POST 009: GET MESSY WEEK 7

This weeks #getmessyartjournal is based around the October prompt by the gorgeous Olya (this month is her last get messy entry and she will be missed so much in our little community... dont leave us Olya!!!!) Anyway, the prompt was all about being thankful and expressing that through sketchbook pages with visual aids to really show what you are grateful for! This was a pretty big challenge for me, I seem to struggle a bit when it comes to personal pages but... I'm trying! 


F R E E D O M

With all you see in the news and media, I often feel very lucky to be a women living in the UK in 2014 and much of this has to do with freedom. This picture sums up it all.... I wanted to keep the pages neutral and free (see what I did there?) from too much fuss so you focus on the photograph and text.

- collage, marker pen & highlighter 


Thankful Brights

I wanted this page to be a real rainbow and to also demonstrate the things I AM thankful for in my everyday life 

- watercolour, ink, salt, bleach & collage 


With freedom, books, flowers and the moon.. Who couldn't be happy? 
Oscar Wilde

- ink, watercolour & spray paint 


Out of the Woods

This card was given to me a couple of years go for my birthday from my friend Lauren and I held onto it since then as I loved it so much! Now that I've made this page all I think of when I see it is 'are we out of the woods yet, out of the woods yet, out of the woods...' because i am a Taylor Swift obsessive.. #1989 !!  


Peppermint & Brick

I tea stained these pages with peppermint tea (a nice alt to English breakfast in colour!) I like the sepia, vintage feel of this page, I ran out of print stick so relied heavily in Sellotape but I'm quite fond of the effect it gives :)

And that's it for another get messy week! 
I've also been taking part in Fat Mum Slim #photoaday this month on instagram and I'm a little sad it's over tomorrow... The November prompts look pretty good though so it could be on the cards for another month! :) 

As always, check out my fellow participants from our awesome group! And make sure you go to Lauren's Blog today as we will all be linking up over there for the prompt!

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. 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.


POST 008: GET MESSY WEEK 6

This weeks #getmessyartjournal is all about autumn! The rich colours, the fallen leaves, the crunch and the fresh crisp air. I'm actually starting to enjoy autumn a bit now, which is annoying as this weekend the clocks go back (nooooo!) and it's pretty much darkness from then until March. Gah! 

Anyways, back to the autumnal art!


Colour Crush

This page is a real throwback to my uni days, it's a mix of ink, bleach & water and salt. I LOVE the effect that you can get from grinding salt over wet ink and in these colour stripes, I'm reminded of real old school sweets.. Fizzy and sour... Anyone else? No? Ok... ;) 

(The little flash of city scape is from the page before and I like that it's just saying hey)



Organised Chaos

Aka, the story of my life... Apart from the bit about being organised... This is watercolour on brown sketchbook paper. I like he repetition and the un-even ness of the shapes as they are all hand painted. I'm also all over the warmth from the colours on the pages. 


Leaves & Spray Paint 

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I'm all about autumn right now and I knew I wanted to do something with leaves before I'm stuck in the dead of winter and regretting it! I had these leaves for a while in my sketchbook but could quite decide what I wanted to do with them exactly... A few weeks ago I covered them in PVA but that was as far as I had gotten with any sort of creativity. So, this weekend I spray painted them! I like the silver on them as it adds a shimmer and slight magical element and the orange is like autumn on acid! The leaves are now framed and in my spare bedroom and I'm left with a nice, abstract, negative leaf print from the spray painting. 
Winning! 

A short but sweet #getmessyartjournal entry this week! next week is our prompt week as it's the end of the month and I'm really excited to share what I have been creating for it! :) 

As always, check out my fellow participants from the awesome group! 

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. 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.






POST 007: GET MESSY WEEK 5

Hello another fabulous creative #getmessyartjournal Thursday!


Furry Stripe Pink

This is a little scrappy collage I made from odds and ends that I couldn't find a home for, but liked too much to throw away! The right hand image is from my session of marbling using nail varnish. It worked so well and was quite addictive actually! Possibly down to my ridiculous collection of nail varnishes ..... 


He for She

A few weeks late, perhaps, but non the less still relevant. I was, like so many, inspired greatly by the speech Emma Watson gave on feminism. I have always been a feminist, was raised in a gender equal household and even wrote my university dissertation on the impact feminism has had on the fashion industry. I hope Emma's speech inspires many more people and shine a light on what it is to be a feminist in 2014. It isn't just for women, it isn't man haters and it isn't an outdated or unnecessary cause. Go Emma! He for She! 


Collage Mountain

This page is a little gothic, a little sci fi, a little mix and match.. It started just with the pink spray paint and then evolved once I added in the collaged section on the left. They all ended up monochromatic and looked to me, like mountains. I then added in the inky 'moons' which is when this pages took a strange science fiction turn... It's probably not what most people will see when they look at this and I like the idea of it representing different things to different people. Like all art, really! 


Paint & PVA

I'm always a fan of a ink splatter, abstract, Jackson Pollock page. I'm not a massive lover of red (in design - elsewhere I'm kinda obsessed.. Red hair, red clothes etc) but I thought I'd try it out here for a change.. I also used PVA glue on this page just to get a little shine and different texture. I'm kinda in love with this page and am considering doing a series, in all different colours... Watch this space! 

