One of my favorite backgrounds so far…
One of the first spreads I ever made, using some of my kids’ old art supplies. It’s five lists of five, and while it’s not very sophisticated or inspiring, I was immediately hooked. I’ve never considered myself particularly artistic, so I never felt constructive playing with art. This time was different, and a whole new world opened to me.
Below is a page from my creative entrepreneurship journal. It’s made from food box cardboard, tissue paper, magazine scraps, and a computer printout.
I’m sharing some of my own journal work to prove to you that it doesn’t matter if you don’t “do” art. Creative journaling is about process and what it gives you.
Sometimes my pages feel unfinished. Sometimes I get pleasant surprises. I always learn something.
Make something today!
What is it?
Journaling is more than diary-keeping or scrapbooking. Recording your inner world is possibly the most original form of art.
Creative journaling simply adds visual and sometimes textural elements to the story we’re more used to telling with words.
Who can do it?
Anyone, even if you can’t draw or think you can’t “make art.”
Why should we do it?
- To create a record of the only thing we truly know: ourselves
- To help us know ourselves a little better
- To improve our mental and physical health (yes, really!)
- To explore and discover new things, thoughts, feelings, and understanding
- And it’s fun!
What do we need to have to start?
A pencil, some paper, intention, and time.
Pretty low risk, huh?
You can add other items as you go along and discover your preferences for expressing yourself. I’ll post some lists, including free and low-cost stuff to use, in the days ahead.
When should I do it?
When you wish.
Journaling is a tool, not another chore.
Write out your dreams and thoughts first thing in the morning, last thing at bedtime, or whenever you want to in between. Make art when you are moved to do so. It doesn’t matter which you do first, or even if you never finish a page.
This journal is yours, and no one else will see it unless you want them to.
Where should I do it?
Anywhere! Having a dedicated space helps motivate most of us, but you can carry it with you. Tuck a small notebook or some index cards, a pen, and a glue stick in your pocket or bag, and you’re always ready! Smaller pieces can be glued into a larger journal later.
Make some art today!