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Get Messy keeps growing, and it’s beautiful. I’m so happy to be a part of this group, and to have a reason to add to my art journal every single week. To start off, my first page is about Sea Punk. This is a concept I was originally introduced to by April. We’re both mermaids, and Sea Punk kind of runs off that theme. She has a pretty intense Pinterest board that might give you a better idea of what this genre is.

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I recently rediscovered Against Me! and have been singing “Teenage Anarchist” all week long. There’s this one line in the chorus that goes:

“Do you remember when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?”

and I can’t get it out of my head. I have so many thoughts on this line, both in and out of context. As a teenager, I was mostly the same person I am now, with two major differences: I was more naive and more depressed/self-defeating. But I’ve always had a fury of enthusiasm, wonder, and play, and if anything, as a 26 year old adult version of myself, I want to set the world on fire more.

There are a lot of people who become more jaded as they grow older. Maybe you become set in your ways, bitter at past experiences, or just lack hope for a better future. On a fundamental level, I understand this. The longer we live, the smarter we are because we gain more knowledge and experiences… and not all knowledge is inspiring (just watch the evening news for ten minutes). I really hope that we can all find a way to set the world ablaze with beauty. Maybe it’s because you want there to be more smiles in society, or maybe there’s something about life that makes you crazy and you want to fight to rectify it!

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Either way, I want you to paint the town. Let that fire burn inside you, and never ever ever put it out. Even if that means breaking the rules.

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My last page this week features three things: a very very old Disney party brochure, “HOORAY” tape from Target, and a postcard from Sara in Switzerland. On the back it said that she noticed I had been talking a lot about partying on my blog lately. (She’s so sweet.) So in addition to keeping your fire ablaze, please don’t stop partying. (Party Tips)

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Make sure you check back in next week for our challenge/link-up! The theme is adventures, and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal