Art Journal Catalysts

3. Cultivate

Be Intentional About your Artist Journey with Cindy Jay and Debbie Bamberger

Be Intentional About your Artist Journey with Cindy Jay and Debbie Bamberger

Every year, Get Messy hosts a workshop on reflecting back on the year, and creating intentions for the year ahead. This year we have two very special guests. Print out the workbook, grab a pen and watch the video below where Debbie, Cindy, and Caylee walk you through reflecting on 2019 and planning for 2020.

Cindy Jay and Debbie Bamberger are prolific artists with big hearts. I sat down with them to reflect on our 2019 years in art, and to create intentions for 2020. This is an informal episode where friends chat and laugh, but one with so many takeaways from these wise women.

Join us to reflect on your year and plan for (another) creatively fueled year.

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Walking the 5 Paths of Journaling with Rebecca Kochenderfer

Walking the 5 Paths of Journaling with Rebecca Kochenderfer

In this episode, I chat to Rebecca Kochenderfer, the founder of Journaling.com and a lifetime journaler. Rebecca shares her experiences, approach, and tips surrounding the practise for both business and personal life. She walks us through the five paths of journaling, effects on our well-being and methods of journaling.

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How to Art with Intention with Amy Maricle

How to Art with Intention with Amy Maricle

In this podcast, I chat to Amy Maricle about art with intention. Amy shares some of her most profound views on how to become more aware and intentional in your art practice. We discuss:

what it means to be mindful,
how mindfulness changes your art,
being zen about thinking big and letting go,
the inner critic,
Amy’s weaknesses,
and how to be an artist
As always, Amy is just bursting with insane wisdom.

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121 Hours: How to build an art habit

121 Hours: How to build an art habit

Habit 20 minutes a day will build an art habit. Start today!Supplies paper paint glue magazines gelli plate scissors tape sewing supplies friends to cheer you on and for whom you...

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How to maintain a creative habit with Anika Lacerte

How to maintain a creative habit with Anika Lacerte

In this podcast, I chat to Anika Lacerte about creative habit. As someone who is currently on her 9th 100 day project, Anika is kind of an expert at it. She shares her top 16 ways for fitting art into your life every single freaking day. Scroll down to download the PDF and keep it with you to refer back to.

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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.

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Inspiration is not real

Inspiration is not real

Inspiration does not exist. It’s a lie. Inspiration is not real. True inspiration is the kind that leads to immediate action. Inspiration that leads to nothing tangible is… nothing.

There’s something tangible standing between an idea and something being realised.
That something is YOU.

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Creating Art Beyond Yourself with Morgan Harper Nichols

Creating Art Beyond Yourself with Morgan Harper Nichols

In this episode of the podcast, I was awed by Morgan Harper Nichols. Yup, that’s right. *The* Morgan Harper Nichols. MHN and I talk about how selflessness is important to her artistic process. How she finds purpose in her art by creating beyond herself. As someone who created an entire life and business around creative community, this chat rocked my world.

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030 Documenting

030 Documenting

The Season of Documentation is about showing exactly who you are via art journaling. In this season, you will use an old book and six artists will show you how to document yourself in your art journal. Challenge yourself to include self-portraits and images in your art journal with numerous prompts and tutorials. Learn how to document the colours of your life and the wide range of feelings you experience. See how to collect inspiration from a daily journaling practice and introduce yourself to junk journaling.

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029 Starting

029 Starting

For the Season of Starting, we have 3.5 incredible artists who share their unique experiences of starting art at four very different points. Includes four weeks of tutorials, prompts, and actionable inspiration that will be the catalysts on your art journey. Learn how to bind a vintage book into a handbound journal, as well as several other bookbinding methods for truly unique handbound journals. Explore intuitive painting, ideas and lessons from other artists for creating your own style, practical ways for getting back into journaling after a break, and how to face your fear and take the leap.

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The Get Messy Podcast

The Get Messy Podcast

 Making art should be easy. Turn up the music, select your arty weapons of choice, crack your knuckles and then, well, make art. But let’s be honest: Art is messy. (Heck, life is messy!) So even though it’s so important to you to be an artist and create art regularly...

