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The latest course from Get Messy was released this week! 

Heart Journal is created by the wonderful Essie, a perfect class for anyone who like me, finds it hard to delve into that emotional side of art journalling. I have always found the "art" part so much easier! 

With the guidance of Essie and artists who have inspired her, you will feel more comfortable tapping into your inner self as the course progresses. For me, I loved the sound of Essie's voice and found the videos quite meditative to just listen to, whilst making my pages alongside Essie. 

Tools of the page - prepping for some Matisse style collage!

-collage, pen

Essie describes joy as an outwards emotion and these shapes capture that extroverted essence of feeling happiness and joy. I loved creating this collage as well as the end result so much, I know I'll be dipping back into this style in my regular art journalling practise. 

- watercolour

Drawing self portraits is not an easy thing for me and I was pretty intimidated when watching Essie do hers!

After a while of just putting colour and water on the page, I found my flow and what worked for me. Even after my 100 day project, drawing still scares me so I think I need to keep up the regular habit to continue to grow in confidence. 

Essie described sadness as the opposite of joy, in that it is an inward emotion. I feel it differently though, and when I am sad or lost.. I feel like everyone can feel it from me. 


- watercolour, acrylic paint

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Our lovely layers zine was received the other week by EmK and we couldn't be happier to see how joyful she was to receive it! Check out her video here, and the rest of this post for all of my pages.

I was the second person to work on this zine after Vanessa, so I am sharing what it looked like when it left me VS arrived with EmK. I love to see the progress of a zine as it goes to each artist!

Although being one of the first means you don't get to doodle on as many other peoples pages (my favourite thing to do) you get to see its evolution which is really cool.

Original Zine Squad: Katie, Vanessa & Myself
Guest Ziner: Holly


I created this layered ink and acrylic paint cover 

Which then got additions of stamps and it's title!

This was my double spread, using the same technique of layered dashes as the cover. I used a mix of felt tips and inks on these two pages though. I added the quote (one of my favourites for days when you get too introspective) onto some tracing paper to add to the layered theme.

My layered inks and felt tips on the left, Vanessa's Frida collage on the right

I love the collage additions my page got!

the back cover


Be sure to check out the rest of the squads pages today too!


You can find all of our other zines here and to see sneak peeks and progress shots, follow @zinesquad on instagram!


This year, each season of Get Messy Art Journal includes an artist in residence. For our last season  - season of colour - it was the wonderful Katie Licht. I have been a fan of Katie since the beginning of Instagram (seriously, where did we find art to lust over before?!) and was really excited when it was revealed she would be doing a live webinar! 

Unfortunately, I missed the actual live recording of it, but was able to catch up this week, luckily for me the webinar is still available on the Get Messy site for members.

I had a great time listening to Katie talk about her process and showing us her art journals, whilst creating Licht-inspired collages myself.

I need a... 
- collage, felt tips

I got this super sassy stamp a couple of years ago and have recently re-discovered my love for it! 

- collage, stamps

I also used a lot of my Japanese stamps in these pages they were both from the store Loft in Tokyo on sale for about £1 each (!!!!!!)

The Story
- collage

Adding to one of my 100 day project girls

What to do
- washi tape, collage, pen

The birdhouses come from some very old Paperchase wrapping paper that I can't bear to part with. It reminds me of something moomin-esque

I'm not here right now
- collage, chalk pen, washi tape, stamps

A heavier collaged piece on the left, utilising that sassy stamp again on the right! 


Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. We are a group of like minded art journalers who have come together under this art form to learn, share, practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. Our community values consistent creating, encouragement and support and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now! "  


This October Mark and I are travelling back to Japan and cannot wait!!! 

I posted a blog a few weeks ago, detailing our time in Tokyo and this post is about our visit to Kyoto.

When we went

We sandwiched Kyoto in between our Tokyo trip. Same as we will doing this year, just for longer this time around. It was late May; lovely, summery and bright. 
This year we are returning in October and I am so hoping that we can see some changing leaves, the reason we are going back during autumn is because I saw an image of Kyoto in full orange glory! 

Where we stayed

We had a hotel a little way out of Kyoto. Where we stayed had the option of a traditional styled room, with tatami mats and a rolled bed, so it was relaxing and a real contrast to our tiny air bnb in Tokyo! The hotel was situated in it's own woodland grounds, with a shrine and gardens. It suited us perfectly for the few days we were there, but being outside of the centre meant we felt we didn't see as much of Kyoto as we could have. 
This time, we have an air bnb in Kyoto, so will hopefully get a better feel for the city itself.

Favourite parts

All the nature! Seeing a geisha in real life, climbing mountains, renting bikes, exploring food markets, sunset strolls... 

Missed opportunities

So many! We were only in Kyoto for two full days so we saw the Fushimi shrine, Bamboo forest and Nishiki market. We missed the golden shrine (kinkaku-ji) and would loved to of explored Kyoto a bit more. There is so much history in the city, I feel like we only skimmed the surface. 

2017 ideas

Find a cemetery to look around, I love to visit graveyards and see how different cultures commemorate their loved ones. I saw a glimpse of a cemetery in the bamboo forest but would like to dedicate more time to one, and I have already found quite a few !

Spend some time in Gion and the older parts of Kyoto's city. 

Try and sneak in a day trip. On our way back to Tokyo we would like to stop off somewhere for a bit more Japanese countryside. maybe Nara, Hakone or the foothills of Mt Fuji.

If you have any recommendations for Kyoto - please leave them below! 


The 100 day project is over! I can't quite believe that I managed to draw for 100 days in a row... and draw things that were recognisable! People! I drew people! 

This has been my most challenging and rewarding 100 day project yet and I feel super proud and accomplished now that is over.

These are my favourite drawings from the challenge... 

I want to keep up my habit of drawing, now my confidence has grown so much with it. I also now need to think of an equally challenging project for next year too!