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Today we are sharing another favorite zine of mine - the cityscape zine made for Jessica


It was a really fun theme and as a small town girl turned city lover and dweller, one I personally felt a strong affiliation to.

Original Zine Squad: Katie, Vanessa & Myself
Guest Ziner: Kelli

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My "art first" image on the left.. someone added the heart though!


Katie on the left, my simple neon text on the right


My text and Andy Warhol & Edie Sedgwick imagery. I love the other collaged elements on this double spread

A Taylor Swift inspired double spread. The city skyline is added - I love it's dramatic effect! 


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Be sure to check out the rest of the squads pages today too!

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You can find all of our other zines here and to see sneak peeks and progress shots, follow @zinesquad on instagram!

ZINE SQUAD | CITYSCAPE

Whilst I was away, Get Messy started a new season - Connections. I purposefully kept my distance from the season as I really was craving some creative blank space. I just needed to clear my mind and took my break in Japan as just that; a real break.  

Now back, I spent the weekend pouring over the past 3 weeks of prompts that I had missed and started to think of what I wanted to create. Whilst doing this, I had a mini epiphany and I think I set a new creative goal - perhaps my first ever!



I have wanted to create large, abstract pieces of art for years. It is my favorite art form to look at and absorb as well as what I am attracted to the most. I think the artists who create these kind of works are so brave and inspire me constantly.  I have an Instagram folder called "art" and it is full of this style. Whenever I think about doing my own versions though...  I not only draw a blank but I also feel highly inadequate. I feel as if I can't translate my ideas into the pictures I want and I feel stuck. Not as good. Crap. Un-qualified. So I stop. I go to something easier and more known to me. I have never brought the canvases that I have been talking about working on for years. It's become a pipe dream. 




My abstract artists on Instagram dream list: 

Lauren Hooper
Sarah Hardy-Box
Heather Day
Rowena Martinich
It's Stefa
Suzy Lindow

But this weekend (for reasons really unknown to me, potentially a mix of the Get Messy webinars and just constant insta-stalking and jealously) I decided to get over myself and bite the abstract art bullet. Being a member of Get Messy has taught me and shown me time and time again how practice can perfect your art. How dedicating time to working on something can help you grow and nurture your style and develop a skill. Maybe the creative rut that I felt I was in was because I had reached the end of where I could go in my current creative format and I was craving something new, a fresh challenge and a new art form to explore.

So - I have purposefully decided to start this journey. To find my abstract style and become the artist I desire to be. 

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The following pages I made all in one afternoon and I have learnt so much more from them than I ever could have learnt from just looking at other people's work on Instagram. I am so excited to see where this new venture takes me and I hope you will enjoy watching my style grow!  


I started safe with my favourite supplies; ink. 



Patterns I knew


Colour combinations I loved


I then added in these neon elements to see where there would take the pieces




Very heavily galaxy inspired - I am taking the galaxies class from Get Messy and will be writing a full review on it soon!






I then tried mixing in bleach as the last series was so dark 




I liked these but felt they were lacking somehow, I also couldn't connect them to my style


I then hit the jackpot of mixed media! 


A blend of felt tip, oil pastel and then ink





This is my happy place


Stronger colour combinations


Metalliac AND neon? 


Yes


YES


I then had to stop as everything was drying and I literally had no space left in my art room



What a happy little pile of self discovery on a Saturday

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GET MESSY 2017 | CONNECTIONS CATCH-UP

Today we are sharing a really cool zine - the elements zine made for Serena. It was a really fun theme and suits Serena perfectly.

Original Zine Squad: Katie, Vanessa & Myself
Guest Ziner: Divyam

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This was a real mixture of people's styles.. I think we all added something!

My double spread. I love this quote from Taylor Swift and my neon ink suited the page perfectly. I am both a Leo and a dragon so a true twin fire sign!


Divyam's (?) page on the left, mine on the right. I was quoting from the earth goddess Pocahontas and using my felt tips to create multi coloured watery waves. I love that Divyam / Katie (?) on the left carried on my Pocahontas theme! 


My page on the left, Katie's on the right. I wanted to add a little more to her "deep into the earth" quote

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Be sure to check out the rest of the squads pages today too!

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You can find all of our other zines here and to see sneak peeks and progress shots, follow @zinesquad on instagram!

ZINE SQUAD | ELEMENTS

Hi.



I am off to Japan for a few weeks and am taking this time as a reset and re boot for my creative self.

I had originally had planned to schedule and prepare blog posts for when I was away... but realised that I was working in a way I wasn't happy with to make this a reality. Pushing and forcing pages when I didn't feel like it (important sometimes but also damaging), working in a way that was too much like working. As I have become more and more involved in art journalling and creativity in my spare time I have un-intentionally turned it into a some what second career. This is a happy and amazing thing for me - to create and play alongside an encouraging and motivating community  but it can also be overwhelming and time consuming. I want to re-adjust my focus; what do I want to create.. really want to create. How can I push myself further?

Any ideas or thoughts on this, please leave me a comment! 

Whilst I am away, I am not stopping my art practice at all (and there will be a few pre-scheduled posts popping up). I plan to take a few things to Japan to help me document my time there, possibly will get involved with inktober (!) and am so excited about all the stationary! 

As for things I am working on when I return from my adventure that you'll see soon on this blog:  

Various collab journals




Galaxies course from Get Messy



Travel journal from Barcelona (so incredibly overdue!)



Newest Get Messy season - connections


And super exciting - I have an article on my daily journaling featured in Brush magazine



This is a new magazine by the talented Tanyalee and Get Messy

I'm planning on reading my copy on the flight to Tokyo and can't wait to get into all the articles.

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Lot's to look forward too, especially with a (hopefully) clearer and inspired mind ...!

OUT OF OFFICE

I'm feeling autumnal...













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So many people have joined in with me for this year! Look for the tags #mydayarted and #dailymoleskine on instagram to see how my friends are documenting their 2017.

You can see all of my 2016 and the beginning of 2017 entries here

DAILY MOLESKINE 2017 | SEPTEMBER