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028 Inspiration

028 Inspiration

For the Season of Inspiration, host Lauren Hooper helps you determine who or what your muse is and how to use your muse in your artwork and push yourself further. Additionally, four other artists share their muses with you, how they found them, why they can’t stop creating with them, and how they have evolved them over time. If you are ready to take your art to the next level, infuse it with meaning, have your name be synonymous with your muse, and find a love that will last your art a lifetime – this season is perfect for you.

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027 Failure

027 Failure

If perfectionism is what’s stopping you from making art that you love, then join the Season of Failure. Hosted by Get Messy Fairy Artmother, Caylee Grey takes you through a 5 step process to “eff comparison,” dance naked in perfection’s face, and make sweet, sweet (imperfect) art in your art journal. Learn to embrace failure with a failure tracker and even a failure bingo. Transform imposter syndrome into a trickster goddess with Emily Mulrony, and don’t miss Brandi Kincaid’s tutorial on using commonplace books as weapons against perfectionism.

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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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026 Creativity

026 Creativity

For the Season of Creativity, we show you how to translate the things you love into beautiful and unique art journal pages. Learn how to find, translate and create art from inspiration in the world around you. Then create an entire art journal using something you already love that is deeply personal and fun: media. Your favorite book, TV show or movie will be your jumping off point for creating artwork based off of your life and your interests. Hosted by Lauren Hooper, this season is here to help you see yourself as an artist, living a creative life.

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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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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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1.2 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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1.1 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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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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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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2.1 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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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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025 Celebration

025 Celebration

The Season of Celebration celebrates the Get Messy community of artists who guide you through this season. They share tips for how to “sneak around” the fear of imperfection and make yourself accountable to a daily art practice, as well as using the Get Messy seasons to explore a particular theme and develop your own style. Tutorials include transforming your mood with art journaling, creating a “use it up” journal for leftover paints and paper bits, exploring shape and form to represent different emotions, releasing your inner child through fingerpainting, using found materials, and documenting your day.

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Welcome

Welcome

Totems is the course that will walk you through finding your personal symbols and translating them into your art journal pages.

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Part 4 – Claiming the Female

Part 4 – Claiming the Female

Women’s lives and stories have been interpreted through the masculine lens for a long time. The idea of the witch came out of men being afraid of the knowledge that certain women had. They wanted to control women and so invented this idea of witchcraft as something to be afraid of and repress. And I would like this lesson to be about not being embarrassed to tap into that shared knowledge and history. To acknowledge that we are women and that we participate in society and matter just as much as anyone else. I want women to be proud of this and to be intentional in our art and lives.

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Part 3 – Elemental Magic

Part 3 – Elemental Magic

Humans are in and of this world, we interact with it; there is an exchange of energy. This is one of the first principles we learn in Anthropology and we sometimes forget this. We are the product of our environment, we are linked to it. Elemental magic encompasses those symbols, seen and unseen, that surround us.

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Part 2 – Archetypes

Part 2 – Archetypes

Totems > Part 2 From Vocabulary.com: “In the psychology of Carl Jung, an archetype is an inherited pattern of thought derived from the past experience of the whole race...

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Part 1 – Spirit Animals

Part 1 – Spirit Animals

Why do you need a Spirit Animal? What is the point? Why can’t a quiz on Buzzfeed tell you the answer? A Spirit Animal embodies a trait or a quality that you have in your personality or that you would like to invite into your art journal. Take the time to meditate on this, try to focus on a part of you that you like – or something that you lack – and that you would want to symbolise through an animal. You give the meaning to that animal because it is your Spirit Animal.

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Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

Thank you for allowing me to show you a little bit of my world and my artistic landscape. It has been a privilege for me to do so. I hope that you feel inspired to search for your personal symbols and to invite them into your heart and your art. I would love to see your pages, please post them in the forums and anywhere else on social media where you lurk.

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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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032 Reflection

032 Reflection

For the Season of Reflection, we reflect on our magnificent art journey and celebrate our growth. Caylee walks you through making life mind maps to create tangible action plans for all your glorious ideas. Learn how to create a Japanese Ledger art journal and a shadow box that will fold down neatly into your journal. Follow along the five journaling paths leading toward improved: emotional well-being, creativity, productivity, physical health, and mindfulness. Then learn how to combine written journaling and art to create meaningful and cohesive pages.

