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How She Creates: Brush Magazine

Pursuing big dreams is one of the greatest and scariest parts of being creatives. This week we are learning how Tanyalee realized and achieved a HUGE dream: creating a magazine. I am so excited to introduce you to Tanyalee and Brush Magazine, because this is truly the magazine of my own dreams. In this episode you’ll hear how the dream started, how Tanyalee carried it out and tips for how you can also pursue your own big goals. Plus there’s a giveaway!

Learn more, submit your artwork & purchase Brush Magazine:



How She Creates Challenge

To win a copy of Brush Magazine Issue 3, create an art journal page about a big dream you have. Share it with us on instagram using the #howshecreates and #brushmagazine tags. Be sure you are following @brush_magazine to be entered. Next week on the podcast we will announce our winner and send them a copy of this gorgeous art journal publication!

You can listen below or by searching How She Creates in any podcast player. Make sure to subscribe and leave a review on iTunes if you are inspired to make more things by the show! 

Show Notes

Meet Our Guest

Hi there creatives, I’m Tanyalee and I am primarily a mixed media art journaler who is beginning to dabble in works on canvas and other substrates. You may also know me as the face behind the newly published Brush Magazine – a project that has been a dream of mine for some time. I have always been a creative type, starting with sketching cartoon characters as a young girl, right through to now where I work as Graphic Designer and Social Media Consultant. I strongly believe that everyone can make art and be creative, you just need to believe in yourself and follow your instincts. Getting messy with paint (and I mean messy – I LOVE to use my hands rather than brushes) is like therapy to me, when times are tough, I get stuck into my art journal.

Connect with Tanyalee:
Blog · Instagram · Facebook

Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

Connect with Lauren:
Blog · Instagram · Courses · Pinterest 

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Brush Magazine

Dreams. Dreams come true. Sometimes ones we didn’t know we had.

Tanyalee approached us this summer about creating a magazine, a real magazine. In print. The real thing. We were honestly so overwhelmed at the moment. Caylee was knee-deep in new (adorable) baby and I was homeless, traveling and country less. But Tanyalee had a strong, beautiful vision and all the skills necessary to see this project through. She only needed our support and collaboration from Get Messy. Quickly things took shape. We decided to follow the Get Messy schedule: release every two months, loosely based on the current theme of Get Messy.

Tanyalee took a dream: elevate art journaling in the way it deserves. Beautiful. Celebrating the art, the makers, the conversations, the hopes, the gifts, the struggles, the ideas. Bring people together and provide a tangible resource for people to hold in their hands.

She delivered my friends, above and beyond.

The first issue of Brush is beyond perfect. So modern and stylish, but with the playful beauty that is handmade.

There is artwork, there are articles, there are tips and prompts to get you making right away. It is not only beautiful, but useful. You can even tear out a few pages to hang on your wall or color and add into your art journal.

I have an article included When Art & Family Collide: How To Talk To Your Family About Your Creativity and Art Needs. It has tips, support and ideas for what to do when your family doesn’t understand and support your art and creative time. As a child, I wanted to be a writer. And now I am published in my own magazine. I cannot even fathom to explain this.

You can purchase it in physical form here or digitally here. We are printing them through Blurb, so they are printed and shipped to you as soon as you order. I highly recommend the physical copy. The book is so beautiful, it deserves to be held in your hands. I cannot wait to see my shelf lined with each edition. The paper quality is so high, it is thick and velvety to the touch. A true paper lovers delight.

You can submit YOUR artwork and writing to be included! We would love to feature you! Find out so much more on the Brush Website. And a giant thank you to Tanyalee for making following this dream into a reality. We love you friend! Here’s to many more!

Here are a few shots of the beautiful first issue of Brush Magazine.

A walkthrough and behind the scenes story about how Brush Magazine started. Click through to see inside the magazine!

Purchase your digital or physical copy here. I hope you love it as much as I do and are excited to support bringing art journaling into the light it deserves!