2) Art Journaling
Art journaling is a similar to having a sketchbook but in my opinion, it goes deeper. An art journaling practice is done daily, if possible, and is a record of daily life, feelings and emotions. It can contain as much written journaling as one wishes or may just have a single word on the page or perhaps just an image.
As well as being extremely therapeutic, it is a wonderful way to experiment with art techniques, materials and ideas. It doesn’t matter if you make a mistake at all. You can use multiple layers and even cover over personal writing with paint. It is a wonderful thing to do if you are in a funk. Just getting the emotions out onto paper in written word or scribbling, or painting, feels very releasing. Then, it can be worked on further and often something different and beautiful comes through by the end, by which time you are feeling a whole lot better. It is an excellent way to work through creative blocks as there is no one to judge it and even if you don’t like what you have created that’s ok. It is an excellent way to bring in creativity for health and well-being.
Art journaling online:
There has been an explosion in the popularity of art journaling in the last 5 years and a multitude of websites are available online to give you inspiration. When I first started art journaling I really enjoyed watching lots of step-by-step you tube videos that gave me ideas for inspiration and taught me many mixed media techniques. Some of the artists that inspired me were Dyan Reaveley, France Papillon, Willowing, Teesha Moore, and Jane Davenport.
is a year long online mixed media art journey with great classes and activities. Highly recommended. Colour me positive
is a weekly art journaling challenge available on facebook or by email, that provides weekly prompts to get you going and a community of like-minded souls willing to share.
Another option is Lifebook with Willowing
which again has a year’s worth of inspiring art journaling videos with a gentle self-development aspect.
I also attended a local course with a group of women led by a psychotherapist in her gorgeous creative barn space. We experienced a therapeutic group process in the morning and then art journaled about it in the afternoon with her Aladdin’s cave of materials. The art journaling complemented the therapy really well. So if you are having any type of therapy, I encourage you to art journal about it. It gives your being a chance to integrate the new brain pathways, and work through any issues that have come up. Plus you have a visual record of the process you have gone through to look back on.