So this is the end of our season of brave with get messy art journal. I have really enjoyed this season and found it more challenging than the previous (love) which in my eyes can only be a good thing! 

This weeks pages all focus around the idea of reflection and what I (and others) have done in the past, to help my (our) future self. 

- ink, bleach & marker pen

'Sum of all parts'
- collage, marker pen & photoshop

I wanted to make a good, bold, stand out page and this quote came to me as I was collaging the background.

Its meaning is: the idea that the total effectiveness of a group of things each interacting with one another is different or greater than their effectiveness when acting in isolation from one another.
This just made sense to me and the art-journalling community I have found through get messy 

'Take a trip'
- collage, stitch, ink, felt tips & marker pen

These pages are dedicated to me moving away for uni and creating my own career path in design.. onward and upwards I go up that ladder!
Side note: I actually stitched this girl at some point during my degree but could never find a home for her.. until now :)
It's things like this that make my heart happy 

- collage, gouache, marker pen & photoshop

Sometimes art journalling is like therapy, this is one of those times
I incorporated a previous prompt challenge of using a household item for these pages. 
The yellow and white gouache is applied by placing paper over the paint and scoring with a fork, 
to get the lines, that kinda look like a sun beam. 

- collage & photoshop

After reading an article about Tove Jansson's life (creator of the moomins) I wanted to create a page for her.
I liked the layering here, it sits well with the vintage photograph and the eyes signify wisdom.

''It is simply this: do not tire, never lose interest, never grow indifferent—lose your invaluable curiosity and you let yourself die. It's as simple as that.''

Get Messy will be back for a new season the beginning of June so if you haven't already signed up... give it a go! :D 


So a few weeks back, I announced that I was embarking on a collaboration with the ever inspiring Vanessa Oliver Lloyd. Our zines have now done the air miles and are fully finished collaborated pieces! 

The finished zine! 

Vanessa's theme was 'herstory' and she had filled the zine with oriental papers and images of vintage women. 
I wanted to take this one step further, and being inspired by the recent U.K election,
decided to make the zine into a pro-suffragette and women's rights story.  

Zine layout, page by page 

I included words from a suffragette war-cry anthem and images of modern day women, illustrating that suffrage is not over in the world. 
It's appalling to me that women in certain countries and cultures are treated as second citizens and pretty unbelievable to realise that it was only less 
than 100 years ago that women in Britain couldn't vote! 

- photocopy, felt tip, highlighter, collage & ink 

'Rise up in the thousands'
- photocopy, collage, photoshop, highlighter, ink & felt tips 

- photocopy, collage, photoshop, ink & felt tips

'Isn't history wonderful'
- photocopy, collage, photoshop, highlighter, ink & felt tips

'Hallelujah! Alexa!'
- photocopy, collage, photoshop, ink & felt tips

'The cause goes marching on...'
- photocopy, collage, photoshop, ink & felt tips

- photocopy, collage, photoshop, ink & felt tips

- photocopy, collage, photoshop, ink & felt tips

Head over to Vaneesa's blog to see her creation from my spirit animal zine (it is bold and beautiful!) 
and if you want to know or see more about the project, we both posted an article on the get messy blog.

This has been a great creative experience for me, I feel like it really was the merging of two minds, and when you look at what we both created, it shows.