GET MESSY 2017 | PEN + INK CLASS

For the past few months I have been beavering away working on something very special with Get Messy Art Journal


Over the past few years or so, Get Messy has teamed up with some wonderful artists to create classes and courses all about creativity. I am very honoured to be sat in such wonderful company and lucky enough to trial some of them as well (messy pages, totems, scrap collage). 

Get Messy has been pivotal in my role of art journaller (I hadn't even heard the word before joining the programme!) and I am so happy to be joining forces with them in this venture. 


Pens (felt tips) and inks are my favourite materials to work with. I love to use them together too, they may seem super basic but the effects they can give you are just beautiful.


This course is all about tapping into your childlike creativity, wonder and exploration. You'll also learn about each medium but if I had to give the class one main feature and emphasis it would be play! 


If you are interested at all about pushing your creative boundaries and entering this technicolor world of pen and ink, please check out the class here and get started on your new adventure into inky, layered goodness!


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ZINE SQUAD | CIRCLE

The Zine Squad have been having a bit of a summer hiatus. The last zine I shared with you all was back in April! Summer breaks and vacations will do that though.

Like flowers, we are starting to see some of our spring-time zines come into fruition and either reach their chosen owners whom they were created for, or the last few artists in the collaboration.

This post is dedicated to the circle zine, created for Clare.

It was an interesting theme that I thought of and managed to convince the other members in the squad to try out (!) I feel as the amount of zines we are creating gets higher, we are becoming more confident to push the theme boundaries or open them up to interpretation. That's what I loved about circles as a theme; it's so wide and varied and interesting to see how each artist interprets it.

Original Zine Squad: Katie, Vanessa & Myself
Guest Ziner: Ashley



I was the first person to create in the zine, meaning that i created the base and got to see it evolve each time someone new received it. I left the cover blank and loved watching it evolve! 





Inspired by this Ellie Goulding song. Someone added the gold details which I love!


A power positivity quote 


Again, the evolution from just my sign off and an empty page... 



To a complete zine and everyone's names!

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You can find all of our other zines here and to see sneak peeks and progress shots, follow @zinesquad on instagram!

GET MESSY 2017 | COLOUR | WEEK 2

Week 2 of the season of colour! This week I was creating pages with two of my all time favourite mediums; ink and digital. 


Berries
- ink, oil pastel, pen 

Exploring my favourite colour(s). I have always struggled with the notion of favourites. I tend to love something then discard. Or happily switch up how I'm feeling on any given day. Purples, pinks and berry type colours I am always drawn to though. As well as black and yellow. But the challenge here was to just choose and use one!



Line, Dot
- sharpie, oil pastel, ink

Thinking about people in my life and colours I associate with them. I also pushed this into pattern as well. This was my favourite art excersie I have done in a long time! I had a bit of a revelation here as well, see how my first two people clash?! This is representitive in real life and fascinated me how it came out in the artform as well. 


No flowers grow
- collage, photoshop 

Never one to stay within set guidelines.. .this is my take on mixing monochrome with one colour. I got a little carried away and added a rainbow it seems!

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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 2017 | COLOUR | WEEK 1

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are starting a new season in the Get Messy Art Journal Community - The Season of COLOUR!

As a real rainbow kind of artist, I am so excited !!! 


More is More!
- felt tips, watercolour, ink, acrylic paint

Responding to Iris Apfels' famous quote. That lady is seriously my icon! I recently watched a documentary about her life that I documented here and I couldn't of been more inspired!





Red
- felt tips, ink, watercolour, pen, collage

Thinking about how emotions can manifest themselves through colour and using my fave, Taylor Swift to illustrate this. 



What can you create? 
- felt tips, ink, collage

I made this spread after watching Vanessa's video tutorial (this is actually a quote from it!). 
Again, the subject being finding your current self through colour. How to show yourself, right now, in the spectrum.  

I felt like blue and orange were the perfect contrasts to reflect my recent feelings of torn joy. I spoke about this in my recent daily moleskine post too - that feeling of one thing going great to only be counteracted by something not so great a few days later. It can make me feel unsettled but also quite determined!



I'm finally using my bluesky papers sketchbook !!!!
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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! " 

DAILY MOLESKINE 2017 | MAY

May was a weird month for me, I felt a lot of growth but also frustration and confusion. 
You'll see all this in my pages below. 













June is exciting because I am going away and have a few projects coming into fruition. 
It also should be even more summery which usually just puts my mood into full happiness-pimms-sunshine-enjoyment!

