Peek into your (creative, messy) future
Get Messy 2022
Your creative guides
Guest Artists 2022
This year, we have the following artists encouraging you to make a mess:
Abbey Sy, Alyssa Griese, Amanda Trought, Anouk Karssen, Arlyna, Camila Garcia, Cathy Nichols, Char DeRouin, Claudette Hasenjager, e bond, Felicitas Mayer, Iris Fritschi-Cussens, Jana Clinard Harris, Kiala Givehand, Lisa Goddard, Melanie Theriault, Mou Saha, Noor Unnahar, Risa Iwasaki Culbertson, Roben-Marie Smith, Shemi Dixon, Tamara Egem, Tammy Murdock, Tiare Smith
Abbey Sy is an artist and author from Manila, Philippines.
Throughout her creative career, she has worked on freelance projects, has written and illustrated best-selling books such as The ABCs of Hand Lettering, The ABCs of Journaling, and Always Be Creating: A Field Guide To Living a Creative Life. Her first international title, Hand Lettering A to Z, has been translated into nine languages. She has given two TEDx talks, spoken in Graphika Manila, and facilitated workshops on creativity and making things happen.
Currently, she runs Shop Abbey Sy and manages her art club on Patreon. With her Always be Creating mantra, she hopes to inspire others to unlock their creative potential and move forward with their creative journey.
Living in Canada, with a BA in visual arts, Alyssa is a maker and lover of all things handmade. Art journaling captured her heart only a few short years ago and quickly became a passion and daily source of inspiration and creativity. For Alyssa, embracing imperfections and chasing after “happy accidents” is the true magic of art journaling. Anything goes within the pages of her art journal and it has become an important place for her to process, to experiment and to play.
Amanda is a London Born Mixed Media Artist and has been creating and collaborating with a variety of artists around the world in group as well as solo exhibitions in London UK, Barbados, Montserrat, and US Virgin Islands.
She loves creating and uses a variety of materials such as clay, fabric, recycled materials, collage, natural fibers and dyes to create art, art journals and tells a story that impacts the viewer through the use of color and texture.
She believes in the positive impact that art and creativity can have on health and wellbeing and she curates an Arts in Health Network alongside writing for her website, blogs and teaching art online.
Anouk is an all-round creative from the Netherlands. For Anouk art journaling is a way to process her thoughts and emotions. In her creative journey Anouk tries to let go of her perfectionism by creating on a more intuitive level.
Arlyna is a lifelong artist who has always been into painting and anything art-related since she was young, following her passion for her career as a graphic designer while being an entrepreneur. She enjoys documenting her life in Shanghai through urban sketching and journaling. Her art journals, ranging from watercolours to mixed medias to junk journals, serve as her free space to create freely and expressively and a respite from the hustle and bustle of life with twin teens.
Camila is a self-taught mixed media artist with a passion for all things botanical. She explores floral motives using watercolours, inks, and pens, both in her art journals as well as in her layered collage bouquets. She believes that through art practice you can unleash your creative-self and become a happier and fulfilled person.
Cathy Nichols is a full-time artist, oracle card designer, and online teacher. She specializes in vibrant mixed media paintings with layered handmade papers, sheet music, flowers and all things joyful. Her popular online courses include “Mixed Media – Painting Modern Expressive Flowers”” and “Create Your Own Oracle Deck”.
Char DeRouin is an American artist working in acrylics, collage and mixed media. She loves art journaling because there’s something powerful about using imagery to tell a story. Char enjoys an abstract, intuitive approach to art journaling and other maker projects.
Claudette is a mixed media artist who believes that art heals the soul. It is this deep calling from within that has fueled her passion for exploring various forms of creative expression. Her work reflects the many facets of her inner landscape and gives expression to her multi-passionate personality. Claudette strives to inspire others to heed the call of their own unique creative turning.
e bond makes digital spaces by day, handmade books by night, hangs out with trees on weekends and writes something close to poems in the spaces between. Under the studio name roughdrAftbooks—created in 2003—she makes one-of-a-kind artists books, printed pieces and drawings that merge and blur the boundaries of art, craft, design and poetry.
