lundi 31 octobre 2016

My Totems Class is live!


I am thrilled to bring to you Totems: a class to help you find and integrate personal symbols to your art journals. You can find the class in the Get Messy shop here.

The class is structured in this manner: there are four lessons, each dealing with a different type of totem or symbol category. A fifth lesson combines all the symbols from the previous lessons into one art journal spread. The lessons are:

1-Spirit Animals
2-Archetypes
3-Elemental Magic
4-Claiming the Female
5-Bonus lesson: The Witch's Garden

Each lesson starts with my definition of the symbol type (like what does archetype mean?). I show you examples of these totems in my own art. Then we go through the available resources to help you find these symbols for yourself. I will guide you and provide links galore to help discern the elements that speak to you. Once you have found this, we then make an art journal spread incorporating the symbol examined in the lessons and using a technique.


So once you have completed this class you will have learned four different techniques and you will have acquired a whole new range of elements to add to your art to bring meaning and depth to your pages. The class is in a pdf format and includes dozens of videos. You will also have access to me in a private Facebook group where I hope to see all of your beautiful artwork!

Let's tap in to your amazing creativity together!

samedi 29 octobre 2016

V's 52 Pick-Up || 44

The narrator now fully introduces the lack of water as a recurring theme in the final part of the poem.


Unfortunately for him, it seems that though water isn't to be found neither is rest.


 Hence for this solitary figure, dreams of rippling pools of fresh water must feel like nightmares.


There is nothing like being deprived of something to make you crave it, don't you agree? 


The red fish are symbols of prosperity and good fortune in Asian societies.


Were that this be true for our protagonist!

vendredi 28 octobre 2016

Get Messy Season of Dreams || 04

Helloooooo! This week is flying by! We have friends here with us and are exploring the city. Plus I am working double time with Caylee and Lauren for the Totems class launch on Monday! Eeek!

So I did a wonky dream catcher for the Dreams side of my journal.


I wish you could see how these tiny sequins shine.


They are fingernail jewels given to my daughter 5 years ago!


The Nightmare version of the dreamcatcher looks more creepy.


I wanted it to have a spiderweb type of feel. 


I like the dangling bits and unfinished look of both of these dreamcatchers.


My next spread is for the Dreamscape. The colours are strongly based on Child of Light. That game is a dream to play!


I wanted to capture the happy feeling when you are in control of your dreams, when you are happily going from place to place.



I used lots of salt in the watercolours and love how it turned out.


For the Nightmares version, I inverted the colours used in the spread.


In this case I wanted to show how the plants can be an oppressive environment. Those dreams when you are trapped or stuck, in a vulnerable state.


This is the one that Khaleesi was lying down on and blotted the foot. She likes to leave her mark that one!


Thanks for coming by! I'm off to work on the class again!

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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!

lundi 24 octobre 2016

Cut and Paste and Scrap Collage || Things Left Unsaid

Oh boy, I've fallen down a new rabbit hole with Katie Licht's Cut and Paste and Zinia's Scrap Collage classes. I decided to combine the techniques in these two classes because they are both visually focused as well as being centred around collaging paper. And because I can't just do a project without putting my spin on things, I decided to create a themed journal for this.


So this journal will hold beautiful paper scraps and things I've wanted to said to some people.




It has been so cathartic. There is so much joy in actually using that awesome tiny piece of gold paper that you've had in your scrap pile for three years.



I love the act of cutting and pasting. I love the idea of combining colours and patterns.



I love having a place to say what I need to. Even when you don't want to put in any words.


(The Mother of Dragons is seen here judging my work)




I love finding a place for old discarded photos. I mean, who still has unfocused photos anymore? These have ceased to exist with our modern cameras. No more room for these happy mistakes.




Making pattern choices and colour wheels is so much fun.






I know I still have a lot to say and this journal will be filled up eventually. That is the other fun part: taking my time with this one. Cut and Paste isn't available anymore, but you can find Scrap Collage in the Get Messy shop here.

samedi 22 octobre 2016

V's 52 Pick-up || 43

This week we are entering the last part of The Waste Land: What the Thunder Said. This part of the poem reverts to the theme of the first part: the absence of water. Our society as a cultural desert. In this wasteland, the rocks offer absolutely no hope.


Where there is no hope, what else is there to do but die slowly?


I made me think of the people in the vintage photos I use for this project. One hundred years have passed and who remembers them? What were their stories? Were they loved? Did they find happiness?


Did they grow old or were their lives cut short? These happy, smiling children in their pretty frocks, what is left of them now? Torn photographs in old albums.


We will never know really.

vendredi 21 octobre 2016

Get Messy Season of Dreams || 03

Dreams are powerful things. Saying them out loud either strip them of their power (if we think about nightmares especially) or it give them a realness, brings them out of the realm of imagination and into the realm of possibility.

Here is the dreams version of this week's prompt:



Dare I say it out loud? Dare I bring this dream into the real of possibles? My dream big anything is possible dream would be to own an art café / store. I would have an art supply side with handmade journals and supplies, inspiring papers and notebooks. And I would have a café side where you can sit and sketch while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and watch the day go by. In the evenings we would hold events for people to attend, offer workshops and classes for people to mingle and interact and inspire each other.


How cool would that be? The only thing that worries me is handling the business side of things. That would be a nightmare.

Speaking of nightmares, I used to have a recurring one about once every two months for 5 years. It would always start with a child looking at me in the tall grass. He was angry, evil and then many events would unfold from there. Fire, death, people drowning, scary transformed features. But always the intense stare.


But one night, I dreamed about the prequel to these events. The dream started earlier in this child's life story and I saw that when he was in the grass he needed me to witness why he had to do what came next. 


Seeing the dream from the beginning broke the spell and once I saw that child's story to the end, I never had that dream again. Amazing right?

I could not pass up the chance to revisit my dream Spirit Animal! I used to dream of unicorns all the time, could even make them appear in my daydreams!


I made her extra glittery!


My constant companion. When a dream gores wrong, I can invoke her and she makes it right again.


In the Nightmares version, there are no Spirit Animals. But I did have a dream once with some strange, semi-transparent creatures walking in a line.


They had purple translucent bodies, kind of like three dimensional x-rays.


These were so fun to draw!


Just imagine the music soundtrack that would go along with this parade...


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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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