- our homegirl Brene Brown

About Get Messy

Get Messy is a catalyst for artistic growth, a guide for creative living through art journaling, a platform for rising artists of all types, and a creative community.

Get Messy’s mission is to empower 10 000 artists into a regular creative practise.

We use the art journal as the tool for this creative practise, and the community as our catalyst.

We achieve our mission through the Get Messy membership, where members explore their creativity through thousands of tutorials, actionable inspiration, and art prompts created by over 60 creative mentors in various styles.

A peek at our learning

A peek into our private membership site

Our Core Values

We believe in…


The beauty of the messy middle, ignoring perfectionism, creating just for creating’s sake, and having fun in art. We grow through play.


We’re action driven. We believe in quality through quantity. Doing the work. Incorporating art into our busy lives rather than living in an attic as a starving artist. We believe in the hustle.


We believe in support and supporting. Women supporting women. Authentic cheerleading. We know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


At Get Messy we produce more than we consume and we know that the only kind of inspiration that is worth anything is the type that leads to action.


We love what we do and are grateful that we can make art. We are optimistic about our growth in art, and are excited about it.


Everything we do is rooted in kindness and being a good human.


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 thousands 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, and digital art room on Zoom. We also hang out 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 (yay, internet!), 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 that’s 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.

Your fairy artmother

Caylee Grey is a South African artist in Germany. Creator of Get Messy, official fairy freaking artmother and your pro excuse-squashing ninja. Her life mission is to empower 10 000 amazing, real-life humans just like you into a regular creative practice.

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.

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Get Messians give back

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, enabling us to reach out our paintbrushes and impact the world for good through the healing power of creativity. 10% of all Get Messy income before profit is donated to charity.

In 2015 Get Messy partnered with Justice & Mercy International to help build a school in the Amazon Basin. From 2016 to 2018, 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.

In 2019, Get Messy is partnering with Artists for Kids and 14,4km. Artists for Kids a child and youth welfare project that offers a broad and youth-oriented offer for endangered children and adolescents. 14,4km is the shortest distance between Africa and Europe (!), but more importantly its mission is to focus on commonalities and synergies rather than differences. 

The 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.


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