Heart Journal

Infuse your art journal with emotion

The Heart Journal is a very special e-course, designed to get you connecting with your emotional self, and exploring her in your art journal.

We’ll look at how great artists have conveyed emotion in their own work, and draw inspiration from them. We’ll spend time thinking about our artistic media and how we can best use them to communicate our feelings. We’ll think about our own relationships with different emotions, and what we think about them. And most importantly, we’ll take everything we learn and use it to create expressive, satisfying, rewarding works of art.

If you’d like to start putting your heart into your art journal, then this course will help you find ways to do just that.

Lesson Plan


If you aren’t sure if He(art) Journaling is for, then test the course out with this wonderful free lesson from the course teacher Essie. In the free lesson you will choose some basic emotions and explore the colors and type of media that you associate with these. You’ll be surprised how much emotion you may already be pouring into your pages subconsciously and how much more you can add once you have identified these connections. Sign up below to have the free lesson emailed to you and get started He(art) Journaling right away!

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What’s Included


6 detailed lessons teaching you how to access your emotions through art journaling.


11 in depth videos, including artist case studies, and technique tutorials.


Expert tips on supplies, tools and everything else you need to get creating.


Practical tasks and prompts to get you actively creating.


A beautiful, printable workbook that includes all [NUMBER] class worksheets.


Access to the course teacher, community support and inspiration through the course hashtag #gmheartjournal

Student Art

Here’s just some of the wonderful art that students have produced in this class.

Essie Ruth Smith


Essie is a writer, and artist, who believes that hands are for making and life is for learning.

She can generally be found in her studio with a coffee in her hand, a top knot in her hair, and glitter all over her face.

Get Messy and Art Feeds

We believe art heals. With every purchase you make through Get Messy, we give 10% to Art Feeds. Art Feeds provides free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools and children’s organisations. 


What format do I receive the class in?
Upon purchase, you will be redirected to create a login for the private site. You can choose your own username and password. If you already have a login for this site, please use that so all of your content is accessible to you under one username.

The class will be available through this private site, along with a workbook in PDF format for you to download and print.

Do I have to start on a specific date?
No, this is a self-paced class. You start when you are ready and work according to your own rhythm.
What do I need for this class?
A journal, your current preferred supplies and an open heart! A detailed list of supplies is shared inside the course, but you likely have what you need on hand and we never recommend spending a lot of money on supplies without knowing how and if you will use them.
Can I share my work and what I learn in the class?
Yes! Please share your work and your responses to the class on your social media sites of choice! We love instagram, so share your pages using the course hashtag #gmheartjournal and you may see your work shared on the Get Messy account. However, please do not share text or photos directly from the course.
Class access does not expire and is not linked to your Get Messy membership.
Can I contact the teacher if I have questions?
We recommend tagging @essie.ruth on Instagram when you share your work from the class so she can see!
Do you offer refunds?
Due to the digital nature of our content, we do not offer refunds.