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Get Messy | Season of Lists 5 and 6 | Reveal

I DID finish the last two weeks of Get Messy Season of Lists… on time each week and posted on Instagram and Facebook… However, to be complete I show them here on my blog in this post (quite late!).

Here are my week 5 pages… The first is a photo and paper collage talking about my lucky day. Can you find the three fairies?


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I took the materials for this one out of the trash… the prompt was “I am made up of”. I love the deconstruction of the phrase…


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I am so inspired by… dolphins, joyous dolphin energy and my spirit dolphin Lucy.


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This one was fun! I wrote a few of my favorite quotes by Matsuo Basho and with the exception of the image (found on the internet, printed on tracing paper) the page is done in makeup.

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Believe it or not I had nothing for the prompt daydreams. So while I listened to one of the speakers on the Hay House World Summit I simply doodled.


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Absolutely LOVE this page I did in the last week of #messylists. The prompt is obvious AND I used my own superimposed face to illustrate so I used an art prompt as well. Yep that’s my face on the clones from the series Orphan Black (btw awesome show and great lead actress, Tatiana Maslany).


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This next one joined the prompt about peace and an art prompt using “penmanship”… (Ok, I did use a font!).


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And next was a little upside down fun for this last week of #messylists and the prompt Home is Where… .


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My life is so wonderful it was hard to come up with a list of luxuries…


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My last page for this season of Get Messy Art Journal lists was a vision board, including the art prompt using hashtags. Some day I’d love to be free of hip pain! You can click on any of the photos to see them larger.


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There is a two-week break now before the next season so I’ll have a welcome break and a build up of anticipation! Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. 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.

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 and 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 deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

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15/52 Portraits – I’m in the Clone Club

This week I did the 52 Portraits Class prompt: Stories We Love. It dovetailed with a Get Messy Art Journal prompt, Currently Watching… I couldn’t help using my photo editing project for both.

I am an avid fan of the BBC America series, Orphan Black. I’ve watched all the seasons multiple times and can’t get enough of it! Essentially it’s a story about clones who find each other and band together to survive.

One actress, Tatiana Maslany, plays all the clones. She is amazing! I feel off-balance when I see the cast of the show being interviewed, because instead of all five of the main characters/clones there is only one actress! Each of the characters Tatiana plays is so fully realized, I see them as people and so look for more actresses!

For the Get Messy prompt and then this portrait, I decided to superimpose my face on publicity shots of the clone characters. (Some turned out better than others, but all are fun! I used the Enlight app on iPhone 6s.)


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Orphan Black combines my love of SciFi and mystery; and an appreciation of great ensemble acting and skillful characterizations of the clones, created by the production team and Tatiana. What is that extra ingredient that has me watching it over and over? I relate to the archetypal personalities of the clones… In fact, since I hate to clean, I channel my inner soccer mom, Alison, when it’s time to vacuum! Do I channel an inner assassin (Helena)? Ah … no… but I totally love her bad-assery! lol

Here is how the Get Messy List prompt turned out. I added a hint of blood spatter to honor the black comedy of the series.


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This portrait shows how successful the Orphan Black story is… not only do I imagine myself as the lead character of the series, I imagine myself as all five! 😉 Clearly I highly recommend this series! Are any of you familiar with it? Or do you have another show you are fascinated by? Let me know in a comment!

I’m so glad you stopped by. Have a great day!

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

 

Get Messy | Season of Lists 4 | Lists to Affirm

I’m having a lot of fun with listing this season since I made my art journal from scratch and am constricted by the existing page designs. While answering the list prompts, I’ve noticed that I’ve made many of them into affirmations.


This first one is more journal and less art… the prompt was “in the next 6 months”, but I turned it into an affirmation for what I’d like my ideal day to be like.

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I altered this next prompt a bit, by using treasure instead of gratitude. I used an art prompt as well, stripes on stripes.

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I used an art prompt with this one as well, black and white. And instead of “proud of” I used “love”.

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I had fun with this one because I used tags and wrote the lists on the back of them. (3 photos of same page)

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I don’t use magazine photos in my art journaling very often but I think this one turned out pretty darn cute.

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I’d say four out of the five prompts were affirmative “lists”. I love that I’m doing this… it makes the journal pages even more inspiring and fun for me. Do you have a vision board to focus on what you want your future to be like? I may take pics of some of these journal pages and tack them up on a wall in my art studio.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. 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.

