vendredi 24 février 2017

Get Messy Season of Art 101 | 03

When I fist started art journaling, I went to an art store in Hong Kong and bought a whole bunch of Golden acrylic paint. Little did I know this would spark a love affair with their products. Some of the bottles I bought then are here in Beijing with me. I just love their creamy texture. Since then, I've tried other brands but Golden will forever be my fave. I picked out my favourite colors for the naming prompt.


Some of the colors I have reminded me of specific travels, or a certain moment in my life. That brought me back to the idea of synesthesia and I decided to associate these memories (sights, smells, textures) to the colors I had chosen. I loved doing this.


I have three other spreads to share today. The first one is a blended background type of page. Sometimes, I just need the act of blending paint, spreading the color on the page. Sometimes the process is all I am looking for. I added a 'peel and reveal' type of collage on the left.


As I mentioned when I posted this page on IG, each week I am making a spread where I am combining all the techniques from the first one. So this spread has watercolors, texture and a whole lot of different acrylic layers to it. (Stencil by Roxanne Coble)


And this final page came from watching Pam's lovely tutorial. I loved working this way, especially because it is so different from how I usually work. My problem is I tend to fall in love with backgrounds and I never want to cover stuff up! So for the white here, I mixed acrylic paint with lots of water so I could have the background peek through.


Here is the making of that pages, step-by-step:







I am looking forward to re-reading Misty's very informative post and trying out new things following Katie's examples. Thanks for coming by.

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mercredi 22 février 2017

Recent art journaling pages | the red series

Ever since that man has taken office, watching the news bring me to a whole other level of anger and frustration and fear. Out of these feelings a series of art journal pages was born. These pages have definitely been cathartic and have helped me to deal with so much. But I feel that this is just the beginning.

Here is a look at these four spreads. I call them the Red Series because that color, which I associate with anger and blood, predominates. This series touches on women's rights. On being belittled by bullies. On rising against such people and situations. On protecting yourself from the assault of these bullies. On being angry and resisting. On demanding respect.

''Blood Moon Rising''.


''Crimson Tide''


''Boundaries''


''We are done asking nicely''


I feel assaulted by the news stream these days and yet I can't turn away because in doing so, my gesture can be interpreted as consent at the actions these bullies are taking. And I cannot condone these. They will see a rising tide of dissent and I will be a part of it.

lundi 20 février 2017

My mega pocket scrapbooking album flip through | July to December 2016

Here it is, the flipthrough of the second half of 2016. I am so glad this is done. A lot of important things happened to us in 2016, the biggest being we moved to Beijing. So I am glad I have this album to come back to.

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Now to start 2017!



vendredi 17 février 2017

Get Messy season of Art 101 | 02

Hello all, this week in the Season of Art 101, we are exploring texture. I have a love/hate affair with texture. I don't always take the time to include it because some of my pages come to me fast and I want to get them done fast too. So I don't take the time to build up layers.


That said, ink blots like this one bring immediate luscious texture and help open up your imagination. This isn't my usual color scheme and I think this is why I love it so!


This second spread came from the prompt about immersing one's self in the texture of something. I chose to do so about my dreams. The dreams I walk through at night. I had loads of fun with this one.



First I put modelling paste through punchinella (what is left after sequins are cut out) and a stencil.


then I rubbed an ink pad on the raised surface, mixing the colours slightly. And I finished by adding the ink faces and water soluble crayon marks. Looks pretty close to what I see at night to me!


My last exploration is this floral one.


Some of the flowers I received last week I dried out and some I pressed so I could use them in my art. These tiny dry purple ones are so fun to work with. They lose some of their colour when you put them in the modelling paste.





On the facing page, I tried something which backfired. So I took another flower and spray painted it white. I put it on this kraft paper to dry and just left it there because it looked so beautiful.





I want to explore this medium still. I feel like there are many possibilities and that I should maybe pay attention to some of them when I make my pages. to be continued. Thanks for coming.


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Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. 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. Join Get Messy now!

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