Caylee Grey

Caylee Grey is the host of Get Messy and a South African perfectionist currently pursuing imperfection.

Catalysts by Caylee Grey
How to organise ephemera for MORE creating and less hoarding

How to organise ephemera for MORE creating and less hoarding

Ephemera is my number one supply ever, and if I only had one supply I could take on an island, it'd be paper. I am an exceptionally organised human, but I am also a creative and ephemera organisation lends itself to somewhere in the middle of those two things. The...

Art Books

Art Books

ResourceArt BooksThe Best Books for Art JournalersBooks are awesome I am a massive book nerd. My interior design style is “books and plants”. My love for books is part of the reason I love art journaling - I get to create my own library of art. I get to fill my...

Journaling Books

Journaling Books

ResourceJournaling Books21 books on written journalingJackee Holder The Science and Wisdom of Writing and journalingIra Progoff The basic text and guide for using the Intensive Journal processStephanie Dowrick The Art and Heart of ReflectionLucia Capacchione The Art...

Messy Recipes: The Overthinker’s Guide to Making Art

Messy Recipes: The Overthinker’s Guide to Making Art

Workshop Replay Messy Recipes: The Overthinker's Guide to Making ArtThe workshop is for the perfectionist who chooses mess instead. It’s the perfect, practical antidote to overthinking. I’m a recovering perfectionist myself. Embracing the mess is a...

Day 31 Celebration

Day 31 Celebration

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Celebrate your creative month! Write a list of small achievements, add confetti,...

Day 29 Serenity

Day 29 Serenity

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Make your practice today meditative. Some ideas: light a candle, drink some fruit...

Day 02 Showing up

Day 02 Showing up

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Show up in your journal today, in the easiest way possible. Use a bullet point...

Day 01 Starting

Day 01 Starting

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May: Start. Either by opening your journal to a new page or by binding a journal just...

3. Studio

3. Studio

Transcript So, my own personal rule for artist dates, and for taking along a little travel log, even if it's an everyday travel log, is that I only use found materials. So, I'm going to show you a whole beautiful bunch of examples. Now, I have a lot...

2. Outside

2. Outside

Transcript I'm currently at a park. It's one of my favorite parks because it comes with a castle. Hello, I'm in Germany, so castles are pretty average around here. And I'm going to take you along with me, and show you kind of the way I take myself on...

1. Inside

1. Inside

  Transcript Hey there. My name is Caylee Grey, and I'm here to chat to you all about these magical things called artist dates. If you don't know about them yet, get ready for your mind to be blown. Absolutely blown. If you already know about...

Artist Date

Artist Date

Travel journals are one of my favorite ways to create, but there’s no need to wait for a Parisian or Thai overseas escapade. You can have a small adventure in the now—like, tomorrow-kind-of *now*. All you need are a few of your favorite supplies (that—guess what—you...

Continue Exploring

Continue Exploring

This class has given you tools for your arsenal in the journey that is your Unfolding. Now, it is up to you to continue exploring, connecting, and deepening.Resources to continue meditating and support your practice: Meditation Apps Calm Headspace Insight Timer 10%...

06 My Story

06 My Story

Your handwriting. The way you walk. Which china pattern you choose. It’s all giving you away. Everything you do shows your hand.  Everything is a self-portrait. A diary. Your whole drug history’s in a strand of your hair. Your fingernails. The forensic details. The...

05 My Worth

05 My Worth

Set yourself up for heart-led creating. Smell the flowers.  Pick a few. Close your eyes in the sun.  Take the murdered flowers to your workspace. Feel the earth at your feet. Notice the details. Breathe in.  Make a cup of tea.  You're ready.  What does my mind...

04 My Truth

04 My Truth

At the core of who you are is your truth. We often need to remind ourselves of this truth. The world likes to try to get us to forget. Journaling.Meditating.Heartstorming.Creating. All of these are great ways to remind us of our truth. For MIND, meditate on the...

03 Creation

03 Creation

To prepare for the creating in the next three lessons, connect with what each of the three areas mean to you. Create a mood board, curate a kit of supplies that soothe you, and bring you back towards yourself. Grab a slice of cake...Download the mood board templates...

