Get Messy | 016

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Hello, Get Messy Thursday! I am excited to be posting again after a little lull the past couple weeks. Life has been busy but exciting as there are some changes that are coming to this blog, but for right now they are all still behind the scenes. With my new adventure that is bible journaling, I have been listening to art journaling podcasts, using new supplies and trying techniques that I had never even dreamed of before!

This first page is one that came up by accident. I was trying to get a technique figured out where you mix stamps and spray inks with water to make them spread. I kind of feel like it symbolizes some kind of renewed love for this craft, since it goes from the dark colors to the yellow. I was getting kind of bogged down by posting about my art every week, but now I already have some pages that are ready to go so that I am prepared as the holidays get closer.
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For the second page, I used the Tim Holtz Inks to stamp a circle in three different colors around the page. Then I sprayed water on the whole page and then dryed it with a hair dryer. I might have not been wasn’t patient enough and stamped the “cherish each day” stamp a little too early because it turned out a bit unreadable. OH WELL, the background is the bomb.
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Finally, I used a stencil to pattern the background in three different colors and then I used the stencil alpha by Dear Lizzy to write the word ‘joy’. I spritz the whole thing down to get the color to spread a little. I finished it up by handwriting one of my favorite verses. I totally love how this one turned out.
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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

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Get Messy | 011

It’s amazing to me that I can think about this project for almost a week with no good ideas or inspiration and then it just hits me out of the blue on Wednesday nights. (And thank goodness it does, too!)  photo 6C758720-086D-452F-A6E6-4B08BA8C5067_zpswxhpskdp.jpg I found this fall picture in one of the thousand wedding brochures that I have been handed in the past 5 months. It says, “Dear fall, please take me away. Wrap me in sweaters. Let the changing leaves fall and chai tea all day long.”  photo 0C28E7B5-B544-4521-9B25-E4AFF7B33ED3_zpsbjvdefxm.jpgI am quite pleased with the simplicity of this one. You should know that I am a huge greeting card hoarder. While looking at a stack of them, I got the idea to cut out pictures from those cards. I just know that this is going to be one of my favorite up-cycling trends because it’s sentimental and gives me something to do with my lovely card pile.
 photo F0497CD6-8887-41F7-B281-B9A08F8AF085_zpskckzivw9.jpg This page was made because someone told me that I am an artist. I’ve always thought of myself with separate titles (photographer, blogger, painter, art journaler) but never by this one. To me “artist” is a highly connotated word that to me feels like something to big or strong to describe what I do in this space.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Get Messy | 007

It’s safe to say that after seven weeks, I am still absolutely loving this project. Each week is something new and I never thought I would make it this far.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos I started out with water colors this week….and the first two pages I painted are just straight up not worth showing anyone. So here is the third one that I tried. I was reading distracted by an email when I decided on the words. They weren’t even said exactly, but after “practicing” and totally hating it, I decided that I probably just needed to be a little more patient about what I was working on. Ironically, the smudge marks are from me not letting it fully dry before touching it. It kind of makes the page perfect to me now. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos This one I actually have had made since last week. I have been contemplating the things that really make me happy in life while trying to figure out how much of the time I spend doing those things. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it’s a good start. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos This is probably my favorite page so far, just because it includes a couple things from the list above and gold, which is quickly becoming my favorite color. This is the first time that I have ever torn pages out of a book and I hated it. It still feels weird, but I did chose a book that I bought for $0.50 and that Kevin has a duplicate of…so that makes it better, right?

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Get Messy | 005

For this post, I followed a prompt revolving around the theme “Who Are You?” We could use anything, except a photo of ourselves. First, I decided to make a collage to get the creativity flowing, for some reason that always helps me. I added my name and sleep right after it, because it’s pretty important.Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosNext, I wrote about my “Where I Stand” pictures. I have pictures all over the place of my feet in all different locations, some by myself and some including the feet of others. I really cherish these pictures and I’d eventually love to dedicate a whole art journal or photo book to all the pictures I have.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosPhotobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosAnd I love photography. And apparently black and white. I love that there are so many photo mediums – the instax camera that I have has been just a blast and such a great conversation piece when I’m out-and-about.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosFinally, this is one of my favorite quotes. I really love the simplicity and waves. I’m not going to lie, I kind of wished that I lived a bit closer to the ocean…I don’t know if you can get much further away than Missouri (ok…that’s probably not true, but it feels like it!).
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Thanks for reading! Here are past installments if you are interested in reading more!

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Get Messy |001

 photo IMGP0017_zpsd6b40c70.jpgLet’s be honest, I am obsessed with this project. I’ve been working in this journal for a while, so I figured I might as well finish it up before starting a new one. photo IMGP0001_zps70bb8c0b.jpg

This month’s prompt was: Let’s Have a Party. 

I detailed who, what, when, where and why. Having steak tacos sounds like the single best BBQ idea that I’ve ever heard. Apparently when I was making this, I didn’t think too hard about how I would get all the flowers and the BBQ pit to the beach, but hypothetically I can do whatever I want, right?!


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Excerpts From My Journal, Part III

 photo IMGP0015-001_zpsec36cb74.jpg photo IMGP0007-001_zps62b0e024.jpgi journal for clarity, to stay rooted in everyday life.

i used it as a reminder of the pretty things, hard things and encouraging things.

i save my thoughts for the days that i feel empty, for days when all inspiration has left my brain.

sometimes it’s not about what i write, but the process that moves me.

it helps me to let go of thoughts, emotions and feelings that are negative.

i journal not to be understood, but to understand myself.

 

 

Excerpts from my Journal, Part III

 photo 342fb61d-02d1-4bea-a1d7-c856731ad403_zpsd024f446.jpgRemembering this time and this quiet.