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Get Messy Art Journal: 6

This week’s Get Messy Art Journal pages were much easier mentally than the past few weeks, though my head cold turned my life into a bit of a juggling act. I brought out all my favorite supplies for this art journal layout — magazine photos of flowers, vellum, copper sharpie, watercolors, black ink.

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I wanted to capture the feeling of beauty and growth emerging from chaos, because that’s truly been the theme of this month so far.

I’ve loved having this art journal creativity to look forward to every week. Being part of Get Messy really holds me accountable to create something on a regular, frequent schedule, which helps my head.

And I think that accountability has actually motivated me to tackle some projects and decisions in other areas of my life too, like getting therapy, catching up on this year’s Project Life scrapbook, and relaunching my blog on self-hosting. I’ve always thought of art as something that promotes progress, and it’s nice to see a little proof of that in my life!

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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 Pinterest board and the Instagram hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

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Get Messy Art Journal: 5

It’s been a busy week full of heavy realizations and awesome progress, so I decided to keep my Get Messy Art Journal relatively simple. This layout is in many ways an overview of August so far — bold, exciting, detailed, overwhelming, beautiful.

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I have two big announcements coming up here on this blog Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th, both of which are the products of the “explosion” of creativity and insight in my life lately. I hope you’ll join me for the excitement!

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And as always, check out the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge page on Caylee’s blog for information and links to all the participants!

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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 Pinterest board and the Instagram hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

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Get Messy Art Journal: 4

“It is how we choose what we do, and how we approach it, that will determine whether the sum of our days adds up to a formless blur, or to something resembling a work of art.”

-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow

This week I used a different process to make my Get Messy Art Journal pages. Instead of sitting down and making each layout start to finish, and then creating another entire spread a few days later, I did all the layouts in stages.

This is referred to as “batch processing” in the scrapbook world, and I wanted to see how it affected my art journaling process.

I created the primary layer of several spreads first. This is where I’m broadly creative, where I can do anything with a page — but also where I sometimes have anxiety about what to do at all.

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At this beginning stage, I sketched layouts, and planned design elements like color and shape. I cut photos and did all the necessary gluing and stapling.

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Then I set the art journal aside.

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When I come back to my journal a few days later, it gave me a fresh perspective. It was like having a pre-decorated album made exactly to my taste. How inspiring!

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So I got out my pens, paint and decorative supplies. This part of art journaling is always the easiest for me, as I feel like I’m completing pages, instead of wondering where to start.

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But it has its challenges to work through, also — for instace, what if the last thing I do to a lovely page ruins it? I have to remind myself that “done is better than perfect”. Art journaling is a wonderful way to gently work through anxiety and critical inner voices.

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This “batch processing” approach is good for getting started on a lot of page ideas before the ideas fade. I’ll alternate that approach with weeks when I want to focus deeply on one or two art journal spreads. Both ways of art journaling are equally awesome, and belong in any art journaler’s inner tool chest.

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More art journal pages coming every Thursday!

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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 Pinterest board and the Instagram hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

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July Review & August Goals

Life passes in a blur, doesn’t it?

We do so many things to catch bits of beauty as they fly by us, but things move so fast. A lot of what I spend my time doing — activism, memory keeping — has to do with jumping and grabbing a bit of meaning as comes, and encouraging others to do the same. We live life; but what we choose to hold, to record, to share, forms part of the stamp we personally put on our years. Perhaps it takes a whole lifetime to learn how to do it well.

July in Sixteen Photos

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Five Things That Happened in July

Enjoyed watching the Fourth of July fireworks in downtown Pensacola with my man, knowing it might be our last Independence Day in the States for several years.

Joined up with the Get Messy Art Journal people, and created my first art journal pages in nine years.

Re-read some of my diaries from 2004-2006 — moving to Virginia, going through my foundation year of art school, studying abroad in Europe. It amazed me how much I’ve changed since then.

Played through The Aeris Moment in “Final Fantasy 7” for the first time. Oh my feelings.

Watched most of the KTMA (pilot) season in “Mystery Science Theater 3000”. I’ve watched Seasons 1-4 already. I’m still mostly on track to get all the episodes watched this year.

 

Five Fun Links From July

“The Varied Emotional Stages of Writing A Book”, at terribleminds.

Shakesville, an intense and intelligent feminist blog.

Notes On Metamodernism, dedicated to the cultural movement that’s finally putting postmodernism behind us.

The Get Messy Art Journal Challenge — these artsy vixens rock.

Vox, a news website with an edgy and informative slant.

 

Looking Forward to in August

My 36th birthday! Entering my upper thirties.

The coming of fall — the new mental crispness, despite lingering heat and humidity.

Starting the countdown to our big move — eight months to prepare for 4,990 miles!

Beginning my next novel. This one’s going to be fun.

 

Ten August Goals

Finish fixing up the house: fine-tune my workspace, organize our bedroom closet, rethink kitchen storage, donations gone

Get employed

Begin volunteering at an art organization

Finish Summer ‘14 book list

Plan some paintings

50K words towards my new novel

Keep up with my Get Messy art journal

Celebrate birthday in style — make and share “36 @ 36” llst

Catch up my 2014 Project Life album

Start language study

This time next month I’ll review August’s milestones and accomplishments. Hope you have a wonderful month!

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Get Messy Art Journal: 3

You’re invited…

This week’s Get Messy Art Journal Challenge pages are a response to Lauren’s prompt for July:

Prompt #1: Let’s have a party!
Art Challenge: Plan a fun party! Create a collage detailing what your party will be like. Include food, drinks, décor, lighting, color scheme, dress code, place settings, location, guests, etc. Plan until your hearts content! There is no money limit or restrictions. Use your photos, magazines, art supplies, etc to create a collage, mood board or anything you would use to give to a party planner to convey your artistic direction for the event.
Journaling challenge: Detail for us who you will invite, time of day, location, purpose, etc.

I admit, I had no idea how to plan this imaginary soirée. I was torn between my desire to cobble together some ambitious, Pinterest-worthy setpiece, and my desire to show a party I’d actually throw in real life. I started thinking about parties I’ve loved in the past, and realized they had one defining characteristic:

Their simplicity.

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The best parties I’ve ever been to were unplanned gatherings of those with a will to be wild.

They took place on Pensacola Beach under a full moon, and consisted of good friends, good beer, a swimsuit, a guitar, and a bonfire. If you had a dollar for the bridge toll and the right kind of friends, you were golden.

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My ideal party would include midnight swims in luminescent water, cold drinks of all kinds, fire dancing, all your favorite songs on the guitar, and a bonfire to warm yourself by and talk to your closest friends into the night.

At this party, we’ll sing as loud as we want, swim in the moonlight, and dance barefoot in the cool sand.

This has been going on since the dawn of time:

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“Nuit d’été (A Summer Night)”, by Winslow Homer, 1890.

Are you in?

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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 Pinterest board and the Instagram hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

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