This is where it’s safe (and you’re encouraged!) to ditch your to-do list. Ignore the laundry. Shake off perfectionism. And create for the sake of creating.
No rules. No judgment. No apologies. And absolutely no excuses.
Get Messy is an art journaling community created for every type, shape, form and inkling of artist. We’re here for everyone that has ever wanted to unleash their creative spirit and consistently create art.
Our crafty weapon and creative catalysts of choice? Art journaling, paired with a devoted membership site where members explore and expand their creativity through thousands of tutorials, art prompts and actionable inspiration created by over 60 creative mentors across a variety of styles.
It sounds amazing because it is amazing.
This is your space, place and creative home.
Come on in and explore.
The creative behind your community
I’m Caylee and I’m your South African born fairy artmother writing my story (sans pants #entrepreneurlife) in fairy-tale Germany.
I wholeheartedly believe Indian elephants are inferior to African elephants (change my mind) and that my husband is the only thing standing in the way of my true happiness, which is to own three to six diabolically ugly dogs.
Scroll to the bottom to read more of my story.
The Messy Artist is a creative soul with restless hands and a busy mind (and schedule), ready to cultivate a consistent art habit that allows her to release her truth, emotions and dreams onto the page.
She wants more than just a few pieces of amazing art. She wants to embrace the messy middle, shun perfectionism and revel in the joy of creating art for art’s sake.
Which is why Get Messy exists.
Beyond GM’s digital doors, you’ll find your creative sidekick, artistic adventure and an inspirational sanctuary where you’ll always be welcome in – messy mind, paint plops, charcoal smudges, ink-stained fingertips and all.
Zero expectations. Zero pressure. All the fun.
We are here for you, always. You just need to show up.
Our messy values
As a community, we believe in …
That we grow through play, learn through practice and that creation comes from embracing the beauty of the messy middle. The only thing not invited to this party? Perfectionism. Leave that guy at the gate.
That the starving artist myth needs to die (kindly but quickly), and that quality comes through quantity. That to do our best, we need to be willing to do the work, hustle and turn dreams into habits that we action every single day.
CONNECTION THROUGH COMMUNITY
Being a creative soul can be lonely. Which is why we believe in support and supporting you through every stage of your artistic journey. Because we know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
We might eat donuts as we dabble with paint palettes, but we’ll only ever consume (and provide!) the type of high-quality creative inspiration that feeds our motivation and fuels our art into action.
Being creative isn’t a curse; it’s a gift. And we are so grateful that we can make art. (C’mon, it’s pretty darn cool, right?) Which is why we’re unapologetically enthusiastic – and slightly nerdy – about learning and growing as artists.
This is a community genuinely and authentically rooted in kindness and compassion. We believe, first and foremost, in being a good human and in taking care of each other through the chaos and craziness of life.
UBUNTU + GIVING BACK
We believe that change doesn’t come by chance, but with a commitment to caring for everyone in our global community – artists and non-artists alike. Which is why we donate 10% of all our GM income before profit to charitable causes.
Our past causes
2015: Justice & Mercy International
Together we helped build a school in the Amazon Basin.
2016 – 2018: Art Feeds
Together we helped provide free therapeutic art and creative programs for children across the USA.
Our current cause
Together we supported endangered children and adolescents and helped promote awareness of diversity.
Curious how Get Messy began?
I founded Get Messy in 2014 after actively rebelling against a life of passivity.
You see, I’ve always lived an easy – and good – life. (Read more about it here – it’s a worthwhile detour, I promise.)
And for a long time, life was good enough.
Except … it really wasn’t.
Because easy and good doesn’t always equal fulfilling.
And so, slowly but surely, I grew into an intense depression. It wasn’t an overnight emergence. It was a secret seedling that gradually germinated, sprouted and propagated in my mind, until it completely blocked out the sun for over a year.
But even in the darkness, there is light.
For me, that light was the love of my family, friends and husband who had been steadily hacking away at the weeds and clearing a path for me to find my way home.
Can we have a moment of gratitude for the incredible humans that see us when we can’t see ourselves?
And through a series of very fortunate events and gradual/small, repeated hard work, I (re)discovered my creativity and realised that I really, really wanted to be an artist.
The biggest challenge? I wasn’t creating art.
I’d sit down to create and stop, stumped by the “what” and the “how” of making art. I’d focus on my vision of the perfect result and lose the love of the process.
My art journaling adventure began as a way for me to get messy, ditch perfectionism, stay accountable and consistently create art.
But, magically, it transformed into something so much more than that too.
After just a week of being accountable to my art journaling journey via blogging, Get Messy had grown to three. Together, we were sharing our triumphs and struggles, learning from each other and creating. So. By the end of the year, we had a tribe of almost 50 artists, and I was hosting blog hops complete with art journal prompts to inspire our family. There were so many people on the waitlist that it was like fate had sashayed onto my path and painted a great, big, “Do this, dummy” sign there.
So, I did.
Today, I lead a tribe of incredible humans passionate about cultivating their art practice.
But I’m not the hero of this story…
If you’ve ever played an online role-playing game, you’ll know all about support characters.
Their sole purpose in the game is to make sure the main characters – the heroes – are, erm, well supported.
The heroes rock the game, smash the enemy and unleash their best selves to win the game, save the world and collect the booty.
(… Treasure, not butts 🍑.)
While the support heroes are the trusty sidekicks, quietly healing the hero’s wounds and clearing out the pesky gremlins standing in the hero’s way.
In this adventure, you’re the hero.
And I’m your support sidekick. Your Yoda. Your arty BFF. And your fairy freaking artmother.
I’ll do all the work and figure out all the tech (after five years, I know what I’m doing) and clear the path to make sure that getting arty and getting messy is easy for you.
I will support character you all the way to the end of the quest.
So, whaddya say … Ready to begin your arty adventure?
Art on this page created by these incredible Messians:
@thistleandthimbles, @charderouin, @miguela1960, @prpaints18, @sasha_zeen, @janet.joehlin, @thehandcraftedstory