Use nature as a source of inspiration and delight.
Grow ideas from nature into wild and wonderful pages in your sketchbooks.
Explore outside. Find visual stimulus for art making from the world around you. Find interesting details and make unusual marks with twigs. Draw. Collage, have fun.
Explore how nature can be your muse and a constant source of inspiration for your art making.
Are you brave enough to go wild?
Helen is the author of the book ‘Expressive sketchbooks: developing creative skills, courage and confidence’ published by Quarry Books and the creator of an online class about developing your own Expressive Sketchbook.
She is passionate about sketchbooks and art journals as a powerful tool for creative discovery and development. Her own sketchbook use is the cornerstone of her artistic career and practice. She became a professional artist later in life and credits using sketchbooks for this career pivot.
Welcome to Going Wild
Creating beautiful organic shapes with water and ink
Seeking Inspiration in Nature
Drawing with Twigs
Drawing with Scissors
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.
Try out the class for free
Try out a free lesson from the class for free with no strings attached
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
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. You can enroll in 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. To get an idea of the lesson style and Helen’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 #gmgoingwild and tag @getmessyartjournal in your stories.