Art Journal Catalysts

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: 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: 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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Let’s Share a Sketchbook!

Let’s Share a Sketchbook!

Mindfulness#gmseasonofmindfulnessIsn’t it so fun to take a peek into someone else’s art journal? I just love that! It’s so interesting to see...

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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 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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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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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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The 5 Paths of Journaling

The 5 Paths of Journaling

Reflection Journaling takes us travelling through wide-ranging landscapes and across wild terrain. This adventure is like a guided tour down five paths leading toward...

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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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Season of Habit Reflection

Season of Habit Reflection

HabitOh, Messians, did this Season ever enable us to push our art further or what? There was so much to learn and so much to bring into our daily life that writing this is 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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121 Hours: How to build an art habit

121 Hours: How to build an art habit

Habit 20 minutes a day will build an art habit. Start today!Supplies paper paint glue magazines gelli plate scissors tape sewing supplies friends to cheer you on and for whom you...

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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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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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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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Documenting the Roller Coaster

Documenting the Roller Coaster

Documenting DEBBIE BAMBERGER Debbie is a sexual and reproductive health nurse practitioner in Berkeley, California. She began art journaling in 2016 with no prior art...

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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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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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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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Season of Documenting Intentions

Season of Documenting Intentions

Documenting For the season intentions, I'd love you to trust me. We're going to do things a bit differently. Dig Deeper Let's start this season in the deep end. Let's jump...

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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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Lesson 6: Push Your Muse

Lesson 6: Push Your Muse

Inspiration How To Push Your Muse FurtherFor our final lesson we are looking at the idea of chasing our muse as far as it can go. By now you have created many...

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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 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 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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Finished is the new perfect

Finished is the new perfect

Failure Failure is a feelingReading the discussion in the forums I get the idea we still don't quite know what a „failure“ is. So I want to address two failures –...

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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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Inspo to Art Hangout Replay

Inspo to Art Hangout Replay

Creativity [wpseo_breadcrumb] Thanks so much to everyone who joined us live! We had a lot of fun creating a page based on images we love using this season's inspiration...

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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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Media Art Journal Walkthrough

Media Art Journal Walkthrough

Creativity What a fun season this is. I am personally obsessed with reading, listening to podcasts, music and watching movies. It is one of my favorite personal hobbies and 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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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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Motif

Motif

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Use it Up Journal

Use it Up Journal

What do you do with your leftover paints? Or dirty stencils? Anouk uses them in my use it up journal, where she makes beautiful backgrounds of them which are ready for some quick and easy journaling sessions.

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Flowers of Freedom with the Gelli Plate

Flowers of Freedom with the Gelli Plate

Freedom Hello everyone! It’s TC here, with my final tutorial as part of the 2018 Creative Team. I can hardly tell you what a great year it’s been and how grateful I am to you for...

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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.

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Collography: Printing with Texture

Collography: Printing with Texture

Freedom Hi! Sarah here, and today we’re going to be making collographs. Collography is a printmaking process in which materials are glued to a rigid substrate. When printed, the...

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Hand Lettering Bold Statements

Hand Lettering Bold Statements

Freedom Hello! Alicia here from Vine & Thistle. In my last tutorial as a part of the Get Messy Creative Team, I am going to be showing you how to create a bright and bold...

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