A SCANDINAVIAN ADVENTURE

At the end of summer, I went on the most beautiful adventure (honeymoon) to Scandinavia. I had visited Copenhagen a few years ago and since then had wanted to go back and explore more of the Nordics. We went to Stockholm, Bergen and Oslo. We flew, took ferry rides and a 7 hour train journey through the countryside. It was amazing and these were my favorite parts:

Stockholm Skyline




Stockholm isn't known for it's skyline, it isn't even really that amazing. there was just something about the dusk walk we took to a viewpoint to see this lookout that I loved. I felt like I was in a fairy tale and got some of my favorite pictures from the trip here.


Ferry to Vaxholm







There are thousands of archipelago islands around Stockholm and you could take ferry rides to certain ones from the centre. We decided to go to Vaxholm (a mistake, it was pretty dull. We should of stopped at one of the more deserted islands for a real trek!) but enjoyed the trip so much more than the destination itself. You could see the different islands and houses on each, wild nature and feel the sea breeze. 


Mount Floyen







Bergen was our real outdoors part of the trip. We knew that one of the main things we wanted to do was to trek down the side of Mt Floyen. On the day we did this, it was super wet and horrible but that only added to the adventure! I always think (maybe because I'm British and rain is an inevitable part of my DNA) that as long as you are prepped for the rain, it's not too bad. There were secret paths, waterfalls and amazing views on the 5K hike down the mountain. Such a fulfilling and wondrous experience. I am a woodland creature at heart and Bergen really captivated me.


Bergen Street Art







As Bergen is a small city and pretty rural, i was shocked by all the graffiti. There was so much - and on every corner!


Bergen Houses





Norwegian, picturesque and autumnal!


Bergen - Oslo train








This 7 hour train journey was the real highlight. Mark found out about it somewhere and we figured it'd be a nice way to see more of Norway, rather than flying. It was beautiful. Astounding and mesmerizing. I brought a magazine to read and didn't open it once. We were flitting from side to side of the train to see the different sceneries and made friends with a local elderly gentlemen who told us facts about the different parts we went through. We saw fjords, countless waterfalls, mountains, traditional wooden buildings, forests and even a wild Norwegian fox!


Oslo Botanical Gardens





Oslo was our final stop and really we just went there because of the train. It's a cool city but not the most interesting. A nice way to end our trip though because we were pretty tired by the time we got there and quiet content just mooching about with no real direction and drinking lots of warm drinks. I read about the Botanical Gardens in a tour guide and thought it'd be a nice place to visit - mainly because I was pretty obsessed with the Garfield Conservatory in Chicago. The Oslo gardens did not disappoint, my favorite part were the Victorian glass houses with tropical cacti and palms. Not very Nordic, but certainly hipster cool.

Oslo Cemetery & Sculpture Park  








When I visit new countries, I always like to see a cemetery at some point. A little macabre, maybe but I find the way a culture or country celebrate their dead interesting and touching. on or way to Vigelandsparken, we passed thought a cemetery. there were loads of floral arrangements as well as gravestones carved from rock. We also found a part dedicated to the British from WWII which was touching to see. The Sculpture Park itself was cool. I loved the focus on human interactions and relationships. The light that day was perfect with a clear blue sky and strong shadows. 

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(Of course I journalled the whole adventure and hoarded ephemera like a crazy person so my travel journal post will be coming soon - as soon as it is finished that is!)

GET MESSY 2016 | DREAMS | WEEK 4

Week four of get messy season of dreams! We were prompted this week to think about childhood stories and recurring dreams. I created whilst listening to this podcast. It all entangled together in my mind and resulted in the pages below. The velveteen rabbit, the glory and grace of growing old and owning yourself, my dream/nightmare where I am half blind that has been with me since I was small... 





These pages are some of my favourite things I have made, I love this season, I think it was made for me! 

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This week I also shared a tutorial on the get messy blog about having a dream journal. 




If you are interested in this season, starting a dream journal or get messy - check it out here

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GET MESSY 2016 | SCRAP COLLAGE CLASS

When Get Messy re-launched itself last year to include a blog and even more amazing resources for creatives, it grew into this ridiculously good place to be inspired. Today I am showing a taster / review of one of the classes from the new site. Scrap Collage is a set of prompts and tutorials all themed around collage. Perfect for a beginner as well as a seasoned collage obsessive, like myself. The class has been created by Get Messy Creative team member Zinia and is just beautiful. I am posting today from lesson 7 and if seeing this gets you interested in collage or what the class might be about, check it out in the Get Messy shop here.




We were prompted to focus on ripping pages, cutting curves into our chosen ephemera and layering. I really love how my pages turned out, they are somehow different to how I would usually approach collage, a little more controlled.

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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 | DREAMS | WEEK 3



An overview of all this weeks pages together - I am very impatient so often will create in multiple journals at once. Who has time to wait for things to dry?!


Daydream
- ink, paint & felt tips


I don't have one specific "daydream" but many, many that change daily. I think daydreaming is important for your mental health as a little break from reality. I was always accused as a child for being too much in my own mind and I haven't changed much as an adult.. These inky swirls are so dreamy, I am really into my inks for the season of dreams as well as the inktober challenge I am doing this October.  


Oscar
- collage, marbling, ink, pen & washi tape

As I have mentioned before, animals and most notably, my cat Oscar talk to me in my dreams. They never move their mouths (neither do humans in my dreams) but I hear their voices in my head - make sense? Kind of dream telepathy. I recently found out that my husband also dreams that Oscar can talk and that makes me ridiculously happy. 


Grounded 
- ink, collage & pen


As I said before, staying in the real world is a challenge for me. I love the images in this spread and drawing inky moons is one of my favourite things to do.



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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! "   

COLOR CHAOS | BLACK IS BACK

At the beginning of the year, I started working on this awesome creative challenge. Color Chaos is a collaborative project involving me and 6 other art journallers. The participants are: 

 Lauren (Lilac)
Karen (Blue)
Vanessa (Gold)
Sharon (Red)
Patricia (White)
Katie (Pink)

We each started a journal in a specific colour, which was sent around the world to each person to continue that colour theme. My own journal is black, back with me and just ridiculously cool and inspiring! I chose a really small moleskine which I thought might be a challenge but apparently not! The journal meets all my expectations and more. I started my pages quite creepy and love how everyone embraced that theme. The complete journal is shown in the images below, enjoy it's darkness...  



































We're so sad that this project is over! You can see all of our work on our blogs as well as on instagram under the hashtag #gmcolorchaos and who knows, a 2017 edition may well be in order.. !