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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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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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Envelope Pocket Journal

Envelope Pocket Journal

Finishing#gmseasonoffinishing[wpseo_breadcrumb]Let's set ourselves up to finish strong this year. I'll be showing you how to create and easy envelop pocket journal that can be accommodated into...

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The Bloom Book Cover

The Bloom Book Cover

Bloom#gmseasonofbloom[wpseo_breadcrumb]Let's get messy with color and bloom the cover of the Bloom Book. Using collage elements, lines and color, create a...

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The Bloom Book

The Bloom Book

Bloom#gmseasonofbloom[wpseo_breadcrumb]After a severe winter full of rain, snow and wind, nature is reborn and shines for us in a stunning beauty. Blooming...

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Staggered junk journals

Staggered junk journals

Home [wpseo_breadcrumb]Page through the pages of Char's Season of Home journal, and hear its story.  In the video, Char also shares a few other ideas for journals she's made in the...

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Lesson 1 – Pamphlet Stitch

Lesson 1 – Pamphlet Stitch

We are going to start with a simple, but versatile stitch that will enable you to quickly start creating your own beautiful, handmade art journals.

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Japanese Ledger Binding

Japanese Ledger Binding

Reflection Learn how to create a beautiful art journal with a quick and easy binding. The Japanese Ledger binding looks impressive but it’s very simple and can be made with an...

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Lesson 2 – Long Stitch

Lesson 2 – Long Stitch

The long stitch is a beautiful yet simple way to bind your signatures into a cover. You will be attaching the paper to the spine of your book. The width of the spine and its strength will determine how many signatures you can add into your book.

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Lesson 4 – French Link Stitch

Lesson 4 – French Link Stitch

This stitch is very decorative one and is at the top of our list for difficulty. Just like the Coptic stitch, it allows your journals to lie very flat. Because the open spine is so pretty to look at, I tend to bind thicker journals with this stitch.

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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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How to make a paper bag junk journal

How to make a paper bag junk journal

Home [wpseo_breadcrumb]Char DeRouin Char is an artist, designer and maker whose work is abstract, intuitive and organic in style, with a no-rules approach. She is influenced by...

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Make a quick accordion art journal

Make a quick accordion art journal

Creativity For this season, I thought long and hard about what type of journal would work best for my journal's theme: A Wrinkle In Time. I wanted something that was very...

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How to make an envelope journal

How to make an envelope journal

Connections Hey y'all! It's Katie here with my tutorial for the Season of Connections! Have you ever had a penpal? I used to have half a dozen of them when I was a...

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How to make a pop up art journal

How to make a pop up art journal

Fairy Tales [wpseo_breadcrumb]Hello lovelies! It's Ashley here with a fresh new tutorial. As you know, fairy tales are full of ups and downs, twists and turns, trials and...

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How to make an accordion folded journal

How to make an accordion folded journal

Fairy Tales [wpseo_breadcrumb]Surprise! It's Misty! Normally Vanessa kicks off our seasons but she was kind enough to switch with me for Season of Fairy Tales so I could show...

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Art Journals from Found Materials

Art Journals from Found Materials

Dreams One of the best aspects of art journaling is that there are literally no rules. None at all. This applies even to your journals. Let me back up. I know most of us all...

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Easy watercolor tiny book

Easy watercolor tiny book

Lists Hey messy people! Nina here.When you’re taking on a huge project – like a daily challenge or a 30 lists album – it can prove quite necessary to take a shortcut on some...

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Prepping an Altered Book

Prepping an Altered Book

Words In the video, I show you how to take pages out of your book by finding the signatures and by ignoring the signatures. I demonstrate how to prepare a page for...

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Resources for making an altered book

Resources for making an altered book

Words We're giving the prep an entire week in the season. Use this time to prepare the cover and pages, then share your book on Instagram with #getmessybook. For some...

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How to staple large zines

How to staple large zines

Brave Vanessa Vanessa is an archaeologist and an artist. She oscillates between these two poles of her personality and explores the many iterations of her reality in her art...

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