Caylee Grey

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

More often than not, you’ll find her nurturing creativity as the resident Fairy Artmother for her growing community of artists in Get Messy, swapping bad puns with her very patient husband, wrestling her son’s snacks away from her tiny but determined dog, and emptying her thoughts onto the page.

Catalysts by Caylee Grey
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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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One completed Steven

One completed Steven

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Here'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. ...

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Other ideas for writing

Other ideas for writing

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

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Copied Words: Steal words like an artist

Copied Words: Steal words like an artist

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]I 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...

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Cut your words into pieces

Cut your words into pieces

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

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Alpha stickers

Alpha stickers

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

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Stamping

Stamping

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]The 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...

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Stencils + Script

Stencils + Script

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Here 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...

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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

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Imperfect brush lettering

Imperfect brush lettering

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Getting 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...

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Quick tip: Processing a book for art

Quick tip: Processing a book for art

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Getting 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...

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Inspir-action for this season

Inspir-action for this season

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]In 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...

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Preparing your journal for art

Preparing your journal for art

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Prep 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...

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Choosing your Steven and your journal

Choosing your Steven and your journal

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]A 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...

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Who the heck is Steven?

Who the heck is Steven?

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]That'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...

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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.

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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  

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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.

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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...

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Create a Life Mind Map

Create a Life Mind Map

Reflection [wpseo_breadcrumb]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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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)...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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,...

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000 Bootcamp

000 Bootcamp

If you’re in need of a realignment, Bootcamp is what restores you to a creative state and gets you ready for your journal. It has three parts to it and can be done every month or whenever you need a reset.

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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1.1 Catalyst: Mood Board

1.1 Catalyst: Mood Board

1.1 Mood BoardCreative Catalyst for Intentional Creating • How to use the Mood Board Creative Catalyst • Art Application: Always be Kinder • Art Application: Am I Good Enough?HOW TO USE THE CREATIVE CATALYST This is one of my favourites for ensuring that a page has a...

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1.2 Art: Watercolour Smoosh

1.2 Art: Watercolour Smoosh

1.2 ArtWatercolour Smooshes • How to create watercolour smooshes • Art Application: Germany / Love • Art Application: t / eReady for the easiest art lesson you’ll ever receive? HOW TO CREATE WATERCOLOUR SMOOSHES Told you it was easy! One supply. One colour. Loads of...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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3. CALMER LOOK

3. CALMER LOOK

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

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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....

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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....

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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....

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III. Journal: Handbound

III. Journal: Handbound

III. JournalHandbound Journal for Less Stuff • Handbound journal inspiration • How to Hand Bind a JournalThis journal uses up your supplies. It provides you with a base made out of paper that you already love. It removes the fear of the blank page. If you put in the...

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IV. Journal: Plain

IV. Journal: Plain

IV. JournalPlain journal for a simpler process • Plain journals are awesome too You have permission to use a plain journal. I use pretty much exclusively Moleskine – this isn’t the perfect journal. It does not enjoy paint even a little bit. Do not go out and buy a...

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V. Journal: Found

V. Journal: Found

V. JournalFound journal for a calmer look • Ideas for your Found Journal • Found Catalogue Art Journal in One SittingSee things not as they are, but as opportunities. A found journal is something that you can really play with. I tend to find a lot of calmer looking...

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1. LESS STUFF

1. LESS STUFF

1. Less stuffMood BoardWatercolour SmooshInner LandscapesRecycled PaperMultimedia Collage

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Level Up

Level Up

What if you were the type of person to get things done? Like big, life-changing things? Level Up is the toolkit you need to start getting your creative work done. Packed with 20 lessons presented in a variety of ways to suit your needs, Level Up provides action steps to get you doing, templates and printables to guide you, and a private community to hold you accountable. Learn to fight comparisonitis (comparing your work to others’ and feeling like it doesn’t measure up) and perfectionism, to work through resistance and distractions, and to get doing and keep doing. Level Up is for the person living a creative life – artists, dabblers, crafters, Etsy shop owners, bloggers, creative entrepreneurs, and those who value creativity in whatever form it manifests.

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The Minimalist Art Journal 1

The Minimalist Art Journal 1

Minimalist art journaling is art journaling that strips away the excess, takes away the non-essentials, and focuses on what’s important. The Minimalist Art Journal is all about finding your calm and putting your emotions on a page. Including 16 lessons and 7 guest artists, you will learn to not fear the blank page and embrace it. Get away from the clutter and overload of normal life and focus on what makes this moment, this hour, this day important. No overload of extras and stuff. Just you, a blank page, and the basics. Take time, do less, and create more art where you are with what you have.

