lundi 31 juillet 2017

Getting ready for Get Messy's Season of Fairytales

Get Messy's new Season is Fairytales! Isn't that the best theme ever?! We are all so excited over here. I love fairytales, the darker the better in my case. Which is pretty much every classic, pre-Disney version actually. I also love retellings of the classics. I thought I'd share a few resources in case this is also something you are interested in.


The first author who comes to mind is Philip Pullman.

This book is a re-telling of the classics, in a more modern English. The original story lines have not been changed. It is incredible to re-read these stories and see how creepy they really were.

The second author is Angela Carter.

This is a collection of re-tellings of classic fairytales, often with a feminist twist. The title story is a retelling of Blue Beard and it is really interesting.

Next we have Gregory Maguire, who is known for writing Wicked.

I devoured both these books. The first one was really well written, with a great twist on the Cinderella story. The seond one is all about Snow White and it is so creepy and strange. Especially the dwarves.

Finally, one of my favorite authors: Neil Gaiman.


This is a retelling of two fairytales combined, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty (which happens to be one of my favorites). I found this wonderfully illustrated version in York during my vacation. It is absolutely stunning, the illustrations are out of this world. But the story is even better! With strong female leads and a lovely twist on the story.


There are a couple that come to mind. The first, obviously is Maleficent.

Oh how I love this story! Maleficent being the villain in my favorite fairtytale, seeing her backstory was thrilling.

Another in this vein but not as well done is Red Riding Hood.

 It was visually interesting and the story was pretty good but there was something missing.

A much better retelling in my view is The Village.

Any movie that has Joaquin Phoenix is a must for me. Because this is an M. Night Shyamalan movie, you know it's a great story where the bad guys are guessed at rather than shown. I loved the atmosphere of this movie.

There are probably more, but these are the ones that come to mind for me at the moment. I would add that my favorite original fairytale is The Dark Tower by Stephen King. The movie is coming out Friday and you know I will be there (hello Idris Elba). That story has incredible villains (The Man in Black, the Crimson King), a romantic (in the true sense of the word) hero the (the Gunslinger Roland Deschain), unlikely sidekicks, a animal familiar, tarot cards, books, magic and broken down technology. Basically, it is epic.

Please share your favorute fairytales and books in the comments if you want to, I'm very interested.

The Heart Journal class

So Essie made a class at Get Messy called the Heart Journal. If this sounds familiar it's because she had an email series last year which focused on the themes and ideas central to this class. Which are accessing and processing your emotions through your art journal.

This could not have come at a better time for me. Last May, Ammie and I decided to start a collaborative journal where we'd explore notions of feeling blocked or overwhelmed. I've been going through a lot of stuff this last year and some of it I can't address too specifically. This leads to me feeling like I can't process things, can't get rid of that weight. And seeing as that is my approach to art journaling, then I really needed a project to help me espress these emotions.

The Heart Journal class was just the spark I needed to help me start this collab journal and address all these feelings. I went through the lessons and just being able to sort through my emotions one by one and explore the techniques that Essie uses in them helped me to make the Heart It Out journal. Ammie graciously agreed to let me share the pages even though I haven't sent them to her yet.

I loosely grouped the pages in various emotions. Starting with anger. This first one has hidden journaling which is automatic or stream of conciousness writing on her cheek.

Below, I used Essie signature collage technique for the tongues.

The next set of pages explores sadness and grief. Mostly in the sense that someone has/is taking something from you. And there is that feeling of dismay and loss.

This one uses the inky portrait technique, though I used watercolour because I have no ink with me at the moment. Again, I wrote it all out around the central figure.

These big emotions lead me the explore some "secondary" feelings: frustration, feeling blocked and drained emotionally.

These are so cathartic for me!

I left two spreads with no words so that Ammie could add to these. This one is on a gelli plate print I bound into the journal.

This one is calmer. It addresses change, feminine energy, ebb and flow. It is my hope that things change and don't stay constant.

I was unable to explore joy and happiness because that wasn't what I was feeling for this project. But I did use happy colours to explore feelings of peace or contentment that I want to get back to. You'll recognise some Pen + Ink techniques (another fabulous Get Messy class) in the spread below!

This one, even with its bright colours, exudes peace for me.

It was almost hard to leave some of these pages unfinished so that Ammie could add to them! I'm excited to see what she will bring to this collab. 

Find the Heart Journal class here:

(Please not that I don't have access to a computer so I am writing this with the Blogger app which is notoriously bad, so if things look wonky...this is why!)

100 Days of Listening to the Dead || 81-100

And so it ends, another year of the 100 Day project. How I LOVED this round. It has been truly a pleasure to reconnect with Spoon River Anthology in this way. Thank you for reading what these people had to say. There are many life lessons here, no? Here are the last twenty days of the projects....among these are some of my very favourites.

My book is so thick now!

lundi 24 juillet 2017

The Lovely Layers Zine

Ok, this zine rocks. It started as a Lovely layers zine and became a Frida Loves Layers zine!

We made this zine for Emk; her love of layers is absolutely no secret! To help us create it, we enlisted the lovely Holly whose work brings colour and punch to the mix.

I was lucky enough to make the base, so I made sure there were lots of flaps to create secret places to layer things. The inside pages are mine, the top of the flaps are by...Holly?

Oh! I think that hand must be by Katie!

I think Katie also had lots of fun cutting holes in the zine. I love when it's a true collaboration in this sense.

The page on the left with the circle warrior is mine.

Eyes (third or otherwise!) are also a big part of this zine.

I know that EmK loves Frida and when I saw that skirt on the right page in my scrap pile, I knew I wanted to add her to the zine. I love seeing Julia's flowers on the left.

We closed it off with some cool Frida quote stickers and our signatures.

 So luscious! Please take a look at everyone's pages : Holly, Katie and Jules.

Yay Zine Squad!

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