GET MESSY X WWF

At the end of 2015, i was lucky enough to be involved in this amazing project; Get Messy x UNCHR. It was a charity magazine created by the get messy group and it was a huge success. You can still buy a copy here and see the pages I created for it here

We decided to keep creating these charity magazines and our next edition is live! Our theme this time is wildlife and environment conservation, with all proceeds going to the WWF. 
WWF is a charity close to my heart, I am a huge wildlife lover and strongly believe that animals should be treated with the same respect and kindness as humans. I regularly donate to the WWF myself and I couldn't be more proud that my art is able support such a fantastic organisation.




I created two pages, one for animals and one for the environment. to say I am in good company with what everyone else submitted is a massive understatement! 

Buy this magazine and you'll be supporting WWF in it's quest to protect our planet. You'll also get this beautiful printable from Fox and Hazel as a thank you.



GET MESSY 2016 | WEEK 12

This week I have fallen back in love with collage.. 


Graffiti
- spray paint, washi tape, acrylic & collage

During our season of happy, one of the prompts was to use graffiti as inspiration. I wasn't happy with the pages I produced for this prompt so I have returned to it now and I am much happier with the end results! 


Mia
- felt tips & collage

This was another altered happy page. I had written the word over and over on this page but I in't love it. I'm much more pleased with it now that this collage is over the top. It makes me think of rebellion and individuality. A main source of my happiness! 


Spring
- collage & photoshop

Last weekend was the spring equinox and I am so happy to have some sunshine back in my life. I am a definite summer person and I hate winter. Each year spring revives and excites me for what lies ahead over the next few months. 


Picasso
- photoshop, collage & pen

I jotted down this quote from Mona Lisa Smile a few weeks ago and found this abstract photoshop shape in the middle worked perfectly. 




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 jin us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now! " 

ZINE SQUAD | IMAGINATION

The zine squad strikes again! We created this imagination zine for the brilliant Tanyalee and I just love it. 


Front Cover
- extra doodles by me


Dream It
- ink & pen


In My Mind
- ink, acrylic & pen

Katie's deer girl on the left is so beautiful, I wasn't sure how to compliment her! I decided to go with what she might be thinking of so I took inspiration from her flower crown and illustrated the inside of her mind. A place of secret gardens, colours and blooms. 


Play
- collage & sequins

I think it is Lauren's page on the left (?) I found similar coloured pieces of ephemera and made a paper weave. I think this was the start of my recent obsession with this technique!  


Overactive
- sharpies

I am dissapointed in how this page scans because the sharpies I used are neon, but it doesn't really show up. It's my favourite page that I made for this zine <3 


Cover
- felt tips

The back of this zine was blank when it arrived with me and I went  a little crazy with my felt tips! 

The collaborators for this zine were:
LaurenKatieVanessa & Myself


To see all of our zine pages, sneak peaks and process shots, follow @zinesquad on instagram! 

GET MESSY 2016 | WEEK 11

We are in our in-between season stage again for get messy, but I am continuing (as are many of our group) to create weekly. This week I was at my parents for a few days so I took my limited art supplies with me and also raided my mums stationery stash ... 


 Japanese Weave
- collage

I actually made this (and a load other!) last weekend. I had seen this pin and it got my brain ticking over. I used Japanese paper that I think Megan sent to me (?) and a Japanese newspaper that came from TC's last swap bundle. I like these two papers mixed with the fresh vibrancy of the leafy magazine image. Paper weaving is so addictive and relaxing, something I can happily do for hours. 


Hi
- post its, felt tips, highlighters & pen


Whatever You Want
- felt tips & pen

These two pages were inspired by the amazing riot grrrrl force of Kathleen Hanna. How I did not know of this woman until now is beyond me and I am becoming full on obsessed. 
For the second spread, I drew the lines on without looking at the paper. I quite like the idea of exploring this way of unconscious creating and want to try more techniques like it. 


Snakes
- post its, felt tips & pen

I was drawing inspiration here from my parents recent trip to Cambodia. My dad showed me 400+ photo's so I had a lot of inspiration! 


Washi
- post its & washi tape

I had to cover up part of my previous snake page after I had made a mistake. This is the thing with using only essential tools - I had no paint or glue to cover with so I improvised with some post its! The cut off's made the page above, secured with washi tape that I keep in my bag because I am that cool. 





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 jin us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now! " 

COLOR CHAOS | PINK

This little pink journal was a dream to work in. It is part of a collaborative project involving me and 6 other get messians called color chaos. The participants are: 

 Lauren
Karen
Sharon

We each started a journal in a specific colour and it gets sent around the world to each participant to continue that colour theme. My own journal is black and this pink one is Katie's. 

