Art Journal Catalysts

1. Spark

Challenge: Collage Lines

Challenge: Collage Lines

Use cut paper lines/shapes to create a sense of motion across two spreads in your journal. Working with lines, colors and imagery will create visually interesting and dimensional art journal pages.

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Challenge: Movement as a Distraction

Challenge: Movement as a Distraction

We constantly are moving, doing, and staying busy in our daily lives. How can we carve away slivers of time for peace and creating? In this journal we will connect to a moment of calm in the midst of the chaos playing on contrast and complimentary colors to highlight this dichotomy in our lives.

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Challenge: Repurposed Florals

Challenge: Repurposed Florals

Create loose, abstract florals with paint, markers, crayons and the magic ingredient – acrylic skins. By repurposing (rather than simply throwing away) old palettes and dried acrylic paint, we’ll add some texture and surprising pops of colour to your art journal.

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Challenge: Staircase Dreamings

Challenge: Staircase Dreamings

Draw a staircase and think about your biggest dream. Draw it at the top of the staircase and then fill each step with the “steps” you’d have to take to make your biggest dream a reality.

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Challenge: Artist Affirmations

Challenge: Artist Affirmations

I love to incorporate artist affirmations into my art journal practice. Let’s create a beautiful and meaningful art journal spread to silence our inner critics.

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Challenge: The Sticky-Note

Challenge: The Sticky-Note

Get creative using sticky-notes (post-its) in your journal pages. The humble sticky-note is often overlooked as an art material, but there are lots of fun ways of using them. We’ll share a few of our suggestions and we’re sure you’ll have lots more ideas of your own.

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Challenge: Wild Abandon

Challenge: Wild Abandon

Moments#gmseasonofmomentsYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create with wild abandon. Let go of perfection and expectations and gather things that you love. Art...

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Challenge: Transformation

Challenge: Transformation

Moments #gmseasonofmoments Your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create an art journal page using the word Transformation as the theme. Bonus points: Limit your...

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Challenge: Color Interactions

Challenge: Color Interactions

Explore how colors interact with each other. Experimenting with color in your journal helps you find brush strokes and color combinations you may never have thought to try before! Make rainbows, mix colors, and see which new colors you can make from the tubes of paint you already have!

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Challenge: Rooted

Challenge: Rooted

New#gmseasonofnewYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Go back to your roots.I went back to my roots by going back to old journals. Here are some more ideas: copy one of...

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It’s time for us to go back to our roots.

It’s time for us to go back to our roots.

My dear beautiful, beautiful Messy Artist It’s time for us to go back to our roots.  Get Messy has always been a place that evolves and adapts and fits around your life rather than the other way around. It’s never been a place where you have to change to be a part of...

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Recipe 24

Recipe 24

#getmessyrecipes painted papers floral images circle punch alphabet stamps ink pad glue Punch several circles out of your painted papers and floral images....

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Recipe 23

Recipe 23

#getmessyrecipes two black and white photographs black acrylic paint white gel pen gesso old gift card small paintbrush large paintbrush stamp and ink pad...

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Recipe 22

Recipe 22

#getmessyrecipes watercolor floral images word phrase stamp ink pad paintbrush scissors glue Choose three colors of paint that coordinate with your floral...

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Recipe 21

Recipe 21

#getmessyrecipes Background papers (see the PDF for printable options) Clip art (see the PDF for printable options) Scrap paper, ledger paper, favorite paper...

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Recipe 20

Recipe 20

#getmessyrecipes Background papers (see the PDF for printable options) Clip art (see the PDF for printable options) Ledger paper or any paper you love to write...

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Recipe 19

Recipe 19

#getmessyrecipes Background papers (see the PDF for printable options) Clip art (see the PDF for printable options) Scrap paper, ledger paper, favorite paper...

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Recipe 18

Recipe 18

#getmessyrecipes Art Journal Water jar Brushes, one medium flat, one small flat Colorful, art paper scraps, magazine ephemera, scrapbooking paper, wrapping...

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Recipe 17

Recipe 17

#getmessyrecipes Art Journal - the paper should be able to withstand watery media (watercolor paper and high quality mixed media paper works well) Water jar and...

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Recipe 16

Recipe 16

#getmessyrecipes Art Journal - paper should be able to withstand watery media Water jar and brush (any kind) Several watercolor crayons or Stabilo Woody pencils...

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Recipe 15

Recipe 15

#getmessyrecipes Food packaging, cleaned and cut out (choose the ones that will fit your current journal) Acrylic Paints and brush. Pick your favorite paint....

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Recipe 14

Recipe 14

#getmessyrecipes Dried and emptied used tea bags, coffee filters, leftover painted papers, magazine cut-outs and security envelope (choose the ones that will...

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Recipe 13

Recipe 13

#getmessyrecipes Unfinished/ extra tags and magazine cut-outs (choose the ones that will fit your current journal) Any homemade embellishments – I used clay....

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Micro Challenges

Micro Challenges

Showing Up#gmseasonofshowingupMicro Challenge 1 What is your WHY? Why do you art journal? Why is it important to you and why do you keep coming back to it even when life is...

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Your WHY

Your WHY

Your Why is the MOST important part of your Get Messy journey and one that you will come back to again and again.

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Collaboration Prompts + Sidekick

Collaboration Prompts + Sidekick

Collaboration#gmseasonofcollaborationDownload the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this...

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Spark Prompts + Sidekick

Spark Prompts + Sidekick

Spark#gmseasonofspark[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season....

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Time Capsule

Time Capsule

Spark#gmseasonofspark[wpseo_breadcrumb]Let’s go back in time! This gave me a great excuse to look through my old art journals and reference photos and match them up.  I’ve realized...

