I have no doubt about the power of journalling.  Personally, I need to organize my current one… It’s all in a large basket.  But it still counts as a journal!  In fact, I have many journals going all at once it seems.  That’s OK!  My journals can challenge space-time continuum– not following a linear route and are created through collecting, sketching, in binder here, in a notebook there.  It’s the tactile part of journalling that I favor.   DARE TO BE MESSY!

The internet offers a great way to share with the world, but nothing beats the power of actually cutting, pasting, scribbling.  Glue on your fingers, the warped paper and a journal so thick it won’t close.  I tell students that keeping a journal can help reduce anxiety and stress- but the students often complain that they get stressed at the thought of maintaining a journal… No worries.  Let that go.  Connect with your journal once a day.  Simply picking it up, shoving in a piece of paper you want to keep, writing to-do list inside keeps the flow going.  That way you can allow the natural process- then take personal retreats- surround yourself with collaging materials and interesting pens, glue, scissors, bits… then spend some time making a page (or pages)…  Or just write- stream of consciousness.  The main thing is to get those voices out of your head and onto the paper.  ENJOY!

Here are some of my favorite books on journaling:

Artists’ Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages by Lynne Perrella

Art Journals and Creative Healing: Restoring the Spirit Through Self-Expressionby Sharon Soneff

Creative Awakenings- envisioning the life of your dreams through art by Sheri Gaynor




There are many online exercises out there… Here is an example:

Creative Journal Exercises and Activities

Love, Katarina (Kat) Thorsen

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