02 Heartstorming

02 Heartstorming

This is how we see heartstorming:Read the original text by Father Paul Keenan.Transcript Oh, yes. Heartstorming. Through this experience, Caylee and I, rely on Father Paul Keenan and his definition and view of heartstorming, which you can also read in his book,...

01 Meditation

01 Meditation

The term meditation means in Latin, “to ponder.” Simply, meditation is a mindful practice of becoming aware, deepening, expanding, and contemplating or pondering our awareness. Meditation is personal. It’s uniquely individual and we invite you to make it your own. A...

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to Unfold. This course is all about the art of meditative journaling and the self-nurturing practice of using meditation combined with art journaling as a path to a deeper understanding and connection with yourself. The course is intentionally designed with...

Challenge: Rooted

Challenge: Rooted

New#gmseasonofnewYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Go back to your roots.I went back to my roots by going back to old journals. Here are some more ideas: copy one of...

It’s time for us to go back to our roots.

It’s time for us to go back to our roots.

My dear beautiful, beautiful Messy Artist It’s time for us to go back to our roots.  Get Messy has always been a place that evolves and adapts and fits around your life rather than the other way around. It’s never been a place where you have to change to be a part of...

Dear Self: A Framework for Worthiness

Dear Self: A Framework for Worthiness

Worthiness#gmseasonofworthinessThis season's artwork is created by @valloves2create Dear Messy Artist  You are worthy. Not because you have done anything, but simply because...

All of Self

All of Self

Self#gmseasonofselfWe as human beings are complex. By focusing on the details of ourselves, we are able to fully appreciate and celebrate them.  Process Step One: Digitise your...

SOUL

SOUL

Self#gmseasonofselfDownload the Season of Self: Soul Sidekick Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.For each lesson...

BODY

BODY

Self#gmseasonofselfDownload the Season of Self: Body Sidekick Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.For each lesson...

MIND

MIND

Self #gmseasonofself Download the Season of Self: Mind Sidekick Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. For each...

How to make a zine

How to make a zine

A zine is a handmade magazine or mini-comic about anything you can imagine: favorite bands, personal stories, subcultures, or collections. They contain diary entries, rants, interviews, and stories. They can be by one person or many, found in stores, traded at comic conventions, exchanged with friends, or given away for free.

Inspired Artist Interview with Caylee Grey

Inspired Artist Interview with Caylee Grey

This video originally appeared in Misty Olsen's Inspired Artist's series. In this series, Misty interviews artists to instill confidence and clarity in your creative practice.

One completed Steven

One completed Steven

Steven#gmseasonofstevenHere's a page through of what Steven looks like for me at the end of the season. What does yours look like? Share it in the Gallery. ...

Other ideas for writing

Other ideas for writing

Steven#gmseasonofstevenI've put a bunch of extra ideas for making your journal writing a bit more interesting... Split cursive and print and your different...

Copied Words: Steal words like an artist

Copied Words: Steal words like an artist

Steven#gmseasonofstevenI know a lot of us are going to be using Austin Kleon for our muse this season. We're going to be taking further instruction from him and...

Cut your words into pieces

Cut your words into pieces

Steven#gmseasonofstevenI love scissors and I love words and I love bringing them together. Here is another collection of inspir-action for your Season of Steven,...

Alpha stickers

Alpha stickers

Steven#gmseasonofstevenOne thing that I brought with me from my scrapbooking days are the gorgeous alpha stickers that I had accumulated.  After using one too...

Stamping

Stamping

Steven#gmseasonofstevenThe inspir-action for this lesson is a bit shorter. As much as I love using my alphabet stamp set, I don't use it as much. But stamping is...

Stencils + Script

Stencils + Script

Steven#gmseasonofstevenHere is another technique for your Season of Steven journal (or really, any journal that you'd like to put text in). You know those old...

Brush lettering inspir-action

Brush lettering inspir-action

Steven#gmseasonofstevenA selection of brush lettering from my journal archives...Action Steps be inspired to actionImperfect brush letteringStencils + Script

Imperfect brush lettering

Imperfect brush lettering

Steven#gmseasonofstevenGetting an entire book into a journal I am not going to teach you exactly how to script letters and how to combine them. Please use my own...

