How to start art journaling > Lesson 6

Art friends are not like regular friends

Have you ever been in your art studio (fancy loft warehouse, kitchen table, or living room floor) and wanted some company? Do you wish to have someone who just understood why you needed that same shade of blue acrylic paint by three different manufacturers? Someone who agrees that not all paper is created equally? Have you ever longed for someone to pick you up during artistic burnout, to talk louder than your inner critic, and to cheer you on when you have more ideas than time?

Us too.

That’s why we created Get Messy.

The Messy Artist (you can be one too!) believes in …


That we grow through play, learn through practice and that creation comes from embracing the beauty of the messy middle. The only thing not invited to this party? Perfectionism. Leave that guy at the gate.


That the starving artist myth needs to die (kindly but quickly), and that quality comes through quantity. That to do our best, we need to be willing to do the work, hustle and turn dreams into habits that we action every single day.


Being a creative soul can be lonely. Which is why we believe in support and supporting you through every stage of your artistic journey. Because we know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


We might eat donuts as we dabble with paint palettes, but we’ll only ever consume (and provide!) the type of high-quality creative inspiration that feeds our motivation and fuels our art into action.


Being creative isn’t a curse; it’s a gift. And we are so grateful that we can make art. (C’mon, it’s pretty darn cool, right?) Which is why we’re unapologetically enthusiastic – and slightly nerdy – about learning and growing as artists.


This is a community genuinely and authentically rooted in kindness and compassion. We believe, first and foremost, in being a good human and in taking care of each other through the chaos and craziness of life.


We believe that change doesn’t come by chance, but with a commitment to caring for everyone in our global community – artists and non-artists alike. Which is why we donate 10% of all our GM income before profit to charitable causes.

 Wouldn’t you love to be a part of an online art space that was full of encouragement and kindness and creativity? 

Being a part of a creative community has WILDLY expanded our creative horizons. For one, we’ve made real, lifelong friends. We have also been pushed out of our creative comfort zones as we have been exposed to new art supplies, new ways of using them and learned from the techniques of other artists. 

Our community is where we turn when we need advice, encouragement, and ideas. 

You can have a creative community too! 

Instagram is a great place to start. Following and connecting with other artists there is a great way to learn and be exposed to lots of beautiful content. 

But, to dive in head first and make instant friends and get guaranteed feedback, we suggest Get Messy. 

Truly, the community here is like no other. 

We’d love to have you join us. Inside the Get Messy membership we have 1000’s of tutorials, courses, prompts, ideas and more waiting for you to help you take your art journaling to the next level, but honestly, the most valuable part of your membership will be the community. 

There is a place for you. Won’t you join us?

In Summary 

  • Art Journaling is amazing, healing, freeing, fun
  • YOU are an artist
  • We would love to have you dig deeper and continue on your artists path with us
  • Yep. It’s that simple. You create, you are an artist.

If you enjoyed this course, made art from it and want to make more and connect with a creative community then we would like to formally invite you to be a part of Get Messy. 

There is no application or art trials you have to complete Hunger Games style, nope – you simply say I’m going to get messy and then you do!

If you’re ready to be the artist you desire to be, join Get Messy now and let’s create together.

Action Steps


Share your artwork on instagram and use the tag #getmessyartjournal to connect with others

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