Get Messy | Season of Gifts | Week 6


Another season of Get Messy Art Journal is over, and it is my last as a Creative Team member. The last twelve months has been a really great time for my creativity and I am and will be forever grateful for the opportunity.

Anyway, with that said, here are my last three pages for my Season of Gifts journal.

Materials: Wrapping paper leftover from Christmas

This first page is very simple – I have used torn pieces of wrapping paper I saved from Christmas and stuck them down. A five minute collage page – and I think it could be one of my favourites for the season.

Materials: Gelliprint made on deli paper, black tissue paper, magazine page, white acrylic ink by Liquitex and a white uniball signo pen.

This second page was also a very quick collage page. I was kind of channelling Cait Sherwood here, but added my own touch.

Materials: Liquitex Heavy Body paints in Paynes Grey, Iridescent Gold and Titanium White, Liquitex Acrylic Ink in Muted Grey (a brand new one).

This last page is a work in progress. I intend to follow Vanessa’s tutorial to finish it off, but just didn’t have time last night to do it and I couldn’t not post on a Thursday. Its been a weekly habit during each season for quite some time now, but I just may need to change my days this year to give myself a little bit more time.

So that’s it from me for a few weeks. I will work on a flip through of the entire journal to share on Instagram in the next couple of weeks. Otherwise, see you back here soon.

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Get Messy | Season of Gifts | Week 5

It’s my last week of holidays and I have been really enjoying the sunshine and getting some pesky household chores out of the way, but that hasn’t stopped me creating a couple of spreads for the Season of Gifts.

My first page is based on the news where I live – we have orcas migrating south and they were in the mouth of the river. I wish I had seen them in real life!

Materials: White gesso, Water colours (QoR Indigo and Winsor and Newton Paynes Grey and Turquoise), Copic Gasenfude Nylon Brush tip pen in black.

My second spread was based on what I have given from my life – and that is my young years to be a Mum. I was pregnant at age 20 and would not have changed it for the world. My kids are my life.

Materials: Gelli Print background, Liquitex Heavy Body Paynes Grey, White gesso, Magazine image from Peppermint Magazine, Fluro Orange paint by golden, Copic Multiliner Black pen (my new favourite).

I’ve also been continuing to work in my Dreams journal as I have a few pages left to finish and I love the book so much I have to fill it all up.

This spread continues the dream theme and is the lyrics to the song Dreamer by Supertramp.

Materials: White Gesso, Water colours by QoR (Indigo and Gold), Liquitex Acrylic Ink in Gold and Carbon Black, Magazine cut out, White Uniball Signo gel pen, Gold Uniball gel pen.


And that’s it for the week. I hope you’ve had plenty of creative time over the holidays, and if not, that you have had plenty of family time instead. Both are equally important aren’t they.

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Creative Team – Donna Downey Artist Gang

Welcome to my new blog – a refresh and a name change for the new year. And I thought it was a great time to share the news here that I am now part of a new creative team – Donna Downey’s Artist Gang for 2017!

Donna Downey Artist Gang

I will be creating tutorial videos over on the Artist Gang YouTube channel every few weeks and will be showcasing some of the wonderful products Donna has in her shop.

I will also be sharing work on the Artist Gang Facebook Page – check it out and follow along to see what the artist gang gets up to this year.

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A New Year, A New Look

Tanyalee Kahler

So the time has come to transform my blog into a portfolio website and blog site. I thought what better time to do this than the new year. So from today The Drawing Board is now Tanyalee Kahler, and I have a brand new domain so please come on over and visit my new site and bookmark it, and follow it on Bloglovin or whatever other platform you use to read blogs.

I promise nothing will change, other than the address you read my blog posts from, the vision is still exactly the same, I just thought it was time to use my own name for all things art.

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Get Messy Blog Hop | Inspired by the lovely Jules

The outgoing Get Messy Creative Team decided we would celebrate our time on the team with a blog hop – but not just any blog hop, a post about how the team has inspired us over the past twelve months. In particular, how one particular member has inspired them. After a random selection, I am going to talk to you about Jules.


So wow, where do I start? Jules epitomises Get Messy to me. She has been there almost since the beginning, in fact I think we started at around the same time. I can still remember her page in response to the first monthly prompt as they were way back then – it was a page about a party – I think there were only about 30 people in Get Messy back then so it was fairly easy to remember who was who. As time has gone by, Jules has well and truly left her Get Messy mark on me and many other people in the community.

Her love of ink, felt tips and magazine pages, and her ability to consistently make art – even while travelling – is truly inspirational. Jules is one of the most prolific artists in the group and if you haven’t checked out her blog, you really should. I’ve been stalking it for the past hour and have chosen a couple of samples of her art.

Jules is also part of the Zine Squad that makes zines for unsuspecting ‘victims’ with a theme. I was ‘zined’ earlier this year and it was the most wonderful package I have received in the mail in a long time. It was the day before I went into hospital for surgery so it really made my day, and the topic was coincidentally about my word for the year – imagination. How they knew that is beyond me, but it made an impact.

So in a nutshell, Jules is an art journaling pocket rocket from England. She is continuing on as a Get Messy Creative Team member so you can continue to be inspired by her magical style.

Thank you Jules for just being you, and for making my time on the Creative Team an unforgettable experience. I have made this piece of art in your honour – I hope I have done your style justice.

To see more of Jules’ work, check out her blog and instagram (details below). And click through to read Jules post in this Get Messy Blog Hop series.

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Get Messy | Season of Gifts | Week 4

Hi there everyone, I hope you all had a happy holiday season and got to spend quality time with your families. I did and it was lovely, but I certainly missed time with extended family, but that’s what comes with living 2000+kms away.

