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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.

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.


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“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.


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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

Art Journal Noob

I saw an art journal page on Instagram at the beginning of January. I loved the idea so I made an art journal page.

Art Page Number One... #onelittleword for me for 2016... Blossom

Art Page Number One… #onelittleword for me for 2016… Blossom

Then I made six more art journal pages and shared them on Instagram. And then I joined an online art journaling group, Get Messy Art Journal… and a new season of inspiration and expression starts with them on Monday, Feb 1. It’s been a whirlwind romance!

As part of the Get Messy group, I’ll post my weekly projects on Fridays. As today is Friday I’m posting what I’ve done on my own this month just experimenting.


Then I learned about #blackoutpoetry.

For my second one I learned about #blackoutpoetry.


And it's awesome inverse colors!

And it’s awesome inverse!


Loved living with this thought for a few days, not so happy with the outcome.

Loved living with this thought for a few days, not so happy with the artistic outcome.


Not fun to live with this word for days, but really like the outcome.

Not fun to live with this word for days, but really like the outcome.


Love everything about this one... my spirit animal Bear.

Love everything about this one… my spirit animal Bear.


And his photographic inverse effect is cool.

And his photographic inverse effect is cool.


Used my own colored pages and zentangles for this busy piece.

Used my own colored pages and zentangles for this busy piece.


This last one I made this week. Hubby had just left to go out-of-town for work for three days… and the power went off in our motorhome… (long story but basically a knock on the head from Spirit)  I did rig up one extension cord for my little heater and a work light for those three days. I did most of this double page during the day when I could tell what color I was using! Anyway, I was feeling distraught that first day and decided to find ’59 rich wonderful words’ that were about me. It ended up all over the place in energy… it has more than my RV did!

See the little cocktail umbrella the cartoon me is carrying?

See the little cocktail umbrella the cartoon me is carrying?


 

I’m excited to begin more guided art journaling work next week. It helps to have a focus and a deadline, not to mention some tutorials!

See you later friends and have a good weekend!

take care

aka Meghan aka FireBonnet

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