Category: Art journaling

Journaling in bed!

So, it’s early morning, and I’m journaling in bed. It strikes me that in bed I write more, and it’s more “real”.

Showing up to my journal is important. Each day I write and each day it helps.

I’m currently using my Christmas washi, and this is lovely. My friend Sasha bought me it for Christmas but owing to time issues we didn’t get to see each other until way after Christmas and I’ve been waiting to use it!

I’m looking forward to Christmas just for the nice feeling it brings. 🙂

Today I’m using my “baby it’s cold outside ” washi. It reminds me of the film frozen.

So it’s a prompt in itself!

Where do you journal ?

Journaling – how I do it, and why.

Sometimes I write lots, other times, barely a page. I always write, every day. It could be how I feel, my worries, or venting. Anything that comes to mind. I don’t vet what I write, or censor it in any way. I cover up what I don’t want to be seen, as really, it’s for my own pleasure that I write.

I don’t pay attention to spelling, preferring the words to be allowed to flow. Punctuation isn’t totally necessary, unless you can’t understand the sentence without it.

I put paint down, as per Ali Brown’s video here :

This helps me to write on the page. I add tip ins (bits of paper, added to the edges, on the page or in between them) if I wish, and washi tape to the edges.

Why do I do it?

Sometimes you just need to let out what’s inside. You gotta “feel the feels” and dump all the rubbish and chatter from your mind, and in so doing , you can potentially learn much about yourself. I’ve certainly learned much more about what makes me tick, what I value and how I’m feeling, perhaps in regards to a Situation etc.

Anyone can journal. You don’t have to be an artist, writer or anything. You just need a pen, a notebook and the desire to write your thoughts out. It’s very healing and brings peace, in my own experience.

It’s worth a try.

Plopping paint on pages

Added washi

Tip in : courtesy of Carla Divine of heart journal magazine

The complete spread:

Do let me know if you a inspired to try! You don’t have to share what you write! Any questions? Just ask!

What ive been doing :)

ive been mega busy with work. Its been “head down and get on with it” but I managed to sit for a moment and do a few things:


I plopped paint on my journal pages (doesn’t take too long, and its VERY relaxing) this is inspired by Ali Brown .

I have been practicing drawing mandalas. This was meant to be a colour wheel but the colours are wrong, because my dyslexic head wont put them in the right place! it might have helped if i had done this in one sitting – i did it in several because i’ve been so busy!IMG_2632

So, ive not been unproductive!

I got new books:

and now I will be working through them. I started the Great Round that Susanne Fincher talks about in her book, and Kathryn has taken the course in. Its very deep. Ive done the first stage, and the second, about bliss is hard, because it connects to your birth, and im finding that hard.

Have you done the great round? have you any advice to offer?

So, its back to work I go. 🙂 i love it though, and there’s lots coming up next year that is really great in the work dept. 🙂

This post, in essence, does show that even when you are really busy, it helps to do something, like plop paint. It brings calm to otherwise busy time. 🙂 I recommend it! 🙂

Journal page

I did a journal page in my big dylusions journal. I don’t use it much, I prefer my small one, it’s less cumbersome.

I painted a background in watercolour, then added shapes with a white signo uniball broad. I don’t quite think it’s finished yet, I’ll go back in the coming weeks when I get some more inspiration 🙂

I did this in quite muted colours Because I wanted a peaceful feel to it, as I haven’t had much peace lately. I’ve been really busy!

I hope you like it.

Below is a close up of the details. As I say, more will be added in time. I like not rushing the process. Even if time is short, just adding something here and there makes all the difference, and is very therapeutic.