Get Messy has come a long way. You have come a long way. I’m proud of us both.

This season we are taking some time to reflect on that journey. It’s time for us to take a step back and meditate on our character, actions, and motives. It’s time for us to reflect on at our magnificent art journey. To be proud of the steps we’ve taken, take lessons from the times we’ve wandered off course, and completely and utterly celebrate our growth.

There are a bunch of surprises for you this season and it’s kind of killing me to have to wait to share them with you. But join me with a journal in your hand, and enthusiasm in your heart. It’s the last season of the decade (!). Get ready to get messy…

WEEK 1: SEASON INTENTIONS AND SEASON INTENTIONS HANGOUT WITH CAYLEE

 We’ll set our intentions for the seasons and answer the four important questions to get your ideas out of your head and into a tangible success plan for a season of art. This season we will be focusing on creating Life Mind Maps.

Life Mind Maps are a fantastic way to reduce anxiety. They give a bird’s eye view of your life and helps you be objective. When you know exactly what pieces build up your life it makes it easier to see what’s important and assign value. 

WEEK 1 BONUS: JAPANESE LEDGER BINDING BY KIMBERLY JONES

Learn how to create a beautiful art journal with a quick and easy binding. The Japanese Ledger binding looks impressive but it’s very simple and can be made with an endless variety of papers and binding materials.

WEEK 2: INNER GLOW: SHADOW BOX COLLAGE BY AMANDA HOBBS

In this tutorial, Collage Queen, Amanda, will help you reflect on the places, moments and things in life that light you up. You’ll create a shadow box snapshot with a magical inner glow that will fold down neatly into your journal.

WEEK 3: PROMPTS + WORKSHOP – THE 5 PATHS OF JOURNALING BY REBECCA KOCHENDERFER

Journaling takes us travelling through wide-ranging landscapes and across wild terrain. This adventure is like a guided tour down five paths leading toward improved: emotional well-being, creativity, productivity, physical health, and mindfulness.

WEEK 4 : TRANSFORMATIONAL TEA BY MEGHAN DEINHARD

In this tutorial, watercolor pens and a squirt bottle magically transform paper towels, as the process of appreciation changes your reflections about yourself.

WEEK 4: MESSY MANDALAS BY CLARE DAVIS ETHERIDGE

In this Artist Date, Clare will guide us on how to make a ‘Torus’ mandala base using a compass, along with a freeform method which needs no equipment apart from a pen or pencil and your imagination.

We will experiment with different methods including a collaged mandala.

This is a very meditative process that blends with our favorite marks, shapes, symbols, and ideas.

WEEK 5: PROMPTS + JOURNAL YOUR DREAM BY THEA ØSTERHOLT

We’ll make a journal page reflecting on a dream we’ve had for this week’s Artist Date with Thea. This can be a recurring dream, a recent dream, or a daydream! Thea will guide us through a few practical starting points on going from dream to abstract interpretation or visual representation in your journal. 

WEEK 6: SILHOUETTE REFLECTIONS BY JOY MALCOLM

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on the past year and our hopes and dreams for the upcoming year. This tutorial will show you how to combine written journaling and reflections with cut paper silhouettes to create a meaningful and cohesive art journal spread.

WEEK 7: PROMPTS + REFLECTION ON THE GIFTS OF THE GET MESSY COMMUNITY BY HOLLY JANSSEN

Holly is here to help you reflect upon those thoughts from your very own “itty-bitty-shitty committee” inside your head.

She’ll guide you in a mindful art practice from unkind self words to positive affirmations.

WEEK 8: SHOW + TELL BY SHANNON YATES

Take a peek into the thought process and art of Shannon this week. 

Giving serious thought to something is how Shannon defines reflection, and she’ll guide you through some areas of her life, her relation to that, and the values and beliefs that wrap it all up. 

Shannon’s art reflects all of this and more, and we couldn’t have thought of a better artist to wrap up this season and the year for Get Messy.