Sunday, July 31, 2011

Creative Journaling, for Beginners

Creative Journaling is a process which allows for relaxation, stress relief and creative flow.  If you are unfamiliar with this form of art journaling, I have outlined some key points for the workshops I teach below.

First you will be given a prompt and then guided through the process of creating a page. The process of journaling is naturally stress- relieving, which releases endorphins, which makes you feel good.  

Start your page off by writing down some words or painting color on a page. During a workshop you will be continuously guided through the creation process but if you are on your own you can  listen to music, read a poem, or reflect on your day; you can use anything for inspiration.  Continue creating on your page, anything that comes to mind, follow what the page is trying to say to you.  Highlight any words that stand out from your writing, doodle around the page.  Add shadows with a charcoal pencil or outline with a black pen.  Above all, have fun.

Yolanda Nussdorfer is an artist and creative journaling mentor. She is also a member of East Valley Artisans.
Her website is

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