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Messy Pages

A guide to mixed media art journaling

Messy Pages is like sitting down with your best friend and creating incredible art journal pages together that are full of heart and soul, pages that are bursting with inspiration and colour.

In this course you will create over 40 different types of pages using a large variety of tools, supplies and techniques.

Messy Pages includes tips for choosing the right journal, how to choose the best supplies and mediums for you, simple explanations for art journaling terms, supplies and how-to’s and examples and ideas on how to approach prompts to create pages. You will learn how to begin an art journal page by better understanding if your page needs gesso or not (and what the heck that even is). The course is jam packed with techniques and tutorials on how to use our favourite mediums like blending, calligraphy, gelli printing, using afferent pens and crayons (!!!), inks, acrylics, collage, gel mediums, watercolours and so so so many more!

This course is perfect for the beginner art journaler who would like to have someone walk them through the basics of understanding all the art journal lingo like mediums and gesso and what in the world a gelli plates is.

The course will challenge an experienced art journaler who desires to learn more fluid and experimental art techniques like painting galaxies, dreamy clouds, using inks, creating abstract backgrounds and so much more.

Messy Pages is all about stretching your art skills and supplies to create intuitive and messy pages to express yourself and your creativity in new ways

Lesson Plan

What’s Included


9 jam packed lessons on mixed media tools, and techniques


20 video tutorials with over 41 page ideas and challenges


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


Practical tasks and prompts to get you actively creating. Bonus section with 10 step by step formulae for quick and fun art journal pages.


A beautiful, printable workbook as well as a fun printable to help you create an infinite number of pages using the techniques and ideas from the course.


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

Student Art

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

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, loves raising her fur babies, and 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 and her paintbrush is in her hand.

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.