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A Pep Talk

Hello Messy Artists. Janet here wanting to say hello. This month’s Season of Celebration has been wonderful and packed full of inspirational lessons and loaded with beautiful eye candy! Does it make you want to dive into your supplies and Get Messy?

Just a reminder to be true to yourself. Do art because you love it, not to increase numbers on an account. Do art because it’s an urge inside you, a need to work out those emotions that can’t be named with words. Make art your therapy.

It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone comes at it from a different place. Different experiences. Different backgrounds. Different educations. Each one of us is Unique and Original….. one of a kind. We each need to own that uniqueness and let our individual lights shine brightly!

As someone who has struggled with “Am I good enough-itis?” (Hahaha…It’s a terrible but curable disease…) I know it’s not always easy to put yourself out there… to make yourself vulnerable. But if you do art for the right reasons, because you love it and you can’t NOT do art, then your artwork is an extension of yourself and beautiful in it’s own right. . Showing up at your art table and making art can be one of the bravest things you’ll ever do.

Just get out there and make art! Whether it’s for Love or Therapy….or any other reason. Show up. Be present. Be yourself. Express yourself. Do art.

Action Steps


Surround yourself with any amount of supplies.

Lay an opened art journal in front of you.

Get busy! Have fun!

Janet Joehlin

Janet knew at 12 years old she was going to be an artist but didn’t really achieve that goal till much later in life. Better late than never.


  1. Charlotte Erichsen

    Thank you, Janet! These are so valuable words for me today! At the moment I struggle a lot with comparing myself and feeling not good enough for IG. Seing all these amazing artists out there and not feeling like I can practice each technique like I want to makes me confused and jump from one area to the other and then I end up watching tutorials on Youtube.
    Your reminder helps me to listen to what I need today and just do that.

    • Janet Joehlin

      Yes Yes Yes! I totally get it! I have to remind myself daily to be myself and to do art because I love it! You just keep being you, Charlotte! ❤️

  2. Jenna Ledford

    An excellent and always needed reminder!

    • Janet Joehlin

      We all need to hear encouragement regularly!

  3. Alyssa Rothwell

    Thank you for the awesome pep talk!!

    • Janet Joehlin

      ❤️you’re welcome!

  4. Julia Bethmann

    So helpful! I always need this reminder too, thank you!

  5. Janet Joehlin

    Oh yes! I wrote for myself as much as everyone else! ❤️

  6. Melody Willoughby

    Hello my friend. Today I am trying to catch up on Get Messy articles and so happy to see your sweet face. I miss our early morning coffee visits. Take care. xoxo