Get Messy – an Art Journal Challenge

I am very excited to be a part of the awesome Get Messy series with Caylee, Sabine and Lauren. They kindly invited me to join them and I’m ever so grateful and happy to be in their company.
For this art journal page (which I did yesterday) I embraced my inner Caylee, a.k.a. the Glitter Goddess, and did a page full of gold, glitter and all things that sparkle. It was a little out of my comfort zone to use THAT much gold goodness but it felt good to do something different. The second page is more of the usual Olya-style with purples, pinks and an inspirational quote 🙂20140604-193839-70719339.jpgThese following pages are from the end of April. I was itching to do some art journaling, which was long overdue, and started by opening my notebook and looking around my desk for crafty supplies to put in it. I used some acrylic paints, then added pretty paper (using my Tiny Attacher, of course), then followed rub-ons, washi tape and vellum geotag. I left some room to journal how I felt before my art show.
The page to the right is a similar story, except without any journaling, which is typical. More than half of my pages are without any sort of journaling of my own, and I’m completely okay with that. Just putting pretty things together on the pages is a good therapy for me.20140604-193914-70754704.jpgSometimes my pages are not that elaborate at all, and that’s perfectly fine with me. For example, this page has neon paint as its background, a photo from a girl’s night out that didn’t make it into the Project Life album, some washi and a tiny geotag embellishment. Plain and simple.
The next page is even less complicated, just various stamps and some washi tape. Boom, done, I’m happy.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my art journal pages. And I hope even more that if you ever wanted to start art journaling, you jump RIGHT IN, today. Don’t overthink it, there are no rules. If you don’t want to ruin a pretty notebook, pick one where you can easily rip pages out. If you don’t know where to start, take a deep breath and open your journal to second or third page, gather some pretty papers, washi tape, paint, stickers and just go for it. Have fun! You’ve got nothing to lose but only to make yourself proud. If you need more convincing, check out my Instagram friend Jodie who started art journaling again, after 20 years. You can read how she embraced the process and made it her own here. She is one of the most creative people I’ve met on the Internet and I’m honoured and humbled to play a part in her art journal adventures 🙂
Also, please don’t forget to check out art journal pages from Lauren, Caylee and Sabine!


3 thoughts on “Get Messy – an Art Journal Challenge

  1. I am beyond excited that you’ve joined us. Your style is so unique and so beautiful. As expected, I just love every page of yours.

    I’m so honoured to have been mentioned and to be associated with gold. That, along with your purply goodness is my favourite spread. They go really well together, I think.

    If I am the Goddess of Glitter then you are the Rainbow Raven, Countess of Colour, Darkness Discourager. Etc etc. Not as catchy, but, you know. My powers are with glitter and not naming 🙂

  2. In my opinion, this is the thing to to in an art journal. Trying something new and out of your own comfort zone. And I have to say, it looks great! Still Olya-Colorful-Style 🙂

  3. I found your blog through this art journal challenge and love your work! I’ve recently starting art journalling and share sometimes on instagram (@missdelaneypaige). I’m from Vancouver too (although not living there now) so it’s nice to see the occasional glimpse of home on your feed! Xo

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