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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!

Find Your Creative Style Webinar Replay + Art Journal 101 Webinar!

Spoiler alert! Did you guys know that I quit my day job and am now working for myself full-time?! Did I forget to mention that?! WHAT?!

So, yeah, when we left Korea, I left the corporate-work-for-a-boss world forever. Crazy.

Now, I’m focusing allllll my attention on the internet + art. That means making lots and lots of stuff and making Get Messy and Lauren-Likes AWESOME(r). I started out my focus on Get Messy and am slowly turning to Lauren-Likes and the podcast, How She Creates, now.

Our goal with Get Messy is to GIVE GIVE GIVE, all the best content, education and inspiration away-for free!

Two weekends ago we did a free, live webinar on How To Find Your Creative Style and the response was so overwhelming and so much fun. People walked away from the event with clarity and direction on their creative style and how to continue finding, growing and perfecting it. We have some beautiful PDFs for note taking, free bonus prompts to help you continue developing your style and gave a pretty sweet deal to anyone who wanted to join Get Messy and continue developing their style.

We want to make that webinar available to you too! All you need to do is sign up here, for Get Messy’s email list, and you will get access to the webinar and all the beautiful bonuses right away.

And! this past weekend we are hosted another live webinar! We dove into Art Journaling 101. This is for anyone who doesn’t know what art journaling is or how to get started. We will walk you through from the very beginning of what supplies to use and how to make your first page. Yep! We’re going to make it together!

If you are curious about whether art journaling is right for you and how to get started, you can watch that free webinar right here, but hurry it’s only available through this week.

The bonuses from the webinar have expired, but you can still snag a Seasons Pass to Get Messy through the end of the week if you would like to join us and keep making.

This is my absolute dream you guys. Getting to connect with other creatives and helping them fall in love with making. I cant wait to show you what all is in store! For now, make sure you are signed up for Get Messy’s mailing list so you don’t miss anything exciting!

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.

To learn more about translating your inspiration into art, take my new course Travel Like An Artist. 



  • 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

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