We live in a fast-paced world and a world that is chock full of screens and digital distractions, that can feel overwhelming and suffocating. There’s something thrilling about the tactile experience of putting pen to paper and creating something as unique as your grief.
Enter (if you dare) into the captivating world of art journalling. It’s an artistic practice that combines self-expression, storytelling, and creativity.Art journalling is for everyone, you don’t have to be an artist. You can either be an aspiring artist or simply someone looking for a creative outlet for your grief. Your art journal will become your personal sanctuary, offering endless possibilities for exploration and growth.
Let’s dive into the wonderful realm of art journalling. I’m going to reveal what it is, how to start, and the benefits it can bring to your life.
What is an Art Journal?
An art journal is a visual diary or a mixed-media journal that combines various artistic mediums such as drawing, painting, collaging, writing, and much more. It’s a safe space where you can freely express your thoughts, emotions, dreams, and experiences. Remember this is just for you. You don’t have to be an artist.
I often talk about how beneficial writing in a journal every day is because it gets whatever is in your head out on the page and you can read your journey. Art journals are a bit different in that they are a visual representation of your emotions and ideas. They can be any size.
I have A5, A4, and A3 art journals, its only limit is your imagination. You can even use a kid’s sketch book. Any of these can be found in two-dollar stores, Office Works, Spotlight, Silly Solly’s, Reject Shop and Kmart. These are stores in the Penrith area.
Getting Started with Art Journalling
Starting an art journal is so exciting. Here are some tips on getting started on your creative journey through grief while art journaling.
- Choose your journal: Select a journal that you love and that you’ll feel comfortable creating art in. As I said above it can be anything of any size.
- Gather art supplies: These can be, coloured pencils, textas, watercolours, acrylic paints, paint brushes, collage materials, washi tapes, stencils, and anything else you can think of. Experiment with different tools and materials to discover what inspires you the most.
- Set aside dedicated time: Make time by putting a reminder in your calendar, so you don’t have to remember. This works because your brain doesn’t work to its full capacity while you grieve.
- Fall in love with experimenting: Don’t be afraid to try new techniques and explore various styles. Art journaling is all about discovering and developing your unique artistic voice. There’s no right or wrong ways to create, just do it, as they say in the Nike ads.
Benefits of Art Journalling
Here are a few ways art journalling can jazz up your life:
- Self-expression and reflection: Art journalling provides a powerful outlet for expressing your emotions, thoughts, and experiences visually. You can see a visual expression of your grief. It allows you to reflect on your inner world, enabling personal growth and self-discovery.
- Stress relief and mindfulness: Engaging in the creative process of art journalling can be incredibly therapeutic. It helps you disconnect from daily stressors, promotes relaxation, and fosters mindfulness as you focus on the present moment.
- Boosts creativity: Art journalling nurtures your creativity by encouraging experimentation, problem-solving, and expanding your artistic horizons. It inspires you to think outside the box, try new techniques, and develop your artistic skills. It taps into the creative side of your brain and the logical side gets locked out, therefore you don’t have to think about what you’re doing.
- Captures memories and experiences: Your art journal serves as a visual chronicle of your grief journey. It becomes a cherished keepsake, preserving precious memories, and capturing moments that fade away with time.
Art journalling is cathartic. It allows you to explore your imagination, embrace self-expression, and unleash your artistic potential. It blends words, colours, textures, and images, you create a unique visual story that reflects your innermost thoughts and experiences. Art journalling helps you unravel your grief and rediscover joy.
So, grab a journal, unleash your creativity, and let your art journal become a sacred space where your dreams and ideas come to life. Hit the reply button and share your creation with me or tell me how you feel about art journaling. I’d love to hear about it.