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Get Messy Art Journal. The Season of Lists.


I am happy to report I am managing to do some work in my art journal almost every day which is something I have been trying to do since I joined the Get Messy community at the beginning of the year. I rarely start and finish a page in one sitting, mainly because each layer has to dry before I add anything else.  This is another reason that I usually have more than one sketchbook on the go.

This first page is one I started over a week ago when I saw the fabulous crane in an old National Geographic magazine.  I added a little gold craft paint to the gesso and glued down my bird.  Then I left it.  For ages. I added the triangle doodles and left it again.  Today I finished the page with one of the list prompts from Get Messy Lists – ‘Mysteries to Explore’.  I jotted down a few mysteries and I am not sure that my bewildered crane has any answers!



The top spread started as a watercolor ‘wash’ for the April watercolor challenge headed up by the lovely Torrie at Fox and Hazel.  I added the Bognor Regis poster and wrote a list of  ‘Lessons Learned’.

You may have seen the feathers before as I painted these absolutely ages ago and didn’t know where to go with them. In fact I painted two pages of them in case I ruined one page with any additions.  I kept this page simple with some tiny doodles and a list of ‘What I have Sacrificed’.


This last page is one I made from beginning to end in one go.  I mixed up a teal with my acrylic paints and made stripes with it.  The words came from an old dictionary and I just added some dots and the list title with a white paint pen and a Gelly roll pen. Like the feathers, this page is in a vintage book which I use as an art journal.

I am enjoying The Season of Lists at Get Messy Art Journaling.  Looking forward to next week!

Happy Thursday x



  1. Wow Clare you are doing amazing things in your art journal, I’m so inspired! The crane does look bewildered. I’ve been to Bognor Regis as I have family living there. Looking forward to seeing what you create next week. x

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