Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Get Messy Contrast - Weeks 4-6

The end of Season of Contrast turned into a surprisingly creative three weeks. I got inspired by some quotes and the great tutorials, so I really enjoyed making these spreads.

This spread (above) was made during a Get Messy Google hangout where we played a roulette style game to see what we were going to do next on the page. It was so much fun and I was so inspired, that the following pages were all made the same day using that creative energy. 

Now that we have a few weeks break between seasons, I have some old books I want to take apart to make in journals and during one sunny weekend I want to marble a ton of paper outside. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Get Messy Contrast - Weeks 1-3

It's felt like these last three weeks have flown by. It's been busy over hear in my little art area (we're also within the first 20 days of the #100dayproject), so I'm grouping together the first three weeks of the Season of Contrast with Get Messy Art Journal. This season our guest artist/teacher/mentor is Amy Maricle and I've really been enjoying her prompts and I'm using those as a way to turn art journaling into a form of meditation. I find it's making it easier to let go of my inner critic.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Spreads in progress

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Colour Blast - Purple

Purple is a color I'm very comfortable with and use often. So for this color blast journal, I thought I'd keep the spreads more minimalist so that the purple really stands out. Purple is a color associated with royalty, enlightenment and femininity, so I tired to keep these in mind while working on the pages.


  Color blast is a collaborative art journal project and we're now about halfway through! Don't forget to check out the other journals: Vanessa, Julia, Lauren Brown, Lauren Blood, Riet, and Moriah.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Colour Blast - Greenery

This round, it was my turn to play with Lauren Brown's green journal and it just reinforced my love of this color. When I first started this project I had in mind to try to keep each page and spread with the main color only. But I realized that there's nothing like contrasting colors to add extra interest and enhancement. 

Don't forget to visit all the other lovely artists to see how the journals are coming along: Lauren Brown, Julia, Vanessa, Riet, Lauren Blood and Moriah.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Get Messy Art 101 - Week 4

 This week Get Messy focused on felt tip markers. While I've used markers before, I've never fully explored how they react with water. I added a lot of water and the end result looks like a nebula, so I'm not complaining! I also layered some circles without adding water, so there would be contrast and also so that you could also see individual brushstrokes.

I started by drawing and coloring in three groups of circles. I then took a paint brush, dipped it in water and then splattered it over the circles. I've never done this before, so I added a lot of water. The color pulls away very quickly, so I could've easily used less water to get a more controlled effect. 

I added some subtle journaling around the golden circles and then outlines the various shapes and colors that the water created. 

For my art journal spread I also added water to smear some of the marker lines. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Get Messy Art 101 - Week 3

This season Get Messy is breaking up the weeks into themes and this week we focused on acrylics. Now I'll admit there was a time I couldn't stand acrylic paint. It dried to quickly and I could never get a nice blend between the colors with out brushstrokes showing. So it's a bit funny that now those are the quality of acrylic I like best. 

For this week's study (that's what I'm going to call these large 22"x30" pieces) I went full on abstract. This type of all over pattern I've been seeing a lot recently and wanted to try. I took advantage of the various properties of acrylic paint to achieve it. Overall I'm happy with it but my favorite is how I let go of trying to write perfectly and embraced my often sloppy handwriting for some "hidden" journaling. This way the writing also creates an organic pattern that helps to break up more traditional shapes and blocks of color. 

And for my own record, these are my art journal spreads for the week of acrylic, inspired by a prompt and tutorial.