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Art Journal, 2014 | It’s About me, just for today.

Hello Thursday!

Ok. Feeling a little overwhelmed. It’s the end of the year. The kids finish school for 2014 in less than two weeks and there are lots of events to attend and prepare for. I have taken on many projects. Each of them I love doing, creating for and I am so grateful for the work. But oh my giddy aunt. I am maxed. Hence my art journal page for today. It’s about me. Just for today. Read More

Art Journal, 2014 | October Prompt with Get Messy | Gratitude.

Hello Thursday!

At the end of each month the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge team get a prompt set by one of the members. I’d been thinking about the prompt a lot this month, especially after loosing our Pa a couple of weeks ago. I have so much to be grateful for.

Journaling Challenge: Gratitude. What are you grateful for? What aspects of your life are you thankful for, that you might be overlooking while being busy?

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Art Journal, 2014 | with Virginia Woolf.

Hello Thursday!

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This week I was inspired by the words of Virginia Woolf, one of my favourite authors.

My love of words is enormous. But things are getting a little out of control in my head. With completing a lot of brush script commissions, being constantly on the look out for words of wisdom to script and share, indulging in my love of reading and love of writing I am feeling exactly as Read More

Art Journal, 2014 | Patience.

Hello Friday!

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Stay patient and trust your journey.

So much of my life is fluid right now. I try and keep moving forward. I believe that is the secret. Don’t stop. Keep going. I have a fear that if I do stop I won’t get started again. Kind of like a shark caught in a net. I need to keep moving. I need to continually be inspired. I need to keeping pushing.

I love that feeling of momentum. Read More

Art Journal, 2014 | The thing about attitude and optimism.

Hello Thursday!

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Have I told you how much I am enjoying art journaling again? In my previous life I was a graphic designer. Art journaling was a major part of my day to day life. It was a fabulous place to visit. It was where I let go creatively. It is where I went to experiment with new mediums and methods. It means much the same for me now. I love being able to open up a pot of paint and just cover the entire page. This is how I often start my art journaling process. Painting a page. Then I just let it flow from there. I love words and photos so I often will include one or both.

These two pages where created separately.

The Choose to be Optimistic page was created back on August the 24th. I have been dying to open up my pot of yellow acrylic paint. On the around the 20th I did. I painted the page and didn’t return for days. When I did it I made circles with gouache. It was therapeutic. I stapled one of my favourite quotes to it. Date stamped it and walked away. The Your Attitude page was created today. I had those tags in my stash which I created using the Amy Tangerine embroidery kits (plug: they are available in my store…) I painted the page with silver acrylic paint. Added stripes of my favourite washi tapes, layered the tags on top and adhered a quote that I have been repeating like a mantra all week.

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Your attitude determines your direction | Every single morning I open my eyes and have a two second freak out about what I have to achieve and deal with that day. I ‘allow’ myself those two minutes. It’s reality. There’s a lot going on around here and I think it’s important to acknowledge that, otherwise I’d be unrealistically burying my head in the sand. BUT I only allow myself those two minutes. Then I make a decision. I’m just going to get it all done. Simple. I get out of bed confident that the organising I have done the day before will get me off to a good start. And if I’m thrown an everyday-life-curve-ball (you know the ones…a sick child or four, jamming your finger in a door, it rains and you leave your car window open – all of which have happened to me this week) you steal yourself another 2 minutes of freak out and then you simply get on with it. Things don’t always work out but I want them to so I try really hard. That’s the attitude I choose to take. And the direction it takes me? Forward.

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Choose to be optimistic – it feels better | And it does. Some people might say that being optimistic is like walking around with your head in the clouds. I don’t think so (although what a peaceful place to be!). I think it’s about seeing the good in everything. The good in people. The good in a situation. It’s about looking forward to things, to the future. It’s about smiling and being grateful for what you have around you. Being optimistic doesn’t hurt. In fact, it feels better.

XO

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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 practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Go check out these amazing pages creating by some crazy talented ladies who all have a unique perspective and style:

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Art Journal, 2014 | August prompt with Get Messy | Who Am I?

Hello Thursday!

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We’re continuing on with our Get Messy Thursday posts today. This week our August Prompt was due. The prompt was set by creative vixen Caylee Grey.

August Prompt: A Self Portrait in Objects.

Journal Challenge: Who are you? If you had one page to show the world who you are what would you put on it?

Art challenge: Use anything except an actual photo of yourself to make a self portrait.

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I had a look back through my photos that I’d posted on Instagram over the last few months and decided to select a few that showed a bit about who I am and what I like. I love working with the smaller photos.

To add texture to my journal pages I covered them with masking tape. This also adds a bit of strength to the pages. I’m using a lot of paint in my journal and it’s becoming wonderfully chunky but I think I might have to start gluing pages together to add stability.

I love to read so I thought it would be fun to use my trusty old book pages which I covered with white gesso. I adhered my photos in a grid pattern and journaled all the way around and around and around the page with what I like/love etc.

This prompt was really fun to follow.

Remember to check out the other creatives involved in the Get Messy art journaling movement. They really are a bunch of international, inspirational creatives. Their links are below.

XOXO

Get Messy : An Art Journal Challenge | 02 // Caylee Grey

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Go check out these amazing pages creating by some crazy talented ladies who all have a unique perspective and style:

Hosts:

Participants:

 

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