Creative exercises to help inspire your inner artist!
Learn simple art techniques that you can use everyday to strengthen your creative problem solving skills and improve your self-care routine.
weekly DVJ live session – Tuesdays 10am beginning June 15 – November 9
Included in the 21 week series:
- Some supplies sent once per month
- Daily email prompts and inspiration
- Access to private FB group
- Teachable course online
- Checkins and encouragement on FB group and Teachable course
My Daily Visual Journal Story
I started a daily visual journal in 2005 to record my feelings about events happening in my life. I was in graduate school for education, working towards my masters in art therapy as well as a K-12 art teaching certificate. It was a busy schedule. My visual journal was often sporadic, with weeks and months between entries. So, on June 5th, 2009 I decided to start creating a visual journal on individual pieces of paper. This gave me a little more freedom with techniques since the “pages” were not bound together. I now have hundreds of these journal pages and I love to look through them and read my self reflection on the back of each card. It is a beautiful way to look back in time.
I’ve never been good at keeping a journal or diary – it always felt like a boring list of the day: “…today was rainy and I read a book and ate cereal for breakfast…” so the idea of a visual journal gave me hope. I always liked the idea of documenting my life, but never thought it was interesting enough to share. Although, now I am convinced everyone has an interesting life worth sharing – everyones story is unique and can only be told in their own unique voice. With images the story is visceral – not all of it can be explained – nor does it need to be explained. You may want to create an art journal and this course gives you techniques to experiment with – your journal is your place of discovery – discovery of yourself and your visual voice.
Each technique is followed by a self reflection prompt for you to think about and write about on the backside of your visual journal. Sometimes while creating a visual journal I have a thought in mind and it informs the artwork, other times I’m just playing with technique and process. This written portion does not need to be completed immediately, sometimes the idea occurs to you much later and a self reflection is obvious. Other times, you may feel no need to respond at all.
Remember, this process is for you and you may have your own routine and ideas to make it work. Great! Use these Daily Visual Journal techniques and ideas as an inspiration for your own work. I would love to see what you create in your Daily Visual Journal! Please, share your work and ideas – share your self-care routine and keep creating!