If you're looking to tap into your creative self this year, I suggest you start an art journal ASAP. An art journal is a great way to unleash your creative mind at your own pace, without judgement. You don't have to share it with anyone but yourself). Not only does it help you solve every day problems better, it also gives you an opportunity to discover your own gifts and decompress. We spend so much time doing and being everything for everyone else that we often forget who we are and what we need to feel good about ourselves. An art journal can help with that as an alternative or complement to a therapist. Art journals are very cost effective, easily accessible and compatible with you.
How to Start an Art Journal
There are no rules when it comes to creating art journals. They can be as simple or as complicated as you'd like. You can use scrap paper in a binder. You can use a fancy hand-bound journal with specialty paper. It's up to you and what feels right for you.
You can write in it, collect images stick images in it, paint in it, doodle in it, score it and even sow things in it. The possibilities are endless. The most important thing is that you allow yourself to be creative and you do it on a regular basis. Take some time either daily or weekly to have a creative date with yourself and do something fun with the pages in front of you. That's it!
You'll notice that what happens over time is that you start to come up with new and better ideas to solve problems or challenges. You'll also most likely start to feel better about yourself, less stressed and rejuvenated.
Here's are some of the reasons why you should start an art journal.
1. You'll become more creative
2. You'll discover and develop new skills
3. It will be come either an complement or alternative to therapy
4. You'll have a safe place to express yourself freely
5. You'll be able to claim back some much needed "me" time
6. You'll be able to solve problems and challenges better
7. You'll feel better about yourself
These are some of the benefits I personally experienced as a results of having and maintaining an art journal over the years.
The first image is a sneak peak at my art journal for this year. I feel it's the first time in a while that I'm taking it a little more seriously and using it a little more intentionally. I can already feel the difference. If you're curious to see how I use my art journal, join my MONTHLY DIGITAL ART ZINE to find out. You can also see sneak peaks of some of the artwork from my 100 portraits challenge in my secondary instagram account @illustrationsbymj.
Now go start your own journal and let me know the difference it's made in your life.