Posted on March 26, 2015

‘Season of Love’ Get Messy Art Journal Blog Hop

For the last 6 weeks I’ve been art journaling the ‘Season of Love’ prompts, since signing up for the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge.

At first the number of prompts posted each week seemed a bit daunting, too much, overwhelming. But I was over-thinking it and aiming for perfection. So I took a step back and waited to see what others posted in the first weekly link-up.

And then I got inspired.

I also realised that life isn’t perfect and love certainly isn’t perfect and art journaling is not a medium for accuracy and being a perfectionist. It’s a way to document life through inspiring prompts that provide a sense of direction while being wide open to interpretation.

And so I let myself pick and choose which prompts really ‘spoke’ to me and focused on those. And then I couldn’t stop.

Here’s some of my favourite pages that I’m sharing as part of a Get Messy Art Journal Blog Hop:

Art Journaling - LOVE

I think this first page was my most powerful. (And the quickest!)

Sewing love into the seams, art journaling

Incorporating sewing into this page, my first thought was ‘love sewn into the seams‘ of clothes and of fresh laundry and a mother’s love. In my head I could see a big, messy house filled with love and laughter and that smell of clean clothes freshly washed and warm from the dryer.

It took me right back to memories of my Mum’s linen cupboard as a child, where clothes and sheets would ‘air’ in the latent heat from the old boiler alongside special and extremely loved toys recovering after ‘stitching’ operations.

Art journaling using ee cummings poem

Here I’ve incorporated a poem by e.e. cummings, and loved the background image that I ripped from a magazine of a clichéd, misty scene straight out of a film.

It seemed to conjure lovers walking hand in hand in the park or stopping for a picnic. I used floral fabric tape and pretty punched-out shapes like confetti and scribbled down some things that I love:

Flowers, trees, the sea, ladybirds, dragonflies, jasmine tea and cloudy, periwinkle skies filled with desires…

Love Letter FOUND

‘Writing a love letter to a stranger was SUCH a fun experiment, which I executed on my birthday. I want to do more of this!

Art Journaling 'the language of love'

Here I was thinking about the ‘language of love’ and found it quite deep and emotional. I was pleased to find this image of roses that I could use to illustrate the layers of love and the layers of language that build and change over time, like a marriage.

I chose the film Love Story as my inspiration and talk more about this in my post: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”.

And then things got a bit dark, which drew me right in. I loved it, in fact:

Dark Days Art Journal page

Taking part in the Get Messy ‘Season of Love’ really got me thinking about all the aspects of love and also the different kinds of love.

Before signing up for this art journaling challenge, I was already curating little scrapbooks of places I’d been and ideas, tickets, receipts, photographs and mementos, but I didn’t write anything down on these pages; too scared was I to ‘spoil’ the page or make it look messy (haha!)

Here’s some examples of my clean, pre art journaling pages:

Scrapbook page Scrapbook page Scrapbook page

I still like them, but journaling a page makes it so much more.

And already I’m freer; free to do whatever I want (and now I’m singing Primal Scream in my head) and it’s messy but marvellous.

I’d like to share the love and link to some other like-minded art journalers from the Get Messy group. Check them out and see what you think:

I know I’ve still got so much to learn and so many techniques to try, but I can’t wait to immerse in the next Get Messy ‘Season’.

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply Caylee March 26, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Oh honey I love the way you collage. Your love sewn into the seams is such a unique way of seeing love, and the story is beautiful.
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    • Reply daintydora March 26, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Thanks Caylee! That means so much coming from a seasoned art journaler like you :)

  • Reply Keshena March 26, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I couldn’t agree more with your comment about it not being about perfection and how learning to let go brings such a sense of freedom with it. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your thoughts and checking out your pages, looking forward to seeing what you get up to next season x
    Keshena recently posted…Get Messy Art Journal Blog Hop – Season of LoveMy Profile

    • Reply daintydora March 26, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Thank you – let’s banish the idea of ‘perfect’ and embrace the messiness that is life and living! I think the next season is going to be amazing xx

  • Reply France March 26, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Such good stuff. I didn’t get to leave a letter to a stranger, but I still want to try that. My favorite is the journaling on the roses. So pretty and thoughtful.
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    • Reply daintydora March 26, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Oh you definitely should try it – I so enjoyed scribbling down some lines and wondering who – if anyone – would find it and if they would reply. I loved the roses too and would like to use that idea again, perhaps over an image I’d photographed myself? So much possibility! x

  • Reply Julia March 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Your sewn in collage is perfection!!!! :D

    • Reply daintydora March 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Thank you so much x

  • Reply katie smith March 26, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    You definitely have your own style and it is amazing! :)

    • Reply daintydora March 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m constantly inspired by the creativity in the group and can’t wait to be ‘brave’! :)

  • Reply Kimberlee March 26, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    So many creative pages! Totally impressive. I really loved the roses with the words on them. So clever. I also have to say that I love the look of your blog as well. :)
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    • Reply daintydora March 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Aw thank you. I only started this one in December and wanted it to be a really funky, inspiring space. Get Messy is really helping with that! x

  • Reply Dawn March 26, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I am in love! Your pages speak volumes and it is so awesome to see how you have evolved. Beautifully done!

    • Reply daintydora March 26, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Aw, thanks so much. I’m feeling the ‘Get Messy’ love! x

  • Reply Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd March 27, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Whaaaaat? So much layered goodness here! I love all the texture and visual exploration. i love that you feel more free. I can’t wait to see where it’ll take you!!!
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    • Reply daintydora March 27, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thank you – neither can I! I got carried off in all different directions with this season and it’s amazing what thoughts and ideas come up as you ‘journal’ them down. Looking forward to being more free and ‘brave’ x

  • Reply Emily@squiggleandswirl March 27, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I love seeing what you create ! I think adding more of you to the pages really works, well done. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with next season :)

    • Reply daintydora March 27, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Emily. It really is a very personal journey isn’t it? Interpreting and playing with what comes up when you start delving into the prompts, and ultimately, getting to know ourselves (and our emotions and creativity) better. I think the next season is going to be even more fun and enlightening! xx

  • Reply Karyn Schultz March 30, 2015 at 2:55 am

    wow, what amazing pages! I really love all the different inspiration on this hop. And I love the quotes you have included
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    • Reply daintydora March 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Thank you – there really has been such diverse responses. Must go and check the new season prompts right now! x

  • Reply Cassandra March 30, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Fab pages! Love your variety and bold designs! TFS.

    • Reply daintydora March 30, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply Lauren April 1, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Oh WOW! I love your style. The layering and the use of scraps and pieces is so amazing.

    • Reply daintydora April 3, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much! :)

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