POST 57: VEGANISM

As a (strange) birthday present to myself on the 1st August, I am making the decision to try the 30 day vegan challenge. 
I grew up in a household where my mum is a vegetarian so  I have always been exposed to vegetarian cooking and living. I also have always been told very honestly how we get meat, animal products and what animal testing for medicine and cosmetics entails. It's kind of inevitable that I have entered this stage of my life, considering all of this! Last Christmas I made the switch to cruelty-free make up and household products and I have been a vegetarian since July.  
I plan to stay a vegetarian 100% after August and I really hope I can stay vegan too. I think this will certainly be a challenge - milk seems to be sneaked into every food going and I love haribo the way most people love chocolate. I am also doubling the intensity of the challenge as I am gluten free too! 



My reasons for becoming vegan are that I don't agree with the way we farm or treat animals. I think that eating animals is fine, if killed and farmed humanely. Unfortunately, this just isn't the way the world is right now so morally, I am choosing to distance myself from this practise of animal abuse.

Any information, help or advice anyone could give me would be really appreciated!! 
I plan to document my journey through my blog and instagram and hopefully will be trying lots of new fun recipes and can absolutely ace this challenge !!! 

POST 56: SEASON OF SERENTIY


After a quick break, get messy is back with the season of serenity.
I felt like this would be a difficult season for me initially. I can't describe why, I just wasn't inspired when I first saw the season launch. Maybe I don't feel very serene in my life right now or maybe it's a bit too emotional for me? But - it's a challenge, as ever and I'm ready to jump in! 
Co-incidentally, I really enjoyed this weeks first set of prompts so maybe I was wrong after all... 

The meaning of serenity; the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.


FIERCE
- collage, gouache, marker pen & marbling

When I was little I read the books Noggin the Nog. Anyone else? 
I was absolutely in love with Nooka, the eskimo princess from the land of the midnight sun. 
(This is also where my bucket list destination of seeing the northern lights comes from ...) 
She was, in my mind at least, the coolest thing since Ariel. When we were prompted this week to find a goddess for ourselves, I knew I would be Nooka. 
Fierce, fearless and strong. I may not be all of these things all of the time but it's how I feel inside and the inner energy I draw on to be strong comes from that goddess inside of me. I just need to open the door where she sleeps and rise her up ! 


Shake it out
- felt tip & photoshop

This is a last minute addition to my work this week! I created this collage of existing work after a conversation with Vanessa. The prompts this week were set by her and as I was explaining to my Nooka Goddess piece, she spoke to me about Polar Bears being a massive role in the Inuits lives. I read up on this as V encouraged me to and found it fascinating! My particular favourite part is that 
"The Inuit believe that each human being has a spiritual essence ‘tarniq’ and a breath of life ‘arnirniq’, which are passed on to new human or animal bodies when somebody dies." This is a belief I share and have touched upon during this weeks themes as well.. When I talk about my inner goddess, and raising her up, it all realtes back to the inuits and the dances they would perform to contact the dead or the spirit world. 
Often when doing this they were believed to take on the form of a bear, so I like to think my bear here, and my goddess are as one, in my body and mind.




Home Sweet Home
- collage & felt tip 

A place of absolute serenity for me is home. I am lucky enough to have two homes. one up north with my boyfriend and one down south with my family. Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish and split myself into the two. I know who I am but I'm starting to struggle a little with who I identify with more.
 The Jules from back home who I know I'll always be or the Jules in her new city life. The same but different. These themes are something I explored a couple of weeks ago in my Find Your Voice Project and are probably all part of growing up, up and away.  


My Serenity
- collage, washi tape, felt tips & marker pen

Sleep, breakfast in bed, Love. These things, this room, is my serenity. 


No One Knows
- felt tips & photoshop 

I wish I had a religion. Or some sort of belief system in place because it must be beautiful and reassuring to 100% believe in a higher power.  
I believe in karma and I believe in re-incarnation. I believe we all have the same souls forever and I believe that good can turn bad and vice versa. But I don't believe that anyone knows why we are on this earth or how this earth was formed. I respect all beliefs systems because who am I or any of us, to judge?  Because of the lack of this, my turning point when I am in need of some spiritual healing is to turn to facts that I know to be true. We have an earth. We have the stars and the sun and the moon. I am part of something huge and I have no idea what any of it is about. That, gives me peace. 



