It’s Week 2 of the Season of Happy at Get Messy Art Journal. This week I’m exploring the ‘happy happy joy joy’ that my deepest relationships bring me. And all but 2 images are my relations… Relation-ships… get it? 🙂
In my first double page spread I brought my family (and BFF soul sister and fur family) together. For the background I tried a painting technique using watercolors and blowing the wet paint with a straw to represent connections. If I were to do it again, I’d either use more subdued colors or cover the intense colors with a thin layer of gesso to mute them. Although I like the vibrancy of the color and motion – my relationships are vibrant – I wonder if it takes away from the images. Too busy overall? What do you think?
I had fun with the dictionary pages and whimsical children’s drawings.
For my second double spread page this week I was inspired by the suggestion to doodle. I remembered that I had a treasure trove of ‘ephemera’ of my hubby’s and my courtship. Of all things, by bringing a small plastic file box with my ‘important papers’ with us in the motor home I was bringing three huge plastic folders full of xoxoxoxox stuff. (I didn’t bring the over 50 snail mail cards he sent me though… no room in the file!)
When we were courting in 2011/12 we spent 6 months making the 2 hour drive to see each other each weekend alternating his place/my place. During the week we deliriously texted and emailed. And I printed out and saved it all. The images you see are drawings I made on my kindle riding the bus back home after a weekend at his place. I sent them as digital images to Tim, and eventually made them into little pieces of art. I love that Tim always sent me home on the bus with a bouquet of flowers…
So my second art journal page turned out to be a Valentine’s Day present for Tim and me. It’s got text messages we wrote (don’t worry, I didn’t include the sexting… giggle), passages from emails, the way Tim addressed some of his cards for me. And the collection of my drawings. And of course sequins… you can never have enough sparkle. 😉
Although this romantic page is also busy, the idea of doodling in your journal with lots of text is by nature a messy happening.
I wish you all a happy weekend my friends and fellow Get Messians.
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