Posted on May 18, 2015

Season of Brave: Art Journal Zine

So the Get Messy Season of Brave passed me in a flash.

I felt not so much BRAVE but slightly blocked – creatively, expressively, but most of all, brave-ly. My first week of Brave flowed like fish, all translucent watercolour and whimsical BRAVE thoughts.

And I so wanted to make my BRAVE zine amaZINE.

I had lots of ideas. Gathered cuttings and washi tape and pens and stamps and ink and glue, but, but, but

But now it’s here. My BRAVE art journal zine pages:

Get Messy 'Season of Brave' zine


Get Messy 'Season of Brave' zine Get Messy 'Season of Brave' zine

BRAVE is going FERAL for a day. BRAVE walks down empty streets. BRAVE embarks on a mini-adventure. BRAVE embraces random TANGENTS. BRAVE follows INSTINCTS. This is me: BRAVE. Because: Leaves make their own dreams. BRAVE wears bright colours. BRAVE listens to that INNER VOICE. BRAVE speaks in front of STRANGERS. BRAVE starts a new notepad and fills EVERY blank page. BRAVE wears heels. Sometimes. If it wants. BRAVE finds the GOLD. BRAVE is GOLD. Put a bet on BRAVE, not a full stop. BRAVE makes an art journal zine. And presses publish. BRAVE is self-preservation. I am BRAVE.

What’s your BRAVE?


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  • Reply Emily@squiggleandswirl May 18, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I always love seeing your pages, they inspire me to keep going on my learn to art journal journey. Recently my brave was expressing my feelings to my Dad and the consequence has been that I feel more authentic and I feel we are closer so yay for BRAVE. Also for brave is about keeping going with my pursuit of expressing myself creatively, learning to draw,art journal and collage and showing my creations along the way. I am embracing Brave, who knew the get messy art journaling would be so deep.

    • Reply daintydora May 19, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Ditto Emily with your pages! I think the community aspect of Get Messy (and also The Collage Club) is a continual inspiration to dig deep and keep going and produce something to share. It’s an accountability because sometimes there is so much to say and you don’t know how to start. It sounds like brave has been very transformative for you and came at a time for you to explore and weave in lots of different creative aspects. Yay for brave and thanks for your lovely comment. I wonder where Get Messy will take us next? xx

  • Reply Vanessa May 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I love your zine! Especially all your words and that paragraph on the yellow page. The energy that comes out of those pages is positive and inspiring.

    • Reply daintydora May 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you! Yeah I loved the yellow and the zing of the orange. Also the daring and bold of the red. Colour can be such a big part of telling a story/expressing thoughts and feelings, particularly with something as big as ‘brave’ xx

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