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About 30% of people think visually; 25% think exclusively in words (as described here under "Research").

In order to write their thoughts and ideas into a journal, those who think in images must translate their image-thoughts into words.

Art journaling offers a journaling alternative for visual thinkers.

Week32-33_noRules-artJournalingWhat Is an Art Journal

An art journal can take whatever form you want it to. I’ve seen art journals built in spiral sketchbooks, bound journals, repurposed books and more. While most examples of art journals I’ve seen do include words—sometimes a few key words and sometimes a poem or a longer piece of writing—visuals take center stage in art journal pages.

How to Art Journal

The bottom line is that there are no rules to creating and keeping an art journal. Successful art journaling requires only that you let go of perfection and expectations, reflecting what’s in your heart onto the page. An art journal can offer the same benefits as a written journal:

  • serving as a centering routine that allows you to focus on thoughts and feelings
  • working as a catch-all for ephemera
  • providing a collection of personal pages, an honest and private outlet for processing thoughts, emotions and ideas
    (Discover more at Learn: Benefits of Journaling.)

Art Journaling Tools & Resources

You probably have enough materials on hand to begin art journaling today. Look for:

  • a journal or notebook of any kind
  • magazines and catalogs to cut from
  • colorful paints, markers, pens, pencils, inks (whatever you have on hand or whatever intrigues you)

Check out these resources for inspiration:

The Art Journaler web site and Flickr group

True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling by L.K. Ludwig

We Dare You: Scrapbook Challenges about Real Life by Kristina Contes, Meghan Heath Dymock, Genevieve Simmonds and Nisa Fiin

Life Artist: Scrapbooking Life's Journey by Ali Edwards

Imperfect Lives: Srapbooking the Reality of Your Everyday edited by Tara Governo

Mixed-Media Journals: Creatively Chronicling Your Life edited by Katherine Duncan Aimone

Does written or visual journaling—or a combination—most appeal to you? Share your journaling experience (What works for you?) in a comment below, on the L+E+S community Facebook page, or via twitter.

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