Essie Ruth

The Great Get Messy Blog Hop

Hello, my lovelies!

If you’ve found your way here from Karen’s blog, an extra warm and sparkly welcome to you!

If you’ve been reading this wee blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a passionate art journler, and that that passion was sparked by the uniquely amazing Get Messy community. I’m now a member of their creative team, and today we’re celebrating the talent and diversity of that team and the community it represents with a blog hop!

Get messy is an extraordinary collection of artists, all gathered together to encourage each other to create. If you’d like to see me talk about what the community means to me, and about art journaling more broadly, this video goes a long way to summing up my feelings:


I’ve made friends, found inspiration, learned new techniques and skills, and generally grown as an artist because of my involvement at Get Messy.

Here are just a few of my favourite art journal pages made during my time in the community:





Now here is the completely excellent and amazing news! We’re celebrating this hop by giving away one annual membership to Get Messy. This prize is valued at US$100 (though if you ask me, it’s priceless). To enter, just leave a comment on the blogs in the hop. The more blog comments you leave, the higher your chance of winning! Winner will be announced on Saturday.

Follow along the hop by going over to Emily’s blog to see what she’s got to say about Get Messy, and for your next chance to win the free year-long membership! Ooh, and Emily’s instagram is full to bursting with amazing, inspirational art. You should TOTALLY follow her there too!

Happy hopping!


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    July 22, 2016

    Oooh, I love the pink lace-up page. Gorgeous!

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    July 22, 2016

    Essie, fabulous! Watched the interview. Love your style. Thank you.

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    July 22, 2016

    Your accent is just gorgeous. Love seeing your favorite pages together <3

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      January 19, 2017

      thats such a pretty looking bread. looks almost like a doily. did you chopped the candied peels that fine or grated them? guess these thin strips would take lesser time to cook than the thicker strips I geealnrly do.

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    July 22, 2016

    Your art journal pages look fantastic!

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    Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

    July 22, 2016

    I so wish I had brought my stitching supplies with me in Beijing. I’ve been meaning to add some to my heart journal. Guess I’ll have to go find one 🙂

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    katie smith

    July 22, 2016

    Your style is always so lovely, Essie!

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    July 22, 2016

    Loved the YouTube interview. Your pages are amazing.

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    Wendy W

    July 22, 2016

    Awesome pages!! Loads of inspiration! Thanks for sharing and the of course the indpiration!!

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    July 22, 2016

    I like your use of words on your journal pages.

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    July 22, 2016

    Just love these pages especially the stitching

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    July 22, 2016

    That stitching!?!? Woah.
    Your work is inspiring and ways amazing.

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    July 22, 2016

    When I found Torrie (Fox & Watercolour) on instagram, she ignited the colours in me.

    And now she got me hooked on Get Messy Journal. So yeah, AJing is on my To-Do Artsy List.

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    Mary Brack

    July 22, 2016

    Love your art! The page with the cut strips of yellow papers is so creative!

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    Shevaughn Addicott

    July 22, 2016

    Love your style! Im a mental health practitioner and I run my own business. I’m about to launch some youth Art journalling workshops and would love to win the Get Messy member ship so I can share the wealth of information and inspiration with my clients.

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    Wild Makers

    July 22, 2016

    I love your “forever enchanted” pages, they look so clean and simple 🙂
    Nice inspiring work!


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    July 22, 2016

    Love your pages, they are original and inspiring !

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    July 22, 2016

    Honestly, Get Messy ommunity is the best. That’s all. I love your work but also others and I know you and other getmessians don’t judge but help everyone who need to be supported in the travel of… introspection. I don’t want to lose any season so I want to try to win another blog hop for this. I won last year thanks to Vanessa. Get Messy is magic!!!

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    July 23, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

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    July 23, 2016

    Your pages always inspire me! Thanks for sharing!

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    July 23, 2016

    Ms Essie, you are inspiring in so very many ways. I can’t wait to meet, and art journal with you IN REAL LIFE!!!!!

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    July 23, 2016

    SO. beautiful. *sigh*

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    Barbara I.

    July 23, 2016

    OMG I just love you pages, Essie, and I enjoyed watching the interview too. I appreciate the inspiration! Thanks for being part of this blog hop. I am enjoying it so much and hope to be the winner of the giveaway.

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    July 23, 2016

    Thanks for sharing your pages and your interview!

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    July 23, 2016

    Essie, what amazing stuff.

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    Cheryl Bowman

    July 23, 2016

    Thoroughly enjoyed the interview!! Such unique pages!!

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    Chelsea Williams

    July 23, 2016

    That pink lace up page is so interesting! I love it!

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    Kayla S.

    July 23, 2016

    Wonderful interview! I love your enchanted forever page, it evokes so much magic and emotion!

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    July 24, 2016

    I looove the stitching! I really need to stitch more in my art journals!