creative team

2016
Anika Lacerte
Anika likes art journaling, scrapbooking, photography and DIY projects. She is an introvert; her Myers-Briggs personality type is INTJ. Anika lives in a small town in BC, Canada with her husband and their two girls.

Journal of choice:

I don’t have a favourite journal. I prefer loose pages because it means I’m not stuck with a page in a book that I don’t like. I am currently using a deck of playing cards.

Top three products to use:

Sewing machine (Brother CS6000i), typewriter, alphabet stamps
Why do you art journal?

I love art journaling because it inspires me to keep being creative and try new techniques. “We must make art for the sheer sake of making art.” (Julia Cameron, Finding Water).

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

“Give yourself permission to be a beginner.” (Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way). Look for art styles you like and try them. As a recovering perfectionist, one thing that helps me is to just start. Stop researching, and just make a mark on a page. Then share it with your cheerleaders, we promise to be friendly.

“Artists have an itch that nothing can scratch except work.”

Julia Cameron, Finding Water

Cait Sherwood
Cait Sherwood is a mixed-media painter who works into art journals daily. She lives on a farm in Brookeville, Maryland. She is obsessed with understanding the creative process.

Journal of choice:

I use anything and everything, but I LOVE Moleskines for the smooth cream-colored paper.   Right now I am loving the Moleskine accordion book.

Top three products to use:

  1. Water-soluble graphite!  I use the Dr. Sketchy brand pencils.  I quickly dip them in water and then I can draw in a wet and painterly way.
  2. Acryla gouache!  I love this paint, especially the pastels and neons.
  3. Xeroxing!  I love to Xerox drawings and found patterns onto colored paper, which I then use in collage.

Why do you art journal?

I love art journaling because it allows me to be intuitive and free.  It’s a safe place where I can explore artistic ideas and take creative risks.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

Start!  Work fast, don’t overthink it.  Do anything you think of.  Trust your impulses!

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

Rumi

Emily Doddrell
Emily is a young at heart, creative, grateful, happy and enthusiastic woman. Mumma to two beautiful teenagers, wife to lucky husband and furmumma to a mini schnauzer and destructive and spoilt kitty. Having recently declared herself to be a creative, she spends as much time as possible pursuing the things that bring her joy…Yay!

Journal of choice:

Favourite so far, is my Moleskine sketch which is nearly full,but I have different ones lined up for next year. My Vanessa’s fancy journal is a treasure.

Top three products to use:
Watercolour paints ( I may have a bit of a collection). Acrylic paints and a credit card ( and one for art journaling too haha). Scissors and glue stick ( just add paper).

Why do you art journal?

Art journaling is creative, challenging,expressive, therapeutic and fun. It still surprises me how my pages turn out.I think of my art journal as a place to play.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

Gather some supplies and then just start. Look for inspiration, but then make something. Keep trying new things: mediums, techniques, colours and styles and of course, keep playing. Get involved in the Get Messy community by sharing, seeing what other people are doing and getting to know fellow Get Messians. Keep going.

“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Essie Ruth Smith
Essie is basically a Unicorn. She has healing powers, magical properties, and she refuses to be handled by men.

Journal of choice:

I’m all about the Moleskine cahier. They’re lightweight and portable, they can take a beating, and they get so pleasingly plump when they’re all filled up with art.

Top three products to use:

Gold ink, watercolours, and magazines with matte pages.

Why do you art journal?

I love the way it lets me access different ways of thinking about myself and my thoughts. It’s basically the most fun form of therapy there is.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

Allow yourself the freedom to revel in the process. The accidents and the messes that happen along the way are almost always the best bits.

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”

Anne Lamott

Julia Cusworth
Julia is a British designer, explorer and lover of color and collage. Her style is a mix of abstract layering and bold technique mixing. Julia has a strong need to express herself through colour, shape and pattern.

Journal of choice:

Anything ring bound

Top three products to use:

Ephemera, alphabet stamps + Photoshop

Why do you art journal?

It is when I feel free, complete and at peace.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

Black paint solves everything

“Don’t think : Do Things.”

Javier Mariscal

Karen Gaunt
Karen is an Artist. She arts like a boss and believes that you should too. Karen loves Poppies, triangles, colour and hand lettering. She’s all about the process and loves to complete pages that take days to make and ones that take minutes to make as well.

Journal of choice:

My handmade hand bound journal from Vanessa of course!

Top three products to use:

Paint, tissue paper, Sharpie marker

Why do you art journal?

I work full time in a very uncreative job. Having art journaling allows me the freedom to make something tangible everyday no matter how small. I can explore any idea that floats into my mind in a space that is just for me. I can make pages to share or pages just for myself, its my own little playground and I love it with all my heart.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

Everyone says this, but just start. If you’re thinking about doing it you want to do it so just do it! You don’t need a load of fancy supplies you can just start with a simple notebook and pen. If you’re afraid to try then just make a page only for yourself, that’s ok to do. When you build up your confidence you can share with all of us and have a great time doing it as well.

