Another week, another set of entries into my Messy Lists art journal for the collaborative challenge I’m helping to co-host with Get Messy Art Journal.
In case I didn’t do Get Messy Art Journal justice in previous posts, here is an explanation as to what Caylee and Lauren do:
Get Messy is an art journaling program here to inspire you, teach you new art techniques and help you build community around this art form. The membership site shares prompts, tutorials and inspiration each week. We use different platforms, such as link ups, collaborative projects, spotlights and more to help push our members to consistently create and to showcase their amazing work. Get Messy is for both beginners and art journaling extraordinaires!
Quote from Flannery O’Connor
This is week 4 of our art journalling challenge and I can see myself making decisions more quickly and sticking to things that feel comfortable to me: lists, my own handwriting, paint backgrounds, and keeping things simple.
Somebody found my blog through a Pinterest rabbit hole of art journal pages (hi, Jessica!) and she let me know that my pages make art journaling seem a little less daunting than the gorgeous masterpieces found on Pinterest. The comment made my day: I’m not interested in being the best art journaler/scrapbooker/diy-er, I’m interested in showing people that being a beginner at something is awesome and that it is fun to try new things.
I hope you take a stab at something that seems more difficult than it really is…I hope it turns out to be way easier than you anticipated and that it helps you find a creative outlet, no matter what you choose.
For this entry, I prepped both pages with gesso and covered the pages with some acrylic paint I was using to paint a pot that was in desperate need of a face-lift. I wasn’t going for a specific design, my goal was to use up the leftover paint from my small project. I used a white ink to stamp “proud” and a gold metallic sharpie to write out my list. It turned out much better than I expected.
I changed this prompt a little bit because I wanted to reflect on the last 6 months instead of looking forward. I love small lists like this that help me quickly document things Alex and I do in short amounts of time. I try to include prompts like this in the March, September, and December editions of 30 Days of Lists to give Listers who don’t normally do any intentional memory keeping throughout the year a chance to document their story in a simple way.
This page was prepped the same day that I made the “proud of” layout, as you can see by the midnight blue paint on the pages. I did not prep the pages with gesso, so there is some warping, but I don’t mind it at all. I added some red acrylic paint to the left page, used the same metallic sharpie, some washi tape, and alphas I picked up at Target to create my title. I used the metallic sharpie to add some dots and lines to the alphas, which is a little difficult to see in this photo.
I wrote my short list on some cardstock and glued the strips onto the page.
We bought some inexpensive canvases during a sale to add some more art around our apartment and I was tasked with learning how to paint an ombre effect with paint. I watched this great video tutorial and got to work practicing on the page on the left, which mixed two types of blue paint, not just one like the video shows. The page on the right originally had even more of the midnight blue paint from my pot project (seriously, there was so much paint left!) but I covered it with the leftover paint from the page on the left. I like the movement on both pages and how they match but are not mirror images. I used a regular sharpie to write my list once the paint dried.
My last list for the week used one of my favorite clippings that has been floating around my desk for the past few months waiting for the perfect project: Because someday I want to pass down more than possessions. I just love that idea and thought it was perfect for the two types of books that have my heart: my scrapbooks and my travel books.
If you’re interested in checking out this art journal challenge, check out Get Messy Art Journal.
To see the layouts from previous weeks: