A Visual Guide to Embroidery

A Visual Guide to Embroidery

Over the next few weeks I have nine beautiful and uniquely talented artists sharing a visual guide to her favourite way to get creative. No words allowed as answers, just photos and images. If you’d like to go through the Visual Guide archives, they’re all grouped together under Guest Post Loveliness.

Today Jennifer is sharing more about embroidery.

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

Give us an introduction to embroidery

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

What are the must have tools to embroidery

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

What advice do you have for noobs wanting to start?

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

Why do you create?

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

Where is your creation station?

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

Are you a messy or clean creator?

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

What is your favorite thing you’ve made?

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

How has embroidery impacted other creative aspects of your life?

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

A Visual Guide to Embroidery • Artist Interview with Jennifer Bilton

Jennifer

Jennifer Bilton is a self-taught hand embroidery and mixed media. Embroidery has led to many other artistic ventures including art journaling, letterpress, and ceramics.  She is obsessed with patterns, notebooks, donuts, and her two rescue dogs.

Say hello on her blog, shop, and Instagram (and tell her Caylee says hi!)

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics

Over the next few weeks I have nine beautiful and uniquely talented artists sharing a visual guide to her favourite way to get creative. No words allowed as answers, just photos and images. If you’d like to go through the Visual Guide archives, they’re all grouped together under Guest Post Loveliness.

Today Amy is sharing about liquid acrylics.

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics • Artist Interview with Amy Maricle

Introduction to liquid acrylics

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics • Artist Interview with Amy Maricle

What are your must have tools for liquid acrylics?

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics • Artist Interview with Amy Maricle

What advice do you have for noobs?

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics • Artist Interview with Amy Maricle

Why do you create?

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics • Artist Interview with Amy Maricle

How do you get over perfectionism?

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics • Artist Interview with Amy Maricle

How do you express yourself through liquid acrylics?

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics • Artist Interview with Amy Maricle

Is your workstation messy or clean?

A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics • Artist Interview with Amy Maricle

What is your favourite thing that you’ve made with liquid acrylics?

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A Visual Guide to Liquid Acrylics • Artist Interview with Amy Maricle

Amy

Amy Maricle is an artist, art mentor, and author, who wants everyone to experience the healing power of art. She works in Foxboro, Massachusetts and lives nearby with her family and two trouble-making, lovable pooches.

Amy is currently teaching Freeing the Muse (which I’m totally taking!)

Say hello on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram (and tell her Caylee says hi!)

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings

Over the next few weeks I have nine beautiful and uniquely talented artists sharing a visual guide to her favourite way to get creative. No words allowed as answers, just photos and images. If you’d like to go through the Visual Guide archives, they’re all grouped together under Guest Post Loveliness.

Today Tiffany is sharing her love for art journaling. 

Give us an introduction to art journaling.

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings • Artist Interview with Tiffany Julia

What are the must have tools to art journaling?

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings • Artist Interview with Tiffany Julia

What advice do you have to noobs wanting to start art journaling?

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings • Artist Interview with Tiffany Julia

Why do you create?

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings • Artist Interview with Tiffany Julia

What does your creation station look like?

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings • Artist Interview with Tiffany Julia

How do you express yourself through art journaling?

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings • Artist Interview with Tiffany Julia

How has art journaling impacted other non-creative aspects of your life?

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings • Artist Interview with Tiffany Julia

What tips do you have for getting over perfectionism?

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings • Artist Interview with Tiffany Julia

A Visual Guide to Art Journaling Your Feelings • Artist Interview with Tiffany Julia

Tiffany

Tiffany Julia is an aspiring singer/songwriter living in New York City with an absolute passion for documenting her everyday life. Though honestly, she has an unrestrained passion for many things and often finds herself longing for something greater than life. She’s an artist of many trades and often refers to herself as a wanderer who’s perpetually lost.

Say hello on her blog, YouTube, and Instagram (and tell her Caylee says hi!)

A Visual Guide to Collage

A Visual Guide to Collage

Over the next few weeks I have nine beautiful and uniquely talented artists sharing a visual guide to her favourite way to get creative. No words allowed as answers, just photos and images. If you’d like to go through the Visual Guide archives, they’re all grouped together under Guest Post Loveliness.

Today Essie is sharing her mad collage skillz. 

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

Give us an introduction to collage

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

What are your essential tools?

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

How do you express yourself through collage?

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

How has collage influenced other creative areas in your life?

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

How do you get over perfectionism?

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

What does your creation station look like?

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

Why do you create?

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

What is your advice for noobs?

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

A Visual Guide to Collage • Artist Interview with Essie Smith

Essie

Essie is a wordstress, a craftwritght, and a bibliovore. She loves to create and share.

Say hello on her blog, and Instagram (and tell her Caylee says hi!)

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay

Over the next few weeks I have nine beautiful and uniquely talented artists sharing a visual guide to her favourite way to get creative. No words allowed as answers, just photos and images. If you’d like to go through the Visual Guide archives, they’re all grouped together under Guest Post Loveliness.

Today Keshena is sharing bits about polymer clay. 

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis

An introduction to polymer clay

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis

What are the must have tools?

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis

Advice for noobs wanting to start

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis

What tips do you have for becoming better at polymer clay?

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis

What is your favourite thing you’ve made?

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis

Why do you create?

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis

What are the benefits of having a community or tribe online?

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis

How has polymer clay impacted other creative aspects of your life?

