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Expanded Spine Art Journal

Expanded Spine Art Journal

The incredible Diana was so inspired by Claudette's journal in the Courageous Adventures in Art Journaling class that she played around, figured things out by pausing a video, and made a similar journal. And then another and another. And then we're...

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Courageous Adventures Workshop Replay

Courageous Adventures Workshop Replay

This is a replay of the Courageous Adventures Workshop. During the part where we watch the lesson together, we recommend that you watch it through your own Get Messy library here. 

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Get Messy Passport

Get Messy Passport

ResourceGet Messy PassportA passport to celebrate your creative winsDownload the Get Messy Passport The Get Messy Passport is a Messy Artist's travel document to celebrate your creative wins. Print it out, make it your own, and "travel". Add passport stamps for...

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Pleasure + Liberation Prompts

Pleasure + Liberation Prompts

Pleasure + Liberation#gmseasonofpleasure #gmseasonofliberationHave you heard of Microdosing Pleasure? Many of us think/feel that making time for pleasure in our lives...

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Pleasure + Liberation Artist Date

Pleasure + Liberation Artist Date

Pleasure + Liberation#gmseasonofpleasure #gmseasonofliberationThis season, the suggested artist date is a cafe date. Go to your favorite cafe in town or a new one in a...

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069 Pleasure + Liberation

069 Pleasure + Liberation

Pleasure + Liberation#gmseasonofpleasure #gmseasonofliberationDear Messy Artist The Season of Pleasure + Liberation is all about doing things for the simple fact that it...

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Bonus – Tag It – Char

Bonus – Tag It – Char

Tags are so versatile and fun. I must admit, I never understood the hoopla around tags before I started art journaling. My rationale at the time was because I was primarily...

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Bonus – Tag It – Claudette

Bonus – Tag It – Claudette

Tags are such a fun way to add some extra personality to our journals. While making our tags we play with stitching, threads, and fabric scraps. We use quotes, images, and...

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06 – Wreck It – Char

06 – Wreck It – Char

The minute I shouted, “Wreck It!” during our brainstorm meeting, followed by Claudette replying with an emphatic, “YES, that’s it!” I knew I was in trouble. Seriously, how could I...

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06 – Wreck It – Claudette

06 – Wreck It – Claudette

During this Wreck It part of our course we are going to be dunking our journals in coffee, closing our eyes so that we can randomly spray spraypaint throughout our journals, and...

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05 – Color It – Char

05 – Color It – Char

The title “Color It” immediately makes me think of working with lots of juicy colors for a journal spread. Imagine my surprise when I ended up working with a limited color palette!...

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05 – Color It – Claudette

05 – Color It – Claudette

In lesson 5 we are going to be making our own handmade stencils, as well as painted tapes and stickers that we can use to add pops of color and interest within our journal spreads....

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04 – Explore It – Char

04 – Explore It – Char

I thought this was a great time to explore and get reaquanted with soft pastels, because while I love them, I hardly work with them and they’re gathering dust. I remembered finding...

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04 – Explore It – Claudette

04 – Explore It – Claudette

In this lesson, we explore our journals again and have a look at the flow of our journals so far. We harness the energy of being courageous and adventurous as we make some bold...

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03 – Grunge It – Char

03 – Grunge It – Char

I would argue that, “Grunge is in the eye of the beholder.” Of course, there are distinct and absolute concepts when it comes to grunge, but for me - and as in everything mixed...

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03 – Grunge It – Claudette

03 – Grunge It – Claudette

One dictionary defines grunge as deliberately untidy and uncoordinated. I couldn’t have said it better. I love the wild freedom that grunge allows us to explore within our journal...

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02 – Ink It – Char

02 – Ink It – Char

I love inks and use them often when making collage fodder and using them in my background pages. They’re also great for adding that extra spark of color to your work. This time, I...

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02 – Ink It – Claudette

02 – Ink It – Claudette

Inks are such a fun supply to incorporate into our art journaling practice. In this lesson, we take a closer look at the difference between inks that dry to be permanent and those...

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01 – Expose It – Char

01 – Expose It – Char

When Claudette and I decided on “Expose It” as one of our lessons, I immediately knew that I wanted to share one of my favorite techniques: using negative space. It’s the literal...