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024 Freedom

024 Freedom

The Season of Freedom is for uninhibited creating, journaling without restraint, embracing the mess in art and life, venturing into the unknown, expressing yourself, letting go of fear and doubt, and release. Prompts, tutorials, interviews, and challenges await you as you tackle the idea of what freedom means to you in your life and in your art. Go bold with hand lettering, try out collography, paint ethereal watercolour butterflies, use acrylic mediums to build layers, practice painting fast and slow, and more. Guest Artist, Ali Brown, shows you how to liberate yourself with abstract painting and joy notes. Let your art reflect your truest self and desires.

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023 Ubuntu

023 Ubuntu

At Get Messy, you are not a number, but a vital part of our community. A South African word, Ubuntu means: I am because we are. This season delves deep into the humanity in all of us and how to illuminate and connect with it. Through tutorials about charcoal and gesso, alcohol ink, and brush lettering with watercolour and ink, you will explore social justice causes in your home and world and find ways that your art can elevate the good in all of humanity. Guest artist Kellee Wynne from Colour Crush Creative shows you how to create a mixed media concertina art journal and introduces you to colour theory.

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022 Seasons

022 Seasons

The Season of Seasons explores the passing of time and how we change and grow with the seasons. Prompts help you express your evolution through your life’s seasons, and tutorials show you how to map your relationship to the earth’s seasons. Learn how to document your emotions with a lunar calendar and create a spinner to move through the seasons of life. Create seasonal mood boards, collages for each of the seasons, and leaf and flower gelli prints for all seasons. Guest artist Julia Marriott shows you acrylic painting and colour techniques to make your art bloom.

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Find Your Style

Find Your Style

We have a hack for finding your style and it doesn’t involve selling a kidney, so that’s a bonus.

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Travel Journaling

Travel Journaling

Lauren and Vanessa are together in 3D in Korea and chat about their travel journal kits and what supplies they travel with.

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Mindful Art with Amy

Mindful Art with Amy

Amy from Mindful Art Studio demonstrates using art for mindfulness in order to find beauty and relaxation.

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021 Story

021 Story

For the Season of Story, you will create art that represents your life, your family, your history, your dreams, your goals, and your past, present, and future. Learn unconventional ways to tell your story through abstract art, photographic abstraction, and comic book panels. Use vintage photos and found words to tell a familiar or fictional story about yourself and the hero’s journey as a template for your life journey. Guest Artist Amy Tan of Amy Tangerine shows you how to tell your story by combining memory keeping and art journaling. Come tell your story with us.

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020 Play

020 Play

For the Season of Play, leave behind self doubt and judgement and dive headfirst into creative play. Make your own rotating stamps and use junk drawer items to make marks in your art journal. Revisit your childhood by creating paper dolls with movable parts and turning scribbles into bright, fun art journal pages. Play the roll the art dice game and go on a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood for art journal inspiration. Transform yourself into a superhero in your own comic. This season features a collaboration with Sketchbook Skool, Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene, who show you a zillion ways to fill a sketchbook.

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019 Kindness

019 Kindness

Kindness defines the Get Messy Community. This season focuses on self love and love for others. Practice self-love by painting paper and collage, creating collaged hands of forgiveness, and writing an origami love letter to yourself. Incorporate yarn for pattern and texture and interactive flaps to reveal inspiration for ordinary kindness. Learn easy tricks for illustrating people and making your own mandalas and spread kindness in your communities in the form of tiny pieces of art. Guest artist Kiala Givehand shares a wealth of ideas for conquering the blank page and playful printmaking. Spread kindness in your communities in the form of tiny pieces of art.

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018 Nature

018 Nature

The Season of Nature celebrates the wild and natural world. Connect with nature in your art journaling by making plant-based inks, creating a DIY flower press, using the language of flowers, including leaves, and block printing nature motifs. Learn artistic techniques from cave painting, how to create a journal representing the tides, and how to begin doodling. Guest Artist Lina shows you three techniques for creating watercolour backgrounds and how to translate music to paper.

