color journals that will come.

If you are interested in our project, you can check out #gmcolorchaos on Instagram. We are testing out this idea and once we've completed this round, we hope to inspire other Color Chaos groups. 

Get Messy is truly a place where inspiration knows no bounds.

lundi 25 janvier 2016

IG sale is on!

My Instagram craft room sale is on as of today until Wednesday January 27th at 10 pm eastern daylight savings time. It is an auction format where you bid an amount for the lot. Please read the instructions/rules carefully, they are under the first picture.

Join me on Instagram @vscraftypurge and find something you like!

dimanche 24 janvier 2016

V's 52 pick-up || 04

With all the snow coming down recently, this week's card reminded me of Spring, of new beginnings; but also of First Love and the language of flowers. (I may be feeling a little nostalgic). Here are the words:

And here is the Hyacinth Girl:

I think her stare embodies the story of this excerpt. There is definitely a sense of love lost and of fragrant memories that linger.

Flowers, like memories, can become overbearing if you let them and this is what I tried to convey in this card.

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