Caylee Grey, The Fairy Art Mother

Caylee is a South African artist who created Get Messy Art in 2014. Her creative adventure began as a way for her to get messy, ditch perfectionism, stay accountable, and consistently create art. Other artists wanted the same in their creative practice and a business and a community were born. Behind Get Messy’s digital doors are thousands of creative sparks taught by more than 100 teachers, and a supportive group of fellow artists who love sharing their artwork.

The Pantsless Entrepreneur

Caylee started working for herself full time in 2014 as a way to do what she loves, to empower people to live creative lives, and also as a way to avoid wearing pants. She’s South African, but runs a German business which requires reading a lot of business jargon. . . in German, so that makes her officially German by way of South Africa. 

Your Fairy Artmother

You know the story about Cinderella, right? Well, just imagine that, but replace the blue fairy with a blonde-haired German-South African woman waving around a paintbrush and chattering about the weight of paper, gouache, and different types of glue. Keep the enthusiasm. Replace Cinderella with you, the pumpkin and mice with art supplies, and you’ve got the picture.

Caylee adamantly believes that making art makes us better, happier people. But we often need a permission slip to create and a community to hold us accountable and cheer us on, which is why Get Messy exists.

Get Messy Art Journaling Community for Imperfect Artists

Caylee Grey is the founder and facilitator of the number one art journaling resource on the internet.

Get Messy is an online art journaling school that teaches you to cultivate your creativity. Without perfection.

The Book


Getting messy is the best part of creating! Get Messy Art gives you the freedom, inspiration, and ideas to experiment and play with art techniques and projects to create perfectly imperfect art.

Written by Caylee Grey along with 23 of her favourite artists, it debuted at #1 on Amazon and was published by Quarto in 2021.

Described by Karen as “so many warm fuzzies that I coughed up a hairball”, you just know it’s going to be great.

Living a creative life… imperfectly

Caylee shares studio vlogs, process videos, flip throughs, and behind the scenes of being a human who art journals and runs a successful art business.