Zine Squad | It’s a Small World Zine

Hello there lovely people. I have been neglecting my blog of late due to other projects that have taken up most of my spare time, but this post was a must-do. You see late last year I was asked to collaborate with the Zine Squad on a zine for the lovely Sasha. The theme of the zine was ‘It’s a Small World’ so it’s all about exploring the world and travelling.

Today I am going to share with you the pages that I played with.

The cover was already made when I received the zine from Vanessa, in person, when we had a Get Messy Meet Up in Sydney last December. It was such a treat to meet her and then talk about the zine and other arty things.

This next page I added the flag paperclip embellishment and that is all. I think the left hand page is by Katie and the right seems to have bits added by everyone.

The left hand page is mind – had to include a galaxy or two in a world travel journals. The right hand page is Vanessa’s.

This spread is also a mixed bag – I added the calico world map.

I made the right hand side page in this spread and added the AirMail stickers.

I used a piece of vellum as a flap over the map of Australia, because hello, I’m Australian and I needed to make sure my country was a feature.

The next spread was my double page spread that I created as a collage with blended acrylics, acrylic ink drips and doodling. I think Katie or Jules may have added the ‘make the world a better place’ quote.

The the final spread was the signature page. I added a vellum pocket to store goodies.

It was so much fun keeping this secret, working on the zine and collaborating with the Zine Squad. I sure hope I get to play with the squad again some time.

You can see the blog posts of the other ladies here:

 

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The Minimalist Art Journal – A Guest Teaching Job

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Oh. My. Gosh. You guys, I am so excited to write this post. About a month or so ago, Caylee Grey emailed me and asked if I would write a guest lesson as part of her new art journaling class “The Minimalist Art Journal”. I was so excited when I opened that email I almost screamed at the top of my lungs. I love minimalist art, and writing a class has been on my to do list for some time.

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I knew immediately my lesson needed to be about water colour, it’s my all time favourite medium, especially for minimalist pages. So, Water Colour Backgrounds was dreamed up, and is now a reality. My lesson in the class will teach you how to make minimalist backgrounds using watercolour blending, layering and collage techniques. It’s loads of fun and includes a handful of videos made by me, including one on using blending to make a galaxy.

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The Minimalist Art Journal class is launching on 1 December and I have one seat in the class to giveaway. All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post, and visit my Facebook page using the link below and you will get two entries in the giveaway. I will be drawing the competition on 10am Saturday morning (Australian time). Good luck everyone.

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Get Messy | Season of Introspection | Week 1

A new season has started – it is the Season of Introspection – the examination and observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes. This is going to be a really deep, and possibly hard season for some people (me included). Writing about my feelings is not one of my favourite things to do – in fact actually journaling on my pages isn’t my strong point. But I am jumping head on into this – art is therapy – and this season is going to be the best therapy session there is.

Some members of the group are using an altered book for this season. Coincidentally, I had decided to do this anyway, way before the season was announced. I found this beautiful old copy of Beauty and the Beast back in January at a second hand book store and have been saving it ever since. Its quite a bit bigger than my usual journals so the size itself has been a challenge for me – its almost 8.5in x 11inc.

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The illustrations and text are just beautiful. It is going to be really hard to paint over them to be honest, especially this one.

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My title page is a magazine photo – its quite a powerful image, and the colours are very deep.

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For my first page I used Katie’s prompt and made an identity collage. This was fun. It took me quite a few sessions to come up with it. I knew I wanted to do the water colour face, but the collage bits took a bit longer to come to me.

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The second page I made was based on Essie’s prompt and I call it ‘Time to Think’. I have been very inspired by the work of Kelly Kilmer of late and this page is an ode to her work.

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I have seen a lot of references to Frida Kahlo’s work in recent weeks, and by chance I found this image in a magazine. I was at first drawn to it for the melancholic look on her face and it made me think immediately of my younger years – something that I dwell on and no amount of ‘journaling it out’ has helped me move on from it. Some things are just stuck too deep I guess.

My words are a bit vague, but the message itself is clear to me and now I have this page as a constant reminder.

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And last, but not least, here is my response to Emily’s prompt about nourishing myself. I foolishly used HB pencil on this page and it keeps smudging. Need to spray some fixative on it or something.

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Get Messy | In-between Seasons

As soon as a Get Messy season ends I seem to have a new creative burst, its like my art brain has been trapped into one topic or working on prompts for six weeks and then suddenly it is free to do what it wants. That first week of no prompts is awesome for me. Does anyone else feel like this, or do you only work with the prompts?

This past week I have been pondering a few issues that get me down from time to time so I decided to try to get them out of my head and on to paper. Because of the nature of my thoughts I made the journaling deliberately hard (or impossible) to read. I know what it says and will always remember writing it all down so hopefully that puts an end to the thoughts.

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Black gesso, collage, paint and journaling

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Journaling covered with gesso, paint and collage

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Just a little pep talk with myself

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Just playing around

I can’t wait to find out what the next Get Messy season is, the anticipation is killing me.

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!

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Get Messy | Messy Lists | Flip Trough Video

Today I am sharing a flip through video of my Messy Lists art journal. It’s a short clip but I thought it was a nice way to recap the whole season.

A new season is about to start, so if you are interested in art journaling, join the Get Messy Art Journal group. You won’t regret it, it is a very inclusive, inspirational, motivational group with people constantly offering tips and advice. And if you don’t really know what art journaling is all about, check out this free art journaling course run by the Get Messy girls, it’s perfect for beginners. I also have a short series on this blog called Art Journaling for Beginners, check it out.

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!

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Get Messy | In-between Seasons

I’m not sure about other Get Messy Art Journalers, but I have become so used to creating every week (most days actually), that even in-between seasons I can’t stop. This season break I have been recuperating from a little surgery so had time on my hands to get messy. I am sharing the results of this idle time today.

I firmly believe that art can be used as a form of therapy, it may not be for everyone, but there are many types of personalities that would really benefit from getting messy with paint and pens to explore their feelings and emotions. I am one of those people, I tend to get a little moody and down after an anaesthetic for some reason, and some of these pages are the result of that. But this first one is just a reminder to me that art is my therapy!

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Acrylic Abstract background with flower doodling.

I may have watched the Twilight series while lying in bed feeling sorry for myself – and this is what happened.

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Vampires vs Werewolves

You can never go wrong with water colour flowers right? Water colours and flowers both make me feel happy.

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Water colour collage

A little collage and abstract painting. Now this layout does not include any journaling – so my question is, does that still make this art journaling? In my opinion it does as it was still me expressing myself in a journal, I just didn’t use words. What are your thoughts on that?

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Art journaling with no journaling

I actually started this layout ages ago and kind of got stuck after I stuck the images down. I decided not to over-think things and just went with my instincts.

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Magazine cutout collage

Back to my trusty gelliplate – I caved and bought the bigger sized plate a few weeks ago – I knew I should have gotten it in the first place. Oh well, you live and learn right!

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Gelli Plate background and collage

So that’s it. I think that is truly the most pages I have finished in one week – ever! I think I need to stay home from work more often – haha – we can all dream can’t we?

Next week sees the start of a new season – Messy Lists. I hope you will join me.

 

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!

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