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Self Love through Collage

Self Love through Collage

Worthiness#gmseasonofworthiness This lesson was originally released in the Season of Kindness. It holds so much value for the Season of Worthiness that - for the first time...

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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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Your Story is Worthy

Your Story is Worthy

Your Story is Worthy of Being ToldHello dear heroines, I feel so lucky to be back with you for a little bonus lesson. When Caylee mentioned that the next Season was that of Worthiness, it sparked some ideas when it comes to this class. The Inner Heroine is quite a...

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Your Story is Worthy of Being Told

Your Story is Worthy of Being Told

Sometimes, things get in the way of our art making – whether it’s time, emotions or life in general! But I want to impress upon you that you are worthy of taking this time for you, that your story – your journey – is worthy of being told as well.

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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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MIND

MIND

Self #gmseasonofself Download the Season of Self: Mind Sidekick Save this file to your computer, print it out, and keep it inside your journal to spark journal ideas. For each...

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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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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...

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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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Choose Your Companion

Choose Your Companion

Free Lesson - Choose Your CompanionThe Inner Heroine class is all about documenting a journey that we have undertaken and that has allowed us to grow. In telling our story through the lens of a heroine embarking on a grand adventure, we can be free of self-censorship...

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Imperfect brush lettering

Imperfect brush lettering

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Getting an entire book into a journal I am not going to teach you exactly how to script letters and how to combine them. Please use my own...

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Quick tip: Processing a book for art

Quick tip: Processing a book for art

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Getting an entire book into a journal Before we get into the techniques, let's talk a bit about how to process your book.Steps for...

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Preparing your journal for art

Preparing your journal for art

Steven#gmseasonofsteven[wpseo_breadcrumb]Prep Your Journal In the video I'll go through the initial prep for an altered book journal. Remember that your journal is a work in...

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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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More Depth: Watercolor Layering

More Depth: Watercolor Layering

More#gmseasonofmoreFor this workshop we are going to focus on adding more depth into our art process. Whatever that means for you, take your time, in these crazy times, and go deep...

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Bonus – How to Use Sketched Faces in Your Art Journal

Bonus – How to Use Sketched Faces in Your Art Journal

In the class I teach you how to draw faces from start to finish, but for this free lesson, I wanted to share a printable with y’all and demonstrate how you can use faces in your art journal. So I’ve created 4 different printable faces for you to use (whether or not you take the class!) in your work.

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5 elements to meaningful journal pages

5 elements to meaningful journal pages

This workshop gives you a run down of 5 simple things to strive to include in your journal pages to ensure you are filling them with meaning, purpose, story telling and emotion. How to successfully encapsulate the significance of a moment no matter how small it may be.

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Lettering

Lettering

Belonging#gmseasonofbelongingTurn your monoprinted pages into lettering with Mou's technique.Transcript (this transcript is automatically generated and is sure to contain...

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Monoprinting

Monoprinting

Belonging#gmseasonofbelongingIn this workshop, Mou walks you through the supplies she uses for monoprinting, and guides you through her process for creating a monoprinted...

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Bonus: Going large in an A3 sketchbook

Bonus: Going large in an A3 sketchbook

Season#gmseasonoflessTaking everything we've learned in the first tutorial, we are now going to take the same colours and techniques and go large. When you open up an A3 sketchbook...

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Colour Mixing

Colour Mixing

Season#gmseasonoflessIn this tutorial learn how to explore the full possible range of a limited colour palette, and experiment with mark making. In the next lesson, we'll pull it...

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Layers of Reflection

Layers of Reflection

Reflection Reflection happens often for me, I define it as giving serious thought to something. That something usually involves a good measure of self-reflection too. For...

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Silhouette Reflections

Silhouette Reflections

Reflection The end of the year is a good time to reflect on the past year and our hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. This tutorial will show you how to combine written...

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Journal your Dream

Journal your Dream

Reflection We’ll make a journal page reflecting on a dream we’ve had for this week’s Artist Date with Thea. This can be a recurring dream, a recent dream, or a daydream! Thea...

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Messy Mandalas

Messy Mandalas

Reflection In this Artist Date, Clare will guide us on how to make a ‘Torus’ mandala base using a compass, along with a freeform method which needs no equipment apart from a...

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Transformational Tea

Transformational Tea

Reflection In this tutorial, watercolor pens and a squirt bottle magically transform paper towels, as the process of appreciation changes your reflections about yourself....

