vendredi 21 avril 2017

Get Messy Season of Contrast | 03

This Season is kicking into high gear for me. I am immersed in my A3 art journal and loving getting lost in there. I really enjoyed trying a page in a style that is completely not my own. I went with a multi-layered, yet neutral background. I surprised myself with how I liked working this way. There may be a minimalist in me yet! Thanks EmK for this cool prompt.

I was thinking about how contrast (even when we don't want to see it that way) often is an opposing state. Pitting on side against the other. But, like everything in life, it is a fine line and things are not always so cleanly cut. Hence I blurred the line.

Next, I tried Tanyalee's tutorial on the free blog. The two initial colors I used were magenta and teal and I didn't like the result. So I added Paynes's Gray and still I hated it.

So I took it outside and used my spray paints on it. Much better. This spread addresses the idea of how we would solve things in the animal world.I call it Camouflaged.

The spread is on the backside of last week's one with the faces and I love how my own stitched face is hidden in the corner.

Hands have been everywhere in my work lately. Ghost hands, invading hands, giving hands. I'm not tired of them yet.

This spread is a homage to my Totem-ers. The women in that group make me so proud. They are releasing the negative, they are claiming what is theirs. We are putting on our tiger stripes and we are rising.

It's also my take on Julia's "controlled chaos" collage idea. The neon collage paper I made last October and am happy to have found a great use for it.

It is also my take on Misty's really cool idea of big vs small and the impact on your art.

A final spread: A legacy of half truths. I played around with packing tape transfers and fabric and stitching during my day off on Monday. A lot of the techniques in this spread come from having the time to catch up on the Metamorph workshop. 

When thinking about contrast and patterns, these are not only literal, they apply to our lives as well. I am in a transformation process and am undoing a lot of patterns that were passed down to me by the women in my family. It is kind of a big deal for me on a deep personal level.

Eating disorders are strange because they make you seem so petulant. Like of all the things that could be wrong with you, with everything going on in the world how can your problem be wanting to look thinner? But that isn't what it's about. It's about self-esteem, lack of control or someone else imposing their ideas/ways of seeing things/issues/control on you. It's about feeling like you are endlessly falling and you need to create a cushion to soften the landing. It's not a surface thing it's a low lying, in the dark murky waters lying thing. 

My body deserves not to be a depository for every emotion I have had to go through, it's not a depository for my anxiety, it is not a rampart against getting hurt. Food should not be a safe haven/addiction/distraction from my feelings. I'm working on forgiving myself first and foremost. And then forgiving others.

For the first time in 42 years, I am doing something really good about it and I am feeling proud and vulnerable. So there it is. Contrast. 


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lundi 17 avril 2017

Dialogues | a collaboration with Lauren Caterson

In 2015-2016, Lauren and I started a long winded visual conversation. It sprang out of both of us wanting to get to know each other better by working together but also being afraid of it being awkward if we talked or hung out together online. We had collaborated on a zine for the Zine Squad and wanted to take the relationship further.

Hence the Dialogues art journal idea was born. We would each start a spread and add to an existing spread in this journal. I was going through a lot of anxiety facing my move to Beijing. Lauren was going through some family issues. We both needed to talk / art it out.

And so we did. Visually and with words. We sent the journal to each other maybe 3-4 times in all.

We had so much to feel, so much to say.

We tried out techniques and ideas.

We played off each other's art and emotions.

The journal even travelled to Beijing and back again!

Just looking at these takes me back to how I was feeling and the absolute joy of complete freedom of expression in this shared journal.

I feel so deeply when I look at this completed journal. I am so happy with how it looks but mostly I am happy about how it makes me feel and about the connection Lauren and I share now.

Thank you Lauren for embarking on this adventure with me. I am so happy to call you a friend. You inspire me with your work and your resilience. xoxo, V.

vendredi 14 avril 2017

Get Messy Season of Contrast | 02

Week two of the Season of Contrast brought us so much to explore. From Sasha's lovely face printing tutorial, to Riet's intuitive painting and Amy's repetitive mark making, there was a lot to do. I started with the printed faces and came up with this.

I decided to address the family prompt and went about it by using my great-great aunt's thread to sew the figure and the hand on the page.

I fell like every time I use it, I am paying homage to a strong and powerful lady who lived off her craft (she was a dressmaker) and was definitely a feminist. I want to show that this heritage isn't lost on me.

The idea underlying the left page is that all that knowledge, all the powerful gains from the past, all that our ancestors lived through, accomplished and brought us....none of it disappears. It stays, it reenters us, it permeates us. It's a collective rising. Or so I hope.

This second spread was so much fun. I started with Riet's intuitive painting and did about four layers worth before veering off and turning this into my self-portrait inspired by the combination of the styles of two of my favourite artists: Basquiat and Mucha.

Oh how I love the result! It is their styles but I tried to make it my own as well.

One of the elements I love about Basquiat's work (aside from his use of anatomy and crowns) is the words that he added to his paintings. This tied in to the self-portrait prompt where one was meant to explore the different aspects of one's personality,

I chose the Chariot card from the tarot as the one that represents me. I am someone who, when I put my mind to it, can accomplish so much. I ride hard and fast on my chariot with confidence and energy. Until someone (or myself) knocks me of. then it can take me forever to get back on and find this momentum again. I liked using the Mucha style woman, with her cup so full and I added the phases of the moon, stars and plants to the background. All strong symbols for me.

After such a busy spread, I wanted a quiet one to explore again the idea of the self-portrait and contrasts with myself. 

I've come again to Tanyalee's amazing tutorial from the Season of Gifts. The butterflies here represent ideas and thoughts, emotions and feelings, both good and bad that emerge from me.

Letting them fly is the only way to help me feel better, arting things out is my saving grace. The butterfly is my symbol of change (the Vanessa butterfly is to the left of the figure here). I have been in quite the transformation since January and I want to stay on my Chariot and carry on. But I can feel the self-saboteur in me stirring, stirring. 

The mark making and repetitive patterns are a method used by Amy. I can say that it isn't for me. I think I was starting to feel stressed halfway through and hurried some of the dashes.

I made this spread as minimalist as possible, while still being me. I love where this Season is taking me so much.


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 12 avril 2017

Color Blast | The Green Machine

Green is not easy for me. I find it really confronting and cannot get out of the leaves/vines/jungle associations my brain makes. In any case, I loved working in this small journal!

I love Lauren's modern/graffiti/punkette style so naturally I added a whole lot of stickers to her journal.

Some elements are just there to serve as a base for the other participants!

This spread I did vertically.

 This is one of my favourite pages: documenting green teas!

More awesome stickers!

I couldn't help but add every one of my green washi tapes :)

And when I think green, I think of the Wicked Witch of the West and of jealousy.

I hope I did this lovely journal justice. Thanks for coming by, please click the names to see everyone else's pages: Julia, Lauren, Moriah, Lauren, Riet and Sarah.

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