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Steven Prompts + Sidekick

Steven Prompts + Sidekick

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season....

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Gallery of Love

Love This is a gallery from our old way of sharing before Instagram was a Thing.

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X Prompts + Sidekick Part I

X Prompts + Sidekick Part I

X#gmseasonofX[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this...

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More Prompts + Sidekick

More Prompts + Sidekick

More#gmseasonofmore[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season. This...

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Affirmation Prompts + Sidekick

Affirmation Prompts + Sidekick

Season guest artist Connie Solera embraces showing up to your art journal with honesty, vulnerability, and fearlessness in the Season of Affirmation. Through intuitive painting, Connie helps you embrace every mark you make as a part of a conversation and to follow the first ideas, gut reactions, and little whispers that won’t leave you alone. Hold your art journals close to your heart as a safe sanctuary to affirm all the feels you are feeling, all the fears you are experiencing, and all the hope you can muster for a brighter future ahead.

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Bloom Prompts + Sidekick

Bloom Prompts + Sidekick

Bloom#gmseasonofbloom[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic...

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X Prompts + Sidekick Part II

X Prompts + Sidekick Part II

X#gmseasonofX[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this...

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Less Prompts + Sidekick

Less Prompts + Sidekick

Season #gmseasonofless [wpseo_breadcrumb]Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season....

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Reflection Prompts + Sidekick

Reflection Prompts + Sidekick

Reflection Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.Prompt #1 “Nothing of me is original. I am...

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Creative Warm-Up Exercises

Creative Warm-Up Exercises

During this hangout, Jenny shared a creative warm-up exercise that can be used for those busy days when it’s hard to fit art in.

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Habit  Prompts + Sidekick

Habit Prompts + Sidekick

Habit Download your habit tracker Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal. Tick off each day that you were creative. Prompt #1 Make some art on Monday. No...

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Documenting  Prompts + Sidekick

Documenting Prompts + Sidekick

Documenting Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. PROMPT #1 - HE(ART) BY CINDY Document...

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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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Focus Prompts + Sidekick

Focus Prompts + Sidekick

Focus#gmseasonoffocus[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this season....

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Finishing Prompts + Sidekick

Finishing Prompts + Sidekick

Finishing#gmseasonoffinishing[wpseo_breadcrumb]Download the season sidekick Save this PDF to your computer, print it out, and let it accompany you on your artistic journey this...

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Ephemera

Digital ephemera for you to print out and put into your art journal.

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Love Prompts + Sidekick

Love Prompts + Sidekick

Love Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Creativity Prompts + Sidekick

Creativity Prompts + Sidekick

Creativity [wpseo_breadcrumb]Season of Creativity Art Journal Challenge:Create an art journal based on a book, movie, podcast, tv show, music, etc that makes your artist soul...

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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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Ubuntu Prompts + Sidekick

Ubuntu Prompts + Sidekick

UbuntuPrompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Story Prompts + Sidekick

Story Prompts + Sidekick

Story Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Play Prompts + Sidekick

Play Prompts + Sidekick

Play Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Kindness Prompts + Sidekick

Kindness Prompts + Sidekick

Kindness Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Nature Prompts + Sidekick

Nature Prompts + Sidekick

Nature Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Connections Prompts + Sidekick

Connections Prompts + Sidekick

Connections Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Fairy Tales Prompts + Sidekick

Fairy Tales Prompts + Sidekick

Fairy Tales Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Freedom Prompts + Sidekick

Freedom Prompts + Sidekick

Freedom Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. Inspiration  

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Colour Prompts + Sidekick

Colour Prompts + Sidekick

Colour Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Contrast Prompts + Sidekick

Contrast Prompts + Sidekick

Contrast Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Art 101 Prompts + Sidekick

Art 101 Prompts + Sidekick

Art 101 Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Seasons Prompts + Sidekick

Seasons Prompts + Sidekick

Seasons Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Gifts Prompts + Sidekick

Gifts Prompts + Sidekick

Gifts Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Dreams Prompts + Sidekick

Dreams Prompts + Sidekick

Dreams Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Music Prompts + Sidekick

Music Prompts + Sidekick

Music Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Introspection Prompts + Sidekick

Introspection Prompts + Sidekick

Introspection Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Lists Prompts + Sidekick

Lists Prompts + Sidekick

Lists Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Happy Prompts + Sidekick

Happy Prompts + Sidekick

Happy Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Magic Prompts + Sidekick

Magic Prompts + Sidekick

Magic Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Words Prompts + Sidekick

Words Prompts + Sidekick

Words Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. This season has been a personal favourite...

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Serenity Prompts + Sidekick

Serenity Prompts + Sidekick

Serenity Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Adventure Prompts + Sidekick

Adventure Prompts + Sidekick

Adventure Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Brave Prompts + Sidekick

Brave Prompts + Sidekick

Brave Prompts Download the prompts for the season Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas.

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Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

To wrap up this course, I’m going to give you a little tour of some of my past art journals to show you a few examples of how I’ve used my girl sketches in my page spreads.

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Closing Thoughts

Closing Thoughts

Thank you so much for taking this class with me! I hope I have been able to spread a bit of the galaxy love and you have learned how to create your own starry scenes!

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Orientation

Orientation

Get started becoming a Get Messian with Messy Orientation! Messy Orientation will show you how to get the most out of the Get Messy website, connect with your art tribe, and build and maintain your creative practice. Learn all the ways Get Messy can get you making right away with Get Messy Seasons and website resources such as the Choose Your Own Adventure Library. Then see how the Get Messy forums can help you connect and collaborate with other members and make new art friends. Finally, learn about setting art goals and creating art making habits that get you making daily or as often as you need. Messy Orientation is your resource for all things Get Messy.

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