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16/52 Portraits – Sassy and Powerful

This week I did the 52 Portraits Class prompt: Claws Out which I have interpreted as Sassy and Powerful. The idea is what do we do to make ourselves feel more confident when we don’t necessarily feel it inside.

For me, I spruce up what I’m wearing… I wear a color that makes me feel sassy. In 1979 I had my ‘colors done’ and then in the 80s became a color analyst myself. I worked at a women’s clothing store and studio, helping women realize their unique power through their own personal colors and styles. Long past are the days when I dressed for success, as we think of in the corporate world, but I almost always still wear my colors.

For this portrait, I put on one of my power colors… a deep turquoise blue. This is an offshoot of my eye color and so brings out the intensity of my eyes (not sure that comes thru in this particular shot). I also put on a beautiful stone necklace that is not only a fine piece of hand crafted jewelry, but the soft tones of my skin color.


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I also wear makeup when I want to feel confident in public. However, this year my makeup is much more subtle than ever before. A little color on my cheeks and lips and color for my brows. I am probably going to color my hair again soon to give a boost to my overall vivaciousness, but I’m happy living on our ranch now, au naturel…

This shot is extra fun because over my shoulder you can see a charcoal drawing I did when I was in art school. It gives me a lovely boost of confidence when I see it. And yes those are cat hairs you see on my clothes… all the best dressed people wear them you know… 😉 .

I’m so glad you stopped by. What do you do to give yourself that extra boost of confidence? 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.

 

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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.

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.

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.

 

Get Messy | Week 4 | Bubblegum & Algebra

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Get Messy | Season of Happy | Week 3

I’ve been art journaling for three weeks now during the Season of Happy at Get Messy Art Journal. This week I’m working with a few quotes to highlight on my journal pages.

My first page is graffiti inspired. I think of grafitti in more urban areas, but since my ‘hood’ is a ranch, I used the idea of writing on a barn.


 

"Take pleasure in the rich, random patterns in your life." From hector and the search for happiness.

“Take pleasure in the rich, random patterns in your life.” From hector and the search for happiness.


 

I used patterned paper, art markers and pencil. The image is a digital drawing I created from a photo I took of one of our barns. I have no color ink in my printer so I had to do it in b+w and color it. I went on a web search for grafitti fonts for PSE. The writing is off my printer on cream cardstock and then I used a paper punch to break up the lines. The two leaves are … well, two leaves. When I was weighting down the drying page they fell out of one of the books I was using. Clearly I’d pressed them in there (and forgotten them) just for this piece! lol

My second page also uses patterned paper and pencil. This time I used paint chips I’d picked up from a hardware store for color (thanks to which ever Get Messian suggested this).


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I carefully added some random text stamping… wow, that can go wrong so quickly especially when it’s on top of a layer you want to keep. But it worked! I’ve very happy with it.  I used another one of the free grafitti fonts I found.

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.

Get Messy | Season of Happy | Relation-ships

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? 🙂


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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!)

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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…


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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. 😉


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Happy Valentine’s Day Timothy, My Sexy Engineer in Overalls!


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.

aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

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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