Messy Conversations

Ep 012: You don’t really make it your own until you start doing it for yourself

Messy Conversations is a series of interviews with amazing art journalers who share their favorite tools, tips and why they art journal. You’ll get an exclusive peek into their art journal pages and their process. We have a top-notch line up of incredibly artists who will appear on the show each month. We hope that these interviews educate, encourage and inspire you to make something before it’s even over.

We’re here with one of the mess makers for this year, and that is Sarah Rondon. She is one of Caylee’s favorites because she loves flowers too. It’s like a really easy way to be a favorite, but we’re really excited to talk to her. Sarah is here to tell us her story.


  • Art school versus learning in real life
  • How to stay inspired (hint: it’s to make more art)
  • Why she stopped making art for a while
  • Balancing time between inspiration and making
  • Documenting her life without using photos of herself

Tips for Beginners

  1. When you’re creating on a consistent basis, it’s easier just to slap paint on and make it work.
  2. Don’t let the white page stop you. Just make a mark, even a single pencil mark and then you’ll move one step at a time.
  3. When all else fails, just pick a color you like right now.

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In How to Start Art Journaling, we’ll walk you through the art of art journaling, including how to start doing (🙌) and make your very first art journal page (even if you’ve never even opened an art journal before).

Extraordinary Thoughts

I like watching different things and I like being inspired by different things.

As long as there’s something on the page to work from, you just go to the next step.

It’s okay to force it. It’s not always like easy and happy. Sometimes it doesn’t need to be forced, but I’d rather force it than not do anything.

You don’t really make it your own until you start doing it for yourself.

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Sarah Rondon

Sara lives in Rockland County, New York. The best part of art journaling for Sarah is that it’s just for her. She can be as free as she wants in the pages and there’s no right or wrong. Her art journals have become more than just a way to try new supplies and techniques, but a way for her to document the phases of her life. If there is a worst part of art journaling, it’s the pressure Sarah puts on herself to make each page “complete.” Years of art school make it difficult to let go. Her favorite dinosaur is the Archaeopteryx.

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