Get Messy 20 + September Link Up

Hello all you wonderful art journalers you! I’m so excited you’re here for todays art journaling adventure! I cannot wait to see all the magic you’ve created. As always, the link up is at the bottom.

I actually stamped the background of these pages weeks ago and have been waiting on the right bit of inspiration to use them. I was a little annoyed at how expensive some stamps out there are because they are so simple. So I thought, I’ll fix that. So I pulled out my handy foam-with-sticky-back sheets, cut the shapes I wanted and stuck them onto a stamp mount I got for a quarter. The foam absorbs the ink somewhat but makes a pretty great quality stamp and there’s obviously no cleaning involved and they are reusable. Win, win, win!

Wander art journal by lauren likesย For this page, I cut a simple triangle stamp and just repeated it. I printed out a photo and attached that Wonder & Wander phrase that I printed from the VRSLY app. (I’m obsessed with this app!)

Reading art journal by lauren likesI made a simple + stamp for this one. I’ve been really drawn to the simple, graphic, geometric shapes lately. I added a photo that has been sitting in my art journaling stash + a recycled paint strip and a Studio Calico card that I don’t like enough to put in my Project Life and listed all the books I’ve read this year (full review to come!). Easy and a good way to document my reading list.

Sabines prompt this month was about adventure, in life and in art. What would you do if you lived more adventurously? And the art challenge was to try a new technique. I found this photo of these dancers and I was immediately transported back to my prima ballerinaย awkward dancer days. I so intensely loved this passion, but was never the best, so I was intensely fearful. I was afraid of getting hurt, of committing, of being embarrassed, of looking dumb. So I never fully committed. (I also wasn’t great, but that’s a different discussion) Whether my life plan was to be on Broadway or just enjoy a hobby, I was too afraid. I graduated high school and bowed out without really ever giving it my all. I regret that. I would have very, very likely failed and never ended up on Broadway (Im all about self-actualization and honesty here), but that’s not the point. The point was to BE BRAVE. So that is what I would like to do. (I have seen a resounding theme in these journals lately) I would like to live without fear or self-consciousness.

Adventure art journal by lauren likesFor my new art technique I tried nail polish marbling with vellum. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work. Well it did, but it was bad. But marbling the thicker cardstock worked amazingly! I love the way it turned out and I loved the challenge of trying a new medium and having to figure out how it works (water temperature is SO tricky with this) and using my hands in a different way than usual. Bravo Sabine, Bravo! As always, the amazing Elise was one step ahead of me and had this awesome tutorial that I referenced.

Marbling by lauren likesNow! Show us what YOU made!

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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

38 thoughts on “Get Messy 20 + September Link Up

  1. Sabine

    wow, love your pages. They are beautiful, especially the stamp pages. Simple pattern are the best to work with. Your marbled page looks awesome, too. And I have to read your text in a quiet moment. It’s too busy around here at the moment.
    Thanks for introducing the VRSLY app. Never heard of it before, but it looks really amazing. Downloaded it in an instant ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Delaney

    I hear you on the fear of looking stupid vs the love of dance! I joined an adult ballet class last year – it was the perfect antidote to years of regret! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kara

    Looooove your stamped pages. And I thought your marbling turned out rather nicely!! I’ll have to give that a go sometime too! Fun!

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  6. Doreen Vasquez

    When I saw your first 2 pages I thought…hey those look like mine! I too like simple stamps.
    But I don’t make mine so your way cooler than me! LOL!
    Love what you said about fear.
    It’s funny how much fear can hold you back from doing things, big or small.
    I wish there was away we can turn it off and only use it in situations where fear is actually needed!
    Love the marble design you made…very pretty!

  7. Olya

    Lauren, I love your pages. The bold, the geometric and the marbelling effect. And I love your honestly about your prima ballerina days. <3
    So good, as always, my friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. andrea

    These are probably my fave ones by you. They are perfect.
    I tried to marble as well a few days ago but hm, it didn’t worked exactly like I wanted it to be.

  9. Cody Doll

    Seemed to be a theme for the day of marbling. I haven’t tried that yet but I am thinking about it. I used to dance too but I quite because of my womenhood (period) but I am plan on doing it again for some college classes. I know my body wouldn’t be accepted into any find ballerina academy but I am okay with that.
    Love how that’s what you chose for your be brave theme!
    I also really love your stamps. If you do a tutorial I wanna know cause reading just didn’t make sense but I really want to learn how to make cheap stamps for my journal.

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  11. Vanessa

    It’s so cool that your first pages are monochrome (or almost) and then this month’s prompt page is super colorful. I think learning not to fear is what carries us from adolescence to adulthood. I also did the nail polish marbling thing but following A Beautiful Mess’s tutorial and got it all over the sink, oups! I can’t wait to hear what you thought of Her Fearful Symmetry?

  12. Sarah

    REALLY love these pages Lauren. Could you do a little ‘how to’ post of how you did the stamps? I really would like to do this but not sure what I need to buy.

  13. Eliza

    Your pages are amazing! I tried to make potato stamps last week but that did NOT work out well for me… I think I may try your technique next though ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, I have always loved dancing so much but same as you, shied away from really giving it a proper go because I constantly measured myself against other better kids in my classes. You should try and find some adult classes though! They’re so much fun and everyone in there has pretty much the same story, i.e wishing they’d tried harder (or at all) as kinds ^^

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