lundi 29 février 2016

Buying amazing stuff made by Get Messians

There is so much talent in the Get Messy community. It is so diverse and inspiring. A lot of us have online shops or create such wonderful objects and art that I wanted to share some of what I have gotten from Get Messians.

My most recent acquisition from Jennifer (@stitchandletter):

The incredible handmade journal that Kate(@meduna) sent me:

Torrie's (@foxandhazel's) beautiful prints (I bought two for my sister's twins):

These amazing printables from my Zine Squad and eternal art crush Julia (@jules_tea):

Nina's (@imapapernerd) super cool printable sets:

I've also played with Lauren's printables and photo brushes. I've gotten a bunch of paper goods from Elizabeth's shop (and have you seen those Fauxdoris?). I've gotten some amazing stamps from Felicitas. I've been checking out Tanyalee's shop and also Rebecca's and keeping an eye on Gretchen's and Katie's.

I have taken some amazing workshops / classes like Caylee's Level Up which changed my life...

...and Kristin's Awesome Ladies Project Scrapbook community which rocks...

...and participated in Amy and Kam's 30 Days of Lists of which I'm a big fan.

My point is just to showcase some of the talent that is in this group. You don't have to be a part of Get Messy to check out these ressources, but just imagine the type of inspiration, encouragement and exchanges you get if you do join! 

I am sure there are so many more shops and workshops to check out and encourage. Please leave me your links in the comments, I'd love to check them out.

samedi 27 février 2016

V's 52 Pick-up | 09

A tarot reading can be up to ten or even thirteen cards, depending on the type of reading and the questions that are asked. After the Phoenician Sailor and the Lady of Situations, the intriguing Madame Sosostris has pulled...

Now although these cards are invented, there is a three of staves in the tarot deck. Staves are usually referred to as wands. The three of wands is a positive card, one that shows that you have support for all you have achieved but it also reminds us that we are the only ones to know our own future. The future is ours to contemplate.

And what is the future holding for our protagonist? He is already surrounded by intriguing people. This man with three staves is also foreboding. Let's meet him, shall we?

The top image is a picture of a painting by Alex Colville. A very creepy, fill-in-the-story-yourself type of painting. The man has no head in the painting either. It is called 'Pacific 1967'. I love this kind of narrative; it forces you to participate in the story of the image. Much the same way as when I look at these vintage photos I try to fill in the stories. Our man is seen lying at the bottom of a boat, scheming, dreaming, conjuring his future.

Is the image at the top part of his past or of his future? What is he planning? Where will he go? Hopefully next week's card will provide some answers.

vendredi 26 février 2016

Get Messy Season of Happy || 04

Helloooooo! I've got a lot to show you today (and lots of ramblings about getting older). The best part is that each of these spreads will totally showcase why Get Messy is so awesome and why you should join if you're on the fence about it all. First spread:

Recognize this? Those of you who are members of Get Messy may remember that I was working on a Marilyn Monroe stencil when I made the stencil tutorial on the private blog. Well, here is the result. I love it.

I added the original picture to my spread because I love seeing them side by side. Someone said that she looked older in my stencil. Getting older is totally a theme in this week's pages. Probably because my birthday was yesterday and I turned 41.

Two other elements to notice in my spread are the papers in the backgrounds. They come from the Get Messy swap! I got the constellation papers from Trista Hertz and the printed butterfly page from Megan Carew. The words surrounding the stencilled image are a stream of consciousness in French. I've been questioning myself, my relationship to my daughter as we get older and move into pre-teenhood. I want to support her progress and help her deal with her anxiety but was feeling discouraged last week. The butterflies are, like in the Pearl Jam song, little thoughts that circle around me. And yes, Marilyn does look a little troubled.

The second spread I have to show you came out of another tutorial, this one on gold leafing by Torrie. I specifically asked for this one, because I think gold leaf adds such dimension and color and Torrie has been using it for a while and was a great ressource on how to go about it.

My image went from this:

To this:

The whole page is my takeaway from Everybody's Free (to wear sunscreen), a poem / song by Baz Luhrmann that Julia introduced us to. That body on the left is from my namesake Vanessa Paradis. Whoa.

I wanted the writing to follow the curves. Here's a trick for word placement: start from the end. For the top part of the writing, I started with the word 'photos' and wrote each word in going backward to the start. Another page about growing older, about feeling like some opportunities were missed or at least not considered. This exact thing happened to me when I found those portraits of myself from 20 years ago. I realised I had spent so much time worrying or comparing when I didn't need to.

And a quick view of the gold leaf in the sunshine. It was hard to control, supper messy and didn't always do what I wanted it to which means I love it totally and will revisit this technique again.

My final spread is for the emotions prompt. I'm not usually one to dwell on my age but lately I've been thinking a lot about what it means to grow older. My mother denies her age completely, getting people to lie so as to not reveal her age, dyeing her hair. I know I don't want to be like that. I want to try letting my hair be grey. I want to be graceful. Not accepting but not fighting. It's hard to explain because I'm still working around this idea. 

