I started my first Art Journal as an assignment in my training as an Art Therapist. It was the place I went to at the end of every day as I tried to make sense of the daily challenges and pain experienced by my clients and my role as a therapist. Later, I incorporated art journaling into my therapeutic practice and today I teach art journaling workshops in my studio and artist collective to those interested or simply curious.
Over the years, I have found an art journal to be a safe, nonjudgmental “place/space” to:
- lay down one’s feelings be they fleeting or habitual; dark or bright;
- make space for images that bring clarity or solace or even surprise wisdom;
- work out complicated emotions and thoughts and then let go;
- transform negative thinking into healthy resilience;
- practice and play with art processes and techniques;
- paint with fingers, hands, sponges, brushes, …..;
- leave a page incomplete to be revisited another time;
- share with another – or not.
My art journal is like a trusted friend. It documents and records, questions, stands by silently, supports, challenges my assumptions, and lets me have my say. My art journal is a transformative learning tool… a record of my growth and ongoing transformation as a human being, as a woman, as a friend and family member, as an artist.
My art journal uncovers the sunshine behind the clouds and I love it!
Do you art journal?