Yay! So my 100 day project is completed (see here for my mixed media postcards). I was glad to see it go in the end if I am completely honest. I was finding it hard for the final 10 days or so to come up with something new or to find time to create and post. I'm not sure if it was the project itself or my personal circumstances that were blocking me - but the main thing is I persevered and continued to create regardless.
It's been a while since I've updated my blog - things have been busy here with J's appointments and my work. We've had a bit of a hard time recently as well with my husband's job and money and time have been really tight. I've been doing the 100 day project though and have been creating lots of mixed media postcards - click here to see them. I've also been continuing with my current collaborative projects - I recently got my colour journal back and I need to take some photos once the sun is out and will upload them here - in the meantime there's a badly lit flip-through here.
It's currently the Season of Colour at Get Messy and I'm proud to say that I made my own journal for this one - I bought a vintage Ladybird book and removed the inserts and filled it with some mixed media paper. You can see my book and pages so far here:
Last month I had a couple of crappy days - J had loads of medical appointments and I was chasing my tail, Jamie was away with work which just compounds the difficulties and I wasn't well. And then I came home to an envelope on my doormat addressed to Rosie Rain. I assumed it was one of the collaborative projects I was working on because only my art friends know me as Rosie Rain (it's my IG name); so when I opened it it was a massive surprise to see it was a zine from the ever so beautiful Zine Squad ladies: Katie, Vanessa, Jules and Elly who was the guest ziner for the Magical Motherhood Zine.
Feast your eyes on the beautiful pages below and tell me how you also would have sat on the kitchen floor with tears in your eyes and your daughter on your knee as you looked through it. J has numerous special needs and I have referred to myself before as a lion/tiger mum who has to fight for appointments and referrals for her constantly so I loved that page by Vanessa. Also J and I have a saying - I tell her I love her all the moon - and she finishes, 'and all the stars' and so the last page really finished me off (thanks Jules and your super-sleuthing).
One reason I love the Get Messy art community and the projects that spring out from it is the sixth sense that people seem to have - that weird kinship when people seem to know you're in need of the type of hug that comes in an envelope via Royal Mail.
Thank you so much ladies for thinking of me as you created art, I cannot tell you how much this touched my soul. Check out their blogs and art - they are all wonderful human beings.
I am very excited to be involved in a couple of different journal collaborations this year. One of these is an art project based on artists of our choice - there are 8 of us, and we have all chosen a different artist to be inspired by. We are currently in the process of making our journals and creating some work inspired by our chosen artist and then we will send them off next week for the next person to create in. I have chosen Gustav Klimt - so each member of the collab will create work in my journal inspired by Klimt, and by the end we will have learned about 8 different artists and created work inspired by them. How amazing is that!
We are not going to share our work in the other members' journals until it is all over though (well, maybe just one or two pages!) so that there will be surprises for the journals' owner at the end. Here are some of my pages so far in my Klimt journal - I've loved working with gold leaf and am excited to get it off in the post.
The past week has been ultra-busy. Christmas seems to be fast approaching and last week I spent all of my spare hours (when J is at pre-school) wrapping, cleaning the house and decorating. Which is great - I love Christmas, but it meant very little time for art journalling. I did however, sign up for Wanderlust - so I am happy about that and I'm hoping that Father Christmas will bring me some of the supplies I will need.
The new prompts for the season of Gifts were out on the Get Messy blog on Monday, and they got me thinking about the greatest gift I have ever allowed myself - Hope. Hope wasn't really my friend for a long time, she was elusive and would not stay for long when she did appear. We were trying hard to grow our family and it wasn't long before it felt like hope deserted me. But then just before Christmas 2014 we got some good news about a little girl who eventually became our daughter, and hope returned.
For this page I used colours that I don't usually pull out - I threw them haphazardly on the page and then used an old bank card to drag them down the page. I used a Jane Davenport faces stencil to draw on the face profiles and painted them with black gesso. Finally I used a Tim Holtz stamp with some embossing powder to decorate on the faces and added some Tim Holtz stickers for the journalling.
In 2016 I discovered art journaling. I'd always been creative, and had stuck things down and painted over them but not in any organised way. I learned about the Get Messy group and joined up in September - it freed me up in so many ways. I discovered an artistic outlet, and weekly prompts that can be interpreted depending on your mood or where you at that time in your life.
In 2017 I really want to develop my art journaling skills, so that I can develop my own style and become more confident with what I am creating. To do this, I need to give myself the gift of time. Time to develop my skills, to be inspired and to actually be able to take some time to create.
I plan to this in a couple of different ways - firstly I want to remain a member of Get Messy, and so I will upgrade my membership to an annual one. Secondly, I plan to take some classes - I have already started a Totems class on the Get Messy site and I plan to explore this further throughout the year. Additionally I am going to enrol on the Wanderlust class, which is a whole year of classes and inspiration. I am massively looking forward to this jouney into art and I hope this blog will become a regular way for me to explore ideas, to share inspiration and art - and most of all, that it will be my way of being accountable to myself in my artistic pursuits.