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.
Be a catalyst
Play with your supplies as though it’s a science experiment. Figure out what happens when you add water to them… alcohol… salt… bleach… What happens if you combine them or use different paper? What happens when your paper is prepped with gesso? What happens if you throw the medium against your journal? Be a scientist and learn – first hand – about your supplies.
Your reaction matters
“Change does not surface when you are not ready to be the catalyst. Your reaction matters, not your inaction.”
– Michael Bassey Johnson
Turn all of your inspiration for a week into action. Each time you see a journal page in the Get Messy Gallery that makes you think “That looks like fun” or “I wish I could do that”, do it. If you can’t immediately, keep a note of it on a post it and do them all at once. Be the catalyst.
The more light there will be
Watch Bradley Bell’s interpretation of The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski. Take note of what resonates with you and create from that.
What is your *spark*? What makes you who you are? How can you take that spark of light to illuminate your world?
magic in the mundane
“Magic happens on mundane days. It happens when you least expect it. It brings a spark to our drab and monotonous days!”
– Avijeet Das
What magic is there in your mundane?
Write 100 things that you are grateful for. Yes, 100. If you can’t find anything big to be grateful for, narrow your focus and find tiny things to be grateful for.
Steal what sparks you
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
– Jim Jarmusch
Steal your spark.
Go through your older journal pages and recreate a page. This time add new techniques you have learned since then, more finely tuned skills, and new life experiences too. You can create exactly the same thing or you can use it as a base and change it entirely.
Paint the sky
“The soft moonlight,
The shimmering sky,
The rays of the moon, and
Bunch of sparkling stars.”
– Jyoti Patel
Paint this poem.
Arielle Estoria is an artist who speaks life and spreads life. Go through her Instagram feed (@arielleestoria), her site, one of her books, or podcast interviews (I recommend her episode on the Liturgists titled Can Art Help Us Heal?). Take some of her light and create art from it. Add her words directly to your journal, use her colour palettes with your paint, listen while you create, or just journal about how she makes you feel.
Siphon your inspiration
“I work my inspiration til I find a spark of life in it
I draw on it
I siphon it
I earn my multi-hyphenate.”
– Lin-Manuel Miranda
Take a piece of inspiration and siphon from it. Work on it until you find a spark of life in it. Distill it to its purest form until you’re able to turn it into something that is your own.