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Get Messy Season of Nature

Get Messy Season of Nature

In this blog post I'm rounding up some of my favorite pages from my art journal that I created during Get Messy's season of nature.

Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program that is a school, art playground and family. 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 suppport and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal.


Week 1:

Earlier this Fall I won an instagram giveaway that included a couple of these Repurposed XL Nomad Notebooks. These notebooks are filled with different types of papers: white, kraft, cream, graph, tracing and recycled newspaper, which I think is really cool and make for great journal backgrounds.

I’m using one of these notebooks as my journal for this new season.


Here are my two pages for the week. I plan to use a lot of my own nature photos (because I take a ton of them) in this journal. So I’ve used one on this spread below, and cut a circle out of the vellum page so you can see through it. 🙂


My other page for the week:

The bear (and the girl above too, btw) is a coy of one of my drawings from my sketchbook. The page on the left below took me about 45 minutes of nothing but drawing lines. But it was very relaxing and I love doing activities like that.


I’m really excited about this season. I think it’s perfect for me.


Week 2:


This week I’ve been taking over the Get Messy instagram account and sharing my journal there, which is always fun.


I’ve got 2 pages to share with you here this week:


Maps, newsprint, gesso, watercolors and modeling paste are such a great combination.


My next page includes one of my own photographs (from Seven Falls, Colorado), a piece of scrap foil, and one of my girl drawings.

Week 3:

This week was my week to post a tutorial up on the Get Messy blog, so I shared a doodling tutorial and a free printable! 


Here are the rest of my pages from this week:


I painted this Aurora girl in my sketchbook earlier in the week and I wanted to include her here in my nature journal to dedicate a page to the Aurora Borealis, which I really want to see.


Misty posted a tutorial this week about using browns and earth tones, so this next page is inspired by that.


And my next page for the week is also pretty simple. A photograph, some oil pastel scribbles and a reminder to listen.


Week 4:

I’ve got 2 pages from my art journal to share with y’all this week. This first one I love. I created a collage of galaxy images (from NatGeo magazines) for the night sky, and used a photo of Mount Rainier (that I photographed on one of my hikes) below the night sky.


I finished off the page with some painted on trees in the foreground and a quote from John Muir. He has the best nature quotes.


My other page for the week is a pretty simply one, but I’m pleased with it. The girl is a copy from my sketchbook, and I cut out all of the letters on the right half of the page from a gelli print.

Week 5:

I created this first page early on in the week. The collage on the left half of the page is inspired by the collage style of Essie. She makes some really neat journal pages using little paper strips. I cut up watercolor paper for this technique.

The right half of the spread features one of my spirit bear illustrations.

Courageous Art Journal By Katie Smith

I also created this second spread this week, although I don’t love it. The photo is one I took in my backyard at Christmas (we got snow on Christmas! yay!),  but I don’t love that I scraped paint on to the top of it. Oh well.


I've loved creating in this nature themed journal!

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