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What better a season to have than the one that defines our community so well: Kindness. We have been the recipients of so much kindness through Get Messy members and from art journaling itself that we wanted to share the love. This Season is a really special one as we are going to be focusing our kindness not only inwardly, but outwardly.

The Season of Kindness is for all the different kinds of kindness that we all need. Forgiveness. Freedom. Love. Support. We want to learn and practice to show kindness to ourselves, to allow mistakes to happen and to learn from them. We want to find new ways to go out of our way to be kind to others and to share the gifts that we have. This season will have a focus on self love and love for others.

Meet this season’s guest artist

Kiala Givehand is a published poet, bookbinder, creative business strategist, teacher, fountain pen collector, and radical nomad. She believes in surrounding herself with ordinary humans who live extraordinary lives, gathering with people who make her laugh & love uncontrollably, and living a life intent on cultivating happiness.


As we work through the Season of Kindness in our art journals, we encourage you to also spread some kindness in your communities in the form of tiny pieces of art! Most of our tutorials this season have a piece where you can make an additional small piece of art to share out in the world.Alicia made up these hashTAGS for you to use with your kindness art. You can put a string on your art with one of these tags or enclose both in a ziplock bag. You can write a short note on it that says, “This art is for you!” or “This tiny piece of art was made with love for you!” Leave them in hospital or doctor’s waiting rooms, the library, the grocery store, the gym, or drop a few by a nursing home. Wherever there is a place in your community that you think needs some art, share it!

While guerrilla art probably won’t change the world, you might make someone’s day a little brighter with this small act of kindness.

Meet this season’s Journal

We believe that hand binding your own journals makes you more creatively invested and connected to your journal. For this season, our guest, Kiala, is a book binding expert and has a lot of great tips and ideas to share with you. To prepare for this season, take some time to browse Kiala’s extensive Youtube channel and choose a journal to make for this season.

Or plan to make all your art guerrilla style, which means to give away, so maybe you need to gather up paper, rocks, or other materials that you can art on and leave as gifts.

Or you need to show some kindness to a long forgotten and neglected art journal that you want to pull out and complete this season.

With all our seasons, we encourage you to think through the season and its meaning on your own before hearing ours. On Monday the first set of prompts will be released and will get you started creating around the idea of kindness. But take this weekend to make a list of all the forms of kindness you know. Then, make a list of different art you can create revolving around and representing kindness. Bonus points if you create a piece and share it on Instagram!

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