Behind the Scenes

Team Messy

The humans behind the mess

Host and facilitator

Fairy Artmother

Caylee Grey

First and foremost, Caylee Grey is a journaler and artist. She’s also a wife, mom, and the Fairy Artmother of Get Messy.

South African by birth, German by heart, her own art journaling adventure began as a way for her to get messy, ditch perfectionism, stay accountable, and consistently create art. It ended up transforming into something much more than that. Caylee has spent the last decade facilitating Get Messy, a community where she helps other recovering perfectionists embrace the mess and magic of a fulfilling creative life.

Caylee is a recovering perfectionist who believes that more than zero is enough, and that the messy middle is right where the good stuff is.

Support + Logistics

Operations

Carolyn

Carolyn

Artist Manager

I look after the artist teachers, chat to those we’re spotlighting, and I keep the glorious community in the loop with things happening around here.

Angela

Angela

Messy Middle Encourager (Non-Member Support)

🎵 If there was a problem, yo, I’ll solve it 🎵 I’d love for you to send me a message through the Contact page.

Ruby

Ruby

Messy Middle Encourager (Member Support)

I’m here to remove as many barriers to creating as possible. I love helping Messians through Support.

Leadership

Community

Sasha

Messy Cheerleader: Instagram 

Sasha is a Ukrainian mixed media artist and a proud Messian since 2016. She grew up in a very artistic family of photographers and actors, so she cannot imagine her life without that creative spark brightening up her days. She is into creative memory keeping, art journaling, and sketching. Sasha is your best Messy friend on Instagram as she takes special joy and pride in taking care of the Get Messy account and supporting the diverse art community there. Never hesitate to stop by the comments or DMs to say hello.

Sasha is the proud Get Messy Instagram manager and one of the biggest cheerleaders of all the brave artists who share their hearts and souls through their creations online

Claudette

Messy Cheerleader: Community Events

Claudette Hasenjager is a mixed media artist who believes that art heals the soul. It is this deep calling from within that has fueled her passion for exploring various forms of creative expression. Her work reflects the many facets of her inner landscape and gives expression to her multi-passionate personality. Claudette strives to inspire others to heed the call of their own unique creative yearning. 

Claudette has the amazing honor of helping build a deeper sense of community within Get Messy through fun events planned to spark inspiration, support adventurous art-making, and foster a stronger sense of belonging and connection to like-minded people.

Meet Claudette

“Get Mesys is a space where creativity and making art holds a very sacred place in each one’s lives, and I think that this foundation is what makes this community so magical. It allows for an interchange of inspiration and innovation, and we all know that ideas breed new ideas.

The community gives you that extra little nudge to get things done because you are surrounded by like-minded people who are there to cheer you on and provide you with so much more than what you could ever do on your own.”

Hangout Hosts 2023

Community

Gilly

Gilly

@gillywelch21

Gilly is an avid paper lover and creates in some form every single day. She lives on the north coast of Cornwall (UK) regularly walking the coastal path for inspiration. She is constantly learning new skills and loves nothing better than finding different ways to incorporate all or part of these into her hand made art journals.

Chris

Chris

@stumblingoverchaos

Chris lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, with three black cats: Mayhem, Apocalypse (“Polly”), and Harbinger (“Harry”). She works as a software engineer/systems analyst. Chris has been art journaling since 2015, when she started making art after a 35-year hiatus.

Mandy

Mandy

@mediamixerart

Mandy lives in New Zealand and has been creating art and craft since she was a teenager. She came to art journaling through papercraft, card-making, and scrapbooking. Mandy has a passion for mixed-media abstract art and Get Messy is feeding that fire! For two years Mandy taught a card class from her home but found she loved making the papers more than making the cards and it just took off from there.

Carolyn

Carolyn

@carolyn.sn

Carolyn is a mixed media artist and has been art journaling on and off for years, but now makes it a daily practice since retiring. Carolyn loves to play and experiment with all things color, paint and collage. She hopes her art journals will inspire others to play as well. 

Wendy

Wendy

@willa.wanders

Wendy Solganik is a lifelong artist and crafter, currently working in handmade books, mixed media art, collage, hand lettering and watercolor. From production wheel pottery to scrapbooking to knitting and so many more passions, Wendy always dives deep to master a craft. After a fifteen year stint as the co-owner of Luscious Verde Cards, a successful, award-winning, custom invitation manufacturing company, you can find Wendy at home in her art studio. Crafting and creating online art class experiences for students all over the world, including Fodder School, is her current passion. You just never know where she will wander to next!

