Get Messy | Season of Introspection | Week 5

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

I’ll be honest – I’ve had a slow week when it comes to art journaling. I wasn’t inspired or motivated and the pages I started to make just didn’t work out how I imagined. I hate it when that happens, especially when you are already feeling a bit meh about creating anyway.

I tried to embrace my mistakes all the same – this page was one of them. I started with the magazine image that I thought was very introspective and started doodling on it. I think that was my mistake, but I was committed so kept going. I don’t mind how it turned out, but its not what I was expecting, and its not my favourite page of the season by any means.

The page on the left was kind of the same. I started with a base of new Daniel Smith Water Colour Ground that I was super excited by, but it was a little underwhelming to be honest. I imagined the water colour reacting differently on the page, but it was really just the same as my usual gesso which is disappointing seeing as though the tub was double what I would normally pay! Oh well, you live and learn hey. Anyway, I went with the flow, made the background and added a magazine cut out and the quote from the prompts this week.


I wasn’t inspired enough to write a story as per one of the prompts this week, but the spirit animal just had to make another appearance, along with the gorgeous colour combination of lime green and cerulean blue liquid acrylics. I love this stuff, it just glides on the page so beautifully.


Throughout this altered book there have been a few illustrations that I just couldn’t paint over – so I’ve been leaving them in tact – as an ode to the story.


My last spread also started out quite differently. The left hand page started as a collage with texture paste and it just went wrong – so I covered it up with a sheet of sketchbook paper and used my gelli plate on it instead. This book is the perfect size for my 8×10 gelli plate and I’m a bit sad I haven’t used it more often. Oh well, there is still one week left right.

Anyway, this page represents how my thoughts are – some are beautiful flowers – the happy thoughts, and others are tangled vines – the bad thoughts.



The right hand page is my interpretation of intuition. I totally believe in women’s intuition. The women in my family have this crazy sixth sense when it comes to their people, it’s kind of creepy. Personally, I feel like I am a pretty good judge of character and and I follow my intuition – if someone gives me a bad vibe, then I’ll be super cautious. Do you believe in intuition? Have you ever had any ‘sixth sense’ moments?


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

  1. I had a page that just wasn’t working for me this week as well. It ended up being so so, but I just couldn’t get it to look like what I wanted.
    I actually find all your pages great, so don’t be so hard on yourself!

  2. I definitely agree with Katie; your pages to me are always spot on, very creative and inspiring!
    Thank you for featuring my page on the Get Messy IG page today – that really made my day!

  3. Love these pages Tanyalee! I actually really love your intuition [page – they’ve been so interesting to see how everyone else sees female intuition!!

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