The season of love continues in the get messy programme and this week my pages are based around who/what love.. with a healthy dose of sewing involved! 

Pretty impressed with my anatomical heart for this LOVE page. I also really enjoy the cute cupcakes mixed in with the expressive and kinda gory heart veins.. this kind of clashing and macabre spirit is what I live for! 

- collage & marker pen 

I made a '100 loves' list in my small pocket sketchbook which I carried around with me at the beginning of this week and filled in when inspiration hit. I then scanned this in, added a dotted pattern to it and proceeded to spend 40 minutes of my life drawing stripes around it (loving every minute)

- collage, marker pen & watercolour

- collage, stitch, watercolour, felt tip & marker pen 

- collage, watercolour & stitch 

Almost all of my imagery for these pages came from my collection which dates back to around 2004 (!) The image below is from an interview for the film paper heart (it has awful reviews but I adored it when I was a student) although I dont remeber Nick from new girl being in it ?! The napkin on the right hand side I have kept for so long I dont even know it's origins but I'm sure I kept it for the penguin ;) I used inks on the next page and it soaked through the napkin. This gives a lovely organic feel to the page which helps out the PAPER HEART shouty text!

- collage, stitch, felt tip & marker pen 

- watercolour, collage, stitch & felt tip


Am I a little late to this trend? 

Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, 'circle') is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point.

This weekend I wanted to art journal but wasn't sure what to do but found that drawing these mandalas over and over again was surprisingly therapeutic. And a pretty awesome effect if you want to fill a page ! 

- gouache, collage & marker pen 

- gouache, collage & marker pen 

- watercolour & marker pen 

Boyfriend to me as I am drawing these pages: 

" what are those little things? they look like what a grandma has at home"