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Get Messy Art Journal membership giveaway

If you find yourself looking for a new creative outlet and a supportive community (not to mention, a really healthy alternative to cable news) lately, you know I’ll be the first to encourage you to pick up a pen, paintbrush, pair of scissors or box of crayons.  

dont quit before the miracle

Materials used: Magazine scraps, matte medium, sharp/dangerous scissors, Jane Davenport canvas art journal.

As a member of the 2017 Creative Team, I am thrilled to be hosting a Get Messy Art Journal giveaway for a full year membership ($195 value).  I am so grateful for this community and encourage anyone (really, anyone) to check it out.  You don’t need to have an art background nor a closet full of supplies, just the desire to create.  To make.  To explore.  To play.  

An annual membership to this community includes:

  • Immediate access to the current season and entire archives of Get Messy
  • Four new art journal prompts every Monday during the season (delivered by email) to encourage and guide you in your art making
  • Link ups to share your art, build community and gain encouragement
  • Ten targeted tutorials per season
  • Inspiration to create from Guest Artists, Member Spotlights, Contributors, and the Creative Team
  • Access to the Messy Forums to share and receive wisdom + ask questions
  • Opportunities to build friendships and connect with art accountability partners 
  • Access to our private Facebook community 
  • First access to new classes

Each season lasts two months and has a dedicated theme (past seasons have included Dreams, Love, Music + Gifts).  You can do as much or as little as you like, but I personally attribute so much creative growth to this program.  

You can learn more here:

There are monthly ($20) and season ($35) memberships available as well.  If you have specific questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.  I also recommend scrolling through the #getmessyartjournal feed on Instagram to see what members are making.


To enter the giveaway for a year-long Get Messy Art Journal membership, please leave a comment below.  This giveaway is open to all (there are Get Messy members all over the world) and closes at 6PM EST on January 31st. One winner will be randomly selected and notified after the giveaway closes.

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Also On Tap for Today:

What creative goal(s) would you like to accomplish this year? (And how can I help you get there?!)


Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Throwback Thursday

Don’t worry.  This isn’t the kind of Throwback Thursday where you have to see a photo of me with braces and curly bangs and pretend I was cute.  We have a little break between Get Messy Art Journal seasons, so Julia wisely suggested we go through our older art journals and sketchbooks and share a few favorites.

These days, my brain power is devoted to things like, Did I remember to put pants?, so when someone makes a good suggestion (or flat out tells me what to do)… whether it’s for a new post or which hummus to buy at the market (why do people always think I am friendly when I’m out shopping?), I don’t ask questions.

Get Messy Thursdays | Throwback Thursday

Hummus time (it’s lemon and dill, by the way).

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Starting Big Magic tonight (even though I kind of hated Eat, Pray, Love)
  • Wishing minions would come detail my car overnight (I cannot begin to describe the shameful amount of cracker crumbs that fell out of G’s carseat when I moved it yesterday)
  • Midwife appointment 

Do strangers talk to you when you’re out and about?

Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Words, Week 3

This post is a day late.  I mention that simply so you don’t fear that I’ve entirely lost track of days (though… some days…).  If you’d like to learn more about the Get Messy Art Journal program, click on over.

Get Messy Thursdays | Words, Week 3

Materials used: Hot pressed watercolor paper (loose), purple watercolor, “found” words from a photocopy of a random book page, glue stick, velum, stapler/staple

I dip-dyed a few pages of loose hot pressed (which means it’s smooth and has essentially no texture) watercolor paper a few weeks ago and really liked how this sheet turned out.  I wish I had spent more time on my found poem — it’s definitely something I want to try again.  I covered the page with velum to give it a bit of mystery… and to hide the fact that it’s… not much to look at.

Materials used: [Left side] Photocopied book page (with holes where the “found poem” words used to be), Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (black, MB); [Right side] A whole mess of Golden High Flow Liquid Acrylic paint, neon yellow craft paint, Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (black, MB), Sakura Koi Brush Pens (yellow and turquoise), Sakura Micron pen (black, 01), scissors.