I loved the size and format of this journal, I'll favour ring bound journals forever! All of my pages are pretty self explanatory and I can't wait to see how this journal evolves, especially the group pages that Katie put in place for us! 



- collage & ink


- collage & pen



- collage, ink & acrylic


- collage


- stamps by Lauren, ink dots by me


- spray paint & collage 


- collage of one of my etsy prints


- collage


Is sticking a my little pony picture in here considered cheating? ;)

More color chaos coming soon! 

GET MESSY 2016 | HAPPY | WEEK 6

It is our last week of happy and I'm really sad to see this season end! That being said, the pages I made this week aren't actually that "happy" but I definitely enjoyed creating them! 


Art
- acrylic, collage & photoshop

One of our prompts this week was to think back to your childhood and try and focus on an early happy memory. This for me was being very small (2-3 years old) and playing with paint in play school. We used to do this thing of dipping a marble in paint and then rolling it on a paper lined tray to create patterns. I LOVED this as a child and I had so much fun re creating the method for this prompt. My only qualm was that I had acrylic paint which isn't the best to create smooth lines. I layered the pages I made in Photoshop and then collaged this "art" text over it. I was thinking a lot about what makes art and what makes an artist, mainly fuelled on by the first get messy conversations that were released this week and Lauren's self portrait of being an artist. Personally, I think that art is art - 100% personal and subjective. I enjoy that it can't be pinned down how much discussion and passion surrounds it. 


Crocodile Tears
- collage, acrylic & photoshop

I'm not sure why I made this passive aggressive page about crocodile tears. Probably some left over emotions about something or other. I liken it to a get messy post that Vanessa created a few weeks ago about thinking you are over something and then realizing it's coming back around again. The mish-mash and rushed feel of this page and creating little mono prints as I have over the crocodile are of my favourite techniques now I have paint back in my life !  


Love
- photoshop

At the beginning of this season we organised another get messy swap. I was partnered with the lovely TC Larson sending to me and the circular prints are all her. I made a Photoshop collage with these (so I can use the real version in something else!) and wrote a small text in the corner. I was thinking about Sir George Martin passing and the Beatles. I have a particular association with the Beatles because I was named after a song of theirs and I just love the music. 


Red is not my colour
- acrylic & photoshop

I never use red in my art journal or my design work. This is often weird to me because I have red hair and a lot of red clothing and shoes! It just isnt a colour i gravitate too when being creative though. I'm not sure what made me reach for it this week but I love the layers and texture in this photoshop collage. I had mono printed over an image of a palm tree, scanned it in and then layered pieces over one another from it. I changed the vibrancy and contrast of each layer to add more depth and also put in a yellow swiggly ink page that I'm yet to do anything with. When cutting out the pieces from the red paper, I was actually cutting out the word "OK" over and over again. I am feeling anxious about some family things happening next week so this was a re-assuring task for my brain.




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! " 

GET MESSY 2016 | HAPPY | WEEK 5

This week I got a little carried away with the first prompt. We were asked to think about what we were like as children and to explore that within our art journal. I took this with a running leap and really enjoyed making these throwback colourful pages! I was always a creative, messy and imaginative child. I remember telling people that I was going to study art and no one was surprised. I think it surprised me most of all as I had never envisioned further education for myself. I think that young Julia would be very happy with all the grown up colouring in I do - inside and outside of work :)


Conformity
- ink, collage, felt tips & photoshop

I seem to be having a real moment right now for rebellion and not wanting to conform. Lately I have been feeling like people are trying and expecting me to fit into a box where I don't belong. I think a lot of this criticism comes from within me and I often feel the need to declare my differences - even though I don't think anyone other than me really cares! 


Create
- collage, acrylic & photoshop

This left hand page I had created a while ago but I'm not sure if I ever shared because it was a bit basic. I stuck in an information leaflet from Lisbon on the right to add in a couple of extra pages to my journal! I wanted to create an "inside my mind" piece here so you open it up and...  


You're in storytime! Adventure and wonder and nature... Oh my ! This is a collaged spread using epherma from my visit to Japan last year as well as other treasures I had saved. 



First Love
- collage & sharpie

I thought it'd be cool to dedicate a page to collage and doodles. They are my first artistic loves. My fail safes, my comfort blankets when I want some art therapy. 




DAILY MOLESKINE 2016 | FEBRUARY


February has passed me by in a flurry of headaches and seemingly major life decisions. I am already enjoying looking back through the days and remembering certain aspects of how I was feeling or things that have happened. 
Here is a breakdown of my month and I'll see you at the end of march! 









- Julia