lundi 21 décembre 2015

My Get Messy story

I am so honored to have been renewed on the Get Messy Creative Team. We are getting ready to launch Get Messy 3.0 in January and have an expanded and diversified group of artists on the team.


We thought we'd share our Get Messy story and what this group has given us. I will link the ladies from the CT at the end of this post so you can go take a look at their stories. I joined Get Messy in the first ever incarnation of the group in June 2014. At the time, I was already art journaling everyday and had been doing so since 2012. It is for me an integral part of understanding the world around me and finding my place in it. I discovered art journaling when I was having a hard time understanding my new identity following an international posting.

Some of my earlier work can be seen here. I had a different blog before Dans Mon Crâne so I don't have anything prior to March 2013.

Art journaling helped me express emotions I needed to get out of me and unto paper. From a very therapeutic, urgent need, my art journaling practice has turned into an exploration of self, a discovery of inner workings and outward attitudes. I love art journaling for the interplay between hide and reveal, for its honesty as an art form and for the healing I get when I feel I have expressed what needed to be said.

See other earlier work here and here.

When I joined Get Messy, I was doing something a little different. I was following the 52 weeks of art journaling class at A Beautiful Mess (not offered anymore). This is the class that Caylee and Lauren had started and which inspired them to become accountable to each other. Get Messy grew out of that need. I was very excited to be included in the Get Messy group and to have a sounding board for my work. I was definitely working in a different format because I was documenting our move from Hong Kong back to Canada. Every once in a while I would share a page from my Moleskine art journal.

Read my very first Get Messy post here.

Every month, we'd get a prompt. We would share the pages resulting from that prompt at the end of the month. The rest of the time, our pages were our own. This was a good way for all of the participants (we were 50 in all) to see and comment on everyone's work. At the end of 2014, the girls decided to expand Get Messy and to change it up a bit. It would become a prompt-based art journaling extravaganza. 

I was so honored to be asked to be on the creative team. This was so exciting to me because I really like to share my pages and to share techniques or ideas with others. Get Messy 2.0 gave me that space to both explore and grow. The group is a very dynamic forum where members share inspiration and interests. I have learned so much in the year since GM has become prompts-based.


I love the idea of Seasons. Two months is just enough time to really delve into a theme and see where it can take you. The start of a Season is always a little off-putting for me. Yet, as I am finishing up a Season, I can't wait to know what the new one will be. I have been so inspired by the prompts of the various Seasons that some of my pages are among my favorite ever. In particular, the Season of Words really opened up something in me. I love the altered book that resulted from it.

Get Messy is also a catalyst for exchanges with like-minded artists. I have made some good friends there. People with whom I have a real connection that goes beyond just internet chit chat. It's like finding your tribe. Some very interesting projects have emerged from this forum : the Zine Squad, GM Charity Books, a mail exchange group, Pinterest boards and accountability projects...just to name a few.

And now we are preparing to launch Get Messy 3.0. I am once again on the creative team and this version is gearing up to be something else! The website will get a re-vamp, the Seasons are chock-full of inspiration and Get Messy has assembled a team of creatives that is full of diversity and is sure to inspire you no matter what your style is. Check out the team and their stories:


Thank you for reading this and for following me in my creative endeavours. I put a lot into this blog and am always happy when I get feedback from you, the readers.

14 commentaires:

  1. So cool to read your story! Here's to Get Messy 2016! *clink gin cocktails together*

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  2. Vanessa you are who I want to be when I grow up. You're inspiring in every possible way and I'm very honoured to be part of the team with you!

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  3. V you are a true veteran in the art journaling game! I can only imagine how wonderful your library must be, of journals you've created over the years. Looking forward to more projects and creative adventures together! :)

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    1. me too! It's so inspiring to be amongst amazing women.

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  4. I'm so honored to be on this team with all of you!

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  5. I'm so proud to work alongside you on this in 2016 <3

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  6. Vanessa you are one of the most amazing and inspiring artists I have ever met. Your commitment is amazing and I have followed you in awe since the beginning of Get Messy. I am honoured to work alongside you this year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. xx

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    1. you are all making me cry with your kindness! xx

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  7. Really loved reading through your post, and taking a peek at your older pages (which by the way are fantastic). I'm always so jealous looking at your work cause you always give it that depth that I struggle to achieve. So honored to be in this team with you <3

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    1. we have so many different approaches in the creative team, I'm so impatient to see where we all inspire each other to go :)

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