“I have an entire forest living inside me and you have carved your initials into every tree”

Pavana

Katie Smith
Katie is an Artist currently living in Washington, USA. She loves anything and everything crafty- from scrapbooking and art journaling, to drawing, to quilting. Katie is constantly inspired by nature, outer space, and colors.

Journal of choice:

One journal I’ve found that I like is Strathmore’s Spiral Bound Visual Journal.

Top three products to use:

Acrylic Paints, markers, and spray mists

Why do you art journal?

I do all sorts of crafty things, but I’ve found I really enjoy art journaling because it’s a place where I can just play. I can experiment with new techniques in my journal and let my feelings out at the same time.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

There are no rules in art journaling and everyone has there own style, so never feel like your pages aren’t “as good” as someone else’s. Just play, find your style and be inspired.

“You are fully capable of deciding your own destiny. The question you face is: which path will you choose? This is something only you can decide.”

Star Trek

Nina Christensen
Nina is a self-­employed graphic designer from Denmark. She’s always been way into paper, paint and crafts but totally neglected it during her teens and early twenties. When she had her daughter in 2010 Nina discovered scrapbooking and suddenly realized that inky hands and paper play isn’t just for kids.

Journal of choice:

Sodalicious art journals.

Top three products to use:

Watercolors, VersaFine black ink, stencils.

Why do you art journal?

I’m the kind of person who would love to keep a journal but most of the time words just aren’t enough, or they’re hard to wrangle. Art journaling is my crafty playground. It’s the one place where I get to look inward and express myself truly and fully.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

This always works for me: Try copying the style of someone you admire. Don’t worry about being original, just make sure you put yourself in on the page. It’s a great way to get started and soon you’ll find your own style. Also, being pissed off usually gets the creative juices flowing. Don’t ask me why but it works!

“The pages I make are absolutely raw and honest and gritty. They are my truth.”
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, she loves raising her fur babies (cats, rabbits and guinea pigs) and she 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.

Journal of choice:

I used to use a recycled cotton journal made by Signature Sensations, but have recently converted to a Moleskine Sketchbook and I am in love. The paper is just the right weight and holds up to all of the different mediums I use.

Top three products to use:

My favourite three products are hands down watercolours, gesso and my black uniball pen. Give me those three things and I can create anything.

Why do you art journal?

Art journalling for me is an outlet. I am creative all day in my job, but it is restrictive. I need to follow so many rules that it becomes a bit stale. But with art journalling I can do whatever I want, there are no rules, it is just me, my paint and my brain letting out all of my frustrations, worries and fears, and best of all my happiness.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

Anyone new to the game should just jump in. I totally get that it seems daunting at first. In fact it kind of still is for me sometimes – especially when it involves deep journaling  – but honestly, just do what you feel comfortable with. There are no rules, no boundaries, and no judgement. Create beautiful pages because you want to – not to impress anyone else, just to express yourself and to get messy. Play around with different tools and mediums and find your safe zone and just roll with it.

“Do not worry until you really have something to worry about.”
Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd
Vanessa is an archaeologist and an art journaler. She believes in the power of art to bring balance to people’s lives. She looks for this balance daily.

Journal of choice:

Moleskine sketchbooks or handmade art journals, but my journals need to be bound and not loose pages or spiral bound journals.

Top three products to use:

Black gesso, tissue paper and matte medium.

Why do you art journal?

To me, it is a life saver. It is the only form of art where you choose how deeply to reveal yourself, your true nature. By working in a journal you tend to lay down your true feelings about things and not censor yourself. This is very important. Then, you are the person who decides if you want to share or keep it to yourself. Art journaling has helped me explore my true nature and to get back to who I am after feeling very lost during an overseas posting. It is a way to explore your identity and your place in this world.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

Turn off the inner critic and start doing a page that is voluntarily ugly or not up to your normal standards. Then keep working on it until something true emerges. If this is too difficult at first, start with your medium of choice (paint or pen or scissors) and make a self-portrait. Then add in writing how you feel about it.

“How do you like my darkness now?”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Zinia Amoiridou
Sasha Zeen
Zinia is an art student from Greece. She loves everything about colors, cats, puppies, cupcakes and pretty paper products. Zinia dreams of one day being an art educator and spreading confetti of inspiration to the world.

Journal of choice:

My current favorite journal to use is a watercolor sketch book I got from my local art store. I also love moleskine journals for simple pages without any wet mediums.

Top three products to use:

This is a tough one but I’ll say watercolors, acrylic paints and stamps.

Why do you art journal?

Art journaling is the only completely free form of creation. It’s like keeping a diary where you don’t care about any rules or logic, you don’t care about aesthetics or messages to the world. You create art for yourself the way YOU enjoy life.

What tip do you have for someone starting out?

My tip is that there are no tips and rules. Just do what makes you happy, go through a process that you enjoy and don’t worry so much about the final result. If you are consistent with working on a way you enjoy the results will come in time.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Pablo Picasso