vendredi 17 novembre 2017

Get Messy Season of Connections flipthrough

A flipthrough of my accordion art journal for the Season of Connections.



jeudi 16 novembre 2017

Color Blast || Yellow Fever

We have come to the last Color Blast journal before we share our very own completed journals. My Participation in Color Blast ended with Riet's gorgeous Yellow Journal.


I am not a yellow kind of girl so I was unsure about my approach to this journal. But once I had it in my hands, everything came together.


As I did with th other color journals, I added some French expressions. Rire jaune means to laugh ironically. So I tried to pair this sentiment with a happy image to change the narrative.


This was one of my favourite pages to participate in!


Since I was the last person to have this journal, I was able to add to some of the other spreads, like the buikdings in these pages.


I added the figure and the message to these backgrounds.


 I had the yellow journal in August and that was also when I had just finished my Lemondade journal, so the page on the left appeared.


This is my absolute favourite spread.


Another page with some add-ons by me.


Go check out everyone else's pages! We are so close to finishing!

Riet, Lauren, Moriah, Jules, Lauren and Sarah.


See you next time :)

samedi 11 novembre 2017

GET MESSY SEASON OF CONNECTIONS || 06

I guess it was inevitable that my natural color scheme would creep back into my Season of Connections journal! I really loved the prompts this week. This first spread is about how I feel about what happens when we die.


I pulled out my beloved fabric scraps from San Miguel de Allende, where I attended art journaling workshops with Orly Avineri twice.


This fabric is filled with quotes from Frida Kahlo. "Love, Warmth, Pain, Giving".


This one especially is at the center of y thinking: "I am not alone"


Life, Death; it's all part of a cyclical process, not a linear one.


In my view, we shine one. The heart stays, our energy stays, the flames we carry in our hearts, our true essence - the one in our core - stays but dissolves into the rest and comes back anew, reformed.


This is our only chance as the person we are now.


So make the most of it. No time for fear, no time for self-criticism; just take the leap.


It all goes by so fast.


For the last spread in my Season of Connections journal, I brought out my sewing machine and had another go at drawing with it.


This is for the Center of the Universe spread.


I wanted to touch upon the notion of the third and final death according to ancient Mexican beliefs. This final death happens when everyone has forgotten your name. Which is why they hold the Day of Dead and make altars and invite their ancestors to feast with them.



I would like to be remembered for a time.


I would like for people to say "she lived fully". I would like for people to remember things like "the sun was in her eyes".


Memories are quick to fade,even with all those pictures we take, the journals we fill. We do all that to leave a trace. My professional life is all about finding those traces and bringing them back into the narrative.


I hope my bones will do the same. I hope my art and journals will be interesting for someone. I hope they will remember love.


This final spread is in my Fire Burning Bright journal, which I've been playing in as a companion to my Connections journal.


I used EmK's prompt and ink tutorial to look at my relationship to my zodiac sign (pisces) and element (water)


This lovely Sphinx/Griffin/Banshee came forth and I like her a lot.


Another Season coming to a close. Only one Season left for me on the Get Messy Creative Team. I'm feeling lots of emotions about that! I'll post a flip through of my journal next week.


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lundi 6 novembre 2017

V's Daily Diary | October

Hey hey hey, another month is in the Daily Diary. I'm proud of being caught up even though it was a hectic month. I've even hatched a plan for next year's daily project and found the diary to put it in. More on that another time. On to October's pages:





The dragon is a pull out from a handout brochure we got during the Tai Hang Dragon festival.














Have any of you thought abut doing a daily project for next year?

vendredi 3 novembre 2017

GET MESSY SEASON OF CONNECTIONS || 05

Things have been absolutely chaotic around here. Two kids's birthdays plus birthday parties, Halloween and my in-laws are visiting. Sneaking in Rituals class filming and art dates with myself whenever I can. So I've been burning the candle from both ends. I only have two pages for this week's Get Messy post. 

This first one came to me as I watched the horrible news of the New York attacks. I get that the whole point of terrorism is to make you scared but it hit me hard that the people killed were visitors. The crazy person in chief made it that much worse with his reactions which show his complete ignorance of the judicial system and the fact that he is clearly in league with the gun lobby. It made me think of notions of safe spaces and how these are disappearing.


The idea that home is a safe space isn't true for everyone. This connection we feel for home can be ambiguous for some. As part of a nomad family, there are times when home is hard for me to define. We tend to carry it with us. But what happens when the home you remember no longer exists? When all that remains is the idea you have of home, not the actual reality of it?


I am not American, but when I see what is happening, I feel for Americans. I wonder how people can go on while the very nature of the country that they once knew is changing and becoming more and more divided daily? I also feel for wherever terrorism strikes and how the very notion of feeling safe where you live is the first casualty. I mourn the people, it hurts to know about them, who they were and how that was taken from them in violence and ignorance. Ignorance is a terrible thing, it opens the door to extremism because people can be manipulated and this is also the dangerous game Trump is playing. 


The second spread is all about being a water elemental. I am made of sea salt and fresh air, of waves and tides. I feel a strong connection to the sea especially. This relates to my connection with the moon and the divine feminine.


The fact that the oceans are ever changing yet always the same is not lost on me. The butterfly wings are a symbol of this for me.


Being immersed in water and being rocked by the waves is something that I need to do at least once a year to feel good. The smell of the sea is something that I find very soothing, as is the sound it makes. It's a full sensory experience for sure.


I love the movement of water, I love th different hues it can take. I feel that connection deeply. That said, it doesn't mean other elements don't also appeal to me. Recently, I've been pulled toward fire and have been exploring that in my Fire Burning Bright journal (which I didn't have time to do this week).


 But water, oceans and the moon will always be at my core.



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Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now!

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