I'm back to playing with Visual Journaling (VJ). I've covered this topic before, but I want to revisit it since the process is so calming. With all the bad news we read and watch these days, it's nice to have a place to go that is safe, free of judgement (except maybe our own) and be yourself.
Obviously, keeping a journal or diary is good for the soul or people would not have done it for centuries. For instance, the earliest diary was found in 2013, more of a logbook, called The Diary of Merer (aka Papyrus Jarf), written 4500 years ago. In Japan, Pillow Books were common among court ladies and Asian travelers. These works consisted of essays, anecdotes, poetry and some art, created around the 1000s. Additionally, most great artists and scientists have maintained visual journals, such as:
Then select any and all art supplies you have. I would not recommend oil paint, soft pastel or oil pastels. But everything else is fine: pens, markers, crayons, pencils, acrylic craft paint, watercolor, ink and so much more.
- Do I call myself an artist, why?
- Who is my favorite artist, why?
- Paste down a picture of your father, mother and tell them how much you love them (or are angry with them or whatever emotional feelings you have).
- Paste down the flag and talk about how much this country means to you.
- Find some favorite quotes and write about them. I love Mark Twain's: If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. I can write and draw volumes on that subject.
- Pick a season you like, sketch and write about it. I love to draw and talk about pumpkins in the fall.
- Three-hour online workshops
- Scheduled for Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Professional teaching and demonstrations
- Workshop handouts in PDF form
- Limited to 12 students
- $75 per workshop
- Topics include: drawing trees, watercolor pencils, Pan pastels, holiday projects.