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01 – Expose It – Claudette

01 – Expose It – Claudette

To start off this courageous adventure step of starting a new journal we are exposing its bones, examining all of its hidden parts, and exploring unexpected areas of inspiration....

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Courageous Adventures in Art Journaling

Courageous Adventures in Art Journaling

Join Char and Claudette as they collaborate on an exploration of courageous adventures in art journaling. Click on the Welcome button above to get started. Because this is a collaboration, this class is presented as a two-in-one. Each lesson has two takes, so make...

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068 Awe

068 Awe

Awe#gmseasonofaweThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist According to Panpsychism, the mind is a fundamental feature of the...

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Learn to Love Your Sketchbook and Create Consistently

Learn to Love Your Sketchbook and Create Consistently

Minnie Small shares the joys and benefits of sketchbooking, how to make it easier for yourself to create art regularly, and a bit about her own creative journey... all while painting.Transcript Disclaimer: This transcript was created by a machine and...

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067 Flow

067 Flow

Flow#gmseasonofflow​This season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist For the past eight years, my life has revolved around art...

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Arlyna embraces the messy middle

Arlyna embraces the messy middle

Interview with Arlyna about art journaling, creative practices, advice, and what to do in a creative rut. Take a peek into the art, and heart of your new favourite artist…

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Cathy Nichols follows joy in her journal

Cathy Nichols follows joy in her journal

Interview with Cathy Nichols about art journaling, creative practices, advice, and what to do in a creative rut. Take a peek into the art, and heart of your new favourite artist…

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066 Slow

066 Slow

Slow#gmseasonofslowThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist We don’t have time. We, as humans, simply don’t have time for...

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Chapters Inspir-action

Chapters Inspir-action

ChaptersFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofchapters[instagram-feed type="hashtag" hashtag="#gmseasonofchapters"...

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065 Chapters

065 Chapters

Chapters#gmseasonofchaptersThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist Recently,  I was lying on a stretcher in the ER. I...

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Gather, Spark, Create by Felicitas Mayer

Gather, Spark, Create by Felicitas Mayer

IdeasYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Use your old paper scraps and other crafty left-overs to find new creative ideas for art journaling. Action Steps create something based on this...

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Movable Idea Catchers by Kiala Givehand

Movable Idea Catchers by Kiala Givehand

IdeasYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create an interactive way to explore and discover the ideas that live inside you. Part 1Bonus Save this file to your computer, print it out, and...

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30 Journal Ideas

30 Journal Ideas

Ideas Write your favourite quote ever. Your favourite song lyrics. A sentence from the last book you read. What do you need today? What does life look like right now? What are some of your best...

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30 Art Ideas

30 Art Ideas

Ideas Do your go-to technique. Try out a brand new technique.Use your most recently purchased supplies. Use your oldest supplies. Use only one medium. Use as many mediums as you can. Use your...

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Ideas Inspir-action

Ideas Inspir-action

IdeasFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofideas[instagram-feed type="hashtag" hashtag="#gmseasonofideas"...

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064 Ideas

064 Ideas

Ideas#gmseasonofideasThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist Being a creative human means having countless ideas. Countless...

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The best books for art journalers

The best books for art journalers

Books are awesome. I am a massive book nerd. My interior design style is “books and plants”. My love for books is part of the reason I love art journaling – I get to create my own library of art. I get to fill my bookshelves with the tangible containers of my own...

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Start with Gratitude with Tiare Smith

Start with Gratitude with Tiare Smith

Interview with Tiare Smith about art journaling, creative practices, advice, and what to do in a creative rut. Take a peek into the art, and heart of your new favourite artist…

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Your World by Jana Clinard Harris

Your World by Jana Clinard Harris

EncouragementYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a journal that shows what your ideal world looks like. This is a place you wish you could live in all the time. It should...

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How to organise ephemera for MORE creating and less hoarding

How to organise ephemera for MORE creating and less hoarding

Ephemera is my number one supply ever, and if I only had one supply I could take on an island, it'd be paper. I am an exceptionally organised human, but I am also a creative and ephemera organisation lends itself to somewhere in the middle of those two things. The...

