Get Messy | Season of Introspection | Week 3

Welcome back to another week of the Season of Introspection – the examination and observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes.


For my first page, following Torrie’s prompt to create a self-improvement mind-map, I started by searching for an image/portrait. I found this illustration by a favourite local artist of mine – Birdy and Me (Kelly Smith). I’ve loved her art for so long but this is the first time I have borrowed an image to use in an art journal page. I saved the image from Pinterest and printed it onto deli paper (I had to attach it to a piece of printer paper to get it through) and used gel medium to glue it down. I had already made a water colour background using my all-time favourite colours – pink, purple and teal. Once the gel medium was dry I water coloured some highlights onto the illustration. And then I wrote my mind-map on top. The green pen was a little too light unfortunately so you can’t read it very well in the photo. Sorry about that.


Last weekend I took an online class – Creatures by ByBun. I can’t recommend this class highly enough – it was AH-MAZING. Not only are the creatures fun to make, but the process she uses to create the background is really good. I can see myself using it as a bit of a formula for collaged, abstract backgrounds from now on. And as luck would have it, the page I made really suited the prompt for this week about creating an ‘otherworldly’ background and speaking to myself from a higher power. My journaling is a bit personal so I made it deliberately hard to read.


And this last spread I made using the lovely Katie’s tutorial (only accessible if you are a current Get Messy member) on painting a girls face. What an amazing tutorial – thank you Katie. I’ve tried painting faces before, but could never get the proportions right. I love your instructions and I do believe I successfully painted a face! A few of my friends have asked if its a self portrait – it isn’t, but I guess there are similarities. I added the background and used a galaxy image from a magazine, my favourite triangle doodling, florals and water colour to represent thoughts and feelings and my favourite things. I found the quote on Pinterest and it just seemed to work.


And that’s it for this week. I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my spreads. I’d love to hear what your thoughts are, and even answer any questions you have about how I made them. Ask a question in the comments and I will get back to you.

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5 thoughts on “Get Messy | Season of Introspection | Week 3

  1. Your mind map looks amazing & the colours gorgeous….it reminds me of sweet peas! & your face looks so real i must take a look at Katie’s tutorial…very inspiring.

  2. All 3 of these pages are so fantastic, Tlee! I love the bold creatures page and then the lighter colors of the other pages, and you face drawing turned out great!!!

  3. I absolutely love the deli paper idea but I’ve never done it before and I’m afraid I’ll screw it up. So you said that you used gel medium to adhere it. I’m guessing you didn’t put gel medium on top of the image, right? (wouldn’t the ink smear?)

    And is there a difference between deli paper and parchment paper? Can I do this same thing with parchment?

    Your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Tina. You could try parchment or vellum. I did use gel medium and it did smear a little when I put it on top so I didn’t do that too much. I had to tape the deli paper to a sheet of printer paper so it would go through the printer. If you are worried maybe try a test page before you make your spread. I often do that.

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