Thursday, September 4, 2014

09/04/14 - "Get Messy": August Prompt

What is "Get Messy"?

"Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire."
The ladies, I mean vixens, in the group are responsible for the following, and again I quote: 
1. Post at least two pages onto the internet each Thursday - 10am CAT on blogs, and throughout
the day on Instagram. This challenge was created to keep us creating, and to keep us accountable. 
2. Take part in the prompt link up once per month.
3. Use the hashtag  #getmessyartjournal

I am -NOT- part of the group.
I just don't have that kind of time.
However, I have been stalking them, all of them, since I need ideas and inspiration for my art journal.
I have not been disappointed!
I have enjoyed viewing their work and even interacting w/ them a bit.
I have also been inspired to create something for their August prompt: "Who Am I?"

Before I share what I created I want to include the link to the "Get Messy" home blog so that you can take a look at it and, because it includes links to all their blog and/or IG accounts, maybe you may want to visit a few of the vixens yourself!
Get Messy

Okay, so as I stated earlier, the prompt I am interpreting is "Who Am I?"
I will share what I created and, in case you can't read my writing, I have typed my journaling underneath my photo. The journaling also gives details about the prompt:

Journaling: "9.2.14 >
I decided to join the ladies at "Get Messy" in creating a page for the August prompt: "Who Am I?"
(yes, I realize I'm a few days late!)
This involves 2 parts:
1. - A journal challenge: If you had one page to show the world who you are what would you put on it.
2. - An art challenge: Use anything except an actual photo of yourself to make a self portrait.
This is what I came up w/ - cuz who I am is much to complicated to explain despite the fact that I really am a simple person!"
When I read the prompt, I was excited to dive in!  However it was a lot more challenging than I thought!
My first instinct was to list:
   My titles:  Mother, Wife, Daughter, etc...
   My favorite hobbies: Drawing, reading, scrapbooking, etc...
   My other favorites: colors, foods, TV shows, etc...
But than I realized, even though those are pieces of me, they do not make me "Who I Am". Plus I had just recently created a "Favorites" art journal page.
Then I started to think, what if I left something out when I created my page...
It started to become this "monster" in my mind.
So I stopped actively thinking, pushing the challenge to the foreground of my thoughts and after a few days of this, suddenly ::POOF::, the Popeye quote came to me!  I knew at once that it was perfect since I really 'am what I am' and nothing more. Plus it's a funny way to express oneself and I'm all about the funny!
I then thought I should put a little bit of seriousness into the page and I then remembered one of my favorite quotes, which is also very true about me!
After finding the perfect image on Google, my page came together quite easily and I am very pleased w/ it!
As you can see it's simple, but that's one of the things I like about art journaling: you can make it as complicated or as simple as you choose. And since I am both complicated and simple, it fits into my life just perfectly!


  1. Wonderful work! I really love that Augusten Burroughs quote too!! :)

  2. Loveeeeeeeee this!! That quote is fabulous!!!!!

  3. Doreen! I think this is soo cool that you joined us with no pressure! Sometimes thats the easiest way to create!! Love the quote! Nice meeting you!

  4. What a fun journal to do! Great cartoon :) and AWESOME quote.


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