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The Wonderful Benefits of Art Journaling

Updated on September 30, 2015

Art journaling is also known as visual journaling and according to Psychology Today it is an effective form of therapy for people who have suffered with post traumatic stress disorder, hyperarousal and even anxiety and depression.

Renowned art therapist Elizabeth Warson, PhD has used researched, studied and used visual journaling as a means to reduce stress, anxiety and various other issues. People who have suffered abuse may find art journaling useful because it provides the individual with the opportunity to externalise the traumatic events/event without having to vocalise them.

So What are the General Benefits of Art Journaling

Art journaling is a creative process that allows you to use various different mediums to document you thoughts, feelings, emotions or to simply express your creativity and practice your artistic skills. There are many practical benefits to art journaling, here are a few.

`Improve Writing Style and Ability

Writing in your art journal is not always a must however, if you do take the opportunity to write in your art journal you will find that your writing style and ability will over time drastically improve. Writing your thoughts and feelings down also allows you to externalise any negative emotions that might be causing internal stress.

Reduces Waste

If you journal on a regular basis you will find that you collect and use items that might otherwise have been thrown away. For example, bubble wrap, parcel packaging, boxes, magazine, newspaper, old books, cosmetic packaging, old scrap paper, letters and envelopes. You can use things like bottle caps to create patterns and designs. You can also get more use out of old credit cards by using them to create various effects and textures.

Improve Art Skills

Art journaling allows you to improve your artistic skills, boost your creativity, and it also keeps your mind active. Your art journal pages do not have to be works of art, they are a place for you to express yourself. It is vital that you allow yourself to fully express yourself in your art journal pages. Don’t hold back, pour yourself into each page and allow your creative juices to flow organically. Take a look at the videos below, be inspired by the techniques they use to produce interesting, creative art journal pages.

Art Journaling Videos

Some More Benefits of Art Journaling

Helps to Eliminate Negative Thinking

Pouring your emotions into any creative project can help to release the negative feelings. Feelings of anger, sadness, fear, anxiety can all be reduced by spending time on a regular basis filling up your art journal pages.

Keeps Your Creative Projects in one Small Area

If you simply don't have the space for hundreds of loose pieces of paper. Keeping art journals can eliminate the need for multiple sheets of paper. Thus allowing you to focus your creative energies in one place, or two or three places depending on how many art journals you keep.

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      intriguewriter 2 years ago from worldwide

      Thank you very much for your comments guys. Seriously art journaling has really helped me to get through some tough times recently. It is really one of my favourite ways to de-stress and release negative emotions. I have an adult colouring book and I love it! It is so therapeutic. Stay tuned for more art journaling articles and videos. I am currently doing a 52 week art journaling challenge on my Youtube channel. It is Eatfreshlivefresh i will be doing weekly videos. The first video is up. Thanks again for commenting and engaging.

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      Anna 2 years ago from Around the World

      Great hub! I appreciate the videos on how to get started. It's always interested me but I had no idea where to begin.

      Another fun way to destress is wreck this journal. It's a fun and destructive way to make art.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from USA

      Just recently, I discovered coloring books for adults and thought that was a wonderful way to de-stress. Before now, I have never heard of art journaling. I like this concept and really appreciate the explanations you shared. Also, the videos have helped expand my knowledge of this creative and rewarding art form.