Getting Messy



Art work by Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd… isn’t she fabulous?! 

Last time I posted, I shared a podcast interview between The Jealous curator and Kiana Mosley and the importance of exploring to discover your style. This week I am sharing an interview between the creators of Get Messy: An Art Journal Challenge and art journalist, Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd. The reason why this interview is pretty great (and how it ties into the last post) is because Oliver-Lloyd says that if you are a beginner in art journaling, don’t worry about your style because that will come with time… and practice, of course. This rings so incredibly true for any creative endeavor you choose. Most importantly, when you begin, you probably already have a style, but you may not see it. Well, she said something along those lines, but you will just have to listen in on the conversation to find out.


Click here for this rich and fun conversation… cheers!


Explore, explore, explore


Artwork by Kiana Mosley (the above work is filed under “Watercolor Botanicals” at

Ever wonder how the moments of breakthrough happen for artists who finally find their artistic voice? Me too. If I haven’t made it clear, I think about it ALL. THE. TIME. My head knows an artist just doesn’t wake up one morning and decides, hey, this is my style, I found it! My head knows it takes a lot of dedication, discipline, routine, and work to achieve one’s style. However, my heart secretly wants to believe that some magical revelation happens and KAPOW, the unique artistic voice and style arrives just like that. Perhaps the process is a mix of both. Seems like such was the case for Kiana Mosley. When I see a watercolor on Instagram or even in a store like West Elm, I know instantly if it was done by  the lovely Kiana Mosley. Her style is lyrical and vibrant and captures the essence of the botanicals she paints.

In a recent interview with The Jealous Curator, Mosley pinpoints the moment as to how and when she found her artistic voice. I found this episode of Art for Your Ear to be particularly helpful because in these instances of constant work and experimentation, your unique voice will shine through. Duh, right?! However, it is inspiring to hear these stories because it gives our minds permission to really open up to the process in order to bring out the essence of ourselves and express it through the work we make.

Have a listen and enjoy!