Birth Story

It's turning out to be an interesting season at Get Messy this time round! During the last season - The Season of Art 101 - I followed many of the prompts and tutorials, and the pages I created were very clearly influenced by these choices. During this season - The Season of Contrast - I have …

Make the sounds

Today's poem is a form of found poetry. It was created from doodles made while on the phone to a good friend and fragments of our conversation. I love how weird it is! * * * an ordinary guy in a suit this is a weird practice shape your mouth in a particular way and …

All the best warriors I know are on TV

O! To rest On a great wooden chair, Covered with sheepskin, And drink a cup of ale Between battles! * * * Something troubling you? Why not follow Lynda Barry's sage advice and draw a monster? That's what I did today and found it so much more satisfying to see my fears visualised and externalised …

Folding the twilight

Hands circling, gathering the ancient air, my mother folds the twilight into night. * * * I created the background for this piece during a wonderful online art session this afternoon with some of my friends from Get Messy. Both the colours and the use of Jewish imagery were very much influenced by the paintings of …

Travel News

This is the story of a different kind of cave hidden in the foothills of the moon. * * * During the course of this NaPoWriMo, without intending to, I've developed a method of sorts for creating art journaling poems out of words from the newspaper. It goes something like this: I create a background or …

Floating

Okay, I'm really pushing the boat out in terms of what constitutes a poem here. As you may have noticed, this one has no words. It has a title though, so maybe that counts? Floating - it could be a one word poem, right? This piece was created using an intuitive painting method from a wonderful …

All this time

This spread began a couple of weeks ago as part of an assignment for Initiation, an introduction to art journaling with Juliana Coles at the Institute for Extreme Journalism. We worked layer by layer, each time "messing up" any idea of having reached a destination. Even now, it's hard to say with confidence that this …

Talking to my body

The visual aspect of today's poem is inspired by a Get Messy live web chat with Amy Maricle of Mindful Art Studio. Her relaxed and playful approach was the perfect way to get back to art journaling after a few days away at a wonderful yoga retreat in Herefordshire. One of the things she said that has …

She

She is up there on the hill, clearing a path through the wild summer grass, making a nest for the little bird. She would like to meet herself one morning. She has sent an invitation. In winter, she removes her own skin, makes broth from her bones, dances naked by the fire. She will be …