Monday, August 19, 2013

Spreading the Mess

A few weeks ago I noticed a slew of messages that went something like "I wish I knew how to do x properly." The thing is, generally speaking, the right way is whatever it takes to achieve the results you're looking for.

Toss out those notions of 'proper' and 'right'.

Now, it took me a very long time to embrace this in my own work, but once I learned to 'play' again my work improved by leaps and bounds. Learning to explore and experiment, taking chances and valuing the process of making (without fear of failure) truly frees the creative spirit.

I want to encourage this sense of creative freedom in others so I've cooked up a plan. It's  filled with messy fingers, celebrations of beauty and challenges to help anyone who wants move beyond the notion of 'doing things properly'.

I'm starting off simple with some Mess Making Journals. The first viddy show my process preparing the pages that will be used as the base of the book. Easy, messy, with very pretty results.

Take a gander, join in the fun, and let the mess spread :)


  1. This is splendid! I'm obsessed with seeing the process of other artists and your mess making is just wonderful. I wanna see moooore!

  2. What an excellent video! You are so generous with sharing your techniques. I love what you said about tearing the pages out of a book being the first true. Ironing the pages...really effective. The pages are beautiful!

  3. A gal after my own heart! I love a good mess making session; especially if something lovely sits on the table at the end.

    Love the video! Looking forward to following the series. :D

  4. What a lovely way to let go of all the inhibitions and let art freely flow. Can't wait to see what you are going to do with these beautiful pages.

  5. Watching you prepare the pages was very therapeutic ! I love your style and it was great to see you in action. I shall definitely have a go. Thanks Nichola.

  6. Hi Nichola, Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. I often wondered how you created the pages you used for your mini journals. So looking forward to the next steps.

    Take care,