Each host’s response will be available at 10am Berlin time on the day.
Day 01: Starting
Hosted by @cayleegrey
Start. Either by opening your journal to a new page or by binding a journal just for Messy May.
Be welcomed into the challenge, and welcome your fellow creatives.
Day 02: Showing Up
Hosted by Caylee @cayleegrey
Show up in your journal today, in the easiest way possible. Use a bullet point list to (re)introduce yourself to your journal.
Day 03: Happy
Hosted by Michelle @raspberrybluesky
Carefree fun. Create with the joyfulness of a child.
Day 04: Adventure
Hosted by Claudette @claudette_hasenjager
Get outside to gather bits and pieces of nature and create a unique fabric using the bundle dyeing techniques.
Day 05: Courage
Hosted by Mou @mou.saha.studio
What does COURAGE mean to you? Create an art journal spread with your take on courage.
Day 06: Freedom
Hosted by Felicitas @felicitasmayer
Give yourself the freedom to create the NON-perfect handwriting by writing the words flipped onto the back of patterned paper, fuzzy-cut and then glue the words in your journal with the pretty side up.
Day 07: Cultivation
Hosted by Kellee @kelleewynnestudios
Cultivate your creative voice through experimentation. Create a grid, use limited supplies and fill the squares with curious exploration. What do you respond to? Do more of that and it will lead you down a path that cultivates your artistic style.
Day 08: Mess
Hosted by Lizzie @lizzielarock
MESS: Embrace the big beautiful messiness of life! Take old journal or diary pages from a time that felt “messy” in your life. Grab those scissors and take a page out of David Bowie’s cut up lyric process to dismantle some of those old thoughts, re-arrange messy heartaches, serendipitously let them land in a more poetic order. Mix up those words so they sing rather than sting. Then splatter them with paint and create art out of an old mess.
Day 09: Spark
Hosted by Lynissa @makers_ave
Begin to play with a handful of your favorite or forgotten supplies on separate sheets of paper and tear it up so that they can fit inside your journal. Arrange and create a collage along with other things that spark creativity for you whether it’s words, paint, pictures, stickers, ink or whatever brings you joy.
Day 10: Connection
Hosted by Johanna @johannaclough
Create a page that connects you to your art process. You can do this by including more real-life stuff – for example photographs, stories or emotions. Try including real-life ephemera in your page and/or using materials that symbolise something in your life or something you are feeling (or felt).
By including more of ourselves in our pages, we can feel more emotionally connected both during the process of creating and when looking at our finished work. This can enhance our experience and enjoyment of creating!
Day 11: Imperfection
Hosted by Iris @iris.impressions.art
Make a list of five ways to practice and embrace imperfection in your art. If you can’t think of any, you can share mine. Now give one or five of them a try.
Day 12: Habit
Hosted by Amanda @realityarts
Create a habit of seeing possibilities for using recycled materials in your art journal as tools for mark making and background creation.
Day 13: Home
Hosted by Shemi @shemidixon
Create a collage house with images filled with the comforts of home.
Day 14: Kindness
Hosted by Helen @journalwithpurpose
Create a journal spread that encourages you to share kindness with others and yourself. Use colours, textures and mediums that represent what kindness means to you.
Day 15: Flow
Hosted by Brooke @mintgreenthumb
Create with as few distractions as possible to achieve a State of Flow.
Day 16: Belonging
Hosted by Meg @megjournals
“Belonging is being your authentic self and knowing that no matter what happens, you belong to you.” — Brené Brown.
Create a soft, layered background using tissue papers, paint, and pressed flowers (or something else flat that represents you).
Day 17: Yes
Hosted by Essie @essie.ruth.makes
What was the last creative impulse you felt? Was it to try a new medium? Attempt a different art style? Explore a particular concept or idea in your journal? Whatever it was, say ‘yes’ to it and see where it takes you.
Day 18: Documenting
Hosted by Abbey @abbeysy
How do you document your days? What are you learning about yourself as each day passes by?
Day 19: Less
Hosted by Sarah @sjrondon
Using a base of neutral collage, add a single block of color to create impactful spreads.
Day 20: Nature
Hosted by Katie @studio.katie
Take your supplies outside and create inspired by the world around you!
Day 21: Words
Hosted by Tiffany @aerialovely
Add journaling to your art journal page. What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What happened in your day? Write it all out down on your page and get creative with it.
Day 22: Love
Hosted by Debbie @debbiebamberger
Use gesso, black paint, a pencil, watercolors, and a vintage image to express the painful aspects of love.
Day 23: Contrast
Hosted by Kristy @kensingercreative
Explore contrast through value, complementary colors, and paradoxical subject matter while exploring Japan.
Day 24: Magic
Hosted by Vanessa @dansmoncrane
Take a moment to look around you and find the magic in your surroundings. This could mean going for a walk outisde or simply looking at the place where you live with fresh eyes. Perhaps the magic is in the season where you live; perhaps it’s how the light comes through your window; or maybe it’s the sound of snow melting. Whatever it is, bring it to your journal where it can live on. Remember to use ONLY your favorite, most beloved supplies.
Day 25: Bloom
Hosted by Camila @camilagarciaart
Let it bloom: cultivate your creativity through an expressive floral zine.
Day 26: Failure
Hosted by Sasha @sasha_zeen
Go back to your unfinished or “failed” pages and rework them. Cover them up, pain or collage over the old art, add a focal point – do anything until you feel that spark and like you made it your own again.
Day 27: Mindfulness
Hosted by Meghan @happy.hands.create
Use a monochromatic color palette to help bring your mind into a calm and present state. Observe your immediate environment to find inspiration and your focal point.
Day 28: Self
Hosted by Tina @lifelovepaper
Create a 1 page zine with the theme of your current self.
Day 29: Serenity
Hosted by Caylee @cayleegrey
Make your practice today meditative. Some ideas: light a candle, drink some fruit tea, play lofi, and paint with paper.
Really focus on the innate, tactile pleasure of creating.
Day 30: Awe
Hosted by Wendy @willa.wanders
Grab a sheet of paper and collage anything onto it that reminds you of the things that you are in awe of. When you are finished, fold and cut the sheet of paper into a book. Now you’ve created an Awe Zine!
Day 31: Celebration
Hosted by Caylee @cayleegrey
Celebrate your creative month! Write a list of small achievements, add confetti, or create a page bringing together all the small bits of wonder from the month.
Go through the hashtag and cheer others on too.