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The Wonders of Art Journaling
I wanted to share something that helps me when I’m feeling down, journaling. I find it to be very cathartic. Sometimes when I really need to decompress or want an opportunity to reflect on my life more deeply I like to art journal. It basically takes your journal to the next level.
What is an art journal you ask? It is basically when you combine writing with any form of visual art. It could be painting, doodling, collaging, embroidery, scribbling, ripping, folding, etc. As someone who isn’t artistically talented I want to emphasize that you don’t have to be good at art. Don’t put pressure on yourself. Try to limit your expectations and set your paintbrush/pen/pencil free. You’ll be surprised what you end up creating.
You can either go with the flow and draw whatever you are feeling at the time or you can use prompts to get you started. Here are a few I really like:
- Draw what you want your life to be like five years from now (or next year, or ten years from now, etc.)
- Draw/paint the lyrics to your favourite song
- Draw your favourite people together as one person (ie; your mom's glasses, your best friends hairstyle, your brothers freckles, etc.)
- Pick one colour to draw/write with on each page
- Draw a cartoon strip about your day or a specific event
- Experiment with different fonts, Google and Pinterest are great places to look to for inspiration
I really enjoy art journaling because I find it helps me identify my thoughts and feelings better than writing alone. I also like looking back on old art journals, the visual aspect helps me vividly remember what I was feeling and helps me recognize how far I’ve come. I hope you try it out and enjoy the experience.
Kathryn is a recent MSW graduate currently trying to #adult. She is a former mindyourmind staff and continues to work in the youth & community development sectors. In her spare time, she is a proud plant parent, home chef and avid volunteer.
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