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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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Create a Life Mind Map

Create a Life Mind Map

Reflection [wpseo_breadcrumb]Life Mind Maps are a fantastic way to reduce anxiety. They give a bird’s eye view of your life and helps you be objective. When you know exactly...

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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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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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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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Making and filling a grid with Gilly

Making and filling a grid with Gilly

Habit Gilly guides us through the relaxing art of making a grid by colour, doodle, paint, collage or mixture of different things.Using a thick piece of paper or art journal we'll...

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Season of Documenting Reflection

Season of Documenting Reflection

Documenting This Season was so FULL don’t you think? There is something about having two long months to really explore a subject and to get our creative juices flowing. Here is a look at...

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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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Floral Junk Journaling

Floral Junk Journaling

Documenting In this lesson, you'll learn what junk journaling is and see examples of Meg's own junk journals. She'll show you how you can create your own floral inspired junk...

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Document your Inner Landscape

Document your Inner Landscape

Documenting In this lesson Caroline shows you how she uses her everyday journaling practice as a resource for art projects and inspiration. She believes that our inner...

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How to include yourself in your art

How to include yourself in your art

Documenting Sasha Zinevych Sasha is a memory keeper and mixed media artist from Ukraine who currently lives in Poland. She is mesmerized by other people's journals and...

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Embodying the Fool: How to feel the fear and take the leap anyway

Embodying the Fool: How to feel the fear and take the leap anyway

Starting can be difficult. The way ahead is obscure, we are afraid of failing or of getting lost on our journey. So how can we set off boldly, how can we be daring? We must embody the Fool. The Fool is an archetype that allows us to take a leap of faith, to go ahead even if we are fearful. When we are able to look ahead with enthusiasm and energy and when we know that whatever lies ahead is part of our journey and will support us, we are embodying the Fool archetype. This allows us to feel free as well as (perhaps paradoxically) in control of our own destiny. That is when we are happy to start. We will use water soluble media to create an inspiration wave to encourage us to start. Let’s gather this wave of positive energy and let’s be intentional in finding the mantras that carry us forward and let’s take that leap! Let’s start in this creative journey together.

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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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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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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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Lesson 3: How to Dig into Your Muse

Lesson 3: How to Dig into Your Muse

Inspiration Now that you have your muse, it’s time to dig into it! First, we’re all about creating here. So stop and make a page using your muse! You’re at a...

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Lesson 2: How To Find Your Muse

Lesson 2: How To Find Your Muse

Inspiration Now that you have a better idea of all the smaller influences that have helped shaped who you are and what you are interested in, its time we find...

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Lesson 4: Create a Muse Dictionary

Lesson 4: Create a Muse Dictionary

Inspiration How To Create a Muse Dictionary A 'Muse Dictionary' is simply a catalog of your muse and it's definitions, symbols, meanings, etc. It's a quick and...

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Lesson 1: Who Are You?

Lesson 1: Who Are You?

Inspiration Who are you?  First, to figure out what we want to create about in the future, let’s take a stroll through the past and visit some of the...

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Our goal

Our goal

Failure Art is the perfect imperfection. - Alvaro Castagnet If you joined this season hoping for ways to get over failure, or to learn how to prevent failure and...

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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...

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Step 3 – Do the work

Step 3 – Do the work

Failure We must understand that the drive for perfectionism is a corrosive waste of time. Because nothing is ever beyond criticism. ... At some point, you really...

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Step 4 – Eff comparison

Step 4 – Eff comparison

Failure Comparing ourselves to others is one of the most debilitating ways we stop ourselves from creating. We create our own idea of perfectionism from others....

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Introduction to Creativity

Introduction to Creativity

Creativity Welcome to the Season of Creativity! I, Lauren, am thrilled to be here with you this month talking about, what I believe to be the most important skill an artist...

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Keeping an Inspiration Journal

Keeping an Inspiration Journal

Creativity Pinterest is great for collecting ideas. But the problem is that so much of the time we just let them sit there...forever. Pinning beautiful images is a passive...

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Turn Your Inspiration into Art

Turn Your Inspiration into Art

Creativity You are an artist. You have harnessed the world around you and have turned it into your own creation. Now, let's put it all together and make some art with it.  I...

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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 Prep An Art Journal Kit

How to Prep An Art Journal Kit

Creativity The key to success: planning! Truly. Even in our art, we can guarantee our own success is creating art we love and actually following through and creating the art...

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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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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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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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2.1 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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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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