The Season of Gifts is over halfway done now, and to be honest, it hasn’t been the most inspiring season for me. I have still managed to make at least two spreads each week, but I just haven’t really gelled with the topic. Having said that, this hand made journal is actually my favourite ever I think. I am loving the different sized pages, the texture, the size, and that it will be bursting at the seams by the end of the season. Did you make your own journal for the season?

My first spread was made using leftover gift wrap from Christmas Day. We had an abstract wrapping paper theme and the colours matched a brand new paint I picked up on my recent trip to Sydney with Vanessa and Emily. The colour isn’t one I would usually go for, but it certainly worked well with this spread.


I also added some ribbon to tie the pages together which I think adds a nice gift wrapped touch.


The next spread I made using my brand new QoR Water Colours which were a gift from my hubby. The colours are very intense, and I think they have overtaken Winsor & Newton as my favourite.

So that’s week 4 done. Looking forward to seeing what next weeks prompts bring, and also what 2017 brings for Get Messy Art Journal.

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Get Messy | Season of Gifts | Week 3

Hey everyone, its the busy season with Christmas just around the corner so life is extra busy. But that didn’t stop me from squeezing in a quick trip to Sydney to meet up with the amazing Vanessa, Emily and Ellie. Vanessa, Emily and I hung out at the Opera House, found the most amazing art store in The Rocks, and then had an art journaling PJ party in Manly. Then on Wednesday we all caught up with Ellie for brunch before parting ways and heading back to our families. We had the best time, and I am so glad I took time out to do it.

Now on to sharing my pages for this week. I took the opportunity to get Vanessa and Emily to contribute to my pages this week – little messages on a page made by collaging notes I’ve received this year from glorious Get Messian’s in Get Messy swap packages, and collab albums.

My second page is all about the glitter. And being grateful for this art community that keeps me motivated and inspired to keep on making art, even when I feel too tired to even lift my legs (thank you adrenal fatigue).

I wish everyone the happiest of holidays. I hope you all get to spend quality time with family. Until next week – xxxx

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Get Messy | Season of Gifts | Week 2


The holidays are so close and that has meant not a lot of art journaling has happened for me this week. Lucky I have a small journal and can only fit 1 or 2 spreads each week!

The prompts didn’t really resonate with me this week so instead I kind of just went on my own. Inspired by a colour scheme by Dawn DeVries Sokol in a Creative Bug class and with a simple but meaningful quote.


Next up I made a page after watching Nina’s free video from the How She Creates podcast. I love Nina’s simple water colour style. I journaled using one of the prompts as well.


And on the right hand side I simply put some gesso onto the glossy gift bag and wrote a quote. Simple art journaling, but it speaks volumes.


How are you managing to fit in art journaling this holiday season? Its a busy time for most people, but I really value taking just 5 minutes to get creative.

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Get Messy | Season of Gifts | Week 1


Welcome everyone to the Season of Gifts for Get Messy Art Journaling. I can’t believe this is my last Season on the Creative Team. I have had such a fun year with all of the lovely ladies, and preparing tutorials for you each season. I have a busy 2017 lined up which I will share on here in more detail at some point, but in the mean time, I want to say how excited I am for the new Get Messy Creative Team for 2017. What a group of amazingly talented ladies.

Now down to business, the Season of Gift immediately made me want to make a journal out of gift wrap supplies, so that’s what I did. And I made a tutorial video about it too which is live on the Get Messy blog right now, so if you are a member jump over there to check out how I made this sparkly blue journal.



And now for the first week of prompts. My first spread is a look at the year past and my thoughts about it. I made an accordion page and attached it to the first page of my journal. I also went back through the archives of the Get Messy blog and found a tutorial by Caylee from quite a while ago about dip dying with water colour and I dip-dyed the accordion page with pink. And then promptly covered it up with gold and pink paint. The effect was cool, and it was really easy to do as well. There are so many tutorials in the archives now, you really should take a wander through.



Next up I journaled about natural born gifts – which I don’t really think I have any of, but I do love to paint with watercolours so I painted a galaxy using my signature colours. Oh and FYI, if you want to see how I do this, sign up to Caylee’s new class The Minimalist Art Journal, I am a guess teacher over there and will teach you how to make a minimalist galaxy background.

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That’s it for this week – my journal is only small, so I have to limit myself to just two spreads each week. Seems doable in this busy festive season.

See you all again next week.

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The Minimalist Art Journal – A Guest Teaching Job

The Minimalist Art Journal

Oh. My. Gosh. You guys, I am so excited to write this post. About a month or so ago, Caylee Grey emailed me and asked if I would write a guest lesson as part of her new art journaling class “The Minimalist Art Journal”. I was so excited when I opened that email I almost screamed at the top of my lungs. I love minimalist art, and writing a class has been on my to do list for some time.

The minimalist art journal

I knew immediately my lesson needed to be about water colour, it’s my all time favourite medium, especially for minimalist pages. So, Water Colour Backgrounds was dreamed up, and is now a reality. My lesson in the class will teach you how to make minimalist backgrounds using watercolour blending, layering and collage techniques. It’s loads of fun and includes a handful of videos made by me, including one on using blending to make a galaxy.

The Minimalist Art Journal

The Minimalist Art Journal class is launching on 1 December and I have one seat in the class to giveaway. All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post, and visit my Facebook page using the link below and you will get two entries in the giveaway. I will be drawing the competition on 10am Saturday morning (Australian time). Good luck everyone.

The Minimalist Art Journal


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