Art & Healing – Part 3 of 3
There is no right or wrong way to start an art journal, let your emotions guide you. An intuitive approach encourages you to just dive in, create and not think about what is is you’re going to do. Let your unconscious mind take over the process. Some days, ripping through magazines to find images or text for your journal will be helpful, other days, writing or doodling will be all you can manage.
Any book can be used as a journal, depending on what you want to do in the journal. One possibility, is a watercolor or mixed media journal. You want a sturdy journal, especially, if you plan on painting or gluing in magazine images or photos.
You can also use watercolor paper, cut it to the size you want, put some holes on any side and then get binder rings to hold it together; this works great, since you can add and subtract pages as needed.
Inexpensive markers, pens or craft paints are available at any craft or office supply store. You can also use what you have available in your home. A composition book with pages that can be glued together to make thicker pages, a box of crayons, pencils,
I find that the private nature of a journal allowed me to visually and textually express my emotions and thoughts, this combination helped the healing process. You choose how you want to process your feelings in your journal. Always remember, journaling is always for you first, by you and about you. It is entirely your choice to share your journal or not. For me, sharing my journal with a counselor, had a major impact on my emotional well-being and the grief process. Either way, an art healing journal is a powerful, transformative way that can help you learn more about yourself.
Art has always touched me deeply and let me connect my inner life to my outward experiences. I believe that expressing yourself through art journaling can help you through life’s challenges as well as its joys!