Get Messy | Season of Contrast | Week 2

I have been having so much fun making art inspired by the Season of Contrast. Get Messy Art Journal never ceases to amaze me with the inspiration, tutorials, prompts and guest artists. I think each season just keeps getting better and better.

I’ve always admired the spreads made with repeating patterns. They looked like such tedious work and I always thought I was too lazy to make such art. I am impatient and like completing spreads really quickly. But Amy Maricle has totally turned me around. The act of making these repeated patterns is so meditative, and not at all tedious. I have developed a new love and I am pretty sure every page I make from now on will include dots or triangles or leaves (as well as ink splashes because that’s kinda become my trademark right?).

I am going to share a few spreads I finished this week. Again, I have been quite productive despite having a few things going on at home. The first three spreads are all inspired by Amy and the repeated patterns. If you are new to art journaling and are interested in it, and how you can use it for self-care, you really need to check out Amy’s website and online classes at Mindful Art Studio.

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This spread I started while watching Amy’s Youtube Live event where she went through some of her processes for making backgrounds. I slipped under her spell and made hundreds and thousands of tiny dots.

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This next spread is my interpretation of Riet’s tutorial on the Get Messy blog. She took us through her process of intuitive painting. I hadn’t really thought about this too much before, but many of my processes are intuitive too. I rarely make a spread that I have planned out. I start with a blank page and just start making marks and see where it takes me. I’m really starting to realise that my art is no longer just me making art and pretty things, but it really is my own form of therapy. I immediately feel relaxed when I have paint on my hands and pages.

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This last spread just kind of happened. I started with a Payne’s Grey background, stamped with a shimmering high flow acrylic using a celery stem that reminded me of a flower and then added the magazine cutting and line work. More repeated patterns, and inks splashes.
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So that’s it until next week, I hope you can find the joy that I do in art. It doesn’t have to be painting, but some form of art that can take your mind off your troubles and relax your brain.

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Get Messy | Season of Contrast | Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of the Season of Contrast for the Get Messy Art Journal community. I have jumped head-first into this season and have been really happy with my spreads. I managed to create 4 spreads in just a few days which is more than I have made in ages. So without any further ado, I will share my work with you.

To start off the season I made my own journal after purchasing the Bookbinding Course from Get Messy. Vanessa (aka @dansmoncrane) has done a fantastic job of simplifying bookbinding. I made my journal using French Link Stitch with an altered book cover and mixed media paper signatures.

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My first spread was made prior to the prompts being released so I was just playing around with colour, media and mark-making. I love the result, it’s so colourful and fun. I’ve used watercolour, gouache, acrylic and pen to make the blocks of colour.

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Next up is another page I made before the prompts, but would you believe the quote I used was included in the Week 1 prompts. I must be psychic.

This spread is a collage using gelli prints I made using gouache. This was really fun to do, I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought to use gouache before. I will say though, as the gouache is water soluble it reactivates as soon as you add a wet medium to it so gluing down the collage pieces led to colour bleeding. I love the bright colours and the contrast between them.

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Amy Maricle (from Mindful Art Studio) is the guest teacher for the Season of Contrast and what a breath of fresh air she is. I love her meditative art journaling techniques. They are so relaxing to look at. I have always said I am a lazy artist and haven’t been dedicated enough to try out the repeated patterns, but this week I went crazy with dots. And you know what, the time just disappeared as I was dotting away with my Posca paint pens. It really is meditative. Thanks Amy for encouraging me to give this a try.

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And my last, and I think favourite spread was made following Vanessa’s tutorial for the season. I used acrylic ink, water soluble crayons and collage to make this creation. I love the effect that the ink and crayons had when I sprayed them with water.

I didn’t have any spray paint or mists as most of my supplies are packed ready to move house in a couple of weeks so I skipped the masking section of the tutorial, but I still think I did Vanessa proud with the end result.

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I hope you take some time to play in your art journals this week, I highly recommend some mindful pattern making. I can’t wait to see what else Amy has in store for us.

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