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Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey

This week I did not feel like making anything in my art journal. I pushed through and made a few very average pages. After catching up on all those weeks of Project Life, maybe I was just exhausted. I also became very much into Project Life and my love went right back to that project. Apparently I don’t have enough love for both? T also just got home after a month and a half overseas, so maybe it was that? I wasn’t staying up as late anymore. I was tired. I didn’t want to spend time away from him (even if it was only on the desk next to him).

I don’t know.

All I know is that this week it was hard to create. I’m glad I pushed through because it shows perseverance, but I’m also not glad because I made average stuff. I guess in the end, these average pages just count towards the unknown number of average pages that I have to get through before I make something magical.

Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey

This page is so dark for my current state of mind. I’m not sure how it ended up so black and moody. It reminds me of something I’d make in 2009. Can regular people have “periods” just like real artists? This page still means something to me, though. That’s Noel Fielding in the centre, and that crazy quote is from him. If you don’t know Noel Fielding, then you’re truly missing out on life. I love him. He’s my Weird Guy Crush. Anyways. So he often wears clothing that makes him look like a crow. I guess that’s what I was aiming for with that textured paint.

Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey

Not quite what I envisioned for this page, but oh well.

Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey

And I made my cover. This gold gouche is the most beautiful shade of paint I’ve ever seen and I needed it to go somewhere prominent. The Shakespeare quote? Well of course it had to go there.

Get Messy Art Journal ♥ Caylee Grey

Get Messy is growing every week and it’s truly one of my favourite things on the internet. I’m so happy to be a part of it, and have all the encouragement and inspiration from the best group of girls. If you’ve wanted to start, restart, or carry on art journaling, and are looking for accountability, support, inspiration, and some kick ass cheerleading, you should email me.

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You can see my pages here or larger versions (and unpublished pages) in my Flickr gallery.

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal


  1. Jodie | Polka Dot Creative says

    Caylee. Your pages are spectacular. Honestly. The fact that you created them to reflect your mood at the time is perfect. Isn’t that what a journal is all about? It’s your visual diary. Your place of creative freedom. Keep doing what you are doing in what ever mood you’re in. It’s working out right there on your pages. xxx

  2. says

    I don’t think your pages are average. I love the dark one, how its energy just flashes right out of the page into the reader’s face. It’s like the page has its own gravity or something. I think it’s genius. You don’t have to force yourself to only create bright and happy stuff all the time, after all it’s an “art” journal that reflects moods and emotions, not a “design” journal that’s meant to be pretty to look at. The pages are perfect the way they are.

  3. says

    I’m glad you decided to push through because these pages certainly don’t look average to me. But it’s okay to not love everything you make because we don’t always love what happens to us. The important thing is to always persevere and never give up. You’re doing good xx.

  4. Melissa Marie says

    I love the gold! Is your journal a moleskin? If so I use the same journal! :)

  5. says

    I commend you for sharing pages you are not crazy about. Self-censorship is a bad thing because then people can’t see the process and process is everything art journaling is about. You just keep going because in the end it helps you grow. Jeanne Oliver taught me to ‘push through the ugly’ to finally get to the image you want to create.

  6. says

    Love ’em. All gorgeous. Totes lovely. Have you seen noël fielding doing Kate bush? Fantastic utube it.

  7. says

    See, the thing is, sharing is one of the most magical parts of creating anything. Look at all these contrary perspectives! Your pages don’t look average to me, either–they look amazing. What can look like “average” or “not done” or whatever to the artist (because it hasn’t reached a legit point that the artist envisioned) can have a raw energy that strikes the viewer as powerful. Besides, one simply can’t go wrong with black and gold. It’s like the key to the universe. I love these pages! :D

  8. says

    Your “average” pages are better than the pages I’m most proud of, so do NOT sweat it at all. It’s actually good to have these kind of weeks because you’ll appreciate it more when the inspiration is flowing.

  9. Pam says

    Your comment ” can regular people go through “periods” just like real artists? ” gave me pause. I wasn’t sure if you were referring to yourself as ” regular people”, but you are an artist! These pages are great. It is so normal to feel differently about creating at different times. You may be incubating new ideas. Thanks for all of the inspiration on this blog!

  10. says

    That black page! I just love it the way it is. Although, I don’t know that guy.
    Oh and what a perfect idea for your cover. I still have to make mine.

  11. says

    You’re too hard on yourself. I love these pages. I agree with Jodie and Lea that the honesty of darker pages is something really beautiful.