Creative Art Journaling with Beth Ann Short MA, ATR-BC
I I have been journaling since I was a young girl. My first journal was an expired calendar my mother gave me. I remember writing in it when big events happened in my life and changing the year each time I added an entry. Over the years I have combined word and image in my journal practice.
Creative art journals are a great place to explore thoughts and feelings through imagery and sometimes with guided prompts. The process can enhance problem solving abilities or just be a valuable place to filter ideas. Journaling is also an amazing stress reliever.
When we write in a stream of consciousness style, we write as things as they come to mind. Don’t worry about punctuation, just let the process happen. Your journal is a safe place to unload your thoughts and feelings. If you’d like to add art to your process having colored pencils or markers on hand would be a great way to add color and depth. Even if you are just shading pages and doodling.
If you are using a calendar journal don’t worry about filling up each page. Some days you might need a break from the process. This should not be a life exercise adding pressure, it should be an opportunity for a moment of creativity in your life. If you miss one, or don’t fill a page leave it you can fill it another time. I have a journal that I have been working in for three years. When ever I add an entry, I start by writing the year and then after I write I compare where I was in previous years in my life in that space in the journal.
Your journal is an opportunity to honor life, where ever it takes you. It is an opportunity to explore choices and feelings. Honor your self and give yourself the gift of creativity.
Life is art...
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