❝I found I could say things with colour and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for❞

- our homegirl Georgia O'Keefe

About Get Messy

Get Messy is a community and creative mentorship program for women who want to explore their creativity, their voice, and their lives through art journaling (by embracing the mess).

Get Messy is led by Caylee Grey and Lauren Hooper, with a host of creative mentors along the way.

The Get Messy Origin Story

One day, two ordinary girls who loved paper, scissors and pretty pictures decided to not be ordinary girls anymore. Each girl hoarded paper, paint, and ideas. Lots and lots of ideas. One girl was blonde, African by birth and German by heart. One girl was a brunette, American by birth and explorer by heart. They were both a little impulsive and jumped from one shiny new project to the next seductive new class on a whim.

On that fateful day, being frustrated at work with no creative direction, the brunette said, “lets commit”. The blonde was always up for fun and a challenge. They made a pact by bathing in glue and showering in glitter (that’s the secret to making it stick). After purchasing a lovely and inspirational art journaling class, both girls decided it was time to hunker down in the crafty trenches. They began making. And making. And making. Through their pact they created two art journal pages a week and shared them on Thursdays. Then another sparkly, glue stick wielding girl caught the fever. Then another and another. The 2 girls looked up and they were no longer alone in their desire to create and learn and hone and focus and grow, now they were in a circle of 7 talented friends who wanted in on the pact…

Months later there were 100 artists, creators and friends, spanning the globe and sharing art journal pages under the hashtag #getmessyartjournal every Thursday. The world wanted in on creating consistently. We opened the Get Messy membership to 500 artists.

Get Messy now has 2000 Messians and over 50 000 pieces of art made and tagged on the hashtag (yay!).


Get Messy started as Caylee and Lauren making art journal pages together each week because we knew that accountability and community are the ways we succeed at things in life. Then we grew and expanded to 1000’s of makers from around the world who were all connected through the internet. The Get Messy community is truly one of the kindest, most helpful and welcoming communities on the planet. We hang out and chat everyday in our private member Forums + Facebook group but also on instagram, blogs and anywhere else you might share your art online. Get Messians (what we call our members) show up for another is so many amazing ways like: helping answer creative questions, understanding your obsession for paper bits, being supportive and encouraging friends online, in real life, in art and in life.

We meet up digitally every day, (thanks Facebook!), but sometimes we meet up in real life! Messians live and travel all over the world and will arrange art hang outs and fun outings together all the time. Because thats what friends do, they show up, they hang out, they laugh and they make art.

We have room for you in our online + real life community of creative friends.  There is always room for you here.

Meet more Get Messians and their art on our testimonials page.

Your fairy art mothers

Lauren and Caylee are the Get Messy founders and creative directors and love this program fiercly. They hold each other up and are the perfect partners in every way. Caylee is the tech queen and Lauren is the word guru. Together they have built this beautiful site and community and would love for you to grow as an artist through it.

Each year we have an amazing team of artists who lead the way to inspire, educate, and help you reach your creative dreams. We hardcore love them. Check out some of the artists who have contributed to this site.

About you

Get Messy can help you if you want to commit to creating new things consistently. You want to learn new techniques. You want to experiment with different types of styles and ideas. You want to be involved in a creative community. You want to inspire others with your work. You want to be inspired by other’s work. You want to infuse your current work with new energy, ideas and techniques. You want to get your heart and all the amazing creative ideas you have onto paper. You need a boost in direction or inspiration. You are a generally awesome person.

Get Messy can help you become the artist you desire to be, nurture your creativity and find your creative community. You just need to show up.


Get Messy is a community where we learn together.We are passionate about this way of expressing ourselves. Get Messy is an organised source of a curated collection of art journaling resources, inspiration, accountability, and community. This is a place to share your pages and discover new artists. It is a place to ask, to share, to grow, to support, and to be supported. If you will dip your toe into the proverbial pool of the Get Messy Art Journal community with us, this is what we can give to you.

🎨 ✨


Caylee + Lauren

Get Messians give art to kids

Our goal at Get Messy Art Journal is to bring healing power to the world through art. We accomplish this by starting with you as you walk through your own art journaling journey, therefore enabling us to reach out our paintbrushes and impact the world for good through the healing power of creativity.

In 2015 Get Messy partnered with Justice & Mercy International to help build a school in the Amazon Basin.

Since 2016, Get Messy has partnered with Art Feeds who provides free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools and children’s organizations in the USA.

10% of all Get Messy income before profit is donated directly to Art Feeds.

Get Messy will be donating 10% of your registration fee directly to this program as we want to spread the gift of learning and community all over the world. If you would like to further support this phenomenal project you can do so by donating directly here

The Lauren / Caylee / Get Messy love story


Lauren sends Caylee an email asking for advice on moving countries.

May 2014

The pair decide to stop hoarding art supplies + start making consistently. They post their first blog posts for the challenge. L + C Get Messy begins and one week later turns into the Get Messy art journal challenge.

end of 2014

At 50 members and turning people away, Get Messy becomes too big to house on individual blogs. A website is created with Blogspot and lifelong members are invited into the challenge. 500 women join.


February 2015

The first Season of Get Messy begins – The Season of Love. The website changes its look for each season.

march 2015

Caylee quits her day job to run Get Messy full time.

july 2015

The Hoopers and the Greys meet in 3D in Germany and zero people are murdered.

February 2016

Get Messy grows too big for Blogspot and moves to a new self hosted domain (getmessyartjournal.com)



Get Messy launches a LOT of classes. We also introduce our first guest artists on the site.

mid 2017

The first official Get Messy artist date happens through Google Hangouts. This will turn out to be the Get Messy Hangouts held through Zoom.

july 2017

Lauren quits her day job and goes full time with Get Messy (finally).

January 2018

The Get Messy forums officially open.

July 2018

Lauren and Caylee fulfil a lifelong dream and teach at Creativebug in San Francisco.

September 2018

The Daily Art Journaling challenge class runs and becomes one of the most successful classes at Creativebug that year.

November 2018

L + C fly to London for the Youpreneur Summit.

January 2019

The first official Get Messy Retreat is held in Charleston, South Carolina, USA

February 2019

Get Messy once again grows too big for its current system and moves to a new domain (getmessyart.com). Over here it launches its new look and switches to monthly seasons. The Season of Celebration begins the year.  

May 2019

Lauren leaves Get Messy to follow her dreams.

June 2019

The Get Messy x mishmash artist journal launches.


World domination

If Get Messy is what you've been longing for, we invite you to join us

Join the tribe