Saturday, 5 May 2012

How do you like your mess in the morning?

In the flesh this all lumpy and bumpy and full of texture with words jumping out at you. I think it's trying to tell me a story but is struggling to remember the plot

You'll find me saying "that's interesting" a great deal at the moment. I might be observing the effects of acrylics on dried pva glue when sprayed with water... or the intriguing patterns and colour mixes from shaking my camera while taking shots. This is me celebrating the accidents and mistakes.

Pretty shapes that weren't really there captured by a shaking camera. I'm not even going to tell you what this is... just let your imagination come up with the story.

Have you thought about how the work you are doing in your messy journals and the lessons you learn are spilling out in your own lives? Don't you find it's feel very positive to be making mess? I tipped too many herbs in my pasta sauce - it was no longer a dreadful mistake. It was a new taste experience, a different take on a familiar recipe. We're breaking rules that are meant to be broken. We're pushing buttons and trying on outrageous costumes.

I love how the camera blur gives this painting of mine such an angelic feel - another happy accident!

I for one am loving it. I found myself smiling this week when I found myself questioning the instructions in Keri's book. These strips of paper were supposed to be blank... but mine had words on. Also, it's 'interesting' that when she wrote that we should drop them at the same height I assumed it would be from just that...  height. But have you ever tried to drop wispy bits of paper onto a very small book from waist height. They spiral, they curve, they take any direction they wish (except straight down onto the glue covered page). It turns out that 'height' could also be just an inch from the page.

My challenge to you this week is to embrace every mistake outside of your book work as 'interesting' and see where the thought process leads you and within the book, let's see how differently we might be able to interpret a set of instructions by discarding the first thoughts that come to mind - let's see how far we can push ourselves.

Look closely at the picture above. What do you see? I took this photo as a blurry experiment. It wasn't until I saw it on my pc screen that I realised just how fascinating it was. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I found it "very interesting."


  1. Love these messes. The blurry photos are really good. I had the same problem dropping slips of paper on the glued page and the white slips looked so tame - not a mess at all, so I have to take that further. I think the last pic looks like a bit of a tabby cat.

    1. Keep looking at that picture Jez... look deeper....!

  2. I am loving it too. Since I work in a library I am not supposed to make messes inside or outside books. Will think about your suggestion for the week...that would be very interesting to say the least.

  3. Gemma...I know what you mean. I was telling a teacher at school today about our Messy Group Book. **gasp!** They couldn't believe what we were doing to books. hehehe. It was hard at first, but now I can say I am absolutely having a blast! It seems like one idea leads to another...and to another...and another!

    Love your messes, Lisa!! The blurry pics are very cool.

    It's a birdhouse...taken through a stained glass window? Awesome!