Permission to Be Messy (Time Lapse)

I’m taking a week off from The Lil Journal Project….so I can catch up and so any newcomers can catch up as well.  I made this fun time lapse video of some art journal pages to show my process. Notice I don’t put a lot of thought into the pages….I just do it….making a mess as I go.  I love the song too: Lights by Ellie Goulding.

Permission to be Messy (time lapse video) via

So here’s your permission to be messy:


(if you have trouble viewing the video…..try clicking here)

Wondering if you should start the Lil Journal Project? Read Everyone Interesting Has a Past.


Supplies… the order I used them by page:

An old book (see my tutorial here)
White Gesso (for white primer)
Wax Paper
An old map
Matte Medium (for gluing collage paper)
Golden Fluid Acrylics
Scrapbooking paper
Willow Charcoal Sticks
Hero Arts Letter Stamps
Fixative Spray (for the charcoal)

White Gesso (for white primer)
Fabric Spray Paint
Bubble Wrap
Stamping Ink (the best black for writing with a brush!)

White Gesso (for white primer)
Water Soluble Crayons

And old photo
Setascrib Fabric Markers (they seem juicier)



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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    AMAZING!!!! simply. amazing.

    not gonna lie…I’m a little sad we’re going to be without prompts this week….but it will give my mom a chance to catch up!

  2. 2

    i love these kinds of videos, works in progress. so thanks for sharing!!!!! i love your style, im really messy as well!!!

  3. 3

    Hey, I can’t see the timelapse…. :(

  4. 6

    Freaking amazing and SO inspirational….makes me feel like I can do anything artistically.

  5. 7

    loooooove this!

  6. 8

    I love the video. Messy is my style. I like to create one thing every day… Even if it’s only one huge mess. :p

  7. 9

    Would love to know how you do your time lapsed videos!!!! AMAZING!!!

  8. 10

    Such inspiration. My husband and I have been following the journal project, but I think he is a little behind. This will give him a chance to get caught up. I think I will start an old book journal this week. I am assuming this is a different journal than the one you use for the journal project? How many journals do you typically have going at once?

  9. 11

    Also, where do you find old photos to cut up?

  10. 12

    AND, where do you find good quotes?

  11. 13

    Such cool techniques on your video…gets the wheels spinning. Thanks!

  12. 14

    Amazing. I would love to know what supplies you were using… And the bubble wrap stamp is awesome!

  13. 15

    i want to be as talented as you! yet, again, mind blown!

  14. 16

    Per usual, you have inspired me!!! Thank you for helping me make my craft room even messier!!

  15. 17

    That was amazing, Ash! You are such a beautiful artist! or, ar-teest! (with an accent – LOL)! Loved it. :)

  16. 18

    So fun to watch and very inspirational. Would also love to know how the time lapse videos are created. Thanks for sharing!

  17. 19

    strangely hypnotic!
    be messy!

  18. 20

    You are crazy talented. My 7-yr old daughter stood and watched with wide-eyes, too!

  19. 21

    Amazing! I’m totally inspired and have started a art/collage/doodle journal in addition to the journaling project. Like some of the others, I’m missing my prompts this week–but that’s ok :)

  20. 22

    amazing! perfect music too :)

  21. 23

    Thank you for sharing that!!! Greatly enjoyed that!

  22. 24

    So cool! I’m stealing old books from work and doing this! So is the wax person used to absorb the ink and also to separate pages while they dry?

  23. 25
    Amy Moeller says:

    So awesome. I love these time lapses!

  24. 26

    Wow!!! You are so inspirational and artistic. I started a canvas with my three girls today!!! Can’t wait to see what e create!!! But I need more paint and art supplies. Thanks!!!! You truly inspire me!!!! Thanks!!!!! I admire your strength and so glad to be a follower!!!


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