I tucked the original book page from my found poem on the backside of that page.  It’s good to know where you come from, even if you’re a poorly crafted poem.  The mess of paint is supposed to be a nod to Jackson Pollock (may he drip in peace).  I had grand plans to actually throw paint onto a large sheet of paper (if you have a chance to watch film of him creating, take it) from my own adorable, mini paint can (which I planned to create from a soup can).  But then I got lazy (no one is surprised) and did my best to drip, splatter and splash… without dripping, splattering or splashing on our white sofa and white rug.

I stumbled upon the quote I included while perusing Instagram the other day in the middle of the night while up wide awake thinking about baby stuff.  I cut the corner (story of my life) to give a little peek at the next page.

Materials used: Strathmore Artist Tiles (black), Sakura Gelly Roll pen (white), scissors, glue stick, vellum, random magazine page

I was feeling serious and grouchy when I made this page, so my goal was to create something un-serious and un-grouchy.  Mission accomplished.

And a few other projects

I wasn’t the only one making messes this week.  I put together a little paint set for Grace on Wednesday, complete with brushes and (supposedly) washable paints.  I’ve really enjoyed painting with her — she has her own ideas about what should go where, and when it’s time for a new color.  Also: She loves the brown paint.  I do not.  I am trying to be okay with that.  

Materials used: Moleskine Watercolor Album, gold tissue paper (applied as background with matte gel medium), Strathmore Artist Tiles (black), black gesso, Windsor + Newton Artists Watercolors (Opera Rose), magazine cut outs, Sakura Pigma Brush Pen (black, MB), Sakura Gelly Roll pen (white), glue stick, pieces of gold leaf sheets (left over from other projects)

This is my favorite creation from the week (and in a long time).  I love all the layers and fall colors that are not strictly brown/orange/red.  Also: Wasn’t Hafez just a genius with words?  

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Outdoor workout with the Mama Beasts (it feels like it’s been ages)
  • Sorting out plans for apple picking
  • Semi related to my last sketchbook page: This TED article about loneliness really struck me

What’s On Tap for your weekend?

Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Words, Week 1

After a brief hiatus between seasons, it’s time for another round of Get Messy Thursdays.  It’s never too late to join the group, so if you’re interested in learning more (doooo itttttttt), please check it out.

I’ve spent much of the break playing with shells, attempting oven-bake pottery, doodling, and painting whatever captures my imagination (you can find more on Instagram).  As much as I love doing my own thing… I’ve missed working through the same prompts as the rest of the crew.

Get Messy Thursdays | Words, Week 1

This week we’re altering books to be used throughout the season.  I dragged my heels (a surprise to no one) and didn’t get much done until today.  And, um, I’m still not done.  

After digging through a huge pile of 75+ books (which I finally donated yesterday, thanks to the help of my able-bodied assistants mother and brother) for something pretty and lovely and ornamental, I settled on a plain white book, with a plain white cover.  Go figure.  The book, incidentally, is like… the first book ever written about Twitter.  So while it’s not exactly the Gutenberg Bible, it’s got a special history.  In its own way.  Sort of.

The pages were a bit too busy (lots of dated screenshots), so grabbed my scalpel and performed surgery.  I removed the pages with the intent of replacing them with some boring, old, non-distracting Proust.

I used sheets of gold leaf to cover up the book’s title, but have left the rest of the cover untouched for the time being.  I didn’t want to do anything too un-do-able this early in the season.  

I kind of like the that book’s serial number is visible on the back cover.  I imagine someone finding the book in 100 years and thinking what is this piece of crap? that the number is an important code.  Sort of like the numbers on LOST, but with a less disappointing ending. 

The inside is still very much a work in progress.  I tore out nearly half of the pages of Combray (I’ve used a number of pages already in art projects… so I figured, why not) and then dipped what remained in a pan of water tinted with violet watercolor.  I can’t say this was the best idea… but I am sure I’ve had worse.  I’m still waiting for the paint to dry (this is precisely how exciting my life is).  Right now, it looks… like a soggy book.

Once it’s dry, I plan to fill in some of the missing pages by stitching in watercolor paper and velum.  I’m realizing how particular I’ve become about paper.  Again… the richness and excitement of my life, on full display.