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 and 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 deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

Get Messy | Season of Lists 3| Half Way!

Goodness, I just realized after this week of Get Messy Lists, we are half way through the season! I don’t really have an over-riding theme for this week. I did follow all the list prompts and four of the five art prompts. Here are the pages, quick and easy. In fairness to Get Messy Art Journal, I’m not going to officially reveal the prompts (you can guess tho!)


Call me... (list) Write on photo (art)



Things that are magic (list)


Right now... (list), Write list in paint (art) ok... it was a brush pen and I only used it on part of the page...


I want to try (list), Use as many synonyms as you can (art)


I’m looking forward to next week’s Get Messy Art Journal prompts! I’m really enjoying working with the journal I made just for the season.

Do you have a fave list from above? Do you relate to any of them? Comment below if you’d like to know more about any of my lists… I didn’t go into detail this week!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. 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.

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 and 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 deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

12/52 Portraits – Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

A few months ago I found a wonderful, creative and daring woman who I have come to admire and enjoy! Her name is Vanessa and she is the energy behind this 52 Portraits challenge.

The creative adventure vibe I put out at the beginning of 2016 attracted her and the Get Messy tribe into my life. This week in one of my Get Messy Lists, I stole one of her lists and then took photos of myself expressing each line. I thought it went along with the vibe/tribe portrait prompt. Vanessa and I have never met, so I include her picture in this fun photo booth collage.


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Here is the Get Messy list page I made using her list.


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Not surprisingly, her list is close to what I would have written to this prompt. The first pic is me showing a handmade journal I made for the season (try new things | explore). The second, “a little confused | befuddled” is true for me this season because I don’t like to list so I puzzled over how to make it fun for me. The third is totally tongue in cheek, “stretch | experiment | adventurous” tempted me to simply stretch in the shot… sorry Vanessa, lol. And the fourth “work on a smaller scale | work intimately | go out of my comfort zone” is also me… I love working big but I made a lot of pages in my handmade journal quite small… eek… hope I don’t have to write much on them, I can’t write small.

I hope you don’t mind being part of my creative tribe Vanessa! I am inspired by your ability to be honest in your art and life and I love all the techniques you explore and share with us.

I’m so glad you stopped by. I encourage you to visit Vanessa at her blog: www.dans-mon-crane.blogspot.com Have a great day!

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


52 Portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here.

Get Messy | Season of Lists 2 | Spiritual Connections

This was a powerful week for me in the 2nd week of Get Messy Lists. Each of the prompts elicited a soul connection of some sort. When I look at each page now, I am empowered!

The first prompt I tackled was super powers I’d like to have. Easy peasy: Communicating with animals and being an incredible and inspiring artist touching many lives. Artists represented are Leonardo DaVinci, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt and Vjatseslav Mjod.


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The next list prompt is Loves of my Life, and I also used one of the art prompts, list on something unusual. The above prompt and this one are visual lists, no words beyond the subject.


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I used another art prompt for this next list”When I grow up”: an animal letters font! It is perfect for my answer.


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The prompt “I want to go…” invites physical places. I took it in another direction (and I used the art prompt to use my favorite font).


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And I used the classic list for the last one. As I wrote this list I realized how profoundly I’ve changed in the past 10 years. Wow!


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I will look at this journal and these lists over and over for years and be inspired with each viewing. What treasures an art journal can hold. If you journal in any way, do you journal in an inspiring way?

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. 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.

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 and 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 deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

Get Messy | Season of Lists 1 | All Over the Map

It’s a new season of Get Messy Art Journal! This season is the Season of Lists. Six weeks of 5 list prompts and 5 art prompts to dig into. I will tell you I am not a fan of listing. BUT I am a fan of creativity, so I embrace this season as a time to apply my creativity and make listing FUN!

To start it off I made my art journal from scratch. I found a fantastic YouTube video by Ephemera’s Garden on how to pamphlet bind a book. I took one of the bazillion boxes we have for the cover. I love the remaining box rip that happened when I unzipped the box. I covered it with fabric. The bird/bright green accent on the front is a patterned paper.


 

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I decided to extra challenge myself and make some of the pages of the book already full of images. So I bought a gorgeous set of journal pages from Ephemera’s Garden on ETSY. Here is the inside cover of the book.


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I did put in blank pages so I wasn’t restricted on every page tho. I am a great fan of texture so my pages are all sizes and textures from tracing paper to coffee stained sketchbook pages to colored card-stock. I even have a few greeting cards in there.


