Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal
pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire.
We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt.
Go check out the crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style.
We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.
So, I look at the clock and realize that it’s after midnight. That means it’s Thursday. I haven’t done my journal pages. I was going to do them, but something else just kept coming up and now I’m tired and I just want to go to bed.
But, I signed up for it and I committed to doing it and I don’t want to not post. Off to my desk I go. Except it’s piled high with all kinds of stuff. I can’t even see the desktop. I make a space and grab some paper. I am not in a good mood. Did I mention that I really want to go to bed?
Definitely followed the instruction of “Get Messy”. I slap on paint with my hand because I don’t want to wash the brush. I just want to go to bed. I don’t plan. I don’t worry about the layout. No glue. Just gel medium. Scraps off of the floor and out of the trash. Flip through a magazine and grab words. Smear, tear, drop.
Hmmm. Those words go together. Play, community, enjoy, chill, cool off… The arrow is pointing up. That’s optimistic.
The words “field trip”. Getting out – of the rut – real life.
Taking a break from what has to be done. Doing something I love to do – even when I don’t want to start. I feel better. It’s not art. It’s an experience. A mood lifting, transformative experience. And that’s what it’s all about.
No pretensions about the finished product…the pages or the writing. Just free-flowing ideas. And I really do feel better. But, I still want to go to bed. So thank you, fellow Messy Journalists.
Good night and blessings for a beautiful Thursday. (The blessings are for everyone, messy or not!)