Side note: Super cheap gilding gloves have really brought my solo Michael Jackson dance parties to the next level.

Hopefully this half-American, half-French mess will have dried and become something semi-pleasing to the eye by next week.  In the meantime, you’ll find much more attractive book specimens on Instagram by following the #seasonofwords hashtag.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • After watching the Pope address Congress, I have become obsessed with watching videos of John Boehner crying.  I think this can only mean that I am a very bad person.
  • Dusting off the slow cooker: 9 Low and Slow Autumn Meals via The Whole Foods Market blog
  • Trying to figure out what one wears when it’s 70 degrees (my maternity wardrobe is designed for 90 degree days… because it consists of two bathing suits, two sundresses, and a towel)

What’s the one book you could never cut to bits (even in the name of art making)?

Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Week 6

This week’s pages are sort of wacky.  In a rare moment of organization and clearheadedness, synced with a sleeping child, I prepped a few surfaces ahead of time.  And then I realized this was the week (the last of this season/theme) we were to use our materials from the Get Messy swap (those who participated sent and received materials to and from fellow Get Messy members).  

Jessica sent me the most wonderful package (from Australia!) of beautiful blue papers, some of which she hand painted, a water color map, white doilies and more.  The package arrived a couple of weeks ago, and I’d been holding onto each item, trying to figure out how to best use them.  One piece of hand painted paper in particular felt too precious to use– instead, I’ve been starring at it.  Not very productive, but certainly inspiring.  Two of the pages below incorporate materials from Jess, the other two were prepped in advance but, per usual, came together at the last possible second.

Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Week 6

Materials used: Hand painted paper from Jess,  paper doily  white acrylic paint, washi tape, vinyl mailbox letters, white gel pen.

I usually try to save my favorite page for last, but the others are sort of weird… so I am starting with the one I like most.  How gorgeous is that shade of blue Jess used for the paper?  I used one of the doilies she sent as a stencil of sorts with white acrylic paint.  I love how that turned out.  The quote from Lao Tzu is about letting things flow in order to be serene.  I realized I was short on B’s and Y’s once I had already started laying down the mailbox stickers… but I let it flow.  Or whatever.

Materials used: Map from Jess, white gesso, Micron pen (black 01), magazine cut outs, washi tape, clear stamps (thank you, Kelly!) and black archival ink.

This is my tribute of sorts to the Get Messy community.  I really am just crazy about these talented, supportive, creative, wonderful women.  I only wish I had happened upon the group sooner.  The beautiful map background is from Jess; I love that members are (quite literally) scattered across the globe, but connected by our art making community.  If you’re considering joining, I couldn’t recommend the program more.  You can learn all about it here.

And yes, that’s a badly drawn moose.

Materials used: Magazine cut out, washi tape, Micron pen (black 01), smudges of gold ink from the neighboring page.

Simple and to the point: I can’t be serene if the bed is not made.  I can survive among a troubling amount of clutter and stuff and heaps of laundry (something I am working on!), but if the bed is not made… Lord, help me.

Materials used: Black Strathmore artist squares (adhered with a regular old glue stick), magazine cut outs, random metallic birds from a Martha Stewart decoupage set, gold ink, white gel pen

How perfect is this quote?

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds.  We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.  Serenity is contagious.  If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back.  And a smile costs nothing.  We should plague everyone with joy.  If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” –Swami Satchidananda

A couple weeks ago at the beach, a seagull literally LANDED ON MY HEAD and tried to steal my lunch from my hands.  It was traumatizing.  And it kind of hurt.  Like, a lot.  I’ve been weary of anything with wings since.  This page may have been a subconscious peace-making with the bird community.  

On that note, I’m off to go plague some people with joy.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Visiting my sister and brother-in-law in their new house! Yayayay!
  • 7 tricks to boost your creativity via Blog Clarity
  • Frantically cleaning before the cleaners arrive (ya feel me?)

What’s your relationship with the birds like these days?

Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Weeks 4 + 5

I did a little bit of painting last week, but very little art journaling, so I decided to throw together a combination post for Weeks 4 + 5 of the Get Messy Art Journal challenge, Season of Serenity.  