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017 Connections

017 Connections

The Season of Connections explores your connection to your art, your people, and your world. Make connections in your art journal by using thread and vintage elements to connect to your past, using continuous line drawing, finding hidden imagery in paint splatters, and gathering ephemera for meaningful collage. Other tutorials include creating a mixed media self-portrait, techniques for using ink in your art journal, and creating rituals and building habits for art journaling. Guest artist Brandi Kincaid shows you how to make a folded accordion book for everyday details.

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016 Fairy Tales

016 Fairy Tales

The Season of Fairy Tales asks you to spread the magic of your art throughout the world. Begin by creating an accordion folded journal and a pop-up art journal to hold your art magic. Explore including interactive elements in your art journal and layering vellum and transparencies to produce soft layers. Challenge yourself by foraging for art journal supplies in unexpected places and making paint brushes from found objects. Learn techniques for creating woodland backgrounds, fantastic creatures, and your own printables. Guest artist Olivia shows you some brush letter inspiration and how to include it in your art journal.

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Finding Inspiration in the Process

Finding Inspiration in the Process

Colour The best part of personal artistic pursuits is fully enjoying the process. When I work in my journal, I’m not only enjoying the artwork, but the feeling in my workspace,...

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015 Colour

015 Colour

The Season of Colour holds nothing back when it comes to colour, light, and brightness. You will learn what colour means to you, to your culture, what you can express with it, and how to use colour with more confidence. Challenge yourself by mixing your own colours, experimenting with unfamiliar colours, and journaling in monochrome. Create your own colour catalogue, paint with “bleeding” tissue paper, and create marbled paper with ink. Guest artist, Katie Licht, shows you how to find inspiration and unexpected colour palettes in the process of creating.

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014 Contrast

014 Contrast

The Season of Contrast experiments with differences with guest artist, Amy Maricle. Through prompts and tutorials, we challenge you to think about what could be and to mix and match mediums, ideas, and techniques. Learn to create contrast by working with negative space, using scale, masking and resisting, combining contrasting media, combining warm and cool colours, and juxtaposing moods. Other lessons include painting faces, painting intuitively, repurposing pieces of old artwork, obscuring journaling with mixed media layers, using gelli plates to create faces, and weaving with paper.

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A Collection of Art Journals

A Collection of Art Journals

Art 101 Hello fellow Get Messians! As one who loves loves loves art journaling, I wanted to share a little more about my art journaling practice. I’ve been art journaling pretty...

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013 Art 101

013 Art 101

The goal of the Season of Art 101 is to introduce you to new mediums and techniques and to eliminate the scary part of how to get started, what to choose, and how to care for supplies. The Messy Artists start at the very beginning with the best supplies and how to use and care for them. They then show you new techniques using these materials. This season also features guest artist Pam Garrison who teaches you how to produce detailed layers and shares insights into her regular art journal practice. Don’t miss the lesson on how to do collaborative art projects.

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012 Gifts

012 Gifts

The Season of Gifts explores the idea of gifts, both intrinsic and external. Begin by learning how to make an upcycled journal from gift wrapping supplies. Essie shows you how to share art via mailable art journals and Nina creates art journal pages with “giving hands.” Learn how to use stencils in multiple ways, add metallic pops, and hide your journaling. Challenge yourself to make art journal pages without looking! Katie talks about working in multiple themed journals at once and Cait shares the power of a morning art ritual.

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Artspiration

Artspiration

Dreams One of the most amazing places for inspiration is an Art Gallery. I had grand ideas of turning inspiration into pages, but then I kind of realized inspiration doesn’t...

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011 Dreams

011 Dreams

The Season of Dreams is where consciousness, subconsciousness, and our imaginations meet. Follow along with an illustrated dream journal using found papers. Explore the surreal world of double exposure photographs in your art journal and transforming dreamy watercolours into animals, botanicals, and more. Learn how shoe polish, tin foil, and glue can make distressed metallic elements. Create dreamy impact with vellum and water and ink. Learn how to use art galleries for actionable inspiration and see the Messy Artists’ beautifully honest tutorial on using art journaling to work through depression and anxiety.