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So many people have joined in with me for this year! Look for the tags #mydayarted and #dailymoleskine on instagram to see how my friends are documenting their 2017.

You can see all of my 2016 and the beginning of 2017 entries here.

GET MESSY 2017 | COLOUR | CREATIVE TEAM BLOG HOP

Get Messy has just announced it latest season, season of colour! (Surely going to be my favourite ever) 



The season will officially start next Monday but as a prequel to it, myself and some of the other creative team members are taking part in a blog hop.

We are all creating pages using just one colour each. To get us ready, enthused and thinking about the new theme. My colour was green - not a colour I am traditionally drawn too (I am more a berries and citrus kind of girl) but a colour with so much scope and vibrancy. I used my giant A3 sketchbook to create a sort of mind-map journal spread. 

I started by gathering all my green art supplies



Played around a little





Added this quote, and I was finished!


To connect to us all in the blog hop, you now need to visit Ashley's blog here.

We hope you will all join us for the season of colour, I can't wait to get started!

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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! " 

RETURNING TO JAPAN | A LOOK BACK AT TOKYO 2015

A few weeks ago I posted this throwback collage on Instagram. 



It was 2 years since my husband and I visited Japan and we have been obsessed ever since. (I was actually obsessed since about the age of 14, it just took a while to push that obsession into actual travel plans and corral someone else to be as enthused as I was!)


At the end of last year, we were deciding where to travel to in 2017 for a new adventure. A few ideas were on the table, New Zealand, San Francisco and New York, Seoul, Vietnam... But there was one question that we kept coming back to: will anything be as good as Japan?! 



We decided to bite the bullet and return to the land of the rising sun. Our flights are booked and in October we'll be spending two and a half weeks in our favourite place. 


I thought this would be a good time to get myself into check and actually organise what we did last time. I never really got around to it and now that we are returning, I regret it so much! I plan to make photo-albums from our 2015 trip and use this blog as a place to document what we do, where we go and what we love this year. 

Because who knows, we might even return for a third trip! 


When we went

May, 2015. It was very humid and we experienced a couple of thunderstorms(huge-terrifying-middle-of-the-night-events)that broke the humidity for a few hours tops. This time, we are going in Autumn, mainly because I saw a picture of Kyoto in full autumnal glory but also to try and explore a little more without sweating buckets. 


Where we stayed

After quite a bit of research, we settled for Shibuya and found a little air bnb in between Harajuku and Shibuya. It was an ideal base and location, with a supermarket and tube stop just around the corner. Along with places to eat, drink and explore on the doorstep. The flat was rented out already when we looked for our 2017 trip, so we found an alternate in the same location. As we are staying for longer in Kyoto this time around (during the middle of our stay) we also have a second air bnb apartment in Tokyo, closer to Shinjuku.



Favourite parts

1. The crazy hustle and bustle of Shibuya

2. The gaming district, Akihabara

3. Every single shrine

4. All the different trains (I realise how much of a geek that makes me seem and I don't even care - they were really cool!)

5. Kawaii cuteness on every corner

6. Loft Store - the sheer array of washi, stamps, paper and pens was a stationery dream

7. Being utterly lost in translation. For some people I know this is scary but I just love immersing myself in a new culture and Japan was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. 





Missed opportunities / Ideas for 2017

1. Art museums... any museums! The Tokyo Kite Museum, SCAI The Bathhouse, Mori Art Museum, ADMT Advertising Museum and the MOMAT are all on the list for October

2. Seeing the city from a view. I have a real fear of heights and literally ran away whilst in the queue for the Tokyo sky tree. This time I'm determined to go up to the top and experience the city from above 

3. Shinjuku Gardens. We allocated to see this on a Monday - the gardens close all day on Mondays!

4. The stationery heaven that is Itoya!

5. Relax a little. I suffer from serious FOMO when I travel, which menas I often burn myself out quickly and sometimes find it hard to just be still and in the moment. This time around I really want to soak up being in Japan. Take it slower, easier and not worry so much about what might be around the next corner. This will also coincide nicely with number 6...

6. Go out. Out out. Drinking out. Karaoke out. Ahhh!




Last time we visited, we also had a few days in Kyoto, and will be spending a bit more time in the old city this Autumn. 
I will dedicate another blog post to all things Kyoto in the next few weeks. 

If you have ever been to Tokyo, please leave advice and tips below!