Art journaling started abruptly for me ten years ago after shoulder surgery. I anticipated a recovery period and knew I wasn’t going to be able to do many of my usual activities for at least three months, including driving and painting. So I bought a spiral watercolor pad, and set up my paints, pencil and pen for when I would be ready. As it turned out, I couldn’t paint at an easel for a year. It was during that year I began to experience the benefits of art journaling.
The most helpful thing as I began was letting go of having to make some good art. Say “good-bye” to perfectionism. It was easier then because I was so limited and felt reduced to valuing expressing myself visually regardless of the results. I gave myself permission to do it badly and be okay. Freedom.
Inner Healing ~ The more I art journaled, the more it became a part of my healing process, especially inner healing, from childhood wounds to current struggles. I found I could leave my hurts as I shut the journal. It helped me to forgive, layering the process, linking the physical with the emotional.
A Way to Pray ~ Art journaling is a way for me to pray, to listen and have a conversation with my Creator
To reflect and get inspired in the flow of the process of Art Journaling is an incredible joy to me. One of my biggest reasons for Art Journaling is that it is FUN!
Why do you art journal? Tell us in the comments below.
Cheers and many creative blessings to you!
Valerie Sjodin is an artist and workshop facilitator who loves to paint and learn new things. She believes life is about how our stories weave in and out of one another's, how they are passed on, and the unexpected turns they take; in short, "it's all about relationships." You can visit Valerie on the web at www.valeriesjodin.com and on her blog at visualblessings.blogspot.com.