POST 55: FIND YOUR VOICE 2015 #3

What Kind of stories do you want to write?
My number one is the story of my Nan. This is also a massive conflict in my life because she doesn't think it is worth telling. Or particularly want it to be told. 
I only know the half of what is a long life full of hardship, drama and love. 

These pages tell the story from what I know but because of my internal struggle with sharing it - I have covered or left out a lot of it.
One day I hope I get the courage to ask her more and I hope that day is soon. 
Then I will share, because I am proud of her and because I think her story is one with so many lessons we can all earn from. 

1920's
- collage, felt tip & marker pen

Born 95 years ago and still going strong. 


 Lily
- felt tips, washi tape & marker pen

Because when it's your life, what makes it extraordinary? You know no different. 
Separated from your family, not all starts are easy. 
Raising someone else's child, it's still love. 
Living in London during WW2, It's my home. 

True Grit
- felt tip & photoshop

It's like she has steel running through her. Someone told her a few weeks ago that she is probably still alive due to pure determination. 
She laughed - I think it is true. 



Even The Imaginary
- felt tip & marker pen

I wanted to end on a lighthearted note because it got me down thinking about all the horrible things my Nan has witnessed in her life. 
Obviously, all of her story is true but I think you can never under estimate the power of imagination. It is what makes all stories come alive to us and it is what I think keeps me going in life. Imaginary stories are some of the best books, films and art pieces that exist, and that should be celebrated as much as autobiographical stories. 



POST 54: COLLAGE CLUB JULY

This is my second month of creating for Collage Club and the theme for July was something I really could sink my teeth into; Beautiful.

I knew straight away that I wanted to create challenging pieces that made you think and question our standard of beauty today.
So much emphasis is put onto women to make themselves look perfect and so much that you see in social media etc isn't really real that I think it's hard to know when to stop. I worry we will all end up like the people in the Capitol (sly hunger games ref) and eventually stop looking like real human beings at all. 

Whilst preparing for this months theme I watched a video by beauty vlogger Em Ford. 
If you haven' seen this - I highly recommend it. It's is a video to how people reacted to her bare face without any make up. As someone who also suffers from acne, it was a really interesting video to watch and it certainly cemented my thoughts and feelings about beauty and how people perceive it. 

Personally I believe that beauty comes from within. I know a lot of people who I once thought were stunning but the more I knew them as a friend, became less attractive to me because of their ugly characteristics - and vice versa. 

These collages touch upon these themes and explore the strange, mismatched society we are living in today. 

(A bit deep for a collage maybe? ;)

'Female' 
- collage, marbling, stamps & photoshop


This is a quote from Erin McKean I think it symbolises everything I was trying to get across and having the make up bag in the background, 
coupled with a lot of pink just re-iterates the point. 



'Nothing Is Real'
- collage, marbling & photoshop

Top image is of long lensed cameras - bottom image of surgical equipment. 
I wanted these images to be like background noise to the colourful statement text. 



' Something Beautiful? '
- collage, marbling, stamps & photoshop

Thanks for the words, Paloma <3



And that's it for this month! Check back at the end of August for my response to that months theme. 

POST 53: FIND YOUR VOICE 2015 #2

This weeks lesson for FYV got me ridiculous inspired. 
And i'm not being dramatic here - I created A LOT on Thursday evening, holed up in my bedroom, collaging and writing in a tiny corner. I like to be in small spaces - I think maybe it's because I'm a small person but big wide spaces make me feel a bit vulnerable. The lesson this week was about knowing yourself and your story first and foremost. I usually hate writing or documenting about myself so I am really surprised at how quickly I took to this weeks lesson - 
and all the pages I was able to create!

I thought about condensing this post into two because there would be a lot to show and people might find it a bit much.. but, I am proud of what I made and think that these pages should be shared together as they are all from the same prompt. 

So, here we go... (get yourself a nice cup of tea or something)


27.
- paper, magazine, washi tape, stamps & pen

I am 27 next month. I think this page perfectly describes how I feel about that (!!!)
Getting older doesn't phase me, I subscribe to the school of thought that it is a privilege- no matter what your age. The thing that does bother me though is being an adult when I still feel like a teenager. As well as social pressures of everyone I know getting engaged and having babies when all I can think is.. 
No Thanks! I feel like all of that stuff is in the future for me and then I think maybe I am that future self now and I get a bit freaked out. 
So I made a page about it. 


