For the past 3 weeks I have been feeling all over the place about my art. I was inspired and blocked, creative and blank, lacking ideas and urge to create. I guess, the time like this comes to all artists from time to time, doesn't it?

So, while fighting my own demons, I've missed a couple of weeks of posting my Get Messy pages on the blog. So, let's catch up, shall we?

Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. 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. I totally recommend Get Messy Art Journal if you are feeling creative and want to get into the habit of making art.

acrylic, collage, black marker, black liner

This page was created during and after watching Amy's Get Messy webinar. I really loved the part where she talked about your inner critic. Amy said about seeing it as part of yourself and rather than being angry with it, feeling compassion.

acrylic, watercolors

This was EmK's wonderful prompt about trying to adapt someone else's art style which is totally different from yours. So, I decided to channel Dina Wakley and try and draw a portrait, following her 2-part YouTube tutorial (part 1, part 2) on drawing and painting artistic faces. I am not good at drawing faces, so this was quite challenging, but also really fun to try!

watercolors, PVA glue, white marker, white acrylic ink

This spread is the VERY last on in this sketchbook. My first official completed sketchbook EVER! Woohoo! I decided to dedicate it to my galaxy-loving friend Katie and also try her masking tutorial. Feels like an awesome way to finish a sketchbook!

water based felt tips, gesso, collage, Graph'it brush pen

Another spread inspired by Amy's tutorial over at Get Messy Art Journal. This time it was all about hidden journaling and circles. I didn't have any crayons that Amy suggested using for this tutorial, so I used my water based felt tips. They don't quite look the same, but I still enjoyed the process.

With this page I was asking myself an everlasting question - how can we all be so hit&cold, dual, different all the time? How does it even all exist within one human being?

This was my answer to Riet's prompt on week 5. Rough and smooth. For me, also loud and blank. You can read more on the meaning behind this page here.

I feel like Week 5 was when I really got my mojo back on track and started creating more. This page was inspired by Molly and Alicia's work.

acrylics, collage, alpha stamps, Archival ink, black permanent marker, gold and white acrylic inks

For this last page of the week I followed EmK's tutorial on using contrasting warm and cool colors. I struggled with this page a lot, because I wasn't feeling the collage bit. But then the meaning came together, I doodled a hand on a scrap piece of paper (somebody needs to practice hand drawings!) and finished the page off with some mark making.

 

I'm feeling much more positive about my art these days and have quite steady creative flow. It makes me happy, although I understand that I wouldn't appreciate this as much if there haven't been any clouds on the horizon. So, I guess, I need to embrace the natural flow of creative energy and just enjoy the ride. Wishing you the same!

Hugs,

 

Sasha.

 

 

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