Several of these pages feature poems from Hãfez.  I’m basically obsessed.  I also drew inspiration from the gorgeous views at the Cape, my favorite podcast, beachside yoga, and a nearly-empty tube of gold gouache.

Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Weeks 4 + 5

Materials used: Sakura KOI watercolor (Prussian Blue), detail brush, clear alphabet stamps, fuschia StazOn ink (plus the black ink I never washed off the stamps… oops… plus a bit more blue watercolor to round things out).

I’ve mentioned before how much I love Krista Tippett’s On Being podcast.  I recently listened to an episode with Rami Nashashibi, a Palestinian-American who uses graffiti, calligraphy, and hip-hop in his work as a healing force on the South Side of Chicago.  Something that really struck me from this episode is how much of the good and powerful and beautiful we never hear about when it comes to other religions and cultures and ways of life.  Media loves the bad, the upsetting and the ugly.  I found myself thinking about this teaching from the Koran, which Mr. Nashashibi shared in the interview, for days.

Those quick flower sketches sort of reminded me of blue and white china.  I think I will likely keep working on this page and fill it up a bit more.  

Materials used: The aforementioned gold gouache, neon acrylic paint (pink and yellow), gesso, black Faber Castell Artist PITT pen (1.5)

I made the gold and neon background a few weeks ago, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it.  I covered up a bit of the paint with gesso and started scribbling on a favorite Hãfez quote, just as inspiration struck… I started writing in lines from the poem atop the neon, regretting having slapped down that gesso sort of haphazardly.

 I love the neon/writing bits, but sort of loathe the gesso/writing monstrosity.  The upside: I’m excited to try this made up method on a new page soon.  Please remind me of it when I’m fresh out of ideas.  

Materials used: Rolled strips of magazine cut-outs (rolled on a toothpick and sealed with matte Mod Podge), Faber Castell gelattos (sealed with matte medium), magazine cut-out (adhered with a plain old glue stick), Sakura KOI watercolor (Prussian blue)

One of this week’s prompts called for incorporating “paper rolling.”  I had no idea what that was.  So at 4 o’clock one morning (I have reached the point in this pregnancy where I just don’t sleep) I took to Google for a tutorial.  Word to the wise: “rolling papers” is different than “paper rolling.”  I now know a lot about weed, and a tiny bit about rolling up strips of magazine paper for art projects.

I like the simplicity of this spread and was definitely craving white space.  Probably literally and figuratively.  It’s been a go-go-go few days.  Sometimes less is more.  And that’s more than enough.

Materials used:  Magazine cut-outs and tissue paper (applied with matte Mod Podge), black Micron.

More Hãfez.  I love this poem.  The collage is sort of mosaic-ish and came together quickly.  The writing is kind of messy and I kind of want to re-do it.  But hey… 

Materials used:  Watercolor, gouache, silver and white washi tape, white gel pen and a super cheap letter stencil, ink spray, purple paper, magazine cut-out

And lastly, my favorite of the week.  Purple and grey are one of my favorite pairings.  After applying a wash of purple watercolor, a strip of paper and washi tape, I filled in the page with grey gouache.  I love the chalky finish of gouache.  

I had such a wonderful time at beach yoga last week and loved the teacher’s cues for staying mindful and present (focus on now… nothing from before…).  I added the “nothing for after,” because my worrying tends to be about what could come next.  This brain of mine can come up with all kinds of worrisome scenarios for tomorrow.  And the day after that.  And the day after that.

Meanwhile, the well dressed lady is from an ad for bathroom fixtures, so there’s that.  

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s got you feeling inspired this week?

Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Week 3

So I got a tiny bit brave today and made my first Periscope broadcast, doing a little flip-through of my sketchbooks and art journals.  You can watch it here… until it expires and vanishes… or whatever happens to Periscopes?  Clearly I have a lot to learn — most specifically about positioning my tripod and iPhone and sketchbooks and so on.  Oh, and about not rambling.

I got a few art journal pages done in response to this week’s Get Messy Art Journal Challenge, and since it’s Thursday… here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on.

Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Week 3

Materials used: Tissue paper (applied with matte gel medium), magazine cut-outs (letters and a lovely lady), black ink, Micron pens, gold ink spray.

I’ve learned so much from the rest of the Get Messy crew and love scrolling through their images on Instagram (check out the hashtag #getmessyartjournal) and on individual members’ blogs.  I was channeling the talented Julia when I drew on that magazine cut-out and love how the whole spread came together.

I was sort of thinking about divinity and an appreciation and value for self when working on these pages, and how those may lead to serenity.

Materials used: Watercolors (applied with a small round brush), magazine tear out, brush pen, black Micron (size XS, I think), glue stick

A sort of different approach to serenity (and one I think is critical), is bearing a sense of humor.  There’s so much we can’t control.  Big things and little things.  It helps to laugh.

I think I was having one of those days while working on this page.

Materials used: Magazine cut-out, black watercolor paint, white Sakura Gelly Roll pen, gel medium.

I like to think of these next two pages as sisters.  For the first, I dug into my stash of floral arrangement cut-outs (there is something oddly soothing about cutting out flowers, and I’ve quickly amassed quite the collection) and paired one with a really beautiful quote about the passage of time.  

Your days are short here; this is the last of your springs.  And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place, touch the depths of truth, feel the hem of Heaven.  You will go away with old, good friends.  And don’t forget when you leave why you came.

–Adlai E. Stevenson

Aren’t flowers the perfect reminder that life is fleeting and meant to be both beautiful and appreciated?

Materials used: Black Micron pen (XS), Sakura watercolors (applied with a detail brush), purple and yellow gouache

Using the magazine cut-out above for guidance, I quickly sketched an imperfect version of that same floral arrangement and pulled an excerpt from the Stevenson quote to practice a bit of lettering.  I really like working with watercolors and gouache on the same page — the finishes are so different.

I love how the pages look side by side. (If I do say so myself… yikes.)

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s something you’re learning or working on this week?

Today: Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Week 1

I’m so happy the latest season of the Get Messy Art Journal challenge has begun (I’m also so excited about this season’s theme: Serenity!).  I seem to lose momentum between seasons and realize how much I benefit from the community, structure and accountability of this program (learn all about it here).  I barely picked up my sketchbook at all in the past few weeks, and was tempted to crawl into bed the second I got home tonight… but it’s Thursday… and on Thursdays, we get messy.  

Why sleep when you can doodle?

Get Messy Thursdays | Serenity, Week 1

Remember when I tried out a new sketchbook and it was basically a disaster?  It took some trial and error, but I think I found the one with this Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album.  The paper is cold-pressed and so fun to draw and paint on.  The book itself lightweight but still substantial (12 x 8.5 inches), has a simple cover, and lays flat.  I ended up grabbing a second for a painting and sketching class I’m currently working through (Mary Ann Moss’ Sketchbookery class — highly recommend it!).

Alright.  Here’s what I worked on this week (…while watching an inappropriate number of Naked + Afraid episodes… that show kills me, but it’s kind of the opposite of serenity).  The journaling and art prompts were created by Vanessa and focused on divinity.  There was a lot to think about, and I have a feeling I’ll want to revisit this week and continue to work through this spread.  Each piece feels sort of simple, but these prompts were really personal and sort of stirring.  

Materials used: Micron (blue ink), Sakura watercolors, white gel pen, gold ink

We were encouraged to learn and share about the goddess or goddesses that we connect most with.  I was going to paint a portrait of Martha Stewart (she is my queen, after all), but I found myself completely consumed by a goddess typology quiz a fellow Get Messy member suggested.  Apparently I’m a Hestia (and as an introvert who craves time at home with my family, the proverbial shoe fits).

I don’t know what Hestia is supposed to look like (and I usually shy away from drawing faces and figures) but I love how this turned out.  Having major hair is a goddess prerequisite, right?

Materials used: Old Christmas card, glue stick, super cheap (and super crappy) glitter alphabet stickers

I can’t think about the divine and what brings me peace and serenity without sharing about my faith and religion, and the grounded-ness they give me.  I’ve been hanging on to this image of the Virgin Mary for ages and knew I wanted to include it here.  Isn’t she lovely?

