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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 | 014

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This month our prompt was to journal about things that we are thankful for. I’ll be honest, my first attempt turned out to be a pretty sorry looking page, but I have already done many collages of things that I am thankful for in the past, including this one for get messy so I decided to forgo that idea. As I was thinking about what my new page would look like, I decided to make one drawing that would encompass three different things I am thankful for: sunshine, travel, and community. While sunshine and travel might be fairly distinct on this page, I used the sharpie to make the inner details combine and work together to create the whole of the design, exemplifying community. This community being the people around me, my family, church, friends, Kevin – together we are all a community and I am learning how valuable a solid one is.

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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.

Get Messy | 009

This week we had a prompt and it was the first time in 9 weeks that I’ve dreaded a Get Messy Thursday.

Journaling Challenge: Live your adventurous dreams on paper. What would you love to do, or at least try, if you had the courage to live more adventurously?
Art Challenge: Try a method or material you’ve never worked with before.
IMG_3700.JPGHA! Well apparently my new method is to wait until the night before and hope for the best, because that is exactly what I did. I also tried using both coffee and rit dye to add more texture to the background. It was a fun process but I got impatient and it wasn’t enough to just have the paper dyed. So, I added a recent picture of me and some gold paint around the edges. Wah-lah.
IMG_3701.JPGFor the second part, I wrote about the most amazing Chai Tea ever and it probably doesn’t make a ton of sense if you were to read it because I wrote down the left side and then down the right side after.
IMG_3704.JPGFinally, I tried the technique where you put a piece of packing tape on a magazine page and then soak it in water. Eventually the magazine paper rolls off to reveal a transparency. Cool stuff.

As far as the journaling prompt, I said, “If I were more courageous I would travel as if money were no object. To see the beautiful scenery that I can only dream up in my head. I would hike and try every new food and language. If I were courageous, I would use my blog to start my own small business or at least start writing more things.”

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 | 003

 photo A30680DB-F148-400B-AC77-2A204D9F8DDC_zpssvvjfl9q.jpgI feel like words are really resonating with me right now, which is probably why there are so many throughout my pages this week. photo 4C97EB41-F47E-4D4A-8C4A-CF8FED5FB758_zpsgcplqevs.jpgBecause glitter pens…I wish this would have shown up as good on camera as it did in person!

I basically just wrote “If it’s the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” over and over. I found this verse in James 4 when he is telling his readers the problem with their own desires and how it is causing fighting among themselves. He reminds them to submit to God, be humble, and cleanse themselves while encouraging them to follow the Lord’s will. I particularly love the “this or that” part because it’s vague, which is how knowing God’s will sometimes feels. We have so many options in life, and sometimes it’s hard to know which is the right one. This or that. I wrote brave because that’s what following God’s will this week looks like to me. I was so nervous about starting the new job and making new co-worker friends and talking to customers on a regular basis about their wellness needs. It’s a lot. (But I like it, so it’s ok).  photo 912dac11-d7bc-4037-830b-1c554f74ff7a_zps751c9a54.jpg I found this map of Missouri and decided to use it to incorporate my OLW for this year, which is going so well. I had no idea what this year would hold but I knew I’d still be here. So rooted, I am! I love the downtown life here, so that picture was from a few weeks ago when my friend and I went to get some ice cream! photo A0BF60C3-B90E-4910-934F-6BF5CBE38823_zpscrxnmsoj.jpg

Isn’t gold paint always the way to go? I had a little left after a project so I just smeared it on and wrote over the top. Today is the day. It’s kind of like a “live in the moment” sentiment for me, so I kind of love it.

This is probably one of my favorite projects. Never before have I pushed myself to create and I feel like when I do, I’m learning about myself and how my brain works, creatively. It’s pretty darn cool.
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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.

Get Messy | 002

 photo IMGP0015_zps9fbc335f.jpgI think this week of art journaling basically shows the wide range of emotions I’ve been feeling. After a seemingly harmless floral appointment went to hell in a handbag, I pinned this quote to my wedding board. I’m not at all the type to get bent out of shape about flowers (I mean they are gorgeous regardless) but man, I know nothing about flowers. Apparently giving the florist free reign for my bouquet isn’t really the norm, either. Can’t I just carry a puppy down the aisle?  photo IMGP0014_zps28cae2b8.jpgAlso, I like to be sassy, so what’s new? Sometimes you just have to go get what you want instead of letting life hand it to you, ya know?! photo IMGP0011_zps8ea83808.jpgFinally, just calm. I basically just did a paint rendition of a picture that I took a while back. I’m finally getting over the need to get lines perfectly straight and circles perfectly symmetrical. That crap doesn’t happen in real life. At least not my real life. The grey background and instax are my faves.

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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.

Chalkboard Party Tray

I did some pinterest searching in November to find gifts for both Kevin’s and my mom. We wanted it to be handmade and unique and when I saw those REALLY cute chalkboard cheese trays, we decided to go for it. So, I went out and bought all the supplies to make them: wooden oval (in the wood burning section at Michael’s), chalkboard paint, and chalk. As I was checking out the paint label, I noticed that it said “do not consume” on the label. I got a little nervous and decided to go better-safe-than-sorry for this gift, so I also picked up some oven/microwave/dishwasher safe Christmas serving bowls. After doing some research when I got home, I found that chalkboard paint can be toxic if consumed, so if accidentally gets chipped or scrapped it can get onto the food and be harmful.

I ended up painting the whole tray with the chalkboard paint, let it dry for 24 hours and then re-coated it to make it more even. After that layer dried, I covered the whole thing in a layer of chalk to help it set. Then I washed it off with a washcloth, and ta-da.

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