When I was younger I dabbled in making altered books, but my journey into art journaling began just a little over a year ago. I became an avid art journaler when a lovely group of ladies organized Sisters with Heart in Art, a fun community of artists of all levels and styles who create and share their art guided by weekly prompts on Instagram. Every week I was excited for a new prompt, and I began watching art journal tutorials for various tips and techniques. I used supplies I already had on hand, and pieced together pages with multiple collage elements. Eventually I discovered Get Messy Art Journal, and decided to join. Being a part of the Get Messy community gave me a huge boost creatively. It was during the Season of Introspection when I realized how much art journaling is my safe haven. Not only do I art journal to experiment with different techniques, but I also art journal to process my thoughts and feelings. Art journaling is an escape for me. The more I create, the more I feel free.
Though I’ve kept visual journals as long as I can remember, I didn’t realize art journaling was, like, a thing… until I stumbled upon the Get Messy Art Journal community on Instagram. For me, art journaling is a critical element in my growth as an artist. It’s my opportunity to forgo perfection, experiment freely and create pieces that are at times deeply personal, and at others, frivolous and pure fun.
My love for creating art started with The Diary of Frida Kahlo, which I discovered at the age of 13 in the gift shop of a museum. Being an avid diary keeper, I immediately fell in love with the idea of combining art with my daily thoughts. After my trip to the museum, I purchased a bound sketch book, and I’ve never stopped expressing myself in one since! It wasn’t until I was in college that I discovered the online art journaling community, and realized that I wasn’t alone in my obsession of creating on pages rather than on canvases. I’ve recently decided to dive into the world of art journaling, quitting my nine-to-five in order to make art, write, and nurture my creativity!
I discovered art journaling through Get Messy – it is the only platform I have art journalled through and I think it actually changed my life. I was desperate for a creative outlet and have discovered that, as well as a whole community of like minded friends. Jumping in and sharing my work online was terrifying as well as empowering and I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without get messy or art journalling now! It keeps me sane when I am having a tough time and gives me a focus when I know I want to create, but I don’t know what to create. I have tried so many new techniques that I would never think of trying and my style has evolved so much from the inclusion of others in the group.
I’ve always been into art, as a kid I used to draw all over my homework, but I started art journaling in the Summer of 2012. I had started seeing some art journal pages online and thought “I want to try that”, so I did. I didn’t purchase a fancy journal, I simply altered a small notebook with super thin paper, but it got me started. I art journaled off and on until I found Get Messy in 2015, and the prompts, community and inspiration have changed how I journal and since I joined Get Messy I art journal almost everyday. I’ve found I really enjoy art journaling because it’s a place where I can just play and I keep an art journal because I need it to turn how I’m feeling into art.
Four years ago I wanted to start creating again. My babies were all in school. I hadn’t made much of anything since college. I really wanted to have a body of work and to be able to call myself an artist. I started a “Make Something Every Day” project, with only two rules: work 20 minutes a day on some kind of art, and then post a picture of my work on social media to keep myself accountable. I found art journaling and Get Messy at the end of 2015 and was so excited by the work and the community. I knew that it would fit perfectly into my daily habit. When I won a year’s membership via an Instagram giveaway, I knew I’d hit the jackpot! This year as a Get Messy member, my art practice has grown exponentially. I’ve made so many amazing friends through the community and have thoroughly enjoyed learning and growing artistically among them. I’m looking forward to the upcoming year as a 2017 Creative Team member. I can’t wait to see what we all make together!
I started writing my feelings down when I was a child and as a teenager I discovered scrapbooking which helped me to capture memories and combine them with my words. Over the years I began to include more paint and own ideas to my layouts. That reminded me of my dream to make art but I felt like being not good enough and so I never dared to go for it. It was New Year’s Day 2016 when I made the decision to follow my inner voice that once again pointed me in the direction of art. I decided that I was allowed to paint if that’s what I want. I faced all the prejudices that we hear through life about what art is and how it should look like and came up with my own rules what I think it should be. I started to art journal. A little later I got to Get Messy and found the benefits of a community that supports you.
You know how on the Internet you search for one thing and it leads you to another, and another until you find yourself in the place you’ve never imagined existed? Well, that’s what happened to me. My art journaling journey started with my sudden obsession with planners about half a year ago. I saw all of these beautifully decorated notebooks and binders and I thought to myself “This is what will help me fill that creative need in my heart!” It’s functional and it can be pretty. That led me to traveler’s notebooks, and then to daily journaling, creative journaling, and finally – art journaling. I honestly have no idea how (no doubt, it was a destiny), but I accidentally found Get Messy on Instagram. The pages of the community members were all so different and each one was carrying the personality of the creator. And most importantly, it didn’t look intimidating at all. It looked doable! So I took a regular notebook I had lying around and created my first page. It was the start of my first art journal and I’ve never looked back!
My art journal journey started when we were posted to Hong Kong in 2010. I found myself at a loss being a stay-at-home mother since I identify so strongly with my profession. One night, I came across a book about art journaling and a light went on in my head. I thought ‘I can do this!…I want to do this!’. I left the bookstore with that book (1000 Artist Pages) and a sketchbook. Since that time, I have been on a creative journey. My art journaling comes from a deep place, it is my way of coping with sometimes overwhelming feelings about what is happening in my life. My journal is a place where I never censor myself; where I can be angry, sad, petulant or joyful without self-restraint. I choose what to share, my journal is my confidant. Therefore the pages I make are absolutely raw and honest and gritty. They are my truth.