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Get Messy Season of Colour/Color Week 5

This season is flying by and has been one of my favorites which I think may be because I made my own sketchbook from paper bags and an old giant atlas and I have tried to not put any pressure on myself with any of the pages. This has sometimes worked and not always worked if I am honest.

I don’t want a half full book, so I am working to fill it and I don’t want to turn over a page I don’t like without finishing it (I would totally do this in a bought sketchbook).  This has meant that on more than one occasion I have had to slog through a page which didn’t start at all well and keep working on it until it transforms. I am happy to say that I have ended up with successful pages in my eyes.

I have been enjoying the prompts and the tutorials provided by the Get Messy team this season, to the extent that I haven’t done nearly as much as I have been inspired to.  At least I know I can revisit and carry on in between seasons!


I really wanted to make a monochromatic page so I chose purple as my base colour.  A bold move as purple is not my favorite.  I mixed some white, black and grey gesso to provide a variety of purpleness and found a couple of images from magazines as my starting point – which was a black page from the atlas and a shopping bag page!




As I painted and covered and painted and covered, I was not loving this page one little bit.  I even picked up my gesso and plastic card at one point to cover the whole lot and start again.

There were a few bits I did like, so I carried on.  The card and paint did have to cover that dreadful writing though!!!


Some china pencil, Posca white pen, a few vintage postage stamps, more paint and all done! If things aren’t going as you want, keep going, it will turn out well in the end!


In complete colour contrast I also made a couple of pages using collage shapes which started as colorful patterns on vintage typing paper and dry wax paper. I did a page of each colour on each paper and cut some shapes from each.


This was the first page I made with the collage paper (on paper bags) and I enjoyed creating it and I kept some negative space to highlight the colours.

I had lots of patterned paper left and the page before (it is the map peeking through on the right) wanted some colour too!


So I grabbed my matte medium and my big paintbrush and ripped the collage papers and glued them down to overlap and mix with each other.  I love dry wax paper for this because once it is glued down the paper is transparent and only the paint shows. I made this last page quickly, only pausing to check the balance of the colours and it is my favorite this week.

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Happy Thursday x



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