Get Messy | Season of Happy | Week 1

It is the Season of Happy in the Get Messy Art Journal challenge.

I finished an art journal double page expressing my ‘happy place’ on Wednesday, although I worked on it for 3 days.


“I grew up in a forest. It’s like a room. It’s protected. Like a cathedral… it is a place between heaven and earth.” – Anselm Kiefer


I grew up on a 20 acre farm in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and our forest was my favorite place. I now live on a 22 acre ranch in the mountains of Idaho (McCall). The woods on our ranch are magical and the two nature photos in the art journal page are from that ranch. The pic of my shoes and socks? Still a little mysterious to me why they are meant to be on the page, but my personal theme this year is duality so…  The woods ground me and maybe my feet symbolize that. And yes I often wear socks that don’t match. (All three photos are mine.)

Right now I am using paper as the main medium for my art pages. I see a lot of other people using paints but I’ve never been much of a painter. I predict that will change as the year of Get Messy progresses.

The second ‘happy’ page I made is another in the series of my spirit animals (see Bear here). This week I was led along a fringe of trees in my RV park by a lovely little hummingbird and since she is one of my spirit teachers, I was inspired to make this page.



I love to color with my Prismacoler art markers and this particular coloring book is Art Nouveau Figurative Designs by Alphonse Marie Mucha rendered by Ed Sibbett, Jr. The drawing and saying about the hummingbird is from the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson. I love the pink material I used around the woman and bird… it came with a bouquet of fresh flowers my hubby gave me last week.

Since I love of my photo apps, I played with both the images of the pages and came up with these:

The inverse colors of the forest art journal page using Enlight for iPhone.

The inverse colors of the forest art journal page using Enlight for iPhone. I think it’s awesome! Talk about duality.


Block print filter of hummingbird art journal page using Enlight app for iPhone.

Block print filter of hummingbird art journal page using Enlight app for iPhone. The block print look seems to be well suited to the Art Nouveau art.


I have three different art journals ready for pages. This particular one is 11×9 hard cover Pentalic art paper book. My others are ‘found’ books and I’m looking forward to filling these as well. Blank pages used to intimidate me, now they are inviting.

Have a great weekend my friends and fellow Get Messians.

aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


What exactly is art journaling?

Ambiguous answer: whatever you want it to be! More specific answer: Art journaling is a notebook that you fill with drawings, paintings, thoughts, words, lyrics, photos, magazine cutouts, random ephemera from your life and events. It can be where you practice art techniques or sketch out big projects. It can be your journal where all things creative + all things emotional intersect. You can put in pretty things you find and want to keep or it can be where you collect and process through your darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet.

Lauren Hooper and Caylee Greyvenstein founders of Get Messy an Art Journal Challenge

Posted by February 4, 2016 Category: Get Messy Art Tagged: , , , , , , ,

6 comments on Get Messy | Season of Happy | Week 1:

  1. Genevieve February 4, 2016 5:47 pm

    Love the happiness – it really comes through. Stripes ALWAYS make me happy, so of course, the socks are my favorite. BTW – I mismatch my socks, too! I guess it’s a …thing!

    • starfire February 4, 2016 5:55 pm

      Yay! A little known detail about Cupcake’s mom… I love it. they make me happy! 🙂

  2. nharvey February 5, 2016 5:35 am

    Although I grew up in a developing area, as I kid I would often tear off for hours into the yet-to-be-developed woodlands nearby, skirting poison ivy, dipping feet into creeks, warily examining ruins of old homes long reclaimed by vines (something no sane suburban parent could imagine their child doing today!). To this day I would name trees as one of my favorite things.

    What is it about the forest and other growing things that draws us in? I find this especially common among women. Ask a man what element of nature draws on their primal origins, and the answer is often fire.

    • starfire February 5, 2016 2:03 pm

      Hmmmm, I’ll have to ask hubby that great question. I find it fascinating that he doesn’t walk through the woods at all (unless I make him come with me). It’s half the property! I’m so glad you got to wander among the trees growing up… I think there is so much healing in Mother Nature. Trees are so inscrutable, they know time in such a different way than we do. PS, I loved walking through old abandoned homes or even ones being built when no one was around… spurs the imagination!

  3. gillywelch21 February 8, 2016 1:44 am

    Meghan, your work is amazing & I absolutely love reading your blogs I wish I was as good with words!
    PS – I’ve also started the #52 Portraits…going to be interesting!

    • starfire February 8, 2016 1:56 pm

      Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! I’m so glad you’ve started the #52 portraits. I’ve looked ahead and there are some that can be pretty intimate! It’s nice to know I won’t be taking the journey alone.

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