What a fun time and an art journaling success! While growing up, most of us were not taught that creativity and art are ways to express our emotions and our thoughts. The women at my art journaling were engaged in the process of letting go, having fun and learning something new — even about themselves.
I have used art journaling for over ten years for everything from getting rid of headaches, to getting over a painful divorce, to understanding different ideas and dreams. It really does help me to reduce the stress in my live. Barbara Ganim and Susan Fox’s book Visual Journaling: Going Deeper than Words suggests that art can be used to reduce stress, release anger, resolve conflicts, get in touch with feelings and give voice to your soul. I have lived these suggestions and they worked for me and for a number of my clients.
Explore for yourself — answer the question “What do I have to be thankful for?” using crayons, chalk, paints or your own medium of choice. Then, add a few words to your scribbling process. Enjoy!