We live in a world where self-improvement and self-care are coming to a forefront and people are realizing just how important they are to our well-being and our ability to care for others. By utilizing the combination of written and visual language, art journaling is a creative form of self-care and allows you to travel down a road of introspection while nurturing your artistic abilities and creating limitless ways to explore and express yourself.
My Own Journey With Introspection and Art
I began using journaling and art to express myself when I was just a child and I vividly remember having a sketchbook I carried around everywhere by the time I was in high school and into college. It contained doodles and sketches made in stolen moments between classes and poetry wrenched from my soul, spattered by tears at 3am. I used it to experiment with new art mediums or techniques and as my personal sanctuary where I could hide my inner thoughts. It was here that I scrawled the thoughts and memories I didn’t want to erase or forget, but rather that I wanted to savor over days or years down the road, each time gaining a new piece of insight I hadn’t seen from the perspective I held when last reading.
My sketchbook allowed me to explore memories from my childhood and try to gain a better understanding of why things turned out the way they did. It gave me a safe place to write out my darkest thoughts of depression and even self harm, while allowing me the release I needed to keep me from actually following through with it. It even helped me cultivate my artistic talents to a point that I followed them through college. Most importantly though, my old sketchbook has shown me the process of metamorphosis and change that has taken place within myself. It gives me hope that people can put themselves on a positive path, no matter how rocky of a road they began on.
No matter if you consider yourself a seasoned artist or are just discovering your creative spirit, art journaling can be a great way to re-connect with your inner self even while still developing your artistic abilities because there is no right, wrong, or perfect -only expression, and that’s always beautiful.
Think of this course as something that can serve you on many levels. On the surface level it’s a way to get yourself to commit to doing something creative and artistic every day. And while the physical act of creating art allows all ages to improve and work on fine motor skills, coordination and vision, the meditative aspect can help you release your inner thoughts and fears and keeping an art journal gives you a safe space to do that. It’s also a way to break up the monotony and stress of your day to day. Studies have shown that drawing relaxes the amygdala — the fear center of the brain — and allows your mind to get the rest it needs. Giving this part of your brain an occasional break helps reduce your overall stress and I don’t know anyone that couldn’t benefit from less stress.
So whether you’re a lover of art or language, we’re exploring our inner workings using art prompts and journaling and I’d love to have you along for the journey.
- You don’t need any real artistic skills to participate in this challenge, you need only enthusiasm and the desire to create a daily creative habit in your life. The idea behind this isn’t to come out at the end ready to replicate Masterpiece works of art or be Disney’s next lead illustrator, but rather to integrate creative habits into your everyday life and use art to help you channel your inner thoughts and feelings.
- Use any medium or materials that you want. I personally have a spiral-bound hardcover sketchbook that’s about 6″ x 10″ and I like to use pencil, charcoal, colored pencils and pastels. You could also translate the prompts using paints or other substrates/canvases as well. There’s really a lot of freedom in this, as it’s more about channeling your creativity and creating that positive habit. We’ll talk a little more about different ways to start or techniques to try within the course.
- This is a self-paced course that you work on totally on your own. When you finish one prompt, you simply move onto the next at your leisure.
- The course will be made available beginning on July 1st, and you will receive your first email then containing your opening lesson as well as instructions for how to navigate though your prompts.
- Prompts are provided to help jump start the creative process. This course includes 25 prompts for the month of July, allowing a day or more per prompt for the live run. This does not mean you must complete one each day, or even each week. Just strive to complete as many as you can to build the positive habit of art journaling.
- Course also includes an inspiration guide for materials to use, how to decorate your journal or sketchbook, as well as discuss some fun techniques to try with various mediums.
- Draw, write, or create something inspired by each of the prompts, in any way that you interpret them.
- Share (or don’t) in my FB group, Introspection Through Art, & connect with other intuitive creatives.
- *Emails will be sent to the email you use for payment. If you want them sent to a different email address, please include that as a note during checkout. 🙂