mardi 6 février 2018

Rituals class registration - round 2

Get Messy Art Journal has decided to re-open registration for my Rituals class! But only until February 7th so this is your chance if you missed out on the first round!

Find out more here.

lundi 5 février 2018

Wolf Women Art || 04

Today, Ana and I are exploring the fourth tale in Women Who Run with the Wolves: Manawee. In this fairytale, Manawee must discover the names of twins that he wishes to make his wives. He is helped in this by his dog who confronts many obstacles to bring Manawee the names of the twins.

I did not connect to Manawee all that much, he is hardly in the story really. I felt like the dog did all the work. I know the dog is a metaphor for Manawee's own wild nature but it still fell a little flat for me. But the twins and their secret names? I like that a lot.

This also comes at a time when I am about to leave for Sydney where I will go support my sister who has undergone spinal surgery (again). For the next three weeks, I will be taking care of my nieces, 21 month old twins!

I am a little scared and very excited at the same time. I hope I can make it easier for my sister to recuperate and I am grateful for the possibility to bond with my nieces.

So for the next three weeks, I may not be blogging as much and just sharing on Instagram. Or things will go really well and I'll have time for both! Who knows?

Make sure to look at Ana's blog for her take on this theme.

vendredi 2 février 2018

V's Daily Diary || January

Well, here we go again: daily art in my 2018 diary. This year I wanted to focus on using one piece of ephemera and doing one drawing per day. I'm finding it super hard! I am hoping to learn a lot from this if I stick it out. So here's to stepping out of our comfort zones!

How are you reacting to your daily project? Is it making your uncomfortable or are you totally into it?

lundi 29 janvier 2018

Wolf Women Art 03

This week Ana and I are exploring a fascinating story: that of Vasalisa the Wise and Baba Yaga. I remember reading that story as a kid, it was in my Time-Life fantasy book. I remember loving the images and being creeoed out by the Witch.

I was inspired to make two spreads because I really liked Clarissa Este's retelling of the story and her archetypal explanations. The first spread focuses on Vasalisa listening to her intuition (the doll). I had the idea of using the matryoshka dolls as a metaphor for her going inward. I placed her in the woods. The first layer is Vasalisa in the woods.

 The second is her naked and with her hair completely loose. This is her listening to her self.

The third layer shows Vasalisa's bones, her structure.

And the last layer is the doll: her heart, her core.

 Here is a video to see how these layers move:

The three horses on the right represent the horsemen that Vasalisa encounters on her way to Baba Yaga's house.

I loved working on this spread! I wanted to make a second one that shows a bit of what we are meant to take away from each character. In particular, Baba Yaga. She scared me a little when I was younger but now I see she is a woman who is fully in her power and is accountable to no one but her. And I love that.

The thread connects these three characters, it's almost as if they are the same person.

Wish my legs had such cool tattoos! Be sure to take a look at Ana's pages too.

vendredi 26 janvier 2018

Get Messy Season of Nature flipthrough

Here is a flipthrough of my completed Season of Nature journal:

mercredi 24 janvier 2018

Book of Me an Awesome Ladies Project

For 2018, Kristin and the Awesome Ladies are inviting us to create our Book of Me. Each month there will be content added to the website as well as galleries and prompts. You can check it out here.

For the longest time, I wasn't sure what type of book I would use for mine. Did I want an art journal or a photo album? A Traveller's Notebook or an altered book? I was stumped until I remembered this book that my friend Molly gave to me:

It's an archeology textbook from the 1980s. the size is just right, 5 x 7 more or less. The pages are nice and sturdy. I'll have to take a couple out (maybe) but we'll see how it goes.

I used a photo that was an outtake from my 21 Secrets self-portrait workshop. It's printed on vellum and I love that you can see the title of the book through it.

I've got lots to say here. 2017 was a year of growth and transition and learning A LOT about what I want and need and what I am willing to accept. So I am happy to have a place for it all in 2018.

 I hope you'll join us and document your stories!

lundi 22 janvier 2018

Wolf Women Art || 02

It's Monday so here is the second instalment of the Wolf Women Art collab I am doing with Ana.  Please take a look at the pages she made here. This week we are addressing the story of Bluebeard, aka the Predator. This fairytale is one of the ones that scared me the most as a child. The blood that wouldn't disappear from the key...I found that so chilling! It was an interesting process to revisit it as an adult and in the light of recent experiences in my life.

Here is my spread:

I think this is what hurts the most: when the person who preys on you is someone from your circle of friends. When the offering of one's heart, time and experience leads to a complete taking over of your world and then a throwing away of your part in it. 

The woman below represents me: the steps I have taken to create boundaries and to protect myself.

I am much more wary now. I don't carry my heart on my sleeve as much, I don't open up as quickly. I have learned that to do that is to potentially invite destructive influences.

The keys are claimed as my own. They are the keys to knowledge and to my power.

This spread comes as I revisited the themes from my own Rituals class. This first one, for the January's solar spread, expresses my feelings at the start of this new year, with the tools and experience gathered from last year.

The dreamcatcher opens onto the second part of this spread.

I love that you can see the figure on the other side.

This sentiment completes the ''I am poised'' idea (or ''I am pissed'' as most have read it !).

 I had a blast making this spread using tissue paper, a napkin and the Cavallini and co skeleton paper.

I also reevisited the lunar spread, casting out some elements that are no longer serving me or are a hindrance to my healing, eating up my time for no reason or just generally not welcome anymore.

I have no time to waste on these things! So I cast them out!

Thanks for coming by.

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