This week has been very autumnal and I definitely feel like snuggling down for winter and preferably  hibernating.. Failing that, I'll see you all again for next weeks pages.. If not before!

As always, please, please check out the other #getmessyartjournal participants! 

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. 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.









POST 006: GET MESSY WEEK 4

Hello! 

Another Thursday, a new #getmessyartjournal Day ! 


Mulberry After Dark

Dark, Gothic & Autumnal but still pretty and bright! I love this image, the combination of these ink flowers and collage is a fail safe technique for me and I'm all over this dark, romantic mulberry twist!


Fly Away Home

I saw these ducks in a magazine...they come from Not on The High Street and I think they're amazing! Sadly they wont be coming to live with me, so instead I gave them a home in my sketchbook against a backdrop of magazine, washi, brown paper and white acrylic. Once they were on the page I decided they needed a little bit more oomph, so painted the colourful ink rings around each duck. They look like they're bursting with life and vigour and ready for they're migration this winter!


Colour & Shape

Pretty self explanatory ... 

'I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn't say any other way'

Georgia O'Keefe


Sixties Kendall

I had this magazine image of Kendall Jenner for a while before it made it into my sketchbook. I had drawn over her face with little tribal marks but wasn't sure what to do with it. In the end, I didn't do too much! Just over drawn some stripes and rolled some black acrylic. Sometimes the smallest effort can make a strong effect and that's what I like so much about art journalling :) 


Silver Swirl

These pages all came about from my re discovery of a silver pen. The right hand side is a magazine that I covered over in abstract drawn marker circles and the opposite page I drew these circles larger, more uniform. The silver pen on them gives them an iridescent, marble like effect, which was unexpected but pretty cool!

Make sure to check out the rest of the Get Messy participants <3 


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. 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.


POST 005: PINTEREST BEAUTY HACKS THAT WORK !

Hello!

Today I wanted to share some useful, time and money saving beauty discoveries that I have found on the wonder that is Pinterest ! I am a full on Pinterest obsessive and these little beauty hacks have changed my world (slightly dramatic statement)

001: Coconut oil lip sugar scrub



I found this amazing make at home recipe last year, I was suffering with an awful cold and my lips were peeling, dry and super chapped. It's ridiculously easy to make, I had all the ingredients in my kitchen cupboard and it took less than 5 minutes! Coconut Oil is one of my top products: hair mask, body moisturiser, lip scrubs, cooking... Everything !


002: Baking soda and cocoa powder dry shampoo



This is a new one, and I turned to this out of sheer desperation! I ran out of Dry Shampoo the other morning and needed a quick fix! The one downside is that it isn't as convenient as a spray but it's definetly a good option if your skint or just want a more natural option. The cocoa powder in this also will keep your hair smelling beautifully all day long! 


003: Milkmaid braids



Milkmaid Braids are a lazy girls (hello) ideal hair style. I had seen this style about for a while (looking at you, cherry healey) but until I saw it deconstructed on Pinterest, I didn't know how easy it was to do. It's something I get loads of compliments on when I do my hair like it and looks cute and folky :)


004: Olive oil as eye makeup remover



This is a duel time and money saver! Olive Oil  (mixed in with a little water) will remove mascara and waterproof mascara as well as moisturising your eye area and acting as a night cream. All for less than a £1 per bottle... Winner! 

If you have any Pinterest Hacks you want to share, please comment! :) 


POST 004: GET MESSY WEEK 3

Hello! 

It's Thursday, #getmessyartjournal Day ! 


Line, Dot, Electric Shock 

Collage, Gouache and Felt Tip. 
One of my favourite things is to create like this - it looks like a mess but is actually beautiful and considered. The more you look, the more you see. ... .. 
Or so I think! 


Watercolour World 

Oh washi tape cats, will I ever grow tired of you? The watercolours on this page are mixed with ink and it gives that kind of silky, fabric appearance. Of course, the washi tape cats are my favourite part.. ! 


Mary Kate in Toon Land

Yup, I just referenced Roger Rabbit. This is an iconic image to me. I remember it being on mine and my roomates bedroom walls whilst we were in Uni and the Olsen Twins were just everything. I added a little tea stain to the background and then made this little scene with felt tip and collaged images from the magazines around me in about 5 minutes. Its a new thing for me.. this kind of cartoonish crossover but I think its fun, playful and fresh ! 



Live Fast

This page I spray painted a while ago - I have a long standing affair with spray paint and I've been spray painting just about everything in sight recently. The white square is actually an envelope I was using to test out colour combinations but I liked the rushed, blurred effect that was on it so felt it deserved to be kept and included in this sketchbook! 

So thats another week of #getmessyartjournal done and its probably the first week since I started that I've felt a little meh. Lets blame the weather. And the cold. And the dark. Wahh. 
To cheer myself up this Autumn (I am a summer baby through and through) I am taking part in the FMS Photo a Day challenge - one photo, every day, alphabetically. So far it is only up to B but I'm looking forward to it becoming my next 100 happy days and easing me into the winter. 

Please check out my fellow Get Messy participants, they are all amazing, creative and wonderful! :) 



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. 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.