Essie Smith

Essie is basically a Unicorn. She has healing powers, magical properties, and she refuses to be handled by men.

Catalysts by Essie Smith
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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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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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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Lesson 5 – Wonder and Surprise

Lesson 5 – Wonder and Surprise

Wonder isn’t something that necessarily springs to mind when we’re thinking about all the different emotions we experience, but it’s a unique one, and really worth spending some time with.

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Lesson 3 – Sadness and Grief

Lesson 3 – Sadness and Grief

Our art journals can be the perfect places to “art it out” when we’re feeling sad. Sadness can be a scary emotion, and one we shy away from, but if we can allow ourselves to sit with sadness from time to time, it can be good for us.

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Lesson 2 – Joy and Happiness

Lesson 2 – Joy and Happiness

This lesson is about connecting with happiness in our art journals. In the video I’ll introduce you to this idea, and to an artist whose work inspires me to create bright, joyful pieces of my own.

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Lesson 1 – Introduction

Lesson 1 – Introduction

This course is about accessing your emotional self through your art journal. In it, we are going to spend time meditating on different aspects of our emotional selves, and find ways of expressing them through our art.

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Heart Journal

Heart Journal

The Heart Journal will get you connecting with your emotional self and exploring her in your art journal. Essie Ruth will lead you through exploring joy and happiness, sadness and grief, anger and rage, wonder and surprise, and peace. Alongside Essie, you will look at how great artists have conveyed emotion in their own work and draw inspiration from them. You’ll consider how artistic media can best communicate certain feelings. You’ll contemplate your relationships with different emotions and what you think about them. And most importantly, you’ll take everything you’ve learned and use it to create expressive, satisfying, and rewarding works of art. If you’d like to start putting your heart into your art journal, then this class will help you find ways to do just that.

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1.4 Essie Ruth – Collage in Monochrome

1.4 Essie Ruth – Collage in Monochrome

The conversation between colours in an artwork can make it complex and busy. When you reduce your palette to shades of one colour, you reduce the noise, and make a much more minimalist piece. It can still be intricately detailed, and multi-layered, but doesn’t get as intense.

Collage presents a unique way of including a wide range of textures and shapes while sticking to shades of a single colour.

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9 ways to add text to your art journal

9 ways to add text to your art journal

For many of us, images come most easily when we’re art journaling, and for others working with text feels more natural. Being a wordy, languagey, writer-type, I am definitely one of the latter. That being the case, I want to show you some of the different techniques I...

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The Mailable Art Journal

The Mailable Art Journal

Gifts Hello, splendid Messians! I'm jazzed as hell to be back sharing another post here on the blog with you. Especially one that's about giving! Most of the people...

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How to draw a song

How to draw a song

Music Hi Messians! It's Essie here, very happy to be back with you in this inspiring season of music. You know how some music gets you feeling big things? Some fills you with joy,...

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Making A Tag Book

Making A Tag Book

Lists Hello, favourites! It's Essie again, back to share how I've been approaching this season of lists.Now, I am a crazy busy person. Like a lot of women, I wear many hats, and...

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Creating a Floral Collage

Creating a Floral Collage

Happy Hello, beautiful Messians. It's Essie from the blog team here. I hope this season of Happy is doing your soul good, and setting the tone for a joyful and...

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Making a strip collage

Making a strip collage

Magic Hello delightful and delicious Messians! I’m Essie, and I have a tutorial for you today. I’m going to share my strip-collage process. Just so we’re...

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