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The Minimalist Art Journal 2

The Minimalist Art Journal 2

Minimalist art journaling is art journaling that strips away the excess, takes away the non-essentials, and focuses on what’s important. Get Messy Fairy Artmother Caylee Grey builds on the first Minimalist Art Journal class and takes you on a deeper dive in this premium class. MAJ2 Includes 20 lessons with 48 videos and a 37 page workbook filled with creative catalysts, as well as a wealth of guest artists who share their insights and methods. MAJ2 is not about “making time for art,” but about fitting art into the life you already have: the one with commitments and responsibilities. MAJ2 is for those who have less time, less room, and less brain-space to devote to art journaling, but whose need to create still burns.

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Loving Mama

Loving Mama

When you have kids, you can become so absorbed in the daily work of caring for them that you become disconnected from your personal stories. In existing for others, you can lose yourself. This class is designed to help you take the stories of your mother-self, weave them into the self that existed before you became a mother, and move forward with both of them intertwined. You’ll record the process in a creative journal, and when it’s done, it will be a beautiful love letter to yourself that honours all the parts of who you are and tells the story of how you came to be the amazing woman you are right now. This class comes with the Camellia digital kit, extra journal cards, and a printable workbook to get you creating as quickly and easily as possible.

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5.4 Accountability + Community

5.4 Accountability + Community

Level Up > Level FIVE5.4 ACCOUNTABILITY + COMMUNITYLearning Outcomes: Discover the magic of community and its uses as a form of accountability Evaluate which form of accountability is right for you Discover how to find an...

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5.3 Habit + Tracking

5.3 Habit + Tracking

Level Up > Level FIVE5.3 HABIT + TRACKINGLearning Outcomes: Articulate the benefits of habit and goal tracking Develop practical ways of creating a habit Develop practical ways to track your goals “Motivation is what gets you...

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5.2 Sparkly Object Syndrome

5.2 Sparkly Object Syndrome

Level Up > Level FIVE5.2 SPARKLY OBJECT SYNDROMELearning Outcomes: Identify personal “sparkly objects” Learn ways to fight against distractions “When your mind is preoccupied, your impulses—not your long-term goals—will guide your...

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5.1 Processing

5.1 Processing

Level Up > Level FIVE5.1 PROCESSINGLearning Outcomes: Create a Processing Plan to accompany your Game Plan The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress. – Philip Roth Processing is the part where we check that everything is...

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5. LEVEL FIVE

5. LEVEL FIVE

Level Up > Level FIVEWelcome to Level FIVEDownload the Workbook for Level FIVE Save this file to your computer, print it out, and scribble all over it. “I promise, if you show up for your work day after day after day, you just...

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4.4 Automation

4.4 Automation

Level Up > Level Four4.4 AUTOMATIONLearning Outcomes: Utilise automation tools Automation is this awesome thing where you get a computer to do repetitive tasks that you don’t like doing. It frees up time for creating, but as...

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4.3 Time Management Techniques

4.3 Time Management Techniques

Level Up > Level Four4.3 TIME MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUESLearning Outcomes: Know practical steps to time management Understand the Pomodoro Technique Experiment with Block Scheduling The phrase “I don’t have time for” should never be...

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4.2 Eat the Frog

4.2 Eat the Frog

Level Up > Level Four4.2 Eat the frogLearning Outcomes: Define what eating a frog in terms of productivity actually is Establish unprocrastination techniques Define ways to single task Discover the brilliance of MITs “If it’s your...

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4.1 The Art of the Start

4.1 The Art of the Start

Level Up > Level Four4.1 The Art of the StartLearning Outcomes: Know the three requirements for getting things done Identify five ways to make it easier to get it done Cite practical ways to start – even when you don’t feel like...

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4. LEVEL FOUR

4. LEVEL FOUR

Level Up > Level FourWelcome to Level FourDownload the Workbook for Level FOUR Save this file to your computer, print it out, and scribble all over it.Now that we have gone through the foundations of getting things done, we’re...

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3.4 Create a Game Plan

3.4 Create a Game Plan

Level Up > Level Three3.4 Create a Game PlanLearning Outcomes: Understand the GTD Workflow Personalise the GTD Workflow This lesson ties up a lot of other lessons in one workflow. It’s got bits of Level Two, Three, and Four all in...

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3.3 The Creative Process

3.3 The Creative Process

Level Up > Level Three3.3 The Creative ProcessLearning Outcomes: Recognise how being organised can uplevel creativity Know that organisation in the creative process works towards both quality and quantity “The first draft of...

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