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis

Keshena

A Visual Guide to Polymer Clay • Artist Interview with Keshena Libbis
Keshena has always been of lover of all things cute and when she discovered the world of polymer clay she realised she could make all things kawaii to her heart’s desire. Now it is her mission to spread the cute one lovingly handmade item at a time.

Say hello on her blog, Etsy shop, and Instagram (and tell her Caylee says hi!)

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

Today Lauren and I are opening the curtain and giving an inside look into our favourite online art community, the Get Messy Art Journal Community. Over the last three years we have grown Get Messy into a pretty magical place. It’s a place where you can nurture your creativity, become the artist you desire to be, and find your creative community.  Without Get Messy, I would not still be making art journal pages, and I would not have grown as much in my art, and I would not have had incredible, life-changing artist friendships. I’m allowed to say all this because Get Messy is not just Lauren and I. It’s evolved based on every single Messian that ever entered, created, shared, and grew. I’m amazed every single day by the art that’s created from the community. We’re over 1000 members now, and I get giddy when I think of art that has been made through the nurturing of the community.

I guess the whole thing is kind of mysterious unless you’ve been a part of it. And we just aren’t cool enough to be mysterious. We like to include everyone that has the same desire in her heart. So, if you’d like to imagine a stage curtain being opened into two before I go on… make sure it’s a really dramatic curtain, okay?

Beyond this video, I’d love to show more screenshots into the different aspects of the community. Click on the image to make it bigger.

Become the artist you want to be

This is what the Dashboard looks like once you’re in the private membership site. I’ve put it in its entirety give or take a few extra posts since I screenshot this. Lauren discusses it more in depth in the video. The Dashboard is the command center for everything. It has the announcements, the quick blog link, navigation, and then the breakdown of prompts, inspiration, and tutorials.

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

The blog is updated three or four times every single week. On Mondays, prompts are released if you’re looking for direction in creating, if you are feeling stuck, or if you would like to see things differently. Wednesdays are for tutorials, and Fridays for inspiration. These are posted by the most creative people I know. So it’s not just one or two styles, you have 15 regular artist styles that are so different to each others that you’ll certainly find something that speaks directly to your heart. We also have guest artists posting, as well as Messy Conversations and Member Spotlights. This is a pool of resources, not just a single opinion. There are currently 44 pages of archives.

Be encouraged with prompts

Every Monday 4-6 prompts are released to get you making. These can be simple suggestions such as a painting with a specific color or an in-depth storytelling prompt that spurs you to make an entire book. You can expect that the prompts are half journaling and half art focused. Now you might want to scroll a bit for this one cause it goes on and on and on.

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

Do you see all that inspiration? When I checked, we had 76 art journal spreads that had been made by Messians in the community just for this set of prompts. The prompt pages have a place to link up and to check out what others are making. This allows you to cheer on and be cheered on, and to give you ideas for your next page. I freaking love it.

Learn with tutorials

Every Wednesday there will be a tutorial shared on our private blog that will teach you a new technique. Sometimes they are simple and can be done with the tools found at hand, sometimes they are in-depth and cause you to explore and experiment with new mediums, tools and ideas. These tutorials are created by us, by community members, by experts in their fields. Wednesdays will leave you itchy to make something.

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

This is a cropped recent tutorial from Essie. She’s amazing. Every single tutorial on here teaches me something – whether an entirely new technique, a new product, a new way of looking at things, or just tangential inspiration.

Be inspired to create

Every Friday we present to you a photo, an idea, a challenge. Something that will spark ideas and that will help you look around your surroundings and see the potential in everything to become art.

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

This is a very brief, blurred out example of a recent tutorial from the crazy talented Elizabeth.

Find your creative community

The private site is not where it ends. I mean, that would be great as it is, but it gets kind of lonely when you don’t have friends who understand how strongly you feel about a certain brand of gesso. Husbands try, but they just can’t quite get it. You know? So there’s the community. As an introvert, I know it’s tough to put yourself out there. So there are a few options.

Passive community through social media

Hashtagging on Instagram, and following along on YouTube (which are both public and free, btw) are one way to feel a bit less alone in your creative journey.

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Active community through private groups

We have two private options for sharing in your creative journey – Facebook and Slack. Facebook is open to directly asking artists their opinions, and Slack is a live chat for those who like to interact in that way.

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

Sorry for the blurring and cropping, but I didn’t want to share anything a Messian wouldn’t be comfortable in having public.

Nurture your creativity

We’re also in your inboxes if you’d like – annual Messians get prompts delivered straight to their inbox, and we have our amazing free Introduction to Art Journaling course. This is what those look like:

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PHEW!

I could show you this stuff every day all day, but you’re not going to get anything from it until YOU take that first action. You’re the one who needs to start creating. We’d love to do it for you, but we can’t, so we’ve just made it as easy as humanly possible for you.

If you feel like you’d benefit from the community, you already know how strongly I recommend it. I’ve also saved a few messages from other people. Here’s my promise: if you allow it, and if you make an active effort, art journaling will change your life. The Get Messy community will completely elevate the change.

You can join for one year ($8 per month, paid as $96 once off), or have a monthly commitment ($10 per month). You can cancel at any time, it’s totally chilled. And if you join between right now and 9 September, you’ll also get a little present. I’m excited about it.

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

It’s 8 backgrounds, 10 prompts, 8 lettered quotes, 4 typewritten poems, and a zine template.

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

Pages made by Torrie, Tanyalee, Emily, and Katie.

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

Here’s to creating. And to Get Messy. Obvs.

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