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 these 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.
Journaling Challenge: Live your adventurous dreams on paper. What would you love to do, or at least try, if you had the courage to live more adventurously? I would, for example, like to live on a houseboat or a train wagon.
Art Challenge: Try a method or material you’ve never worked with before. Be adventurous
The journaling challenge: For me, it’s all about continuing the adventure I started when I began writing my blog almost two months ago. I’m focusing on changes and goals for my life.
The art challenge: No paint, using paper I’ve been saving forever because I didn’t want to mess it up or use it up, and keeping it very simple.
Now……….for the hard part. As I’m typing this I’m trying to decide how much to share and whether to share at all. We’ll know if this gets posted or not. One of the things I wrote was “bravery” and I’m not feeling very brave at the moment. The posted photos are actually my second attempt at this challenge.
My first attempt was not successful from an artistic standpoint. I tried to do a photo transfer with gel medium. I’m okay with art mistakes or failure. Most of my work is built on that…that’s why so many layers. After I finished the pages though, I totally lost it emotionally. I got angry and snapped at my husband, and deleted the posted photos. Racing heart, light headed, chest pressure…classic anxiety attack. Worst I’ve had in a long time. I don’t know what in particular caused the reaction and I started to throw them away. As I type this, hours later, the anxiety is returning.
But, the point of journaling is more than practicing our art skills and trying out new stuff. And, I said I would share without restraint each week. So, I’m not going to post the black & whites on instagram, but I am going to post them here and on our facebook page.
Like I said, I don’t know what was so emotionally upsetting about these pages. I’m gonna have to deal with that. And I will deal with it. That fits in with the challenge of “what I would do if I had the courage to live more adventurously”. So, here’s the photos and I’m going to hit publish. And it’s all going to be okay. Growth and change are difficult. I am brave.