Quick tip: Processing a book for art

Quick tip: Processing a book for art

Steven#gmseasonofstevenGetting an entire book into a journal Before we get into the techniques, let's talk a bit about how to process your book.Steps for...

Inspir-action for this season

Inspir-action for this season

Steven#gmseasonofstevenIn this lesson I'm sharing a Steven Pressfield journal that I created for The Minimalist Art Journal 2. MAJ2 is a premium class here at...

Preparing your journal for art

Preparing your journal for art

Steven#gmseasonofstevenPrep Your Journal In the video I'll go through the initial prep for an altered book journal. Remember that your journal is a work in...

Who the heck is Steven?

Who the heck is Steven?

Steven#gmseasonofstevenThat's Steven.  Still have no idea?  I'm so excited to tell you... Action Steps get excited!head on over to the next lesson to choose your...

Choosing your Steven and your journal

Choosing your Steven and your journal

Steven#gmseasonofstevenA Season of Literal Steven If you'd like to join me in digging into Steven's words for the season, here are my three favourite books of...

Messy Recipes

Messy Recipes

Sometimes, your creativity needs a catalyst, and Messy Recipes includes a bunch of catalysts for creating an endless amount of art journal pages. Get Messy Fairy Artmother Caylee Grey has designed 12 recipes that include a list of “ingredients” (or supplies), a method with step-by-step directions, and pictures for guidance and inspiration. Guests artists have shared their favourite recipes too. Following the recipes exactly or using them as a guide, you can create endless variations. Perfect for beginners and experienced artists alike, Messy Recipes provides the catalysts for creativity that you can return to again and again.

Level Up Resources

Level Up Resources

Applications Links are to the Chrome store or iStore where applicable. This list is constantly being updated Reference : Notion, Evernote, OneNote Task Management : Todoist (alternatively: Wunderlist, Teux Deux, Any.Do) Project Management : ClickUp, Asana, Trello...

Level Up Playlists

Level Up Playlists

I made these for you. Lofi to Concentrate Level Up To Pump You Up White Noise To Help You REALLY Concentrate  

Level Up Workbook

Level Up Workbook

Download the Workbook for Level One Save this file to your computer, print it out, and scribble all over it.

Create a Life Mind Map

Create a Life Mind Map

Reflection Life Mind Maps are a fantastic way to reduce anxiety. They give a bird’s eye view of your life and helps you be objective. When you know exactly...

Season of Habit Intentions

Season of Habit Intentions

Habit It's the first week of the season and this week will really set you up for success. Habit is going to change your art life. Just take a look at the comments on Instagram,...

031 Habit

031 Habit

This season, a host of incredible artists take you on a creative journey focused on what Get Messy believes is the most important part of being an artist: habit. These artists show you how they fit an art habit into their full, rich lives. Learn creative warm-up exercises to get you started, how to build a 20 minute art break into your schedule, how to keep a digital art idea notebook, and how to utilize the Get Messy hangouts and community towards your art habit. This season shows you exactly how, in very actionable steps, to make a creative habit as second nature as brushing your teeth.

Season of Documenting Reflection

Season of Documenting Reflection

Documenting This Season was so FULL don’t you think? There is something about having two long months to really explore a subject and to get our creative juices flowing. Here is a look at...

Season of Documenting Intentions

Season of Documenting Intentions

Documenting For the season intentions, I'd love you to trust me. We're going to do things a bit differently. Dig Deeper Let's start this season in the deep end. Let's jump...

Season of Starting Intentions

Season of Starting Intentions

Starting Beautiful artist! Welcome to the Season of Starting. No matter what kind of starting you are doing, I'm excited for you. The first week of a season is dedicated to...

Recipe 12

Recipe 12

#getmessyrecipes acrylic paint in a bright or fluorescent colour black and white image or Xeroxed image (if you don't have one, you can download one of flowers...

