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Spider Web Art Journal Page Process Video

Spider Web Art Journal Page Process Video

I am so excited to share my latest art journal page with you AND a process video(!!!). I love watching other people work and always pick up on new tricks and ideas and just feel like it is fascinating to see someone else’s process. I have put together my 40 minute art journal page process into about 3 and a half minutes for you. Enjoy!


I was inspired to create this page last week when I was at a violin concerto and we were sitting in the balcony, looking down over the stage. I noticed that all the hanging mic cables snaked over the stage like a spiderweb and I liked the glow of the lights made them a deep blue, ominous color. I began thinking about how I could make my own spider web in an art journal page and thus this page idea was formed.

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  • paper or journal
  • acrylic paint
  • matte medium
  • string
  • washi tape


  1. Thin your paint a bit by adding the matte medium to make it easier to spread
  2. Load your string up with paint by swiping it through the paint like a credit card
  3. Either tape down the string or hold it tightly between your hands
  4. Opt 1: Rub the string across your page (this will make the more muddy lines)
    Opt 2: Tape it down to your table, hold the string tight and pop it by lifting up (like the way they create chalk lines) and rotate it until you are out of paint (creates sharp, thin lines)
    Opt 3: stamp the string down onto the paper by holding it very tightly between your hands (creates a mix of sharp and smudged lines)
  5. Repeat until you have your web!

Spider Web Art Journal Page Process Video

To learn SO much more about art journaling and for access to a library of 100s of tutorials like this one (and way better) join Get Messy today! 

Spider Web Art Journal Page Process Video


Music from Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children Soundtrack

Quote from here

For The Love Art Journal

For The Love Mini Book by Lauren Likes1Hi friends! Im back again this week with another ‘older’ mini art journal. If you follow me on instagram you may have seen me obsessively posting about Jen Hatmaker’s new book For The Love and then seen a few sneaks of this mini. A few different friends recommended the book to me and I almost read it in one sitting, then made ALL my other friends read it. Then started a book club at lunch to talk about it. Then made a whole mini art journal with quotes from it because it was just THAT GOOD. You can read my full review of the book here.

I made this book after taking Caylee’s new art journal class on Studio Calico (by far one of my favorite classes iv’e taken in a LONG time). I took 4 full pages of notes from the book, but I paired them down to these as my favorite/the shorter ones that fit on these pages. This is one of my favorite art journals i’ve made as it is themed, beautiful and was pretty simple to make. I actually built the base and then took a pen and finished while travelling as I had already painted the pages and everything was very simple. This was a great travel journal technique. I would highly recommend checking out the class before it goes away and reading this book as if your life depends on it. Enjoy these fun pages and amazing quotes from Jen Hatmaker. 
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Get Messy Blog Hop + Giveaway

*Giveaway officially closed*

Welcome to the end of the Get Messy blog hop! If you have arrived here after visiting all the creative team member blogs, congratulations for making the rounds and you’re welcome for inspiring you SO much 😉 if you haven’t made your way all the way through the hop and come back to me to close the loop, hop on over to Cait’s blog and follow the hop back to me. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you…Get Messy Art Journal is giving away a free membership! Click for details

We’re celebrating diversity in art and giving away one annual membership with a hop through the Get Messy Creative Team. To enter, just leave a comment on the blogs in the hop. The more blog comments you leave, the higher your chance of winning! Winner will be announced on Saturday, right here on my blog and also on instagram (@getmessyartjournal).

Even if you don’t win the free membership to Get Messy, everyone is a winner here! You get a free art journal course and you get a free art journal course (imagine Oprah yelling this at you!) Just add your email to this little link and you’ll immediately be enrolled in our free art journaling introductory course.

Fine print: Contest is open to anyone, anywhere. Current members and non members. The year-long membership can be awarded to a monthly subscriber or a current year-long member, but it will be added to your next subscription period. As in, no refunds will be given if you have already paid. If you are not a member at all, well you’re in for a real treat!

Giveaway closes on Saturday July 23rd. 

As you are reading this, I have literally just landed in the country of Korea, home. We have been travelling to go to America-Home and to Europe-fun place but not home, for the past 2 months. We are tired but so inspired and heading back to work asap (a little too asap). But, here we go!

I thought it would be fun to share a peek into my travel creating and what I pack so that I can get my artsy buzz while on the road. What to pack when travelling for art journaling and memory keepers.

I tried to pack as minimally as I could, which is hard for me ok! If you are a member of Get Messy, you may have seen the live chat we did on Facebook where Caylee and I went through one another’s travel bags and assessed each other’s travel art supplies. So fun and so clear that our definitions of minimalism are much different. Anyway, here is what I packed and/or bought along the way during our trip.

Travelogue made by Vanessa
Moleskin sketchbook for painting
Travel Journal

Ballpoint pen
Thick black pen/marker
Gold gel pen

Paint supplies:
Paint brush size 1
Paint brush size 6

Mini stapler
Tape runner

Date stamp
Stazon ink, black

Pencil sharpener
Pencil eraser
2 washi tapes 
Bubble mailer envelope for ephemera
Gallon size and small ziplock bags for larger ephemera and things for our travel jars
Travel bag from Target

To enter the contest, leave a comment. Remember the more comments you leave on blogs in the hop, the more entries you have in the giveaway. So tell me, are you a minimalist or over packer for your travel art supplies and what supplies must you take?

We have a winner! If this is your comment please send me an email and we can get you set up! If I do not hear back from the winner within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. This comment was left on Vanessa’s blog.

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