Season of Ubuntu (part 2)

One of the things I love about Get Messy is the way in which we spend an entire season exploring a single theme. Having several weeks to work with the same subject allows for different layers to come to the surface. The last two weeks of the Season of Ubuntu have been full of interesting …

Rituals class – October

The theme for October in the Rituals class with Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd was heritage. This page is a homage to my amazing Grandma, Jennie Z. Gilbert. She loved playing the piano and writing in her notebooks and was one of the kindest women I ever knew.. Many of these images are copies of old faded photos from …

Arty morning pages

For many years, I started my day with Julia Cameron's morning pages. Writing three sides of A4 paper, stream of consciousness, without stopping to think or edit, is a great way to clear your mind and step into the day. Recently I had been feeling a bit unfocused each morning and yet I didn't feel …

Inktober 2018 (part 1)

October is also Inktober, a month-long challenge to draw something with ink every day. I told myself I wasn't going to take part in another challenge at the moment. This lasted 3 days into October when I suddenly realised I didn't have to take part in a huge, all-encompassing, epic way. I could do something …

Season of Ubuntu (part 1)

It's Season of Ubuntu over at Get Messy. If, like me, you have never heard of this beautiful term before, it's to do with the essential human qualities of compassion and humanity. This quote by Nelson Mandela sums up what Ubuntu is all about: 'In Africa there is a concept known as 'ubuntu' – the …

Adventures in minimalism

I've always considered myself a bit of a maximalist. Too much empty space on the page made me feel uncomfortable. I had moments of thinking "I could stop here and it would be really classy" but then I'd think of one more thing I wanted to add. Basically, my approach to a page has been: …

Rituals class – September

September's Rituals class was all about renewal. We were playing around with a street art style that was so much fun. I particularly enjoyed signing my name in grafitti style, picturing my alter ego, the mysterious Divs, covering the walls of North London with her art. This first page was the solar spread, all about …