Testimonials from the community
One of the best things I did was join Get Messy, I love that the prompts we are given weekly don’t have be strictly followed and in fact we are encouraged to be inspired and see where a simple instruction takes us. At the moment my job is quite stressful and I have been giving a lot of bad news to people- making me feel slightly like the grim reaper. It’s nice to come home and away from work and pour all the negativity out and create something positive, while being part of a community that will encourage me and always see the best even when I can’t see it.
As I have said before it’s amazing to be part of a group that want to inspire and compliment rather than tear each other down. Everyone is so open to sharing their artwork and no one is worried they are going to be copied and instead are happy that someone has taken an idea away and built on it.
Who needs yoga or therapy I have Get Messy!
Sometimes I worry if what I write in our group is too personal or geeky or I am too old for the group -but then I say screw it and write what I am feeling- I love the group to pieces and art journaling and actually sharing it has been a life changer! Sounds so weird but it’s true- I feel more enthusiastic about everything – and it’s helped me trudge along when I have had some trying days- knowing I have to get some pages done!
I have always been a creative soul, I collect art supplies and have huge ideas but more often than not, life has different plans that don’t include long hours of creative arty projects!
Get messy has been amazing for me. After having my baby boy in March 2014, I had lost sight of my creative side. I was a new mama, in a new house away from my hometown. Through Get Messy I have made so much art “just because” I needed to. I have channelled my nerves and worries about returning (and now being back at ) work into super productive nap times and I make the most of my evenings. I’ve been inspired again, and found like minded and incredibly talented friends through our lovely “Get Messy” group. I love seeing how one prompt can take so many directions…It has changed how I feel, I look forward to my art time (and include my sons art too) and I feel more like my old self again. Thank you for sharing such a precious gift.
I love the concept. I love all you guys have done. Encouraging creativity. Encouraging self expression. Encouraging bravery and truth.
I’m really enjoying being part of the Get Messy group now, however it’s taken me a while to get going & joining in. I found it all very daunting to start with as I didn’t really know where to start with the journal & art prompts & didn’t have the confidence to upload anything as I knew the standard of everyone was/is very high! The ice breaker for me was the week we had daily prompts – I really felt that I could join in, it was good to chat with each other every day on Facebook – I realised then that everyone was so friendly & I felt happy to contribute!
I joined Get Messy to learn how to art journal, I’d seen what other people were doing with art journals on Instagram and Pinterest and felt it would be a creative, fun and expressive thing to do. Get Messy is called a challenge, but actually it is so much more than that. It is a community! There are prompts to get you thinking and art journaling , tutorials to learn new ways to express yourself visually and there is inspiration in seeing what other people create and hearing their stories. You can do as little or as much as you want, be as noisy in the Facebook group or as quiet as suits you, share on Instagram if that is your thing or see what other people have shared and give them feedback. I think though my very favourite thing about Get Messy is the people. Beginners to artists all creating , sharing and getting to know each other.Support is there when you need it,as well as encouragement , advice and well just fun hanging out together online. Caylee and Lauren have really created something special here and are generous with their knowledge and time (as are the other members of the creative team). So it’s official I am a Get Messy fan !
I find Get Messy Art Journal an amazing place for anyone to start with art journaling. I only started art journaling on regular basis after joining the community. I found tons of inspiration and tips on the blog and Facebook group, as well as from the Get Messy pages that people share on Instagram. I love it when we get a lot of prompts to chose from especially the art prompts cause I still have a hard time adding more than a sentence or two on my pages. My most favorite thing so far are the extra challenges (like the Get Messy Art Journaling Game and the Get Messy Thursdays) and blog hops. It’s really nice to interact with everyone in the community as they are all really nice and supportive.
Thanks again for all the effort you put in this, you are doing a truly amazing job.
My love affair with art journaling started a year ago when I stumbled across the Get Messy art journal group and it’s founders, Lauren & Caylee through Pinterest. Get Messy is a group of people from all around the world, creating cool, eclectic and powerful art on various topics. It was unlike any creative course I had heard of before, accepting of each person’s own style whilst constantly encouraging you to grow and explore your art practise. Add to this mix, support and the sense of community that comes with joining the group and I was hooked!
I had been keeping a sketchbook of work going since I graduated from my textiles degree in 2010 but dipped in and out of it half heartedly. I knew that I wanted to keep up my creativity outside of work but self motivating was hard and I found myself repeating easy patterns and techniques that I knew worked. With Get Messy, weekly prompt and challenges are shared with the group to help inspire and push your creative limit, which was exactly the boost I needed!
The prompts vary from week to week and can spark different ideas, emotions and memories. It’s this modern way of creating art, documenting life and then sharing it which appealed to me, maybe the most. We live in a digital era now where creating your own work in your own sketchbook doesn’t have to stop there. Art, in my mind, is created for yourself mainly but also for others. To be shared and enjoyed, to hopefully inspire and motivate someone else’s imagination as well as your own.
