Violette : Visual Journaling by the Seat of Your Pants!
Visual Journaling by the Seat of Your Pants!
The creative possibilities for visual journaling are endless.
"Often the journal page has some incredible insights for you which lay hidden in the recesses of your subconscious mind only to be set free by allowing yourself the luxury of being in the flow."
Visual Journaling need not be daunting or inaccessible to the novice visual journaler. The way I like to approach it is in an intuitive manner or by the seat of my pants! This manner of journaling is exciting because you never know where you're going to end up. Often the journal page has some incredible insights for you which lay hidden in the recesses of your subconscious mind only to be set free by allowing yourself the luxury of being in the flow.
Be prepared to be influenced by what is going on around you at the time. For example, when I'm watching TV while visual journaling, the programs I'm viewing somehow find their imprint on the page. Once when I was watching a show on Monty Python, the heading on the journal page was written in a very scrolly decorative font which was a bit reminiscent of the fanciful beginnings of the show.
Preparation and Getting Started:
Creating Your Visual Journal Pages:
Begin by doodling a large face in pencil. Ink it in with your Micron pen, erase the pencil lines. Paint the face with your Twinkling H2O's or a watercolor set. Choose a border that you have made ahead of time and cut out. In this particular journal page I've decided to use a talk bubble so draw it on cardstock and cut out. On a separate piece of cardstock paint the background page in a pleasing color. At this point you can choose whether or not to leave the page plain or you can splatter it with paint (like I did here) or add another pattern as in the checkerboard background. The lighter the background color the easier it will be for you to write over top of it. When the background piece is dry glue your face, border and talk bubble onto it.
Now here is where the intuitive and fun part comes in. Ask the page what it wants to say and go with your first impression. You might get a word like "Inspiration" or "Create" or "Blurt" which you write onto your page with your Micron pen... then let your thoughts flow from there and write them into your talk bubble or in the blank areas of the page. Don't censor yourself or think too much. Thinking too much gets in the way of the magical creative process. After you complete this part you are free to embellish the rest of the page with your stash of ornamentations.
If you listen closely the page will tell you what it wants or needs! Flying by the Seat of your Pants has never been so much fun! •
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Violette is a whimsical creative spirit living in BC, Canada. She can be found driving her Glittergirl van around White Rock and living in the Magic Cottage. More »