As I’ve played more with art journaling this week, I thought I’d share the prompts that I used. For this first picture, I asked ~ What does the New Year represent?
In the middle, I carved a “secret” door, a visual representation of the time I need to carve for self:
Inside the door, I wrote those spirit words that I hope to manifest in greater abundance this year:
I’m embracing the word “Release” this year and wanted a flavor of what that feels like. You can see that I didn’t sacrifice my journal writing for the mixed media as my entries are written here:
The prompt for the next picture is actually a cluster writing ~ center circle with a word in the middle & then span out with quick word associations (usually a spider web effect but this one turned into a flower in which the stem… aka my need to control…wasn’t grounding me but holding me down). Use any word that calls to you, or any idea that’s tickling your brain. (I also use this exercise for writing projects and planning workshops.)
I chose the center word “overwhelm” in an effort to find my balance. I only used oil pastels and a paint pen on this one:
In this next example, the left hand page was a response to my questioning an out of control feeling & I ended up with a puppet on stage. The right hand side was a release of the need for control through “blowing bubbles”:
Here are the writing prompts for your own journaling whether through writing, mixed media or a combination ~ express yourself your way:)
What does the New Year represent to you?
What do you want to manifest this year?
What can you release this year? What would that look like?
Try a cluster writing…pick a word that calls to you, center it on the page and spider-web quickly all the other thoughts that flow from your center.
Enjoy the journey:)