A Guide to Mixed Media Journaling

Messy Pages is like sitting down with your best friend and creating incredible art journal pages together that are full of heart and soul, pages that are bursting with inspiration and colour.

In this course you will create over 40 different types of pages using a large variety of tools, supplies and techniques.

Messy Pages includes tips for choosing the right journal, how to choose the best supplies and mediums for you, simple explanations for art journaling terms, supplies and how-to’s and examples and ideas on how to approach prompts to create pages. You will learn how to begin an art journal page by better understanding if your page needs gesso or not (and what the heck that even is). The course is jam packed with techniques and tutorials on how to use our favourite mediums like blending, calligraphy, gelli printing, using afferent pens and crayons (!!!), inks, acrylics, collage, gel mediums, watercolours and so so so many more!

This course is perfect for the beginner art journaler who would like to have someone walk them through the basics of understanding all the art journal lingo like mediums and gesso and what in the world a gelli plates is.

The course will challenge an experienced art journaler who desires to learn more fluid and experimental art techniques like painting galaxies, dreamy clouds, using inks, creating abstract backgrounds and so much more.

Messy Pages is all about stretching your art skills and supplies to create intuitive and messy pages to express yourself and your creativity in new ways

Your teacher

Tanyalee Kahler


Tanyalee is a mum to three grown up kids, a wife to her childhood sweetheart, a full time graphic designer, and a part time crafter / art journaler. She loves growing veggies to feed her family, loves raising her fur babies, and loves spending her spare time just pottering around her house. Tanyalee LOVES being at home more than anything else – as long as her family is nearby and her paintbrush is in her hand.

Lesson Plan

In the class

Messy Artist values

Being a Messy Artist means embracing the messy middle, valuing connection, being enthusiastic, and kind.

Visual teaching

Video, text, and image based lessons to give an all-encompassing learning experience.

Expert advice

In Get Messy classes, teachers share secrets, processes, and techniques openly and with a whole bunch of heart.

Actionable exercises

Action steps to help you begin practising what you learn right away. We kinda pride ourselves on how practical our classes are…

Print-ready workbook

A beautiful, printable workbook to accompany you on your creative adventure.

Art tribe

You don’t only get the best teacher, but you get the best classmates. You have access to the course teacher, student support, and inspiration through the Get Messy Forums and the course hashtag.

Student art

Pssst: You could be making art like this…

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. 


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 – 20+ classes, 30+ seasons, 1000+ art journaling lessons, 100+ teachers

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

14 day money back guarantee

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.

What format do I receive the class in?

Upon purchase, you will be redirected to create a login for the private site. You can choose your own username and password. All of your content is accessible to you under one username.

The class will be available through this private site, along with a workbook in PDF format for you to download and print.

Do I have to start on a specific date?

No, this is a self-paced class. You start when you are ready and work according to your own rhythm.

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.

    How long do I have access to this class?

    As long as you are a Get Messy member.

    Can I contact the teacher if I have questions?

    Since this is a self-paced class, we recommend tagging the teacher on Instagram when you share your work or sending her a DM. 

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

    Yes! Please share your work and your responses to the class on your social media sites of choice. We love Instagram, so share your pages using the course hashtag #gmmessypages and you may see your work shared on the Get Messy account. We also have Galleries with student work within Get Messy for very specific inspiration.