Download the season sidekick
Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season. This PDF is curvy in all the right places – it contains loads of images and text, so allow it some time to download.
⚠️ As with all prompts, take what you need and feel free to adapt it to your very own heart and art. If you are not a fan of flowers, feel free to replace them with trees, precious stones, animals, or something else that draws you in.
What is BLOOM to you?
The beauty of being part of a community is that we all have different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences that have shaped us. The same word means very different things to each of us. At Get Messy, we celebrate these differences
Before we dig into the prompts for the season, take some time to think about what the season means to you personally.
Spend time looking up the definition and finding one that speaks to you. Translate it to another language – your own, a fellow Messian’s, or one that looks like it sounds beautiful. Look at synonyms and explore the word closer.
What is your personal history with the word? What does the word mean in your culture?
Do you immediately connect with the season? Do you have an inherent bias against it? Why? Perhaps you need to reframe the season so that it perfectly fits with you and the current season you are going through.
What art techniques immediately come to mind? What do you want to explore on the topic? What song lyrics and quotes are you drawn to on the topic?
Explore the season deeply and intimately in a page in your journal before continuing on your journey with Get Messy and the rest of your Messy family.
Create before you consume. Then continue reading and we’ll elevate your own personal season together.
Return to yourself
“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.”
― Masaru Emoto, Secret Life of Water
Respond to the quote above.
Take the Botanicals In Art Journaling class that’s included in your membership.
Catalogue your colour
Spend an afternoon creating your own color catalogue. Use it to explore different themes / moods and create a color story for your next art journal page.
Bloom for yourself
“and if you’re not ready / to bloom for them, / (to show them who you really are) / then bloom for yourself. / bloom internally. / bloom so much that buds fall from your bones / and earth breaks beneath your feet”
– April Green
In what ways have you bloomed in your life? How can you bloom now, in your own way?
So they will not die
“I paint flowers so they will not die.”
– Frida Kahlo
What do you put into your journal to immortalise? What do you use your journal to remember? What would you like to remember right now. If you’re not sure, try these prompts…
Messy hair, don’t care
Draw yourself with flowers in your hair a la Frida. Either draw from scratch, collage, or use a photo and add more abstract florals. You can also check out the Botanicals class for more ideas.
Create a few types of mandalas. Follow Clare in creating a Torus mandala base that uses a compass, a freeform method which needs no equipment apart from a pen or pencil and your imagination, and try a collaged mandala.
The language of flowers
Create your own flower press, press a few flowers and leaves, and use those in your journal.
Represent the four seasons
Follow this Moriah’s collage tutorial to represent spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
All along, you were blooming
“One day you will look back and see that all along, you were blooming.”
– Morgan Harper Nichols
“Notice how the flowers still grow when the days are long and slow”
– Morgan Harper Nichols
Respond to the two Morgan Harper Nichols quotes above. For further exploration, listen to her on the Get Messy podcast.
Room for dried and room for bloomingblooming
“there is room for both the dried flowers and the blooming ones”
– Arielle Estoria
Listen or read MHN’s interview with Arielle. Morgan also shares art made from this and feel free to print them out and use them in your journal.
Colours + Roots
“I am in awe of flowers.
Not because of their colors,
but because even though they
have dirt in their roots,
they still grow.
They still bloom.”
― D. Antoinette Foy
What are your colours? What are your roots?