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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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