The Benefits of Art Journaling

We already know that writing in a journal is beneficial for mental health and emotional stability. But is art journaling beneficial too? Or is it just playing with paint? Most people don’t know that there is an entire culture of people who share their art journaling with others.

So what is it exactly? Well, whatever you want it to be! All you have to do is get some scrap paper lying around the house, some paints or markers, and go to town. Get everything out of your head into the notebook. Make a mess with a reason for it. At then end of the process, you have something to show off to your friends! And the best part of it; You don’t need any artistic skills to do it!

So here are a few benefits that come from this fun-filled activity!

1.Gives you something constructive to do

Instead of browsing the internet, looking at other people’s beautiful art, you could be creating your own! Go ahead, practice those drawing skills and hone them. No page is a bad page.  You can use them later as a post card of sorts, or as decoration for your home. The pages you create can also serve as good birthday presents. Just write a loving note on the back and you’re done!

highliter girl

Highlighter Girl by me 🙂

2. Explore Your Artistic Talent! 

You don’t have to buy some expensive journal to make it mean something for you. Just buy a regular sketchbook (or two) from the art store, and then practice! Soon, you’ll be able to say you know what you’re doing. Playing with the materials you most enjoy will help you learn how to use them, as well as let you learn how to construct a visually pleasing piece. Don’t be shy! Learning from “mistakes” is the most beneficial of all.

lips

Lips by me 🙂

3. Distracts you from the whirlwind of thoughts

Have too much to worry about, and don’t want to think about it? Step away from those troubling thoughts by playing with paint. You put all your focus into the artwork your creating, you feel good about creating something from nothing, and when you’re done, you can view your problems with a fresh point of view.

I know that when I come home from work, I’m stressed. I have bills to worry about, a dog to watch after, and i’m moving into a house for the first time ever soon. Some things I don’t need to worry about just yet. So instead, I’m focusing on my youtube channel by art journaling! It also helps me get out thoughts and emotions I can’t put into words. Since I’ve started, I feel lighter.

i'll be ok

it’s all ok, by me

4. Something to do with friends or kids! 

My friend and I were a bit bored the other night. So what we decided to do was lay down some cardboard (I have a  carpet and no table), spread out the supplies, and got creative! It gave us something to do with our hands while we talked and gossiped. It was such great fun that we are planning to do it again!

It’s also a great activity if you are watching the kids. Just lay out the supplies and let to go at it. You can even do it with them to keep an eye on them, and make sure it doesn’t get too messy. Soon you’ll have a lot of artwork to hang on the fridge.

 

blue girl

Blue Girl, by me

What are your thoughts on art journaling? Do you do it? Do you enjoy it?

 

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About Journaling Gurl

I'm 25, l love to read and write.
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