Since many of you are not familiar with the Creative Journaling process, I thought I'd give you a quick overview of what I do as a Creative Journaling Mentor.
First you will be given a prompt and then guided through the process of creating a page. The process of journaling is naturally stress- relieving, which releases endorphins, which makes you feel good.
Start your page off by writing down some words or painting color on a page. During a workshop you will be continuously guided through the creation process but if you are on your own you can listen to music, read a poem, or reflect on your day; you can use anything for inspiration. Continue creating on your page, anything that comes to mind, follow what the page is trying to say to you.
I teach you about how colors work together, different types of media and layering process. We then wrap up the session by making any finalizations (ie.lettering, shadowing). As a bonus, if you do not finish within the session, you are guaranteed an email followup.
For more information, please check out my Classes page.
I love summertime but sometimes the hustle and bustle of it doesn't go well with art making. So I have taken my art journal and water-soluble crayons to various locations with me and just doodled a bit whenever I had a few minutes.
So the next time you think you don't have time to be creative, just start carrying your journal with you everywhere and you'll be surprised how many small amounts of time you get in a day. Then over the course of time, you might just let your doodles turn into a fun artwork.
Let any music, colors, sounds or shapes be your inspiration. Don't worry about a finished piece, just keep doodling and adding color. Outline your watermarks that you dripped on it. Color in your coffee cup ring. Just have fun.
Today I played a little in the journal. I took the first five words that popped into my head. Then, created a poem using the words or variations of those words.
The words were rolling, create, cold, fall, shine. Here is what I wrote.
Falling from water
Rolling, creating waves
There it shined
in the coldness.
It was a fun little exercise and I enjoyed how 5 simple words led me to this piece. I can't wait to try this one with students!
When stars fall from the sky....catch them, they just might be a special gift.
Lately, I have put together some occurrences in my life. Occurrences I call stars. I am still trying to put all these into perspective but it is leading me in a new direction.
I'm really excited about this new path, and once I put together some more ideas, I would love to fill you in.