Felicitas is a mixed media artist and instructor from Germany. She has been working in the memory keeping industry for over ten years, has taught scrapbooking & mixed media workshops and online classes, and also has designed her own creative products. She finds fun, enjoyment, contentment and gratification in art journaling and all things mixed media – Felicitas heavily believes in empowering creatives to explore their own creative potential.
Iris is a Dutch mixed media artist, teacher & vlogger based in London, UK. She is passionate about art and art journaling for self-expression and self-discovery. Online Iris loves to share her art, outlook and creative life through pictures, writing & videos, which she hopes will inspire those on a similar journey!
Jana Clinard Harris
Jana feels that her purpose in this life is to spread love, positive vibes, encouragement and joy through her mixed media collage art, which she frequently sends out into the world as Happy Mail. She has several chronic health conditions that may slow her down, but she is determined that they will never stop her from creating! She has three grown children and lives in North Carolina with her Superman, youngest child and senior rescue pups.
Kiala Givehand is a published poet, bookbinder, teacher & workshop leader, fountain pen collector, and road trip warrior. Kiala empowers women to live more fully and intentionally. She guides women who want to liberate their creativity, explore deep inner work, experience radical transformation, and create a life filled with passion and purpose. Kiala obsessively studies astrology, sacred geometry, mandalas, and other ancient intuitive systems as a way to know herself more fully and compassionately. Through online courses and in-person retreats/workshops, she teaches women all over the world how to find what makes them happy and pursue it without regrets.
Lisa is a mixed media artist and tutor with a passion for art journaling and book making. Her journal pages are a expressive grungy mix of collage, colour and vintage imagery that explore different emotions and untold stories.
Lisa lives on the outskirts of the Peak District National park in the UK with her husband and two daughters.
Melanie Theriault is a Messy mixed media artist and is perpetually on the lookout for napkins and tissue papers to use in her collages. She’s on a mission to incorporate creativity, learning and community in her every day.
Mou Saha is an artist, author, teacher and speaker. She has been published over 800 times in print media, appeared on PBS TV shows and taught workshops around the States, in Europe and online for Creativebug under JoAnn, Etc., Big Picture Classes, Michael’s, Get Messy and more. Mou’s academic background in clinical psychology fuels her ongoing quest for wellness through daily creative and spiritual practices. She has represented brands like Faber-Castell, Anna Griffin, Sizzix Ellison USA, etc. and been a freelance writer since 2005. Mou is a mom of three humans and one canine and lives in Mendham, New Jersey, USA.
Noor Unnahar is a best-selling poet & visual artist. Her work revolves around the themes of identity, womanhood and personal history. Currently in her BFA, she uses tactile collages, journaling, photography, and poetry as her mediums.
Risa Iwasaki Culbertson
Risa Iwasaki Culbertson is a multimedia artist, illustrator, and owner of Papa Llama; a playful stationery company based out of San Francisco. Specializing in wacky, whimsical, and colorful work meant to brighten up the gloomiest of days. Risa is constantly experimenting with a wide variety of mediums including paper art, felting, sculpting, illustration, stop-motion animation and more. Her artwork is all about being playful as a way to recharge the creative spirit and find ways to stay connected to those we love.
Roben-Marie Smith is a tech-savvy artist, instructor and woman of faith and her mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business.
She has been a working artist since 2004, has taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines. She believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark.
She lives in Florida with her husband of 32 years, is the founder of Maker’s Tech U and co-host of The Creatives Get Real Podcast.
Shemi Dixon is a art journaler. mixed media artist, Abstract painter. She teaches art workshops, creates online classes, and creates weekly tutorials on YouTube.
Shemi believes every person is creative and an artist at heart. Shemi’s loves to help and encourage other people to discover their creative self.
