Art Journal Catalysts

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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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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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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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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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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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Grungy Papers by Melanie Theriault

Grungy Papers by Melanie Theriault

MessYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create grungy tissue papers with a gel plate and acrylic paints to use as a quick background. Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take...

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Day 09 Spark

Day 09 Spark

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:Begin to play with a handful of your favorite or forgotten supplies on separate...

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Day 08 Mess

Day 08 Mess

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:MESS: Embrace the big beautiful messiness of life! Take old journal or diary pages...

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Day 06 Freedom

Day 06 Freedom

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:Give yourself the freedom to create the NON-perfect handwriting by writing the...

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Day 05 Courage

Day 05 Courage

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 does COURAGE mean to you? Create an art journal spread with your take on...

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Day 04 Adventure

Day 04 Adventure

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:Get outside to gather bits and pieces of nature and create a unique fabric using...

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Day 07 Cultivation

Day 07 Cultivation

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:Cultivate your creative voice through experimentation. Create a grid, use limited...

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Day 03 Happy

Day 03 Happy

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:Carefree fun. Create with the joyfulness of a child. Don't take your artwork too...

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Mess Inspir-action

Mess Inspir-action

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

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Day 02 Showing up

Day 02 Showing up

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:Show up in your journal today, in the easiest way possible. Use a bullet point...

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Day 01 Starting

Day 01 Starting

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: Start. Either by opening your journal to a new page or by binding a journal just...

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Messy May 2022

Messy May 2022

Welcome to Messy May 2022, you rainbow-infused space unicorn This digital classroom will remain open to all until 1 July, after which it will go into the Get Messy member library. If you'd...

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Words and Lists by Abbey Sy

Words and Lists by Abbey Sy

OKYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a journal spread with a list of things that make you feel OK. Start with the phrase "I feel ok when..." and get creative with your...

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Imperfect Face by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Imperfect Face by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

OKYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Draw and paint an imperfect face with simple raw art journaling techniques Action Steps Bring your imperfect, messy self, take what you need, and know...

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OK Inspir-action

OK Inspir-action

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

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Feelings from Music by Anouk Karssen

Feelings from Music by Anouk Karssen

VulnerabilityYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: While you listen to a song that moves you, that reminds you of a happy memory or simply inspires you. Take a moment to feel what...

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Our Archaeological Dig by Lisa Goddard

Our Archaeological Dig by Lisa Goddard

VulnerabilityYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Work in layers to express different aspects of yourself and your life. Imagine an archaeologist peeling back each layer in 200...

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Vulnerability Inspir-action

Vulnerability Inspir-action

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

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Floral Sister Pages by Camila Garcia

Floral Sister Pages by Camila Garcia

EnoughYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create a double-page spread in which one flower is explored in two different ways using the same colour pallet.  Work with your favourite media...

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Shemi Dixon experiments without restraint

Shemi Dixon experiments without restraint

Artist SpotlightWhat is art journaling to you? It helps me to exercise my creative muscles and idea. Art journal for me is more process-driven. I love to create meaningful pages. Art journaling allows me to experiment with my creativity in a way that...

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Inspiring People Sketches by Shemi Dixon

Inspiring People Sketches by Shemi Dixon

EnoughYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Create fun, and messy people sketches to honor the inspiring people in your life. Supplies Journal Paper scraps Washi Tape glue tissue paper...

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Enough Inspir-action

Enough Inspir-action

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

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Courage Inspir-action

Courage Inspir-action

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

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Week 3 – Twigs + gelli plate + thread

Week 3 – Twigs + gelli plate + thread

CourageThis season we are collaborating with a partner, or being our own cheerleader. Download the Season Sidekick for a list of prompts to work from.  Char and Claudette are choosing three items...

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Week 1 – Tea bags + paint + found words

Week 1 – Tea bags + paint + found words

CourageThis season we are collaborating with a partner, or being our own cheerleader. Download the Season Sidekick for a list of prompts to work from.  Char and Claudette are choosing three items...

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Challenge: Collage Relaxation

Challenge: Collage Relaxation

Promise#gmseasonofpromiseYour challenge, should you choose to accept it: Relax with your art and get into flow state with this easy art journaling technique. Repurpose scraps...

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Creative Reflections and Intentions: Goal Setting as an Artist

Creative Reflections and Intentions: Goal Setting as an Artist

The end of the year holds so much resolution and finality. It’s the closing of a chapter. But this also implies the newness of the next. It holds so much promise. Rather than focusing on the end or on the beginning, I encourage you to sit right in that feeling of...

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Promise Inspir-action

Promise Inspir-action

Promise#gmseasonofpromiseFill up your creative well and find ideas for your next art journal page. Private member galleryInstagram #gmseasonofpromise[instagram-feed...

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The Art of Writing

The Art of Writing

Misty is someone who is comfortable in the messy middle in her art and her writing. She has really good insights into how to talk to yourself in the messy middle.

This conversation is going to feed your soul.

We talk about process, the book she’s writing, why she’s writing, her struggles, how she overcomes them, how she adapts everything to be what she needs it to be in order to maintain the fun.

In the end, it’s all about the fun.

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How to Connect with Your Intuition

How to Connect with Your Intuition

Rachael Helmore is a collage and drawing performance artist. The video is taken from an exhibition and performance.

When creating art while others watch, you really need to be connected to yourself. I asked Rachael to share how she’s able to connect with her intuition, even as other people watch.

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The Art of Book Writing with Misty Granade

The Art of Book Writing with Misty Granade

 When I started art journaling, I started because I wanted to be an artist. But, step one to being an artist is making art. It's the same for writing a book. Step one to writing a book is actually sitting down and writing. The absolute Queen of Process, The Queen of...

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Routine vs. Spontinaeity with Sarah Gardner

Routine vs. Spontinaeity with Sarah Gardner

Sarah and I chat about the way she sees creativity - a place that has space for both structure and chaos. We talk about the harmony of her left and right brain sides of her brain. Creativity is impossible unless you're willing to embrace uncertainty. You have to widen...

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3. Studio

3. Studio

Transcript So, my own personal rule for artist dates, and for taking along a little travel log, even if it's an everyday travel log, is that I only use found materials. So, I'm going to show you a whole beautiful bunch of examples. Now, I have a lot...

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