Materials used: White gesso, another Proust page (sorry, homey), black Faber Castel PITT pen (I think it’s size 1.5), Sakura watercolors, Micron pen (blue), magazine clippings

This Thomas Merton quote has stuck with me for years and years and resonates with me.  Similarly, I’ve always been drawn to the ocean.  I have a feeling water will be a recurring subject for me this season.

Was Hestia a good swimmer?  I hope so.  

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Day 3 of no naps for Grace (insert wide-eyed emoji here)… life is a mysterious adventure
  • 5 art journal must haves from Alisa Burke
  • Swimming!

Which goddesses are you channeling today?

Today: Get Messy Art Journal | Brave, Weeks 1-3

I wish I could say I’ve been busy doing super cool things, but mostly I’ve been either at the office or the dentist or reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar to a very hungry fifteen-month-old.  I’ve neglected the Internet, my weekly manicure ritual, and routine art making.  Can’t win ’em all.  

Get Messy Art Journal | Brave, Weeks 1-3

I finally carved out a little time last night to finish up my art journal pages for the first three weeks of the Get Messy Art Journal program’s new Brave season.  While the topic itself is plenty inspiring, I couldn’t get out of my own way.  When we were challenged to make a zine, I reached out to the group for ideas on how to get started (and got plenty!), but I just couldn’t get past the feeling that this one just wasn’t for me.  

I eventually yielded to the ol’ “nothing ventured, nothing gained” thing and made something more akin to a booklet (Is it okay that I just hate the word zine?  I hate the word blog, too.  And when people can San Francisco “San Fran,” I get unreasonably annoyed.).  I tried to experiment with different materials, techniques and styles on each page.  I don’t love it, but I think it was still worth a go.  I’m tempted to photocopy it in black and white (to eliminate some of the here/there/everywhere-ness that’s bugging me) and see if that helps.  Plus, I want to see what sequins looks like when it’s photocopied.  Obviously.

Bubble prints made with soap and tempera paint (I will share a step-by-step soon — it’s so much fun), a magazine clipping of an open window, a bit of washi and a watercolored c.s. lewis quote.

I am much happier with how these other pages turned out.  I’ve enjoyed mixing it up a bit with both materials and techniques and have already come a long way in forgoing perfection.  Things really have gotten messy.  (And I’m not just talking about the floor under Grace’s high chair.)


Grey and blue acrylic paint applied with all kinds of things (q-tips, an empty TP roll, large bubble wrap and a piece of corrugated cardboard), giant black card stock letters (you know I love when crap spills off the page), hot pink and black ink, a photo of Grace with some washi tape, and a magazine clipping of flowers

I’m still sorting out my personal aesthetic, but I tend to gravitate toward more white space than less.  This was sort of the opposite of that.  Lots of layers.  Covered with more layers. 

Left side: Laminated pages from Combray (from my college days), complete with my notes in French in the margins, vinyl mailbox letters from the hardware store; Right side: clear jewel stamps from Studio Calico, black archival ink, watercolors

These were my favorites of the past few weeks.  The left hand page felt really personal, without being revealing.  I like to keep a bit of mystery around here (quoth the lady talking about the mess under her child’s highchair).  When I think about being brave, those first few years of college are front and center.   Without getting too particular, or too depressing, I will just say that I am proud of myself and the courage I showed.  

Also, I’m glad I hung onto some of my textbooks and novels.  Most are in French, and the rest are about art.  I was much more interesting as a younger person.  Semi-related: I still regret selling back both my volumes of Jansen’s History of Art (although I remember feeling especially rich once I did) at the end of my senior year.  If you’re in school and you’re reading this: keep those books.  Be brave.  And don’t do drugs.

To see more of my art journal: Love Weeks 1 + 2, Love Weeks 3 + 4, Love Weeks 5 + 6, Get Messy blog hop

Also On Tap for Today:

Who is your bravest friend?

Today: Get Messy Art Journal | Blog Hop

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:

New pages

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?