Karen

Karen

@scrappyklp

Karen is married and lives in Calgary, Alberta. She and her husband recently retired, trading in their days jobs to travel abroad and locally, camping in the nearby Rocky Mountains and foothills of Alberta. She is a mother to 2 adult married children and Nana to three sweet granddaughters. After scrapbooking for many years and looking for something “more”, Karen found the wonderful world of art journaling in late 2016 and hasn’t looked back! Her crazy love for all things vintage often finds its way into her artwork.

Barb

Barb

@barbmartin400

Barb spent from 1983 to 2019 owning her own company working long days in a very stressful environment in the commercial construction industry. In 2019 retirement was getting closer and she needed to find some creative outlets to reduce the stress and carry it into retirement. She first started with doodling finding what she could online. Then she found Jane Davenport doing faces and bodies but what really drew her in was the mixed media with bright paint colors and doodling with markers and pens. This made Barb very happy but felt very alone in her new venture – that is when she found Get Messy!

Meghan

Meghan

@happy.hands.create

Meghan is happily retired after a career as an analyst in the field of education. She spends her days exploring art and spirit in her mountain studio, taking breaks to walk with her cat in their ever changing Idaho woodland. Family and friends are important and she loves to make art while she Zooms with her granddaughters, or her art-ner Traci.

Traci

Traci

@thisistruleetraci

Traci is a contented empty nester thrilled to be in the Grandma (“Annie”) phase of life! She has always been creative in some way through music, writing, painting, scrapbooking and crafting; though focused time to create was scarce as she and her husband raised their family and worked. She found mixed media, art journaling and the Get Messy community just over two years ago and it has brought new freedom, fun and friends to the reawakened artist in her! 

We show up in the mess. As our imperfect selves. Because it enables others to do the same.

A Human Connection To Let My Inner Spirit Soar

Meghan – “I get together with other artists for the joy of human connection to let my inner spirit soar with friendship and comradery, and the process of creating with a family of people who also love to play with their hands and to make with paper, colour, paints, marks and threads, and images. I learn about myself when I make art. I learn about myself in relation to other people when I make art with other people. Kind people bring out the best in me. Being kind grows my spirit.

An art connection group is a place where we hold space for each other to remember our intrinsic value – our intrinsic value to ourselves, others, and the universe as a whole. It’s a safe place for us to explore, play, and relax, and we’re all in the presence of others who are similar to us, yet different; different enough to make it interesting. We share the joy of creating kindness in our hearts.

A creative place with connection is like a sparkling sandbox on a playground. We can watch each other make our sandcastles and we can ooh and aah over this person’s intricate mode, and then we can go “oh my gosh, what a cool tower that is” and wanna copy it right away. And all of this we can do from our own homes, in our play clothes without makeup! It’s a win-win.”

Room for All Voices

Traci – “In community, there’s room for all the voices. There’s room for all the experiences. There’s room for all the personalities. There’s room for the newbie. There’s room for the person creating for 30 years and the beauty of it all is we all get to learn from each other, so a newbie might be bringing something to the table that even a veteran of 30 years has never seen done that way before. All of us get to learn from the people who have been doing it for years and years and all of our voices influence each other to where we are in the process. Creating ways to do things that have never been done before and would never have happened had we not all combined our talents and our personalities and our quirks. If we hadn’t brought all that to the table, it never would have happened. Our community is a big, beautiful, bountiful buffet of all different kinds of people, all different kinds of talents. I don’t even know how to word that. A big beautiful bountiful buffet that we all get to take from be nourished by. “

Support From The Very Beginning

Gilly – “I love how everyone at Get Messy is so supportive no matter what stage they are at in their creative process. I have never met a community quite like Get Messy; the one Caylee has created.

Many years later, I can honestly say that it was the best thing I ever did. Yes, some weeks were hard, tough even, but I did it. I uploaded at least one art journaling page per week for over two years. I learned so much. Not just different techniques or processes but how I wanted to and needed to push myself out of my comfort zone at times.

I do it now because I love meeting others around the world whilst chatting and creating art. There’s no pressure to do anything specific, to show anything, or to say anything. If that particular week I just want to be but knowing that my friends will be there, means that I really look forward to my Tuesday nights and to creating art.”

Art + Heart

Mentors + Teachers

From blossoming beginners through to prolific pros, Get Messy challenges, supports, high-fives and empowers you with the WHAT and HOW of art journaling so you have everything you need to.

Check out our incredible list of 100+ artists who share their art and heart with you, so that you can make your true art.