I can honestly say that joining this programme is one of the best decisions I have made in my life, it has pushed me creatively and given me a whole new group of likeminded friends. I look forward to days when I can journal and feel complete every time I can give a home to all the random magazine snippets I have mercifully collected for years… I couldn’t recommend it enough and would feel lost without it!
Since I started Get Messy, I feel so more close to who I am! Me, who didn’t think being creative at all, I discovered I can create and like what I do, and dare sharing my pages with the community. What I really like is the supportive spirit and the inspiration I find in the group. Since I Get Messy, I am more serene, I see some improvements even in my professional and personal life!
Get Messy has been so beneficial to me. I am passionate about art journaling but I wasn’t sure if my work would resonate with others. Get Messy has enabled me to share my work without censoring it and to get feedback from a supportive group of creatives. This has enabled me to dig deeper, to stretch and to finally define my style. It has given me the courage to apply on a creative design team which I never would have done before. The accountability and the pleasure that comes from sharing my pages with Get Messians has been an integral part of my journey.
I art journaled before Get Messy, but only every now and then, it wasn’t a weekly habit. After signing up for Get Messy I am constantly inspired by the GM community and art journal every day.
I was lucky enough to stumble across Get Messy back in it’s old reincarnation and to become a part of such a fabulous movement. It opened up a door to my creative side that had been closed for quite a while. It inspired me to create regularly and I am so grateful for that. I also got to ‘meet’ a bunch of other kick ass creative women whom I consider to be friends. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
Get Messy has connected me with people across the world with a similar interest and goal. It motivates me to embrace my creativity.
Get Messy has been the best creative decision I’ve made all year. I feel encouraged by an amazing community, and thoughtful prompts, to try new things and really express myself and grow as an artist and a person.
This wonderful, supportive group has taught me so much. About art journaling, friendship, commitment to my creative pursuits and the power of community. Thank you Caylee and Lauren.
The Get Messy community has been such an inspiring and motivating force in my quest to make more meaningful, more authentic art. I am so grateful for the continued support I gain from fellow participants, many of whom have become trusted confidants, mentors and friends. I’ve learned and grown so much by getting messy with this wonderful group.
Get Messy is a wonderful community of like minded people who like to create. The weekly prompts are inspirational and the Facebook page creates a special feeling of friendship and community. The GM blog is full of inspirational tips from members and member spotlights. I am so glad I joined GM it is like having a whole other group of friends who ‘get’ you. It has become an important part of my life.
Get Messy has changed my life, and that’s not an exaggeration. I live in a small apartment and up until this spring, my craft supplies were simply taking up space. More than once I considered whether I should just throw them out. I have always been an artistic person, I took painting classes just for fun as a child and teenager, but after school, I pretty much stopped creating. I guess I just didn’t really know which medium or style was for me. Get Messy has been such a revelation. In my art journal, I can experiment, every page can be a different style if I like, I can play with things, I can get comfortable (slowly) with the idea of sharing my creativity and my art. I have met the most wonderful women, all of whom are hugely inspirational and I feel so excited to continue my path towards finding “my art” and having tons of fun in the process.
Maybe it was the name “Get Messy” that spoke to me, I really can’t remember. Art journaling turned out to be one of my greatest creative joys, so Get Messy works as a catalyst for all my artsy experiments. I love the prompts and the community, somehow it feels like we’re all connected on a deeper level. Thank you so much for creating this wonderful space for us! Lots of moose-y love to you 😉
Get Messy has absolutely changed my life. I signed up in February and have had my creative life expand exponentially and it is still growing daily. The prompts and tutorials have pushed me to try new things and to make my art more intentional. I have seen massive growth in my style, technique and frequency of creating. In addition, the amazing group of people I have met through Get Messy is what has changed my life the most. Art journaling within a community of love, support, and camaraderie is what has made Get Messy a key part of my day to day life.
Get Messy’s brilliant prompts allowed me to explore different art techniques I would have not otherwise tried, and discover my own art journaling style and voice. The Get Messy community never failed to make me feel that it is a safe & encouraging place to share what I had created.
Get Messy is an Art Community. It’s not just art journals and paint. It’s a network of likeminded creatives that have your back!
I had never seriously art journaled until I joined Get Messy during the Season of Love. I am so happy to have found Lauren & Caylee. They took me out of my comfort zone and have taught me so much about this very fun art form. Thank you!
I found about Get Messy on internet at beginning of 2015. I never art journalled before. I loved the idea that someone brings to me ideas, themes or topics that would give me some hints to start creating. And that is what GM does. I need prompts to think about and follow some ideas in crafting. Then I create, what I love is that now I create sometimes without any prompts, I follow my feelings and that is great. GM helped me to free my mind, find hobby and express my feelings, good or bad. Of course, the supportive community is additional plus to it. As well as great tutorials, hints and tips in crafting. I am really happy I found GM and looking forward new experience with GM;)
Joining Get Messy has changed my life in ways I didn’t even know were possible. I now have a whole group of best friends from all over the world I can call on for support and advice. This group is so inspiring and it’s constantly pushing me to be a better artist.
Get Messy got me creating for me again and for that I’m ever grateful.