Art journaling keeps me sane and is a great way to de-stress. I keep a mini art journal kit near my bedside table, at my front door or in the car so that I can art journal when I am out and about. I often stop at a park or in a cafe for lunch and use 15 minutes of art journaling to unwind and collect my thoughts.
In this next video I talk you through my travel art journal kit explaining each item and also my general art journal process.
My travel art journal kit contains: A5 art journal, watercolours (plus paper towel to use as blotting paper when changing colours), aquash type paint pen (water-filled paint brush), pen for journaling, textas and/or coloured pencils. These items all fit in in a large pencil case and are inexpensive and easy to use.
Keeping your art supplies simple allows you to choose an appropriate art medium easily without overwhelm each time you art journal. When choosing which medium to use, just go with your gut feeling (intuition), if you’re unsure maybe try each one in turn until you know what feels right for the session.
And remember that self facilitated art journaling is about the art process and not the outcome. Jot down thoughts, emotions and memories as they arise either on the journal page or in a notebook. Releasing your day as lines, shapes and colours onto the page allows you to process your day and let things go.
Oh, and have a little fun with it. Relax. Scribble. Just put marks on the page. Don’t force things, just allow what needs to come out, come out. Aim for release not Rembrandt.