What is art journaling?
Art Journaling is a safe and creative way to express yourself.
With writing, painting, and collage
Art journaling is a way of expressing yourself and stepping away from life for a couple hours. For some people art journaling is a way to turn off their brains, for others it's a way to dig deep into things that are weighing on their minds, and for some, it's a way to tap into their creative side.
There's no mistakes in art journaling.
There are lots of different ways to art journal and all of them are right or wrong. I've told my journalers there's no wrong way of doing things so often, that the seasoned journalers teach it to the new students for me. But that being said there is a flow to a journaling session.
What does a session look like?
After we all check in, we get our pens ready and start with a writing exercise-it may be a writing prompt, may be a list, each session is different. Then we paint (sometimes over top of the writing we've done!). While the paint dries we look for an image that mirrors or reflects the theme of our writing.
Along the way I offer tips and suggestions that participants are free to follow, and encouraged not to, knowing there are no mistakes. Then we finish it up with a bit of pen work, where I again offer tips and suggestions.
That all sounds very structured, but I like to think of it more as the rhythm of the class: we write, we paint, we collage, we pen. And in the end we are have a tangible witness to our process.
Some days our pages are light and fun, and sometimes, seemingly out of nowhere, our depths are revealed...even to ourselves.
The art journaling trifecta
Since the beginning of the pandemic I've been hosting online art journaling groups and this is what I've seen over and over again. When you make time for yourself every week, when you honour your creative self, when you have a safe space to be vulnerable, and you find a community where you are accepted as you are...life can only be better.
Art journaling changes lives, and it's my honour to be a witness to it and hold space for people to find themselves.