On looking back and moving forward : Get Messy Creative Team Blog Hop

We’re celebrating diversity in art and giving away one annual membership with a hop through the Get Messy Creative Team. To enter, just leave a comment on the blogs in the hop. The more blog comments you leave, the higher your chance of winning! Winner will be announced on Saturday. At the end of this post just leave a comment and then follow the link to the next person on the hop.  My blog hop post is about looking back to see how my art journaling has developed and how doing that has given me a real boost to keep going.
Sometimes looking back helps you work out where you want to go next or find some extra energy to get you moving forward again. Well anyway that’s what happened to me when I was writing this blog post for the Get Messy Creative Team Blog Hop . I got the idea to look back at my old pages from my creative team member friend Tanyalee Kahler who has been inspiring me since I very first started checking out  Get Messy way back before it was open to new members.

 

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One of my very first pages. Learning about making acrylic backgrounds and adding doodling.

I started by collecting images I wanted to use to tell my art journaling story so far and as I looked at them I could remember making them, remember tutorials I’d watched, art supplies I suddenly “needed” to have and prompts I had tried. I can remember how I felt, what inspired me and even which room of the house I was in when I was creating. It’s like each page has it’s own little story which is hidden to everyone except me. Oh my goodness this was like a major a-hah moment ! I’m creating memories in a whole new to me way!

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This is kind of paint meets doodling, journal and my creative wishing list.

I don’t know if I have a style yet, but I can see myself in all of these pages and I can see how by trying new things and persevering that I have become a more comfortable art journaler. Maybe it’s the mindfulness that comes with creating that infuses the pages  with memory. Maybe it’s just something that happens, but looking back has given me new insights and a renewed excitement to keep going on this creative journey. Yay!

 

 

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Joining Get Messy, I found this image in a magazine and it just seemed perfect! I still love it.
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Love this song, don’t love the page but it was at my beginning so it belongs here.
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This was me starting to use images and words to express a feeling.
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The art journaling game by Vanessa  Oliver-Lloyd (@dansmoncrane). We added a new layer or element each day and this was such a new process/ discovery for me.
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Gosh trying lots of new things here! Collage, stencils doodling and mists. Printed out words were part of the prompt by Nina. (@imapapernerd)
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One of most favourite pages ever, inspired by what I’d learnt in the art journal game and adding some personal meaning relating to the prompts about if I am a nomad or like to put down deep roots.

 

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Altered book meets Jackson Pollock prompt plus colour, sunshine and inspiration!
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This was just for the joy of creating in my altered book. Visually pleasing to me.
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Being playful in my journal ( and celebrating finding out I made it onto the Get Messy team for 2016 – YAY)
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My first Get Messy blog inspiration post –  all about colour.
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Season of lists – Lists an art journals get along so well, and this image still makes me want to go and have a massage.
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Anything goes in my art journal and this shows me being pretty happy playing with paint and collage and letting the words come to me. ( with my new Gouache obsession)

 

Do you ever do this ? Maybe flick back through a sketchbook, read past blog posts or look at projects you’ve finished ( or started ) and feel more motivated to keep pursuing your hobby/craft/art ?  Do find your journals hold memories that you didn’t even know they did ?  Please leave a comment in the comments section for a chance to win a Get Messy Art journal membership ( or just so I can read your thoughts on this). I hope you have a chance to visit a few other perhaps new to you blogs as well on this blog hop. FYI if you are keen to win, each comment goes in the draw ! Next person in the hop is the super creative Julia at JulesTea and you can check out her inspiring art on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/jules_tea/

Thanks for stopping ( or hopping) by !

Emily 🙂

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56 thoughts on “On looking back and moving forward : Get Messy Creative Team Blog Hop

  1. Emily, what a wonderful post! It’s so cool to see an art journaler’s progression (I saw Tanyalee’s too). Everyone comes to the craft with certain skills and then with the Get Messy inspiration and tutorials the style shifts and changes and morphs, yet the basic person is still in the work. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Jules! My art space is so cute, but really i just love to take over our big table in the middle of the room, so my space seems to be mainly for storage haha.

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  2. I love your art journal pages. I also the photo of your set up. I love the different techniques that you use in your pages.

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  3. Great post! I too look back in my old journals simply to encourage myself to continue to grow. I am always surprised to see the change in my work and also interested to ‘see’ those feelings that come through.

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  4. I loooooves Tanya-lee’s look back and I love yours! How fun is it to see how much we have changed?
    I have only being doing this for like 4 months but I have already changed sooooo much!

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  5. Oh yessy!!! I love looking back at my art pieces and being amazed by some of them. Cos they are so good that I cannot believe I created them.

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  6. Hello!
    Your post is inspiring.

    And to answer your question: yes. Sometimes, looking back the things I did, I see feelings I didn’t know I was painting… It lets you learn stuff about yourself.

    xxx
    Val

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  7. I love seeing how your pages have changed through time. I like looking back on my old scrapbook pages to see how I’ve developed, but I would never change them.

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    1. Thank you , and yes looking back on scrapbooking is another great example. I’m with you, now I’d do it differently but I wouldn’t change what I’ve already done. Good luck !

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  8. I have not done “art” much through the years so I don’t have that look back on, unfortunately. But I did scrapbook for a time and make cards and write my name 100 times trying to improve my handwriting. And recently a friend posted a photo of a card that I made her years ago – a simple one but written in calligraphy. It was the best thing to know that she had kept it all this time. It was nice to be reminded that creativity in some shape or form has always been a part of me. Wow – sorry for the long comment but thanks for making me reflect! 🙂

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    1. How nice to be reminded that creativity has always been a part of you. I think that is important and helps to keep it alive. I remember I used to love making things and writing stories when I was a girl . Good luck !

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  9. Love, love, love your pages, Emily. I agree about memories associated with journal pages. I always pick a word for the year and journal about it at the beginning of a new year and when I see those pages am reminded how it has guided me throughout. Thanks for the hop and chance to win a Get Messy Art Journaling membership. Cheers!

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  10. just realized it’s nearly Saturday here, hope I’m not too late for a chance at the membership, but even so, this has been a great hop – love your retrospective of pages!

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  11. It’s very encouraging to see styles evolve and change. I see this too in the scrapbooking pages I made over the years (started art journaling just recently). Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  12. I try not get rid of anything I’ve created because I love looking back to see if I’ve made any progress. You’ve come so far, all your pages are great!

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  13. I enjoyed your post. I have a bin full of old journals and love to look back. It is amazing how looking at past works can recall memories and seasons of life. I think you found a powerful way to capture your story. Thank you for sharing!

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  14. Thanks for showing us how you started out – makes it seem less daunting for beginners! I’m a mental health practitioner and I run my own business. I’m about to launch some youth Art journalling workshops and would love to win the Get Messy membership so I can share the wealth of information and inspiration with my clients.

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  15. Thank you for letting us see your journey! I love that art journals hold memories in form of colors, because sometimes there are memories that can’t b explained by words!

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  16. Gorgeous pages and progression through your process Emily. I can resonate with the sense of remembering where you were/how you felt when you flick back through your pages. Love that! xx

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