Julia
- marbling, washi tape, japanese paper & marker pen

I have always been borderline obsessed about my name. Even though a lot of people call me by nicknames, I have always loved being a Julia.
I like the way it sounds, I like writing it, I like seeing it printed in books. 
I have never met another Julia so it has always felt special to me, like it's just mine. 
I am named after a Beatles B side song and the words i have written are from the lyrics.


 Please return
- photography, washi tape, letters, collage & paint

Going back to my actual FYV theme here. I want to document the stories of those who's might of been lost. 
This photograph I brought in a pack of old vintage ones from Spitalfields Market about 5 years ago. I thought I had lost this particular one and then it turned up at my parent house last month (literally, just was on the dinig room table one day) so I think it came back to me for some reason. 
It makes me sad that you can buy memories like this, I want to return her and give her a proper story but as I don't know it, I just wrote down what I thought it might be, behind the picture.  



Hard of Heart
- magazine, tea stain, washi tape, spray paint & pen

I am a hard of heart person. I don't mean to be but I know that my reactions are sometimes a surprise for some people because they're not regular. 
I can be blunt and selfish and quite headstrong. 
I'm not a snake, it just takes me a long time to let people in and to show my feelings. 
I can talk about them easily and I can express them well but I often don't really feel anything for months after an event. 

I'm still trying to figure out if this is a bad thing or just me.



Country Girl 
- magazine, tea stain, washi tape, stamp & pen

The radish stamp has a purpose! This page is about my roots, about coming from the countryside and how my heart will always be there. 
I think it doesn't matter how long I am away for, Norfolk will always be home to me.



Leeds
- felt tips, stamp, washi tape & pen

And where I am now. I always wanted to live in a city and Leeds feels just right for me. <3 





POST 52: THE 100 DAY PROJECT

I took part in the 100 day project this year and this week we reached day 100. 
The project has one simple rule - post one thing every day around a theme of your choice, for 100 days in a row. My chosen theme was colour - or as I called it - Happy Colour! 
I have always been a colour enthusiast and this project just took it to a new level. I posted daily on instagram photographs of things I had seen, created or stumbled upon that looked happy and colourful to my eyes. 
This wasn't a big ask for me as I remark on colour all day long in real life but the main challenge was to capture things correctly. 
The way I see the world and the way a camera sees the world seem to be completely different! 
There are so many things I see that make my heart happy but taking a picture of them either just doesn't translate or is unattainable. I decided to take this as a good thing, as much as I love social media I like to have my life still outside of it. Overall I loved the project a lot and plan to take part again next year, preferably in a more demanding way as I think I went a bit easy on myself this time.  

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 



A little selection of some of my favourite happy colours, if you want to see more, or all 100 (!) search for the tag #100daysofhappycolour on instagram. 

Julia
xo

POST 51: FIND YOUR VOICE 2015

I have started a summer project! 
Find your voice is hosted by the super creative Kristin and is a six week summer workshop all about stories, writing and finding your VOICE. 
The class is totally free so there's really no reason not to give it a go!



Being as I always prefer pictures to words, I thought this would be a cool challenge and might help me create more personal art journal pages - 
which is something I am always striving for but finding very difficult at the same time.

This post is from the first lesson which are released weekly on Kristins blog. 
I am hoping to become more regular with the lessons and my posting, but at the same time think that being relaxed and not pressuring myself will warrant more actual learning and hopefully create results that I can be proud of. 

I have decided that my 'theme' will be untold stories. Ones I have heard through my family, ones from my own history, ones that I hear on the street and think are funny or interesting or valid. Everyone has a story because life is unique in its very nature. I also am obsessed with stories from times I wasn't alive and love to talk about other people rather than myself - always. 

I plan to use collage as well as painting, illustrating and mixed media in my FYV journal. I want to keep it completely organic and natural - 
no photoshop allowed ! This is a challenge to me in itself and should prove interesting.... 


Title Page
- collage, washi tape, marker pen & felt tips

I always like to keep the first three pages blank. they're like the beginning of a book to me.
Anyone else?


Stories
- pen, collage & felt tip

Trying to explain what this series will be about. Stories, the past, holding onto memory ..



Youer than YOU
- collages, spray paint, marker pens

This Sr Seuss quote just seem to fit in with my theme perfectly. 


I hope you have enjoyed my first entries into the written world and will continue to follow mine, and others journeys into finding our voices this summer !

