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Art Journal Your Year


Registration is open December 15, 2018 – January 15 2019

Ritual: an act or a series of acts regularly repeated.

Would you like more intention, thoughtfulness, awareness in your year? Did 2018 fly by so fast you feel like you blinked and it’s gone and you’re not sure where it went? Do you want to make 2019 a time to focus in on your art, acknowledge and incorporate what is happening around you and to you, be intentional and grounded in time? 

Do you want to look back at the beginning of 2020 and say about the 2019 that, “I was thoughtful and purposeful in my days and my art?” 

Our course, Rituals by Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd, has already helped over 100 artists do just that. The course is returning for another year to take a new group of artists on a monthly journey to dig into their art practices, be mindful of the passing of time and incorporate their life, events, mind and spirit into their art.

Students have seen so much growth in their artwork through learning from Vanessa and have experienced such a  positive impact by slowing down and creating mindfully each month through this course.

We are thrilled to open the course again, to allow new students to join and begin their own Rituals journey. This year long journey of turning to your art journal each month and planning, then reflecting on your time will give you the opportunity to be creative and purposeful all year long.

This new year start is a perfect way for you to slow down the passing of time and commit to creating. 

Every month the course will explore a theme directly related to that month’s season or calendar events. The themes were chosen from the solar and lunar calendars, religious, cultural festivals and pagan notions of the wheel of the year.

Each month you will be lead through an art technique and/or medium that will help you meditate on the theme and to immerse yourself in this place and time to help you slow down the ticking calendar pages.

What’s Included

January: New
Technique: Stitching
February: Love
Technique: Charcoal Self Portraits
March: Balance
Technique: Intuitive Painting
April: Fertility
Technique: Collage Layers
May: Rebirth
Technique: Make Your Own Stencils
June: Nourish
Technique: Water Soluble Media
July: Spirit
August: Harvest
September: Renewal
October: Heritage
November: Gratitude
December: Closure
year-long workshop
one theme per month to focus on in your art journal
themes are based on the the festivals celebrated that month
one technique or medium tutorial per month
two art journal spread tutorials per month
one spread explores the solar aspects of the theme (light, positive)
one spread explores the lunar aspects of the theme (shadows, challenges)
unlimited access to the private classroom forever
email reminders when new lessons are live each month

By the end of 2019 you will have:

one completed Rituals art journal with 24 spreads, two for each month

two bonus spreads which are the Wheel of the Year introductory lesson

explored new techniques and mediums

been intentional in your work and art

documented your year

created connections with like-minded artists


A private club in our forums for community and sharing of work done in the class

A supportive community and the chance to grow your art journaling practice


Rituals is already shifting my world! ( in a beautiful way)” -Emily

“Thanks Vanessa for a great start to January, it’s really made me focus and try new skills that I wouldn’t normally have attempted...yeah and another 11 to go!!” -Gilly

“My January Solar Page! Wow… what an amazing experience!!!! New. Come on in. What I am inviting into my Life.” -Cindy

I have gained so much insight to my inner thoughts and been braver than ever with recording them. I particularly like that the lessons are based on seasonal celebrations and events. Even though I am from the southern hemisphere and the seasons are backwards, I have found a way to interpret them.

I have definitely delved deeper into my art practice than ever before, and experimented with new techniques and interpreted them in my own way. The lessons give me the inspiration to explore and play.

I am more excited about working on this class than any other I am currently involved in.

Vanessa’s teaching style is so easy to understand, and gives me the freedom and inspiration to interpret the ideas in my own way. I love her simple processes, and exploration of new mediums. Tanyalee Kahler

Graphic designer, artist, and Brush Magazine editor, Tasmania

I often feel overwhelmed that things are moving too fast and before I know it the year has almost finished! The Rituals class is giving me the chance to reflect on what is happening in my life and to plant the seeds for the things I want to create. It feels very empowering to ground the vision I have of my life within the pages of my art journal.

I love how each month we are using different materials and techniques. This has greatly expanded my art practice in terms of the range of possibilities for expressing myself. I tend to get comfortable with my favourite supplies so this is a wonderful challenge and is really expanding my horizons. I also feel that the expressive quality of my art practice is deepening through the exploration of the different themes each month. We are looking at quite deep and personal areas of our lives and the ability to reflect and then translate this into art is more valuable to me than any technique. I love this dual approach of learning new techniques alongside the deeper themes we are exploring each month.

