Monday, 22 May 2017

Artful Adventures - Sign, Ground & Wildlife

I joined Nathalie Kalbach's 30 day Artful Adventures: Stroll Challenge a bit late, but there's plenty of time to catch up, right?!! The challenge consists of strolling through the neighbourhood and taking photos, based on a daily prompt. Those photographs can then be used as inspiration in creating art. I decided to create a mini art journal, repurposing a set of alphabetical index cards, and here are the first few pages!

I wanted to find something unique for the "prompt" sign, and couldn't find that in my neighbourhood so instead, I used a photo I took in England, in 2009.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Dandelion

What could be more synonymous with spring than dandelions?!! Did you know that up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva, and chamomile? I think it's fair to say not many people feel this way, today! This spread was inspired by today's #artadventures "ground" prompt ...
While on my walk around the neighbourhood today, I took numerous photos of the ground, including photos of dandelions but sadly, the dandelion photos were not that inspiring to share, so instead I shared this photo on instagram, but clearly, the dandelions were the inspiration for this spread.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Sleep & No Rain, No Flowers

I really enjoyed Ashley's Get Messy tutorial on paper weaving ... so much fun! I also experimented with warm and cold colours after watching EmK's tutorial and added a little texture to the page: rick rack for the stems and thread to outline the photos. I can't believe the Season of Contrast is coming to an end. I wonder what's next?!

Monday, 1 May 2017

We all Bloom & Wither

I don't know if it works like this for all GM seasons, but the current Season of Contrast has had me thinking about "contrast" on both a conscious and unconscious level. I picked up a gardening book this past weekend at a garage sale and immediately started clipping out some images, including this blooming allium. While I wasn't intentionally thinking about how I could use any of the clipped images for this season, the image got me thinking about the cycle of life and it immediately occurred to me, what contrast could be any bigger and obvious than the cycle of life?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Love/Hate Relationship

Oh my gosh, after quite a few months as a member of the Get Messy community, I'm finally starting to create pages based on prompts!! (yay me!) This week's GM prompt by Julia to create a page about contrasting personality traits, really resonated with me.

While I love the way I feel after working out (not to mention the health benefits I get), I really do not enjoy working out. I don't like to sweat. My husband on the other hand is a natural athlete and runs marathons. I know there are definitely some days when working out feels like a grind for him, but overall, he's never had a problem working out, probably because he's always been fit. I, on the other hand, struggled with exercise induced asthma as a child and was never good at sports (especially anything that required continuous running like soccer). As soon as gym became an elective in school, I dropped it like a hot potato, and so relieved that at last, I wouldn't have to be the last person picked on a team, or feel the embarrassment of failing miserably at any gymnastic or track & field event in front of my peers.

After marrying and starting a family I became more active. The truth is, the older we get, the more important it is to keep moving, and now I view working out as a necessary evil. I've made my peace with it and some days, being all sweaty doesn't bother me as much. Working out is now a regular and consistent part of my lifestyle and there is no doubt about it, I feel so much better for it!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Unique

As we continue to explore "contrast" in the Get Messy community, I created this page after pondering on the thought that I am but 1 of the 7.125 billion people in this world and while I share many similar experiences, I am totally unique (and so are you!). What could be more appropriate symbol of uniqueness than a fingerprint to convey this truth?

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Contemplation

I tried Sasha Zeen's transfer technique again today, and couldn't quite get the result I was looking for, so instead, grabbed a piece of tracing paper and outlined the image, using a Micron pen. After watercolouring the image, I cut it out and adhered it on top of the acrylic layering page I created in GM's Season of Art 101. I love the translucency of the tracing paper and the end result!