This Messy May challenge gave further confirmation that I am much more inspired by technique prompts than word prompts. And I got to use some of my precious dried flowers and Japanese paper in the process.
This Messy May prompt to achieve a state of flow was asking a bit much, but I still enjoyed making this Klee-inspired block painting.
I wasn't particularly inspired by this Messy May prompt, but I did like the simple gelli plate technique the host used. I used that and my favourite butterflies to create this page.
There are some bits of this Messy May page that I like, but the main lesson has to be "don't try to make positive art about things that you're not currently feeling positive about".
This Messy May prompt was an easy one to follow. I already have the habit of rescuing (too many) things that could be useful from the rubbish. And, on this page, I made a point of using some of them for mark-making.
"Embrace imperfection" they said, so I got out my little gelli plate, paints, some leaves, and a piece of grip mat and made an imperfect but interesting page for this Messy May prompt.
Another Messy May prompt and, while the finished page isn't one of my favourites, it did give me an excuse to both shop for art supplies and trawl through old photos, which was nice.
A little bit of paint and a handful of bits and pieces from the leftovers box that caught my eye as I was rifling through it were all I needed to complete the "spark" prompt for Messy May.
I don't do journalling and I don't usually use words in my art, so creating found poetry from my own writing wasn't easy. The collage and ink splats make me happy though.
Just like working in series, only smaller. This Messy May miniature composition exercise is a fun way to do some quick experimentation.
This is a mess. Then again it was made for the Messy May challenge so I guess it's appropriate. I got to play with a couple of different techniques, so I'm calling it a successful mess.
Faced with an uninspiring host's response to the Messy May prompt word *courage*, I took a more abstract approach and indulged in some contemplative painting.
Eco-dyeing, fabric paints, embroidery and laser print transfer. Some yet-to-be-loved products get their first use in this "adventure" page for the Messy May challenge.
Series: Messy May #3 Prompt: 03 HAPPYHost: Michelle Schratz @raspberryblueskyGuidance: Carefree fun. Create with the joyfulness of a child. I enjoyed making this one. Forgetting about precision and tidiness and, for a start, not even bothering with brushes. What could fulfil the brief of child-like art better than finger-painting? I did start by putting some… Continue reading Messy May “happy”
Series: Messy May #2 Prompt: 02 SHOWING UPHost: Caylee Grey @cayleegreyGuidance: Show up in your journal today, in the easiest way possible. Use a bullet point list to (re)introduce yourself to your journal. In avoiding creating an art journal bullet list, I ended up creating a piece more akin to a scrapbook page. And I… Continue reading Messy May “showing up”