Get Messy | Season of Art101 | Week 1

Hello and welcome to my first Art101 post for the latest Get Messy Art Journal season.

I’m currently in an artists slump, so this first week has actually been really hard to create for. I’m not sure why I’m so stuck with art at the moment – probably just overwhelmed with life I guess.

Anyway, I have pulled together a few layouts to share today – Saturday’s will be my new sharing day for this year I think.

I’m working in a small altered book – it called Mindfulness for Cats and was a gift from my husband because I am the Crazy Cat Lady. It’s small, but I think will be the perfect size for me for this season.

I made a simple watercolour wash background for the title page and added a printed floral image which I coloured using water brush pens.

Materials: QoR watercolours (Indigo and Gold), Black brush pen by Plumchester, Mermaid Markers by Jane Davenport.

Next up I used gouache, inspired by Vanessa’s tutorial, but went totally off subject and painted a jungle, and a really lame elephant. I’m still not sold on gouache, but I’ll keep trying.

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For this next layout I used the bonus prompt and created a collaged self portrait using the inside of a security envelope. So much fun and I had to add a watercolour magic wand for good measure.

Materials: Security envelope, collage papers, watercolours by Winsor & Newton and QoR.

My last page is following Sasha’s tutorial. I used the packaging technique with water colour. I’ve done this before with mists and gelatos, but watercolours are much nicer, and it was so quick and easy. I scripted used Jane Davenport’s mermaid markers (which are amazing by the way), but my hand wasn’t very steady and the script is a bit ho-hum.

Materials: Watercolours by QoR, image from Frankie Magazine, Mermaid Markers by Jane Davenport.

That’s all for week one, I’m looking forward to the topic for next weeks Art101 series. Lots of great content for beginners, and vintage members like myself coming up I’m sure.

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