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Now that I’m done patting myself on the back for such a cool handmade journal, let’s see how well I listed using it! Here are my responses to all five list prompts for the week (using three of the art prompts).


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I have to admit, that last one cracked me up (prompt was mysteries to explore). I used the ComicLife program I have on my computer… creativity remember? 😉 As you can see, I am not going to have a consistent style through the book, I’m all over the map. Hey, maybe there will even be a map prompt!

Are any of you list makers? I have to admit these prompts, like “Lessons Learned” are a lot more fun than a grocery list or weekly chore list… 😀 .

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! And as always, thank you so much for tuning in and witnessing my creative growth as an artist.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. 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.

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 and 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 deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

 

10/52 Portraits – Interests

It’s the 10th week of my #52portraitsclass. What are my areas of interest?

Now that I am retired I am able to make art every day… I relegated visual creativity to an “interest” when I had my administrative analyst job, supporting my family. Now I am art journaling to explore where my artistic drive and abilities will take me. I am DOING my interest. I thought it would be fun to art journal my face for this portrait.


Xoxo my friends! (I’m practicing posting from my phone so no fancy ending this time! lol)

Get Messy | Season of Happy 6 | Different Moods

It’s week six in the Season of Happy at Get Messy Art Journal. This week I’ve created two very different double pages to express my happiness. It’s the last week of this season. Our next one begins on April 4 and I’m looking forward to finding out the theme. At the end of this post is an explanation of art journaling and the Get Messy experience!

The first prompt I did was Happiness is… that was simple!  Happiness for me is walking the woods and fields of our Idaho mountain property. All the photos are mine taken on the ranch.


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The second prompt I took on was art journaling my first happy memory. Well, I have no memories of my early childhood so I made up stories from two photos of me when I was four.


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In the left hand panel I’m dressed up in mom’s shoes and some fabric I’ve wrapped around myself.


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I was wearing roller skates in this page. I wonder if I imagined myself looking just like that girl on her skates. I had fun getting a 1960’s feel for these pages.


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Can you feel the difference in energy between the ranch page and the 1960’s page? I love how the colors and lines and texture or lack of helped create two totally different moods.

Do you have a favorite? Right now I’m going with the red one… it lifts my spirits and excites me to look at it.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. 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.

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 and 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 deepest, darkest thoughts. It is where art and journaling meet. Need more of a visual example? Visual answer: look here.

Get Messy | Season of Happy 5 | Beh-Bees

It’s week five in the Season of Happy at Get Messy Art Journal. This week I’ve combined all four of the journal and art prompts into two pages which work as a double page with a small third in between.

This past weekend I visited my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter Emma. As you can imagine I’m still full of the delicious sights, sounds and smells (not including the diaper one) of that darling girl.  I created a page of one of the happy things from my childhood (reading), and books are happy objects for me. Emma is one of the most happy people I know because she fully embraces all her experiences and is so loved and cared for by her parents and extended family. So hers is the second page. As I was coloring and painting I listened to my favorite Madeleine Peyroux Pandora Radio station.


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On my page, I have images of real books I’ve kept from my childhood. The cat illustrations are from my favorite early book, Surprise in the Tree by Sara Asheron, illustrated by Susan Perl. I printed out the images of the books and illustrations and then colored them with crayons, colored pencils, chalk and colored glitter pens. I used an analogous color scheme (colors located next to each other on the color wheel).


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For Emma’s page I used a more exciting color scheme, the triadic primary colors of red, blue and yellow. Her energy is so vital and she is constantly moving so I used a circular pattern to show that (she loves twirling too). The drawings are from photos my daughter-in-law took of Emma posing for selfies with a shirt on her head. I used children’s watercolors, crayons, patterned paper and colored pencil. For fun I wrote an alliterative haiku describing her.


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As a bridge, I made an insert between the pages.  Each of us is reading a book (about the same age). One of Emma’s words is beh-bee for baby. I thought it such fun to label each with beh-bee. I used the enlight app on my iphone to transform the photos into distressed, graffiti-esque images.  (My name was Karen when I was little. I changed it in my 20s – a story for another time.)


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These are such giggly pages for me and I know I’ll look at them over and over. I can tell you that coloring and painting like a tot is wonderful. It’s so freeing, I highly recommend it!

I wish you all a happy weekend my friends and fellow Get Messians.

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

Starfire aka Meghan aka FireBonnet


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. 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.

 

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