One of my favorite parts about the Get Messy Community is the people I’ve met. Vanessa of Dans Mon Crane is one of those awesome people. We were chatting online a few months ago and I asked her if she knew of the Voynich Manuscript. It started a whole conversation about spell books. We decided to make spell journals and swap them. Since V lives on the other side of the world, we decided to only do one swap.
After I worked on mine for a while, I realized that most of the pages dealt with time in some way. So I called mine Time Spells.
When I made Vanessa’s journal, I printed out all these snippets of poetry to go in hers. I had leftovers so some of them made it into my book.
Vanessa’s style is different from mine in some lovely and dramatic ways. I had no idea how they would combine. I messaged her after I worked on one page giddy with excitement over how our styles meshed and complimented each other.
This is hands down my favorite spread. I love the red, yellow, and sea green and how her base layer provides so much structure and uniformity to what I added on top.
My daughter nearly ran off with my journal when she saw this fox. (The line about fox lives is from a poem by W.S. Merwin called Fox Sleep.)
I love V’s use of color and imagery.
The boxes combined with the historical photo on this page really work for me.
I wish you could see the sparkles on this page. V used iridescent watercolors so it is just magical.
This is the other page that I adore. That phrase is can be either lovely or creepy. I like the ambiguity of it.
Look at that witch that Vanessa stitched! It is amazing!!
I am thrilled with the way this journal turned out. Thank you, Vanessa, for sharing this with me! If you want to see the one I sent to Vanessa and how she made it hers, check out her blog to see it.