If 2016 was a step out of my comfort zone, 2017 is going to be a leap. I want to make more art and improve, put myself out there even more, and actively get involved with a community. When I decided those were my creative goals for the next year, it was a no-brainer what I would turn to for help – I finally became a Get Messian!
I’ve been following Get Messy through its evolution since 2014, but I wasn’t confident enough in my art to get involved back then (which seems silly in hindsight). In 2016 I reached a point where I was really happy with what I was making and started craving community. I made a few friends online over the year, which was fantastic, but I was still feeling a bit isolated. After seeing that a couple of my favourite art journalers were going to be on the Get Messy Creative Team in 2017, I thought it was about time to take the plunge.
The community aspect has been great so far, I already “knew” a few of the team and other Messians through Instagram and I’ve gotten to know some fellow newbies over the last couple of weeks. My only problem so far has been the prompts. I’m just not good at following prompts! I can never follow challenges like that because… well, I guess I am stubborn and don’t like being told what to do haha. I’m just used to journaling about whatever I feel like. I do know that you can tackle the prompts however you like – including disregarding them – but it’s been tough for me to even think about them.
That being said, I have made a spread for the two weeks so far, so I can’t be that terrible at it!
Personally speaking, 2016 involved a lot of waiting and being (im)patient. Thankfully everything picked up in the second half of the year. There were many trials, but it’s kind of funny looking back on them now and seeing how they probably wouldn’t have been the right option had they worked out the way I originally hoped. I’m now where I need to be to move forward, and I’m glad it’s what 2016 eventually gave me.
I’m a grinch and not the biggest fan of Christmas/the holidays, so the prompts from this week were a little difficult for me. Luckily my husband is good with bouncing creative ideas back and forth, and he pretty much came up with the idea for this page. When I said I didn’t like any Christmas songs, he played me the cover of Run Rudolph Run by Lemmy, Dave Grohl and Billy Gibbons – I guess it’s the only one I can stand! He suggested drawing them, and I added the festive costumes and how I would decorate my tree if I could. I know it’s a bit silly, but I like how it turned out.
I’m looking forward to seeing where Get Messy takes me this year. I already have plans to go back and tackle some of the seasons I missed (I’m thinking Dreams and Introspection) and I’m excited to see what’s to come!