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010 Music

010 Music

The Season of Music combines two of the world’s greatest muses: Art and Music. Get started with how to draw a song, creating pages inspired by cover art, make 10 pages with 10 songs in 10 minutes, and including song lyrics in your art journal. Learn about colour theory and how to create portraits and galaxies with watercolours. Create distressed art journal pages with paper aging and burning. Get the most out of your Get Messy membership each season with an intention setting tutorial.

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009 Introspection

009 Introspection

For the Season of Introspection, we turn inward to investigate our innermost thoughts and feelings. Begin with using ink blots to connect to your intuition and art journaling your personality type. Make a gorgeous mess bleaching paper, stenciling with mists, and making watercolour collage paper. Learn how to use the style of artists you admire. Find and source words for journaling and use your own photography. You will want to save that junk mail for the tutorial on using envelopes in your art journal. Don’t miss Katie’s beginner’s guide to drawing faces or Tanylee’s 10 minute art journal pages.

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008 Lists

008 Lists

Featuring Get Messy’s first collaboration with 30 Days of Lists creators Amy Schubert and Kam Altar, the Season of Lists includes 30 lists and 30 art prompts. Learn to create lists in a variety of handmade journals with a pamphlet stitch, tag album, and tiny watercolour album. Create backgrounds with gelatos, watercolour effects, and texture. See how to transfer images with clear packing tape, collage with magazines, and find inspiration in everyday life. Don’t miss the Creative Team’s insights on “ugly pages.”

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007 Happy

007 Happy

We all need a little more happy in our lives. Packed full of tutorials and ideas for happiness, the Season of Happy explores the emotions of colour with colour psychology and colour-based art pages. See how to make your art journal pages truly unique by creating your own stencils and making your own backgrounds with gelli plates. Learn how to incorporate photos in your art journal for unexpected results and vintage botanicals to create floral collages. Wrap up your art journal happiness with a tutorial on how to create an accordion journal.

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006 Magic

006 Magic

The Season of Magic is about creating and finding magic in your art journal. Tutorials include mixing ink with acrylic paint for delightfully messy, magical results and incorporating words when you don’t like your own handwriting, as well as creating map self-portraits and making strip paper collages. See the art journaling mini challenge, Writing Letters to Your Past Self, for a printable notebook to spark your journaling.

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005 Words

005 Words

The “journaling” part of art journaling is all about words, which is why in this season, we explore the power of words. We begin with showing you how to choose and prepare an altered book for art journaling. Then explore unique ways you can play with altered books using “peek through” pages, creating dynamic collages, and embracing your own handwriting via handlettered phrases and quotes. For this season, prioritize creating and put some words, any words onto a page.

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004 Serenity

004 Serenity

The Season of Serenity invites you to explore how you understand the world around you and how that understanding can bring you peace. This season explores digital collage and using tissue paper and stamping to create delicately textured pages. We share a tutorial for how working with limited supplies can elevate what you make to completely new levels via a Get Messy swap (one of our favorite activities!). Our hope for you this season is that you find serenity between the pages of your art journal.

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003 Adventure

003 Adventure

The Season of Adventure embraces wanderlust and exploration by exploring the uniquely expressive world of abstract art journaling and painting and includes how to make your own marbled papers with items you can find at your local grocer. Caylee includes a thoughtful tutorial on how sharing your art journal pages online can build community, hold you accountable to your own creative practice, and spark your creativity.

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002 Brave

002 Brave

The Season of Brave is where the famous Zine Squad (Jules, Katie, and Vanessa) found their beginnings. This season challenges you to push past your artistic comfort zones and art journal your truths. Tutorials include how to create word art with washi tape and art journal with kids, as well as Get Messy’s first introduction to image transfers and mixed media techniques. Questions answered include: what is gesso and how do you know when a page is done?

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001 Love

001 Love

The first official season of Get Messy, the Season of Love celebrates love in all its forms. Featuring a variety of artists and their unique perspectives, the Season of Love includes tutorials for playing with washi tape, incorporating everyday items like paper towels, creating your own embellishments, and using ephemera in your art journaling. You don’t want to miss the tutorial on how to get started creating with Get Messy prompts.

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