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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.

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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.

 

4/52 Portraits – My Many Lives

It’s week 4 of 52 weekly self portraits.


Both images taken with iPhone 6s and edited in Enlight.

Both images taken with iPhone 6s and edited in Enlight.


I have lived many lives, and had many loves. I have flown dragons over the skies of Pern, helped a Dalesman birth a cow and discovered the key to a secret garden. Tonight the magic of Louise Penny’s words brings me into the winter world of Three Pines to help Chief Inspector Gamache solve mysteries of the flesh and of the heart. I live not only through the brilliant characters but revel in their relationships.

Do you think my stalwart companions take those journeys with me? Or do they know that soon my eyes will grow heavy and I’ll take up the adventure again tomorrow.

Thank you my friends for taking this journey of self-discovery with me. You guys rock! xoxoxox

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.