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.
The illustrations and text are just beautiful. It is going to be really hard to paint over them to be honest, especially this one.
My title page is a magazine photo – its quite a powerful image, and the colours are very deep.
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.
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.
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.
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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