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I was feeling quite un-inspired this week and I couldn't quite create how or what I wanted. I decided to try mixing up my surroundings and brought my art supplies down into the living room with me - rather than stay in my attic where the inside of my brain was apparently empty. The change of scenery worked like magic and within half an hour I had created all of the pages in this post.


The same topic of "creative burnout" was covered in this week's how she creates podcast, there are some great tips shared throughout this episode on ideas and suggestions on how to get yourself out of a creative rut, I highly recommend!



I actually wanted to paint florals when I started this piece but somehow this is what came out instead. I used my Bluesky papers journal that I am so happy to be working in, the paper is perfect and I enjoy the long landscape pages


I was definitely inspired by Torrie for this piece, I am trying to pull myself out of my striped comfort zone but it's really hard!



Angle Explosion
- oil pastel, felt tip, acrylic paint, ink


This piece was made whilst watching Sarah's tutorial for Get Messy. I love how erratic it is - basically like the inside of my brain

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GET MESSY 2018 | KINDNESS WEEK 2

Welcome to Kindness, the newest season of Get Messy

For the next 8 weeks I will be creating art with Get Messy under this lovely theme. I am excited to create small art pieces to leave places for people in the name of Kindness but for now, this week, we're staying in my sketchbook.



When I think of kindness, I think first and foremost of being kind to yourself. Kindness to yourself is time to yourself. Time to enjoy your things alone. For me, I love to watch documentaries and one of the best I've seen is Abstract: the art of design. As a designer and artist, these people are my tribe! I love to hear how they describe their work, passion, inspiration and experiences. 

It's a vibrant, exciting and motivating documentary series. I watched Paula Schers episode on graphic design this week and was inspired by her work and quotes to create the pieces in this post. 




It's not factual, it's emotional
- oil pastel, felt tip, ink, pen



Painting with words
- felt tip, water, oil pastel, pen



Interruption
- felt tip, water, oil pastel, collage


Brushstrokes
- acrylic paint , oil pastel, ink


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Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. My blog contains affiliate links to Get Messy Art Journal. This means that when you purchase a yearly membership or class using links in my post, I receive a small percentage. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal so Join Get Messy now! " 

GET MESSY 2018 | KINDNESS WEEK 1

To kick start my 2018, I took part in 2x monthly drawing challenges; Pattern January hosted by @aisforanika and Draw Riot Daily, hosted by @drawriot

I find that playing along with these Instagram challenges is a great way to keep myself accountable, as well as getting inspiration for new and interesting art pieces!






























































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I have just opened up an Etsy store to sell some my work and will  be adding a few pieces from this collection soon. Let me know if anything in particular has caught your imagination! 

(Except from 23 - that's my favourite and already framed in my living room!) 

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PATTERN JANUARY | 2018

January was an interesting month for me and this project. I lost my way a little and had to re-asses how I wanted to continue. I wanted more creativity and freedom within the portrait constrictions, as well as the time frame. The original aim was to complete a new portrait every week but I don't think this is achievable for me - not when I want to have every one of my portraits really mean something and really be the way I see them in my mind. I have decided to relax the challenge and post as and when I can. Therefore, January has 3x portraits rather than 4x


22/52

Introvert / Extrovert

I am both, an extroverted introvert if you will! I love to interact, see people, talk and share opinions. But this does drain me. I then need and enjoy being alone and quiet. A balance of the two is ideal ❤


23/52

Migraines

This is the best visual representation I can think of for migraines. I have been getting these disabling headaches for about 6 years and every time I have one, I hope it’s my last. A pain so big I feel like my brain is pushing against my skull, numbness down my left side, blurred vision or blindness in my left eye. Sometimes they last for days on end, becoming uncomfortably normal. I hate them so much but they are inevitably a part of my life; the reason I avoid too much caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits and alcohol. Why I obsess over getting all my sleep and try my best to keep stress at bay. Why yoga is an almost daily ritual and I wear sunglasses in even the dimmest of lights. Ah, the joy of migraines!


24/52

Driving

Everyday I drive to work. Most days it's just normal, but then there are times where the younger me cheers because i'm doing something i never felt confident enough to believe i would do and that's pretty awesome. Even if it is something as mundane as driving a car and deep down I hate it because it's so dull and responsible.

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You can follow my progress with this year long challenge on Instagram under the tag - #julias52portraits

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"52 portraits is a photography course in self discovery by Vanessa and is hosted through Get Messy Art Journal whom I am an affiliate for. The course is a year long journey in using photography and words to turn your reflection inward and capture who you are at this phase in your life. Learn more and join the course here"

52 PORTRAITS | JANUARY

A super exciting blog post today - I have created an Etsy store to sell some of my abstract art pieces! 


It is live as of today, you to check it out here and I have will have a permanent link to it on the blog's sidebar 







I hope that all these pieces can find happy homes, please let me know if you have seen something of mine that you would like to purchase that isn't currently listed on my Etsy

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