Recipe 11

Recipe 11

#getmessyrecipes black and white image or pattern (e.g. music sheet, old book, handdrawn pattern, if you don't have this, print the ephemera below) tissue...

Recipe 10

Recipe 10

#getmessyrecipes a poem on paper - written by you, from a magazine, or you can use one scanned in from an old e e cummings book (just click below) image from a...

Recipe 09

Recipe 09

#getmessyrecipes /your gorgeous self pencil modeling paste  acrylic paint stencil (if you'd prefer, you can download and print the background) brush pen (if...

Recipe 08

Recipe 08

#getmessyrecipes  magazine image to use as the focal point pattern from a magazine to use as a background text from a magazine ledger paper (if you don't have,...

Recipe 07

Recipe 07

#getmessyrecipes dried tea bag typewriter or computer printer collage fodder - 2 pieces that mean something to you, 1 piece that you simply love, and 1 piece...

Recipe 06

Recipe 06

#getmessyrecipes paint your favourite paper old ledger paper or book paper (click here to print if you don't have your own - make sure to print on both sides)...

Recipe 05

Recipe 05

#getmessyrecipes two colours of paint in the same colour family pencil a dark or light colour paint paint in an opposing colour old credit card, gift card, or...

Recipe 04

Recipe 04

#getmessyrecipes four colours of paint - acrylic, gouache, watercolour, whatever acrylic ink or fluid acrylic paint marker stencil One Add small smears of...

Recipe 03

Recipe 03

#getmessyrecipes scraps of artwork, preferably matching scissors and glue brush pen or actual paint brush dipped into paint thread - either on a sewing machine...

Recipe 02

Recipe 02

#getmessyrecipes old book or book pages (if you don't have any, click here to download and print with a laser printer) gesso or white acrylic your favourite...

Recipe 01

Recipe 01

#getmessyrecipes collage papers tape - washi or masking tape glue acrylic paint watercolour, ink, or watered down acrylic a typewriter, computer, or magazine a...

Our goal

Our goal

Failure Art is the perfect imperfection. - Alvaro Castagnet If you joined this season hoping for ways to get over failure, or to learn how to prevent failure and...

Step 2 – Direct your aim

Step 2 – Direct your aim

Failure To do better is better than to be perfect. - Toba Beta This lesson is all about the new. By directing our aim, by focusing on just one thing at a time, we dance naked in...

Step 3 – Do the work

Step 3 – Do the work

Failure We must understand that the drive for perfectionism is a corrosive waste of time. Because nothing is ever beyond criticism. ... At some point, you really...

Step 4 – Eff comparison

Step 4 – Eff comparison

Failure Comparing ourselves to others is one of the most debilitating ways we stop ourselves from creating. We create our own idea of perfectionism from others....

Non creative books that help your art

Non creative books that help your art

We all love to read about creativity, fill our homes with beautiful giant books with art photos, patterns, and photography in them. These books are as beautiful as they are educational. But living a creative life as an artist begs for more depth and inner exploration,...

Class Kit + Workbook

Class Kit + Workbook

Workbook + Digital KitDownload these files and save them to your computer. Print them out and use them in your journal for this class or for other projects.  Copyright © Caylee Greyvenstein and Esther Smith. All files are for personal use only. You may not distribute...

1.1 Life Before

1.1 Life Before

It might be hard to remember right now, but  before you were a mother, you were you. There’s nothing like having a baby to completely turn your world upside down, and make you feel like your identity got shattered in the turning. All of a sudden you’re a shuffling,...

1.2 Suddenly Real

1.2 Suddenly Real

While the sperm-meets-egg biology of conception is universal, the process of creating our babies is different for everyone. Some of us fall pregnant easily, and some of us struggle. Some of us are biologically linked to our kids, while others adopt, or are the other...

1.3 And Then There Was You

1.3 And Then There Was You

Arrival Few of us have days in our lives that are more memorable than when our babies came into our worlds. For the majority of us it’s a story that involves giving birth, though for adoptive and non-birth parents it’s still an unforgettable, life-altering event.Write...

2.1 Who Am I?

2.1 Who Am I?

So far, we’ve talked a lot about the process of becoming a mother, and what that was like for you. But that’s actually the shortest part of the story. What comes next, is the rest of your life.   No matter what happens to you from now on, you are a mother. It's...

