Modern One-Page Journals

Traditionally, zines were single sheets of paper folded into eight to make a booklet. But here at Get Messy, we’re not that traditional…

In this class we have 8 zinemakers with diverse creative styles. Through these glorious teachers, you’ll learn:

  • how to harness the magic of cropping + losing control to make “reverse zines”
  • how to finish a zine in less than 60 minutes (with time left over to wonder at how easy that was)
    – how to make instructional zines (even for roasting chicken)
  • how to turn mundane moments into zines (even as a super busy person with an inability to “stay present”)
  • how to get fancy with folding
  • how to turn an art journal spread into an entire mini journal
  • how to fill a zine with flowers and affirmations
  • how to go back to the roots of zine-making, bring out your inner anarchist, and express yourself

All wrapped up in heaps of zine examples and ideas to get the idea cogs turning. At the end of the class, you won’t know what to do with all the ideas and techniques you’ll have in your back pocket… or wait… of course you know, you’ll become an amazing zine-making machine.

Your Guides

Carolyn Nehring

Carolyn Nehring

Carolyn is a mixed media artist and has been art journaling on and off for years, but now makes it a daily practice since retiring. Carolyn loves to play and experiment with all things color, paint and collage. She hopes her art journals will inspire others to play as well.

Carolyn will be teaching 60 Minute Zines.

Caylee Grey

Caylee Grey

First and foremost, Caylee Grey is a journaler and artist. She’s also a wife, mom, and the Fairy Artmother of Get Messy. Caylee is a recovering perfectionist who believes that more than zero is enough, and that the messy middle is right where the good stuff is.

Caylee will be teaching Reverse Zines.

Debbie Bamberger

Debbie Bamberger

Debbie is a nurse practitioner, art journaler, and obsessive zine maker. She’s made over 125 zines since the pandemic started. Debbie lives in California with her family and works at Planned Parenthood. She is an outspoken advocate for reproductive justice, racial justice, and restorative justice.

Debbie will be teaching Instructional Zines.

Erin Ware

Erin Ware

Erin Ware is an artist, illustrator, and surface designer who finds all her best ideas tucked within the pages of her journals. She lives in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband, Nathan, and their kiddos, Felix and Evangeline. Teaching things like zine-making is actually her dream job.

Erin will be teaching Mundane Zines.

Rory Grimes

Rory Grimes

Rory is a mixed media artist, art journaler, mom, dancer, and more living in Oklahoma. She created her first zine in the mid-nineties and, despite a lifetime of dabbling in different creative pursuits, has always returned to zine making as a prized form of written and visual self expression. Since discovering art journaling in 2020 she has sought to combine these art forms without sacrificing the grungy photocopy aesthetic and shareable nature of 1990s zines.

Rory will be teaching Origami Zines.

Sarah Gardner

Sarah Gardner

Sarah Gardner, also known as Juicy*S, is a mixed media artist and teacher and avid art sharer!
She’s not a DJ. She would love to be a DJ. It’s one of her fantasy, dream jobs! She got this name when her sister, friend, and her were slinging paint and working in their art journals, sipping wine, and keeping track of the funny things they were saying on a “sign-in” sheet…just craziness. They all ended up with a DJ name that day. She started her first art blog in 2009 with this name, and she’s had it ever since.

Sarah will be teaching Art Journal Zines.

Stephanie Tourial

Stephanie Tourial

Stephanie loves art, travel, and journaling. Born in California. Living life as full as can be, one day at a time.

Stephanie will be teaching Affirmation Zines.

Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

Vanessa is an artist living abroad. She creates spaces for like-minded creatives to explore archetypes, the transforming power of art and the self. Using her knowledge from her work as an archaeologist, she leads communal spaces to explore art and dig deep into ourselves at the same time.

Vanessa will be teaching Feminist, Anarchist Zines.

Lesson Plan

This class is PACKED. It includes 11 lessons from 8 teachers, resulting in a whole bunch of tiny journals.

To get an idea of Get Messy’s teaching style, and to stretch your creativity, check out the free lesson.


60 Minute Zines


Reverse Zines


Instructional Zines


Mundane Zines


Origami Zines


Art Journal Zines


Affirmation Zines


Feminist, Anarchist Zines

This class is included in the Get Messy Membership or available for purchase on its own.

As a member of Get Messy, you have access to the class as long as you are a Get Messy member.  If you prefer to have lifetime access, you may purchase this class separately. This means that you will pay a one time fee for access regardless of your status as a member. Lifetime access is not tied to a membership and will give you access for the lifetime of Get Messy. As long as this class is offered, you will have access. 

Free Lesson

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Included in the Get Messy membership

$39 per month 

Access to the class as long as you are a Get Messy member.

Access to the entire Get Messy library – 100+ classes, 1000+ art journaling lessons, 100+ teachers

Access to the private Get Messy community to ask your teacher questions and interact and build connection with other artists in the class

14 day money back guarantee

One-time Payment

Access only to the class


Lifetime access to the class, regardless of your status as a Get Messy member

Should I choose the one-time payment or membership option?

You have the option for purchasing this class on its own or as part of the membership.

The choice depends on how you create.

Membership: the Get Messy membership is here for the creative soul with restless hands and a busy mind (and schedule), ready to cultivate a consistent art habit that allows you to release your truth, emotions, and dreams onto the page. For those who prefer to live an all-encompassing creative life with catalysts that spur on the creative habit.

One-time payment: for the creative who loves knuckling down and diving deep into a class. Someone who prefers to focus on one thing and take the time it requires before moving onto the next. The bonus is that you get to keep the class forever and it will wait for you during your busy seasons and be there when you’re ready again. You might also be wanting to test the Get Messy teaching style out a bit and this is a good way to dip your toes in – via the full class.

You can also enjoy the free lesson here.



What format do I receive the class in?

This class is powered by Get Messy.

During registration, you will choose your own username and password for the private site.

If you’re enrolling as a once-off class and already have a Get Messy account (yay), just make sure you’re already logged in and your details will already be there. All of your content is accessible to you under one username.

The class will be available through this private site for the lifetime of Get Messy. The lessons are a mixture of video and written instruction given in English with a pair of brilliant accents. To get an idea of the lesson style and Claudette and Char’s teaching technique, check out the free lesson.

Do I have to start on a specific date?

This is a self-paced class. You start when you are ready and work according to your own rhythm. The Get Messy community will be going through it together, but it’s not date-specific.

What do I need for this class?

A journal, your current preferred supplies, and an open heart! A detailed list of supplies is shared inside the course, but you likely have what you need on hand and we never recommend spending a lot of money on supplies without knowing how and if you will use them. Always take creative license to substitute or use supplies that you already have and love.

    How long do I have access to this class?

    If you’re enjoying this as part of the membership, you’ll have access as long as you’re a member (along with the rest of our chunky library).

    If you’re enrolling as a once-off class, your access is for ever ever.*

    * Disclaimer: Get Messy is not Ms. Jackson, and “lifetime access” means the lifetime of the company.

    Can I contact the teacher if I have questions?

    Member? You have a dedicated private space in the community where your teacher delights in answering any questions you have about the class content.

    Once-off class purchase? You won’t have access to the community unless you join Get Messy at a later time.

    Can I share my work and what I learn in this class?

    That would be awesome!

    There is a dedicated gallery and discussion going on inside the community. You’re also welcome to share on Instagram using #gmamazine and tag @getmessyartjournal in your stories.