POST 50: ADVENTURES END

It's the end of another season of get messy art journal. 
The season of adventure has been one of my favourites and I'm excited to see what we have in store for our next season! If you are thinking about joining the group, now is a perfect time to start fresh for the new season which will commence 23rd July.  

This week I exclusively used no paint, ink or watercolour - this wasn't a conscious decision, it just sort of happened.... 
So, much like last week, my pages look a little bit different to my usual style but I really do love them. 
Collage may of been the first artistic thing I was aware that I was good at, that wasn't drawing (!) so I am always happy to be back focused on that medium, 
and totally in my comfort zone. 



'Like Nothing Else'
- collage, stitch & Photoshop

I was listening to the new song from the Maccabees (my musical one true love) when I created this page - which is kinda like a cheat page... The stitching and the tree and basically the whole thing except a little collaged background element, I created in my second year of uni. I knew once I read this weeks prompts that this page would work perfectly. 
It's about your family (tree) and how even though you are the same as your family and will always have your roots, you want to and should strive to be like nothing else. 
To be just singularly, happily, comfortably, weirdly,  YOU


'To Be Loved'
- collage, washi tape & felt tips

During this summer the Creative Team for Get Messy are guest hosting the groups Instagram account! Last week was Nina's turn and she featured a giveaway of these letters. I think they originally read out a poem but someone cut up the letters and I never saw it complete again (!) I wanted to do something with them but wasn't sure what, until I made this page. I can't really explain it, it's quite a personal page, so I felt very calm when creating it but have no idea really what my point was. Ever happen to anyone else?! I think it's about acceptance, love and growing old. Wanting to be loved just for you, no material aspects involved or pressures. Just true, pure love. 
And that's what everyone wants, right? Especially from family. 


'Northern Lights'
- ink, felt tips & marker pen

During last weeks prompts we were challenged to create a poem around our bucket list.
 I was scared but also equally determined so this week I managed to write something out! 
It's about the northern lights - totally on my bucket list - and it doesn't really make sense. 
But that's poetry.
Right ?! 


'No Regrets'
- collage, marker pen & Photoshop

Again, using up my freebie supply! The letters are again from Nina's giveaway and the images are from a flickr account that Caylee shared a few months ago with the Get Messy group. Although I can't remember the page where she found them, so that's pretty useless information. 
Anyway, these pages came from the prompt we had this week about up. 
Once you get past the emotional roller coaster that is the first five minutes of the film, it's great! 
I couldn't quite put my finger on where I would go, as my own version of paradise falls but I decided that I would go there myself. 
I have never really ever had a solo adventure and I think I would enjoy it! 
So; YES go now - and have no regrets ! 

And with that, it's the end of the season :( 

Check out all the other amazing get messians on this weeks link up on the blog and thanks for reading! 


POST 49: SEASON OF ADVENTURE #5

If you don't like repetition or pastel colours, this post is not for you... 


You're My Bucket List'
- marker pen & gouache

This was quite a different style for me. I'm not really a "lister" by nature and I also am not usually one for pastel colours... these came about because the only paint I have is white gouache and by mixing in some inks, I can create colour! Just not very bold colour. That being said, I really like the pages. I have used fingerprints as a design before and love that they are accompanying such a personal page here. I also really enjoyed painting my whole hand for the palm prints! My bucket list was quite an organic thing, I've never really thought about it much but there were a few things that sprang right to mind, such as  'go vegan' and 'run a marathon' and then there were others that kinda crept in, 'warm my stone heart' and 'write out my nans story'. This is what I like about get messy, it pushes you to create something different and almost always, I end up loving it! 

 'Work' 
- gouache, ink, stencil & spray paint

This weeks prompts called for an abstract background and I was inspired by this pin. I created the effect with my white gouache and inks again and just waved them over the right hand page with a spatula. I then did the thing I love most in creating - folded the book and smushed it together! 
Once the background was dry, I spray painted over the stencil and marker pen drew over the words on the right. 




'What You Love' 
- marbled paper & collage

My absolute favorite from this week. 
The marbled background, the contrast with the brown paper, the inside of my stencil cut out... 
it's just perfection to my eyes. 




'Love'
-spray paint on paper

The stencil! If I create a stencil, I like to re-use it often and also scan it at its different stages of 'life'. 
When I first created this page, I drew around the edges in an abstract geometric pattern and then when I spray painted the letters, it became this. 
I like the natural and organic nature of stencils for this diversity. 



Remember to check out my other get messians who have commited to posting pages every Thursday like me !