Silva Rerum Art Journal
All levels | 46 min 2 sec
In Latin, Silva Rerum means “a forest of things.” Using this idea as a starting point, we’ll create a commonplace or everyday book to collect thoughts, ideas, and ephemera from your day-to-day life. Get Messy founder Caylee will show you how to transform a vintage book into your own art journal full of papers you love. Learn Caylee’s favorite methods of layering in vintage and found items while recording your daily life. Remember to use the hashtag #creativebuggetsmessy on social media to share your work with the Get Messy and Creativebug communities.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Vintage hardcover book
  • Awl
  • Binding thread
  • Tapestry needle
  • Ephemera
  • Cardstock pages
  • Craft knife
  • Washi tape
  • Pens – Caylee prefers Pilot G Tec and Kuretake Zig Brush Pen
  • Collage ephemera
  • Photos
  • Modeling paste
  • Stencils
  • Palette knife
  • Binder clip
  • Acrylic paint
Learn how to:
  • Deconstruct a vintage book
  • Work with stencils to add dimension
  • Create signatures
  • Bind pages into an existing hardcover book
What you'll get:
  • A thorough class on how to make a Silva Rerum art journal
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list
  • Step-by-step instructions by Get Messy founder Caylee
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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Michelle Balts
Love how Silva incorporates her personal daily life into an art journal. I'm inspired to start one myself. Also thought it was a great idea to summarize a book you've read into an art journal as well.
March 3, 2023
More than 3 months ago
Elizabeth Prine
This class was exactly what I was looking for! I'm new to mixed media and this type of artwork/journaling but I've always collected tidbits of papers and things and now I know what to do with them! Love the idea of using an old book and I will definitely be doing that! I also want to use this inspiration for Bible Journaling. Truly one of my favorite classes here!
More than 3 months ago