Tamara worked as fashion designer over 10 years in various cites in Germany. After the birth of her son she rediscovered her passion for painting, sketching and collage-making. She left the fashion industry to work independently without limitations. Now she teaches her very own way of art out of her little winter garden studio in her hometown. Inspired by nature and the endless possibilities of abstract mixed media art, she found joy in the process and a way to let go her perfectionism.
Tammy Murdock is a Canadian artist who has always enjoyed a wide variety of mediums and styles. She primarily does art journaling, sketchbook illustrations, and watercolour, and has recently been exploring urban sketching. Tammy’s main motivations in creating are self-expression and inspiring others.
Tiare Smith is a mixed media artist and instructor.
Born with art in her heart she lost her way from her art for 18 years. It came back to her life in a burst of emotion and anxiety. By practicing techniques of self-love, positive self talk, and action which have helped her to overcome other areas of struggle, she now enjoys her art in a free and inspiring way.
She inspires creatives to embrace their inner artist while also nurturing their hearts and memories.
She has not only been featured on HGTV but has had numerous works published in a variety of crafting magazines and blogs.
She aims to help women embrace the artist within through lessons infused with love, happiness, confidence and creativity, empowering them to experience and express themselves more freely.
Year at a glance
January: Season of Courage
Challenges by Claudette Hasenjager and Char DeRouin.
February: Season of Enough
Challenges by Shemi Dixon and Camila Garcia.
March: Season of Vulnerability
Challenges by Lisa Goddard and Anouk Karssen.
April: Season of OK
Challenges by Iris Fritschi-Cussens and Abbey Sy.
May: Season of Mess
Challenges by Melanie Theriault and Roben-Marie Smith.
June: Season of Heart
Challenges by Alyssa Griese and e bond.
July: Season of Encouragement
Challenges by Jana Clinard Harris and Tiare Smith.
August: Season of Ideas
Challenges by Kiala Givehand and Felicitas Mayer.
September: Season of Chapters
Challenges by Mou Saha and Amanda Trought.
October: Season of Slow
Challenges by Cathy Nichols and Arlyna.
November: Season of Flow
Challenges by Tamara Egem and Noor Unnahar.
December: Season of Awe
Challenges by Tammy Murdock and Risa Iwasaki Culbertson.
Connect with your arty family
We’re making the loner artist an ancient myth with a close community of like-minded artists that welcome you with open arms and fiercely support your creative spirit – no matter its form. And heads up: This is WAY better than some ol’ Facebook group.
- We have our core forums, galleries, and clubs, as well as member events (in the past we’ve done exhibitions, mail swaps, and 24-hour hangouts).
- Every month you have the opportunity to be paired up with an accountability partner – plus we give tips on how to find true connection within the community.
- There are multiple member-led hangouts every single week and two messy-led hangouts per month.
Choose your creative adventure
We host an online Get Messy Library that’s available 24/7 for you to feast on. From free classes (included complimentary with your membership, because we’re cool like that) through to prompt generators for when you’re feeling stuck, you can seek out what your arty soul needs.
How Get Messy nurtures your creative soul
Your Creative Sidekick
Whether you’re looking for spark, growth, cultivation, or connection in your artistic journey, GM has you covered. Here’s how:
Soak up seasons of creativity
Each month is a new season at Get Messy. A season is guided by a theme encouraging self-exploration, self-discovery and self-expression.
Week One: The Fresh Start
On day one, you’ll receive a Season Sidekick that’s filled with prompts, ideas, encouragement, and digital ephemera you can use in your journal. We start by connecting ourselves to our journal with a (re)introduction and set a new direction for the journey ahead (this is the purpose behind our seasons.)
Week two and three: The creative challenges
In the second and third week, a guest artist will set a challenge for you and your journal in the form of a prompt or tutorial. You can accept/adapt/decline the challenge based on what speaks to you.
Week four: The empowerment experience
Our final week is devoted to realigning and refilling our inspiration well. We connect, and we reflect. Depending on where your heart is right now, you can choose to use our list of suggestions to embark on this week however you’d like.
For the months that have more than four Mondays, we’ll spoil you with a bonus gift scheduled on the calendar.
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