Get Messy Season of Gifts // Weeks 3 & 4

I’ve managed to stay up to date with the Season of Gifts, even with all the holiday shenanigans! I’ve only been making one spread a week, but maybe that will change in the new year. I also thought it would be good to have an accountability partner, so I replied to Emma (over at Pattern & Paper) who started around the same time as me and had reached out to fellow newbies about the same thing. The holidays have got in the way so far, but hopefully we can encourage each other to continue with the Get Messy prompts and make great art in 2017! Here are my pages from Weeks 3 and 4:

Week 3


I tried really hard to make a cute page with items that were given to me over the week and some glitter, but most of that got covered over. You can see a little bit of the glitter, but it’s just not very me. The horse skull, however, is haha. Bizarrely this is not the first dead horse that has featured in this Moleskine! During the week I had been reading up on Mari Lwyd, a Welsh folk tradition performed by a group at Christmas time, which involves a horse skull on a stick carried to local houses where they would request entry through song. The householders would be expected to deny them entry, also through song, and the two sides would continue their responses to one another in this manner. If the householders eventually relented, then the group would be permitted entry and given food and drink. I was surprised I had never heard of this before because, 1) it’s weird and awesome, and 2) it’s from my area of Wales. Anyway, of course the horse made its way into the journal spread and I made it silly! I guess I just can’t do cute.

Week 4


I was all over this one when the prompts went up yesterday! My husband got this amazing wrapping paper when he got a gift from a co-worker last week, and I decided to gift wrap a page with it. It’s so cute and, like, soooo Californian, so we thought it would be the best way to preserve it! The ribbon was from a gift my boss gave me and I threaded it through the little tacos eyes haha.

I hope everyone had a great weekend, whatever you are celebrating (or not celebrating)!

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