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.

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

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:

A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community A Peek into the Get Messy Art Journal Community

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.

A Visual Guide to Papercutting

A Visual Guide to Papercutting

I’m excited to kick off my Visual Guide series today! 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 the ever lovely Reut is sharing her talent for the delicate art of papercutting. 

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

Give us an introduction to papercutting

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

What are the must have tools to papercutting?

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

What advice do you have to noobs wanting to start papercutting?

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

What does your creation station look like?

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

Are you a messy creator or a clean one?

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

How do you express yourself through papercutting?

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

What is your favorite thing that you have made with papercutting?

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

How has papercutting impacted other creative aspects of your life?

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

A Visual Guide to Papercutting • Artist Interview with Reut Dominits

Reut

Reut (‘Friendship’ in Hebrew) Dominits (‘Family’ in a German-Hebrew variation) is a 31-year-old paper artist and blogger from Israel. She loves papercutting, pastel colors, woodland creatures and sorbet ice cream and obsessed with paper and symmetry. She has a home-studio, where she creates special gifts, such as customized papercuts and hand-sewn journals. She started “Forest Child” (‘Bat Yaar’) after realizing she loves nature, stationery and papercutting, way too much to keep this love to herself.

Say hello at her website, studio, Etsy shop, English blog, Hebrew blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest (and tell her Caylee says hi!)

The Noob’s Guide to Hand Lettering

The Noob’s Guide to Hand Lettering

Hey, I’m Chance and I’m so excited to be here today sharing some of my tips for lettering!

The noob's guide to hand lettering - The ultimate supplies to get started in your hand lettering journey and practical tips to keep going to get you from noob to pro.

Hand lettering supplies to get started

The noob's guide to hand lettering - The ultimate supplies to get started in your hand lettering journey and practical tips to keep going to get you from noob to pro.

You only need a few basic supplies to get started. You may find that other supplies work better for you but here’s what I recommend:

  • A round brush. Or actually a whole lot of different size and brand brushes. My favourites right now are Winsor and Newton Cotman 111 in size 2 and 4 and Kum memory point in size 1 & 2.  You can also use and Aquash brush, these are great as you can fill them with water or ink but they come in just 3 sizes (fine, medium, broad)
  • Ink. Be it acrylic, watercolour, India, sumi… As long as it’s liquid it’s good. My go to ink is black India ink. I don’t have a brand preference but I’m currently using Rotring which is great as it’s lightfast, pigmented and permanent. I also like to use Ecoline liquid watercolours, they come in a wide range of colours and work beautifully. Watercolour paints also work however it can be tricky to get them wet enough to write smoothly, my favourites are the Kuretake Gansai Tambi and a cheap Artist’s Loft palette.
  • Paper. These things take A LOT  of practice so you will need a lot of paper, watercolour paper is expensive and not every letter will work, at first most will probably be fails, so using standard printer paper is what I recommend. Some printer papers take the ink better than others so you may have to shop around before you find one that does what you want. Once you are confident you can move onto your more expensive papers. I like to use Crafter’s Companion Watercolour paper as it is easy  for me to source and fairly inexpensive compared to other brands, best of all it is a lovely bright white unlike many of the other brands.

The noob's guide to hand lettering - The ultimate supplies to get started in your hand lettering journey and practical tips to keep going to get you from noob to pro.

If lettering is something that interests you and you’ve always wanted to do it then the best piece of advice I can give is to just start. I first saw brush lettering when I joined scrapbooking kit club Studio Calico where I discovered letterer Kal Barteski, I was in awe, I had never seen anything like it before and it was one of those  ‘I wish I could do that’ moments but I didn’t dare try. That was in 2014. When I think of all the time I wasted not practicing, not even trying, it makes me wish I could give myself this very same advice but I can’t so instead I will give it to you – Don’t waste a second longer dreaming when you could be doing. And no, you probably won’t pick up a brush and be instantly amazing but I promise it is so rewarding when you keep at it and see the improvement that you won’t want to stop. Finding a letterer whose work you admire and trying to emulate it is a great way to start and if you’re wondering what you should letter, there are lots of monthly challenges hosted on Instagram where you can find plenty of inspiration to get you going!

The noob's guide to hand lettering - The ultimate supplies to get started in your hand lettering journey and practical tips to keep going to get you from noob to pro.

When it comes to practice you really can’t get too much, I strive to practice a little every day but realistically that isn’t always possible and there are some days where I just simply can’t write and I feel like my hands have forgotten everything I’ve taught them. There is no set amount of time you should spend practicing, everyone’s circumstances differ and we don’t always have time for it but it’s so important to be intentional about the time we set aside to work on our goals, we need to show up, work hard and be consistent in order to be successful. Setting aside just 10-20 minutes a day 2-3 times a week for intentional lettering practice is better than doing none at all. Don’t let being busy stop you from working on your goals, make time! Even just short periods of regular practice will help to improve muscle memory and improving muscle memory is so important for lettering. It’s what helps you gain better control over your upstrokes and downstrokes and allows you to become more familiar with the movements so that they become natural and easy.

The noob's guide to hand lettering - The ultimate supplies to get started in your hand lettering journey and practical tips to keep going to get you from noob to pro.

Left: January 2016 Right: May 2016

I can’t tell people enough that practice is everything. I wouldn’t be where I am if I hadn’t spent as much of my time as I could working on improving my skills. The visible progress I was seeing month after month kept me motivated to keep going and continues to keep me motivated. Progress shots are the BEST confidence boosters! I encourage you to create your own every week or every month so if you ever doubt yourself you can look at those and know you are getting somewhere.

The noob's guide to hand lettering - The ultimate supplies to get started in your hand lettering journey and practical tips to keep going to get you from noob to pro.

I don’t really have much of a process for creating pieces like this, I just grab a handful of paper, my basic tools and get messy until I figure it out. This often means it takes quite a while before I have something I’m happy with and I could probably speed up the process by using tracing paper but I like my messy, trial and error way of doing it. Figuring out what your process is, is part of the fun!

The noob's guide to hand lettering - The ultimate supplies to get started in your hand lettering journey and practical tips to keep going to get you from noob to pro.

I have included a free printable of this piece for your personal enjoyment!

The noob's guide to hand lettering - The ultimate supplies to get started in your hand lettering journey and practical tips to keep going to get you from noob to pro.

So, what are you waiting for? Go get started and I’ll be here cheering you on every step of the way!

Chance

Chance

Chance is a 22 year old Welsh girl with a passion for creating. She currently spends her creative time filling her Project Life album and handlettering pretty words; it’s a good day when these two things collide. Chance started lettering in January, after far too long she was finally doing not just dreaming and it felt good. Since then she has become really passionate about it and doesn’t plan on stopping.

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

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