2.2 Loving Mama

2.2 Loving Mama

We’ve talked about how motherhood can change the parts of you that existed before, and how you can reconnect with those in your current life. Now it’s time to identify the things that were born in you when your child became yours. The new, awesome, scary, surprising...

2.3 Self Care

2.3 Self Care

So we’ve looked at who you were and who you’re becoming, and now it’s time to think about practical ways of taking care of you moving forward. Now that your life is busier and fuller than ever, it’s important that you’re cared for and supported as much as humanly...

2. SIMPLER PROCESS

2. SIMPLER PROCESS

2. Simpler ProcessMind Travel KitTaking In / Letting OutBotanyLacy PatternsStacked Shapes

2.1 Catalyst: Mind Travel Kit

2.1 Catalyst: Mind Travel Kit

2.1 CatalystMind Travel Kit • How to use the Mind Travel Kit Creative Catalyst • Art Application: Do You • Art Application: Wait / Great Things Take Time • Art Application: PruneHOW TO USE THE MIND TRAVEL KIT CREATIVE CATALYST Watch the video below to see how I...

2.2 Art: Taking In / Letting Out

2.2 Art: Taking In / Letting Out

2.2 ArtTaking In / Letting Out • How to dip dye paper • Art application: Resistance HOW TO DIP DYE PAPER Watercolour dyeing is something that I have been in love with for years. In the video below, I show you how easy it can be. ART APPLICATION: RESISTANCE Put...

2.3 Art: Botany

2.3 Art: Botany

2.3 ArtBotany • The Minimalist’s Paint Pour: Acrylic Smoosh • The Minimalist’s Paint Pour: Flow • Art Application: Botany • Art Application: She Had a Feeling THE MINIMALIST’S PAINT POUR Paint pouring is a beautiful technique, but it gets very overwhelming and busy....

3. CALMER LOOK

3. CALMER LOOK

3. Calmer Look Brain DumpReduce the NoiseA Journal as a WholeMonochrome BackgroundLayered Minimalism

3.1 Catalyst: Brain Dump

3.1 Catalyst: Brain Dump

3.1 CatalystBrain Dump • How to use the Brain Dump Creative Catalyst • Art Application: Kaylee • Art Application: When We Have Less • Art Application: Freedom HOW TO USE THE BRAIN DUMP Morning pages are something incredible that I took from a meh book. A short while...

3.2 Art: Reduce the Noise

3.2 Art: Reduce the Noise

3.2 ArtReduce the Noise • Process your ephemera • Morning Pages in the Morning PROCESS YOUR EPHEMERA Ephemera is one of those things that can get seriously out of control. Watch this video showing tips for maintaining a collection of ephemera that you truly love,...

0. START

0. START

Start You're an art rockstar.Welcome to The Minimalist Art Journal 2.0.  Go you for prioritising your art. I'm excited for our hearts to mush together. In this class, we're gonna be focusing on three things: less stuff simpler process calmer art Each section will have...

3.3 Art: A Journal as a Whole

3.3 Art: A Journal as a Whole

3.3 ArtA Journal as a Whole • A Journal as a WholeA JOURNAL AS A WHOLE I had a whole bunch of real life ephemera that I wanted to use and let go of. I bound a small, A6 journal, and put it all in there. I put my music on loud and got everything down onto the page....

I. Catalyst: The MAJ Manifesto

I. Catalyst: The MAJ Manifesto

I. CatalystThe Minimalist Art Journal Manifesto • How to Use the Catalysts • Eight Principles of Minimalist Art Journaling • You As An Artist • Art Application: Although you WorkHOW TO USE THE CATALYSTS Firstly, have you downloaded the catalysts yet? Download them....

II. Art: Anti-Supply List

II. Art: Anti-Supply List

II. ArtAnti-Supply List • Swatches • Swatch Table • Colour TableThe Required Supplies list is: whatever you already own Nothing is required. In fact, while you go through this lesson I actively encourage you to give away any supplies that you don’t actively love....