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Monday, July 31, 2017

Get Messy Art Journal: Heart Journal Class

Last week, Get Messy released a new online course, and I think it's one we've all been waiting for! The course, Heart Journal, was created by Essie who has the most beautiful spirit and a heart of gold. Last year she offered an email series called The Heart Journal where she presented thought-provoking prompts and shared a bit of her own process week after week to help you get in touch with your inner self. It made such a huge impact on me and my approach to art journaling, so I'm thrilled to say this new course is the same and so much more!
My art journal is my still space and my safe haven. It's a place for me to express my innermost thoughts and feelings and to find my center. If you flip through one, you will find my heart all throughout. And still, Essie has a certain way of teaching that inspires me to dive deeper.
The course is made up of six lessons, and each one is so heartfelt. In the course, Essie introduces you to artists who have inspired her own work which I found quite intriguing. Then, she shares a new technique to try. For me, the key to this course is the printable worksheets. They require some contemplation in order to process five categories of emotions (Joy & Happiness, Sadness & Grief, Anger & Rage, Wonder & Surprise, and Peace). Additionally, they help you identify the colors, shapes, and materials you associate with each emotion so you can communicate these feelings effectively in your art journal. I used the worksheets as a guide, and they helped me find my footing as I explored some complex feelings.
Don't be surprised if one lesson tugs at your heart strings more than another. Initially, I was excited to begin creating colorful, Matisse-esque collages taught in the Joy & Happiness lesson, but when I sat down with my journal a different emotion presented itself, sadness.
I was moved to create based on these conflicting emotions, and I was able to express them in my own unique way. This is why I love this course! Essie gives you all the tools you need and teaches you how to access your emotions, but it is your heart that's on the page.
If you are ready to connect with your emotional self and lay your heart bare on the page, sign up for the Heart Journal course here!

*This post contains affiliate links. If you decide to enroll in the course using this link, I will receive a small portion of the sale which supports me and my art. Thank you for your support!
Get Messy Art Journal is an art journaling program/community. 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 support, and trying new things. We would love to have you join us as a member of Get Messy Art Journal. Join Get Messy now!

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