Anyway, this is my mood. Not wanting to deny that I'm 41, kind of nostalgic for my younger days, looking forward to fully becoming myself as I grow bolder and care less about what people think. A note about this page: I was trying out my new Liquitex marker for the first time. Not knowing if it would go through the paper, I covered the page with clear gesso. This enforces the paper and gives great tooth to the page. Food for thought if your pens/paints tend to bleed through. (I'm not an affiliate for Liquitex, I just happen to use those two products and love them).

I've been having some very nourishing conversations with friends on this subject, growing older. It's something new in my universe. For some the passage is easy, good. For others, it's really hard. For me, I'm still wondering. The hashtag for my 52 portraits class is so inspiring. Seeing some of the older women taking bold self-portraits and sharing them; I consider these such a gift! Going for it even when you feel ugly is very hard and so liberating at the same time. I am proud of each and every photo here.

I don't mean to sound like 'oh you're 41 now so act your age', whatever that means. I want it to be ok not to feel I have to dye my hair to look young. If I want to dye it I want it to be my choice because I like being blonde, not because society tells me I have to look younger. I want it to be an aesthetic choice to grow into myself. These are notions that I am happy to explore.

So just in this blog post, I've showcased two tutorials, featured some Get Messy swap goodies, gave you two tips on writing and using supplies, been introduced to a whole new way of seeing life and created wildly. If that isn't enough to get you curious about Get Messy, I don't know what will! Find out more by following the links below.

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!

mercredi 24 février 2016

Pocket Pages || January

Yes, January is done and in the books! Even though at the end of 2015, I got overwhelmed and had trouble keeping pace, I really love pocket scrapbooking or whatever you want to call it. It is truly a source of joy. So here's to 2016!

I like the gold / blue / orange feel of these first pages.

I always include my One Little Word for the year in my album. For the last three years I've also done a tarot reading for the year ahead and include that also.

The first week of January was tough with some family upheavals. Whenever I have something too personal that I don't want to share or don't want someone seeing, I write it out on the back of the cards I'm using. In this case, the story is behind the 'OKAY' card.

I didn't have too many specific photos for the second week in January. (I blurred the top left photo).

When that happens, I just try to render the overall atmosphere.

I did have a fulfilling trip to the art store and so decided to have a supplies/ projects page for this week. I wanted to document both th Color Chaos project and the new Awesome Ladies Project scrapbook challenges.

The 3 x 3 grid pages are perfect for this kind of documenting. The challenge is getting all that color to go well together!

On this side of the grid I documented all the zines we made through the Zine Squad! They are listed under the 'Member 5' tag. Keeping them hidden because some haven't been received by their new owners yet! It's also a place to document the passing of Bowie and Alan Rickman.

On the right side, simple photos, limited color scheme so as to not overwhelm. That weekend was the last one before my husband left for his Chinese immersion. My daughter also went to a three day camp. The teacher had sent instructions that the bag not be bigger than the kid, so we sent him a picture with the proof.

The following week was pretty quiet with just my son and I at the start of the week.

We are all getting used to this new routine. Some of us weren't sleeping so well partially because of distractions of the feline kind. Wink.

The weekend was spent crafting, making journals for my Etsy shop and watching Netflix. Heaven.

I love using bold patterned paper as a background, but you have to make sure that it doesn't take away from the photo but supports it. When I chose the paper for the 9 x 12 side, I knew I wanted a limited color scheme for the right.

Took the kids out for brunch on the Sunday. I LOVE this photo of them. My daughter launching into a long winded story and my son checking his watch. Such a great capture of our everyday!

On the last week of January, we started a new tradition: Tuesday suppers with friends! This time we went for sushi. It was also the week that I held my Insta sale and that the X-Files started!

I 'm already pumped to start February's pages :) Thanks for coming by.

mardi 23 février 2016

Color Chaos | the White Journal

The colorful journals from the Get Messy Color Chaos group are making their way around the globe. I've mentionned already how much I'm enjoying this project. Especially the idea of just using one color at a time. I received Patricia's White journal a while ago. White is not a color we usually focus on and it's too bad because I loved it.

For this journal, I tried to leave some pages unfinished. Bases to be completed and added to by the other ladies in our circles.

Working in soft layers.

My approach for all of these journals is to play on the links between colors and words or expressions. For this page, I wrote all the French expressions I could find with the word 'blanc' ('white') in them. It's amazing to me how they apply to such completely different situations. Like 'montrer patte blanche' means to show you are not a threat and 'être dans de beaux draps blancs' means you're in trouble.

I did the same with this page. The expression 'White Out' I paired with a map and some words from Stephen King's It and my own. Thank you to my Color Chaos sister Sharon for taking the picture!

But this page is my ultimate favorite! I'm forever in love with Orly's stencils, I use them everywhere!

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