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Encouragement Inspir-action

Encouragement Inspir-action

EncouragementFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofencouragement[instagram-feed type="hashtag"...

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063 Encouragement

063 Encouragement

Encouragement#gmseasonofencouragementThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist If you’ve ever played an...

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How to embrace a new season in your art

How to embrace a new season in your art

Every month at Get Messy, we start a new season. Get Messy Seasons are a focused exploration of creating according to a theme. Filled with tutorials, prompts, and catalysts for you to learn and love. In the same way that we go through seasons of our life, we also go...

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Making Moveable Collages by e bond

Making Moveable Collages by e bond

HeartYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Explore how to make moveable collages in your art journal. Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take what you need, and know that more...

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Lovingly Stitched by Alyssa Griese

Lovingly Stitched by Alyssa Griese

HeartYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Stitch a love note or kind word to yourself or to someone you love. Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take what you need, and know...

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Messy Recipes: The Overthinker’s Guide to Making Art

Messy Recipes: The Overthinker’s Guide to Making Art

Workshop Replay Messy Recipes: The Overthinker's Guide to Making ArtThe workshop is for the perfectionist who chooses mess instead. It’s the perfect, practical antidote to overthinking. I’m a recovering perfectionist myself. Embracing the mess is a...

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062 Heart

062 Heart

Heart#gmseasonofheartThis season’s artwork is created by our guest artists Dear Messy Artist Every time that you art journal, you are releasing your heart...

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Day 31 Celebration

Day 31 Celebration

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Celebrate your creative month! Write a list of small achievements, add confetti,...

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Day 30 Awe

Day 30 Awe

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Grab a sheet of paper and collage anything onto it that reminds you of the things...

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Day 29 Serenity

Day 29 Serenity

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Make your practice today meditative. Some ideas: light a candle, drink some fruit...

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Day 28 Self

Day 28 Self

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a 1 page zine with the theme of your current self. My best advice for...

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Day 27 Mindfulness

Day 27 Mindfulness

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Use a monochromatic color palette to help bring your mind into a calm and present...

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Day 26 Failure

Day 26 Failure

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Go back to your unfinished or "failed" pages and rework them. Cover them up, pain...

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Day 25 Bloom

Day 25 Bloom

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Let it bloom: cultivate your creativity through an expressive floral zine. Don't...

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Day 24 Magic

Day 24 Magic

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Take a moment to look around you and find the magic in your surroundings. This...

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Day 23 Contrast

Day 23 Contrast

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Explore contrast through value, complementary colors, and paradoxical subject...

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Day 22 Love

Day 22 Love

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Use gesso, black paint, a pencil, watercolors, and a vintage image to express the...

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Day 21 Words

Day 21 Words

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Add journaling to your art journal page. What are you thinking? How are you...

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Day 20 Nature

Day 20 Nature

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Take your supplies outside and create inspired by the world around you! Follow the...

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Day 19 Less

Day 19 Less

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Using a base of neutral collage, add a single block of color to create impactful...

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Day 18 Documenting

Day 18 Documenting

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:How do you document your days? What are you learning about yourself as each day...

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Day 17 Yes

Day 17 Yes

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:What was the last creative impulse you felt? Was it to try a new medium? Attempt a...

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Color & Paper Mixing by Roben-Marie Smith

Color & Paper Mixing by Roben-Marie Smith

MessYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Gather papers by color and collage them into your sketchbook for project inspiration. Bonus Save this file to your computer, print it out, and...

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Day 16 Belonging

Day 16 Belonging

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:"Belonging is being your authentic self and knowing that no matter what happens,...

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Day 15 Flow

Day 15 Flow

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create with as few distractions as possible to achieve a State of Flow. Just....

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Day 13 Home

Day 13 Home

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a collage house with images filled with the comforts of home. Creating art...

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Day 12 Habit

Day 12 Habit

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a habit of seeing possibilities for using recycled materials in your art...

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Day 11 Imperfection

Day 11 Imperfection

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Make a list of five ways to practice and embrace imperfection in your art. If you...

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Day 10 Connection

Day 10 Connection

Remember: Bring your messy self, take what you need (no such thing as being behind), and remember that more than zero is enough. Here's the prompt for today's Messy May:Create a page that connects you to your art process. You can do this by including...

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