Juicy Journals & Wild Words
By Molly J. Anderson-Childers | Updated September 22, 2018
Preheat with a brainstorming session. Incense, candles, good music, or a change of scene can all help you generate new ideas. Think about the types of projects you would like to do in this journal and keep a list of ideas in the back pages. If you are ever experiencing a blocked or stuck feeling, these ideas can inspire you. Combine all ingredients and heat to a boil, stirring occasionally. Allow the mixture to bubble over and make a huge mess! Serve hot with a side of creative writing, a collage salad, and mixed painting and drawing sorbets for a refreshing dessert.
Yield: Infinite, and limited only by the bounds of your imagination!
Close your eyes. Visualize yourself, fifteen years from now. You are happy, healthy, and doing work which delights you. Picture every detail of your life; your home life, job, family and friends. Open your eyes. Write as fast as you can, without stopping, and describe your future self, living your wildest dreams. Write in the first person, and stay in the present tense. Mix well with colorful adjectives and original detail. Serve hot!
Yield: Will serve and satisfy an unlimited number of guests!
A Note from the Chef: We each contain all of these ingredients, no matter how deeply they are buried within. This scrumptious dish will actually help you to unearth the contents of your truest heart. Often, I do not know something is true until I have written it down, utterly surprising myself. To prepare the other varieties of creative writing presented here, use the same method: a visualization, followed by free-writing. This type of writing is most exciting and effective if it is done quickly, without crossing anything out or doubling back to check spelling and grammar. This allows you to separate creative writing from editing, and lets your ideas flow freely. You will surprise yourself with the endless variety of tastes and textures this recipe produces!
Assemble ingredients and cover work area with newspaper or an old sheet. Change into play clothes. Chop pictures and words into small pieces.
Brush outer surface of journal cover with Mod-Podge and stick on images, words, glitter, or anything else that catches your eye. Choose ingredients which represent yourself, or your creative goals, for this collage. Wait a few moments, until the Mod-Podge is slightly tacky, then brush a second layer of Mod-Podge over the top. Allow to dry, then add another coat if desired. Use sparingly thin layers will dry clear, but thick layers will not. Serve chilled.
Yield: Many wonderful, creative collages!
A Note from the Chef: A collage can be a wonderful tool for self-discovery. Collage a self-portrait, or the portrait of a loved one. Make a collage of your creative blocks and fears; burn it and release them to the air. Make a collage to represent your creative dreams and goals for the future. Write a poem and cut it into pieces to use in your next collage. Make a collage from old letters and birthday cards. Make a collage to celebrate your Muses. Make a collage while watching a favorite movie or listening to music.
Yield: The number of subjects for drawings is unlimited. Work until your hand gets tired!
Close your eyes. Visualize a beautiful mountain with a castle high upon the North side. Try to imagine every tiny detail. Mix well, stirring vigorously. Open your eyes and make a rough sketch of the basic shapes of the mountain and castle with paint. Build on it slowly, trying to capture the scene within your imagination. For best results, use a fairly dry brush, with a fine point. This prevents fine detail work from being spoiled by excessive water. Freeze overnight and serve chilled.
Yield: Many wonderful paintings can be created with this recipe; let your imagination soar!
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