Posted on June 4, 2015

Get Messy Art Journaling: Season of Adventure – Wk 1

I love embarking on adventures, of stepping into the unknown and immersing myself in new cultures, flavours, sights, sounds, smells and spaces.

So I’m jumping straight into the new Get Messy Art Journal Season: ADVENTURE.

Adventure Week1 'Get Messy' Double Spread

My first thought was of standing in a humid jungle rainforest, perhaps in the Amazon, surrounding by the throbbing and thrumming of wings and insects and animal calls.

Of the smell of the earth and the tangle of colours: multiple greens against exotic flora and fauna and creatures.

'Adventure' Butterfly Rainforest Week 1 'Adventure' Butterfly Rainforest Week 1 Close Up

Neon and lime and olive and teal. Dark crevices and the weight of perspiration on my eyelashes. Wet humid dripping twisted mists. A heart of wings and breath. Flashes of colour filtered through sunlight. A hot canopy of leaves and trees.

'Adventure' Week 1 Jungle Canopy Spread 'Adventure' Week 1 Jungle Canopy Close Up

Alone and wandering in this fantasy of GREEN GREEN GREEN GREEN, searing jungle heat beating down on me. skin sweltering, longing for a dark and shady pool.

I loved creating these pages and imagining my senses exploding with the immersive experience of a tropical rainforest.

I used my typewriter on masking tape and splashed and painted watercolours onto my pages.

For the second image I ripped up two photographs of trees and leaves so in real life their glossy sheen glints and catches the light, like sunlight burning through a canopy of trees, penetrating the dark and fecund humidity below. Looking at the finished page, I now wish I’d stuck these little photo-fragments closer together. But I didn’t. Nevermind!

I gathered leaves from my garden to add texture.

My pages are quite busy, but then so are tropical rainforests and jungles and human senses.

Find out more and join in with the Get Messy Season of Adventure.

Catch up with the other Get Messy creatives who’ve committed to posting a response to the ADVENTURE prompts every Thursday for the next 6 weeks.


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  • Reply Lauren June 4, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Love looking at your pages- so pretty and colourful! x

    • Reply daintydora June 5, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Thanks so much :) I got right into my tropical greens for these pages and the exotic words of the rainforest. Where next?? x

  • Reply Emily@squiggleandswirl June 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Love all the colour, the busyness and the words on masking tape oh and your big square pages too! I’m excited about his new season of get messy, I think it’s going to be my favourite. Look forward to seeing your next pages too. xx

    • Reply daintydora June 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

      The square pages are nice aren’t they? I’ve used this scrapbook before and then put it away, but it felt like just what I needed yesterday. I like a bit of ‘space’ on the page. I’m also loving my typewriter just now – it’s getting used almost as much as my laptop! Thanks for your words and your support. I think ‘adventure’ is going to be one of my favourites too xx

  • Reply Lila June 4, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Gorgeously busy and all the right kinds of messy, I love these pages!
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    • Reply daintydora June 5, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Thanks lovely! It’s so much fun to ‘get messy’ and just go with the flow – that’s when the real creativity shows up on the page for me xx

  • Reply Jacquie June 5, 2015 at 12:36 am

    These are such beautiful pieces of artwork, Rebecca. I LOVE the watercolour splashes and the masking tape with the typewriter print – great idea!
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    • Reply daintydora June 5, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thanks so much Jacquie – and for the shout-out on Twitter! I was really pleased with the typewriter and ink splashes :) Can’t wait for the next set of journaling prompts xx

  • Reply sarah June 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Love the torn photo idea. Looks great.

    • Reply daintydora June 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Thank you! There was a time I would never have torn a photo up, but get messy has changed all that. And it wasn’t exactly one for the family album. SO much better to create beautiful pages from a mix of resources :)

  • Reply Julia June 6, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Absolute perfection !!!!!

    • Reply daintydora June 8, 2015 at 7:04 am

      Thank you! Now I just need to visit a tropical rainforest for real… xx

  • Reply Dawn June 7, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Your journal is looking stunning! It’s obvious how much you are enjoying and getting into it. xoxo

    • Reply daintydora June 8, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Thanks for your lovely words Dawn. It really is a fun way to express thoughts and immerse into creativity :) xx

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