Storm

Storm. Treading water in the too much world, an ember of my heart is optimistic. She tells me, despite the relentless weather, it matters. * * * Today's poem is inspired by the Season of Contrast which just began today over at Get Messy. The inky drips background and scribbled handwriting were inspired by @tanyaleekahler …

Jewel

Jewel Your deeper brain has the intelligence of a mythological creature - neon curves in full bloom, explosion of lines at sunrise. Disappear within its mysterious dance. Today's poem was made using words cut out from a newspaper and one of the Neocolor backgrounds I made in Tanyalee Khaler's Messy Pages class. Here's a glimpse of …

Step right up!

Step Right Up (A Sad Circus Tale) Sold by her mother to an acrobatic clown, the scarred town, stray dog solitude of her fluid fingers evoke the night cries of the high-wire. It is a brilliant circus skill to overcome one's memories until tomorrow. * * * Step right up! Step right up! NaPoWriMo has …

It’s that time again!

It's nearly April and that means it's nearly time for NaPoWriMo! This is the month where people from all around the world set out to write a poem a day for 30 days. There's something wonderful about a creative challenge in which so many people from so many countries are involved. All that energy and focus; it’s …

Season of art 101

What a wonderful season it has been at Get Messy! We've been focusing on art materials and how to use them. I've found this especially helpful and enjoyable because I have little to no experience of many of these materials. While there are some I used as a child - felt tips, crayons - I've been discovering all …

Art and colour open up my world

One of the things I love so much about being part of the Get Messy art community is the feeling of connection with artists all around the world. The forums are alive with conversation - about art tools and resources, what we're working on, and what we've got planned in our creative lives. There is …

Inside you is a house

What is home to you? I recently started an online art journaling course with Juliana Coles of the Institute For Extreme Journalism. The course is called Inititation and it feels like the perfect vehicle for diving deeper with my art journaling exploration. This question comes from one of our first assignments. One of the things I …

I have entered The Witch’s Garden

When I was a girl, I spent the summers with my grandparents in Dublin, Ireland. My brothers stayed at my dad's parents while me and my sister stayed at my mum's parents. I loved it there and it's a place that has already featured in several of my comics. At the back of the main garden, with its beautiful …

How will I know?

One of the things I'm loving about art journaling is that you don't need to know where you're going when you start a page. In fact, it's often better not to know! This week I took a wonderful tutorial with Pam Garrison, guest artist of Season of Art 101 at Get Messy. We worked in …

Strange colour palette

No canvas absorbs colour like memory - Robert Aris Willmott It's Season of Art 101 over at Get Messy and this week we're playing around with acrylics. I had so much fun creating my own strange palette. It's amazing the associations that colours hold. This palette could be a poem, a story, a biography. Alternately each colour's name could be a …