Art Journal Catalysts

Ink

Finishing with the Unfinished

Finishing with the Unfinished

Finishing#gmseasonoffinishing[wpseo_breadcrumb]Let's finish our journal spreads with unfinished things. I know I have a lot of sketchbooks and journals of pages I didn't finish, forgot about, or...

Dig in
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...

Dig in
Lesson 11 – Creating Independently

Lesson 11 – Creating Independently

Pen + Ink > Lesson 11 Creating Independently Create 10 pages! This might sound like a lot but think of all the different skills you have learnt throughout this course....

Dig in
Lesson 10 – Contrast in Pen + Ink

Lesson 10 – Contrast in Pen + Ink

Pen + Ink > Lesson 10 Contrast in Pen + Ink In our previous lesson we learned how to use these two mediums together harmoniously. Lesson 10 however, is all about the...

Dig in
Lesson 9 – Replacing Water with ink

Lesson 9 – Replacing Water with ink

Pen + Ink > Lesson 9 Replacing Water with ink For our first lesson that uses both felt tips and inks together, we are re-visiting lesson 1. Lesson 1 taught us how to...

Dig in
Lesson 8 – Resisting Ink

Lesson 8 – Resisting Ink

Pen + Ink > Lesson 8 Resisting Ink In this lesson, we are looking at how to resist ink. Since ink is such a fluid and water like medium, it can be fun and interesting to...

Dig in
Lesson 7 – Mixing Ink Colours

Lesson 7 – Mixing Ink Colours

Pen + Ink > Lesson 7 Mixing Ink Colours Using what we have learned from our first two ink lessons, we will now start to mix our own colours. Most ink sets are quite...

Dig in
Lesson 6 – Ink + Different Brushes

Lesson 6 – Ink + Different Brushes

Pen + Ink > Lesson 6 Ink + Different Brushes Imagine your brush is your magic wand and different spells will create different outcomes. In this lesson, we will see how...

Dig in
Lesson 5 – Ink + Water

Lesson 5 – Ink + Water

Pen + Ink > Lesson 5 Ink + Water In our first ink dedicated lesson, we are simply mixing it with water. Super simple, but really cool and a perfect example of stretching...

Dig in
Lesson 4 – Colouring In

Lesson 4 – Colouring In

Pen + Ink > Lesson 4 Colouring In For this lesson, we really are going back to kindergarten. Colouring in is one of life’s simplest joys. It is remarkable for calming...

Dig in
Lesson 3 – Felt Tips + Magazines

Lesson 3 – Felt Tips + Magazines

Pen + Ink > Lesson 3 Felt Tips + Magazines In this lesson, we are using magazine pages instead of our art journal. Try and gather 5-6 different pages to try out these...

Dig in
Lesson 2 – Felt Tips + Water

Lesson 2 – Felt Tips + Water

Pen + Ink > Lesson 2 Felt Tips + Water Taking what we have learned from our first lesson, we are repeating some of the same layering techniques but this time, adding...

Dig in
Lesson 1 – Layering Felt Tips

Lesson 1 – Layering Felt Tips

Pen + Ink > Lesson 1 Layering Felt Tips In our first lesson, we are taking everything back to basics. We will be learning how to layer felt tips on a page. Using...

Dig in
It’s Happening Now: Making Art Fast and Slow to Create a Page of Opposites

It’s Happening Now: Making Art Fast and Slow to Create a Page of Opposites

First we will work as fast as we possibly can, going wild on the page without stopping to think about what we are doing. Next, we will move to the opposite extreme and work incredibly slow, slower than we might have imagined possible. Lastly, we will bring these two extremes together to create a page of opposites, inspired by the principles of yin and yang.

Dig in
Creating maps to illustrate the seasonal landscape

Creating maps to illustrate the seasonal landscape

Sometimes a season can seem like a country with it’s own landscape and culture, quite distinct from other seasons. In this tutorial, we are going to choose one season to work with and create a map showing its unique terrain. We’ll add some simple symbols to represent each place and touches of colour to bring the map to life. This map can serve as a helpful guide when you find yourself deep within this realm, reminding you of the roads you can take and places you can visit to make your stay more enjoyable!

Dig in
How to tell your story

How to tell your story

Story Amy Tan is here today to teach us how to tell our most important story - the every day one. Watch her incredible tutorial and learn how she uses everyday life + art to tell...

Dig in
Seeing patterns: Carve your own rotating stamp

Seeing patterns: Carve your own rotating stamp

Using a square eraser you will learn to easily design and carve a stamp that creates a rotating pattern. Create your own designs or be inspired by your personal symbols or images you find in a book. Using a stamp to create patterns, is a quick way to add a layer of interest to your spreads.

Dig in
How to journal with leaves

How to journal with leaves

Nature Hi Messians! Today I am going to share with you some ideas on how to get nature directly into our art journals. I have used different types of leaves for all of my...

Dig in
How to make plant-based inks

How to make plant-based inks

Nature Hello Messians, it's your favorite witch Vanessa here. This is a bittersweet post for me as it is my last one as a Get Messy Creative Team member. I have been involved in...

Dig in
Creating a mixed media self portrait

Creating a mixed media self portrait

Connections "A portrait affirms; it gives the gift of self to its subject. It says, 'Yes, you are worth spending this time over, your story deserves to be told, you should...

Dig in
Colour symbolism around the world

Colour symbolism around the world

Colour Hey, Messians! Misty here to talk about the cultural connotations and the symbolism of color from around the world.My interest in how colors are used in other cultures...

Dig in
Paper marbling with Ink

Paper marbling with Ink

Colour Hi guys! It's Riet here and I'm so excited to show you a very easy technique to marble paper! I love marbling so much that I always look for easy ways to achieve it! Until...

Dig in
How to combine contrasting media

How to combine contrasting media

Contrast Hi again messians!In this post, I will share with you quick tutorials on contrasting mediums. These are the tools and products you wouldn't necessarily think about...

Dig in
How to work with negative space

How to work with negative space

Contrast Hello dear Messians! Vanessa here, I am thrilled to welcome you to the Season of Contrasts. I am feeling very inspired by this theme. When I was thinking of how to...

Dig in
Drawing with pen and ink

Drawing with pen and ink

Art 101 Hi, lovely Messians.  It's Elizabeth here.  I hope to serve as your personal creative cheerleader this season and throughout the year, chiming in with a "Just give it a...

Dig in
Cataloguing and swatching your pens

Cataloguing and swatching your pens

Art 101 Hey Messians! EmK here for my first post, and I could not be more excited to be sharing these videos with you! You may have realized that this season is special! The...

Dig in
How to stencil with mists

How to stencil with mists

Introspection Hello again wonderful Get Messians. It’s Zinia again joining you to share some tips and ideas on how to use your mists with stencils. There was actually a...

Dig in
Making and Using Your Own Stencils

Making and Using Your Own Stencils

Happy Hello Get Messians! It's Vanessa and I am so happy to be back! Today I'm bringing you a tutorial on how to make and use your very own stencils. We are in the...

Dig in
How to mix ink with acrylic

How to mix ink with acrylic

Magic Hello magical messians! It’s Jules here to share with you a tutorial on mixing two of my favourite mediums; ink and acrylic. This is a technique that I use a lot...

Dig in
Making marbled paper

Making marbled paper

Adventure Hiya ladies, one of the many Lauren’s here (there must be some type of correlation between the name Lauren and art journaling?!) I want to share with you...

Dig in
Using image transfers

Using image transfers

Brave Hi, everyone! Jeannie here. Today, I’m  going to show how I apply image transfers on my art journal pages. I learned about this technique last year but I only tried it when I...

Dig in