The first season of the Get Messy Art Journal program is wrapping up, so I’ve been catching up on missed prompts and pages before the next season starts.
I love all the
mess um… character my sketch book has developed over the past six weeks.
Recent Get Messy posts:
- Get Messy Art Journal | Weeks 1 + 2
- Get Messy Art Journal | Weeks 3 + 4
- Get Messy Art Journal | Weeks 5 + 6
This week there are no new prompts to tackle, so I’m sharing a few pages (as well as some previously shared favorites) I worked on lately while playing catch up, as well as links to fellow Get Messy members’ pages for added inspiration.
Materials used: Black tempera paint, pink washi tape, a magazine clipping, watercolors and a nearly dead Sharpie.
This was my take on the 5 Love Languages prompt. I had never heard of this before, but after taking the quiz, it seems I am all about words. And I hate gifts (bahshashdhahdha). I picked up a set of Crayola tempera paint for another project (bubble painting!) and couldn’t resist throwing a bit of black down on these pages. I tried to follow this tutorial for plastic bag printmaking from Alisa Burke… but halfway through Grace dropped an entire bowl of peas on Clark’s head. So. That didn’t really pan out. Nevertheless, I like how those inky smudges turned out.
Oh, and I had by sketchbook upside down when I was working on these pages. By accident. Not in some irreverent, artsy way. Can’t win ‘em all.
That semi-go-with-the-flow-ness? That’s new. And it’s good. It’s probably the most valuable lesson I’ve learned during this first season — that creating something is better than creating nothing. And that perfectionism can be a real barrier to art making. And, like… life in general.
Materials used: Red paint pen from Blick (a freebie during one of their sales), bubble wrap with black and pink ink, white gesso (which got all mixed up with the black ink when I dragged it across the page with some cardboard), washi tape, pre-cut watercolor paper, black ink spray, black Micron, magazine clippings and… even more pink ink.
Clearly, I was on a pink kick. I really like the ink splatter on the right hand side (I used a straw the expedite the splattering/dripping process) and had fun experimenting with layers and starting with pre-made (by myself, like a day or two before) backgrounds.
Materials used: Strips of scrapbook paper from a Studio Calico kit, grey watercolor and and a grey sign pen, yellow and gold watercolors and a set of alphabet stamps from the Target Dollar Spot (that special, special place), and half a random envelope.
I love secret hiding places (in our future home, there will be a secret door covered with a old timey looking bookshelf) and tucked little love notes to Nick and Grace in the envelope. This has been a year of soul searching and prioritizing and making tough but good decisions.
I’m still working on finding a balance between crap everywhere and sufficient white space. I think it’s the claustrophobic in me, but I crave lots of white space… but I also crave an end product that looks like I actually made an effort.
Materials used: Faber Castel Pitt pen, blue watercolors with a waterbrush, magazine clippings… AND LAMINATED GLITTER (can’t stop, won’t stop).
This is my favorite of the four pages. And not just because of the glitter. But that helps. I’ve had that quote kicking around for ages (it’s from an old issue of Yoga Journal, I think), but this page felt like the perfect place for it to land. On the surface, it’s kind of depressing… but I think it’s also really empowering. When you find your place, you know. Stick with it, my friends. Anyway, the quote is:
Each of us feels some aspect of the world’s suffering acutely. And we must pay attention. We must act. This little corner of the world is ours to transform. This little corner of the world is ours to save.
–Stephen Cope, from The Great Work of Your Life
While the subject matter this week isn’t exactly light and fluffy, I’ve been all about playing. Playing with new materials, playing with new techniques, and playing with new messes all over our condo.
A few favorites from the Get Messy Art Journal Season of Love
But wait… there’s more…
Get Messy Art Journal | Blog Hop
I’ve loved learning new techniques and really appreciated the motivation that comes with weekly prompts. Best of all, though, is the community of members. My favorite thing to do lately is scroll through all the #getmessyartjournal Instagram posts and swoon over what everyone else is creating.
For more Get Messy Art Journal pages and all kinds of inspiration…. hop on over to the following blogs:
Also On Tap for Today:
- Making a spring bucket list… and a spring cleaning list
- Yes, please: Key lime pie on a stick from The Kitchn
- My bracket is official busted
What’s on your must list for your amazing, imaginary dream home?