I love the fact that it is a year long because this is like a container for something to happen over time. There was an initial buzz of excitement, which has settled into a rich groove of exploration. Some months it has been easier to make my pages than others. This past month, for example, I have been travelling a lot and I am not sure if I will be able to do my pages before the new month begins. Here too, the fact that it is a year-long journey brings a level of relaxation. I can take my time and catch up over the coming month.

I love the way there are specific steps that we can follow when creating our page and yet at the same time Vanessa is constantly encouraging us to follow what feels good to us and to make the process our own. Divyam Chaya Bernstein

Writer, cartoonist, and art journaler, London

The Rituals class has helped me take time each month to center myself and reflect on both the past four weeks and where I want to be in the future. Rather than quickly putting together a page without any thought, I have learned the joy of slowly creating, taking the time to think about each spread and what it means to me. Vanessa’s use of new mediums and techniques each month have also challenged me and introduced me to new art techniques I wouldn’t have thought to use in my art journal before. It’s a practice I look forward to every month and it has helped me stay grounded as I struggle to establish roots in a new country Moriah Costa

Financial journalist and artist, American in Madrid, Spain

The biggest thing I have taken away from Rituals so far this year is that when I make the time to really connect with myself and my creativity, and have courage to delve a little into the unknown, I feel stronger and more whole. I love what I have created so far and it is unique to me. You know when there is something you really want to do, but it is a bit scary, like walking in the dark when you worry what you might walk into? Well for me, taking the Rituals class, is about being brave, following my heart, but with the support and guidance of someone who I admire and trust and alongside other students who share the journey. For me, Rituals class is about creating from the core of me.

A year of having Vanessa as my teacher was never daunting for me, I knew that she had created the class to be manageable and I wanted to make that commitment to myself. Six months in, and I am still as enthusiastic. I’m actually a month behind, and that’s totally ok too. I am a university student, a mother, an employee and an art journaler and I’m human. I’ll be having my catch up in the semester break and I can hardly wait !!! Plus I have lifetime access so I can do it all again next year if I choose. Emily Doddrell

University student, and artist, Australia

If I take my time and really put thought and effort into the pages, my art is so much better than I thought it was. It’s still a long way from where I want to be someday, but I think often the answer is just to be more patient and allow for the process to take time! Also, that I can express myself well with all sorts of media but some come more easily to me than others.

I have found that the pages sometimes take time and it’s important to go deeper to really express what I want to say. I never did this in art journaling, at least not to this extent. A part of me was always saying “hey but this is just for you and there are six more prompts this week and like a hundred from previous seasons that you never did, so who cares?”. So I would put the work down when it got uncomfortable or I didn’t feel an immediate connection to the prompt. With only two spreads per month, I have been going a lot deeper and pushing past uncomfortable and that has helped me tremendously.

People keep asking me about motivation recently for some reason and my answer is always the same – I may not be motivated in that bubbly excited way, because that takes a lot of energy I don’t feel I have. It’s more that if I really connect to a task or a plan, or in this case a class, I have a sort of quiet determination that I will keep up and make it a priority whenever that is possible among the other priority issues (work, university, boyfriend, etc.). So, I’m still absolutely into the class! I’m a month behind – just finishing up April’s spreads and it’s the end of May, but knowing that it’s only two spreads per month also doesn’t make falling behind seem as scary or daunting. Judith H

University student, and artist, Hamburg, Germany

Student Art

Here’s just some of the wonderful art that students have produced in this class.
Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd
Vanessa is an archaeologist and an artist. More and more, she has come to see her art journaling practice as a ritual. The Rituals class came out of a need for her to be more intentional in her art and more present in her art journal. Rituals is a year long project, a chance to set aside time to immerse ourselves into art journaling and to grow our practice while being grounded in the passage of time.

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.

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. But we suggest marking a day in your calendar each month to work on the lessons so you stay current, but you have lifetime access and can return to any lessons you missed. Each month you will receive an email at the beginning of the month to remind you to log into the course and watch the tutorials. 

What do I need for this class?
Each lesson or technique will recommend supplies, but generally the most important part of this class is to be intentional in your art journal each month. Using the supplies you currently have is all you need to get started.
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 #gmrituals 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.
Do you offer refunds?
Due to the digital nature of our content, we do not offer refunds.