For more than 10 years, I have engaged in the practice of keeping a Visual Journal. It has become one of my favorite creative outlets for processing life, exploring emotions, and tuning into the center of my own being. Not only have I found tremendous healing and personal transformation through this process, but I have led others through the process as well. Every time I facilitate a journal workshop, participants are pleasantly surprised by the profound experience of playing with simple art materials on the page.
You may be wondering, what is a visual journal? Well, it is much like any other form of journal in that it is a place to record your thoughts. However, with a visual journal the primary difference is that you include art supplies as tools as well. Using a pen to write out your thoughts is optional. Anything goes on the page: crayons, markers, paints, stamps, collage papers, cut images, glue and tape.
The above image I created in my first ever Visual Journal is a wonderful example of using many of those materials in one single session. Layers upon layers of materials both reveal and hide my inner thoughts.
In the next few weeks I will be posting details about a brand new Visual Journal program that I will be offering at Unity Village, Mo. In addition to sharing inspiration and ideas through the program, I will be sharing my personal journal pages with you here. My hope is that they inspire you to pick up a sketch book and begin this wonderfully therapeutic process.
Love & Blessings on Your Creative Journey,