August 8. 2019
Do you want your kids to regularly and tangibly practice creativity? Do you want to teach (or understand yourself) that ordinary images can have real, important meaning? Do you or your kids want to experience art times that leave you feeling successful, free, and unintimidated?
I present to you the visual journal. ✏️📖✨
By definition, a visual journal is a journal kept by an artist, containing both words and images that capture an artist’s thoughts or ideas. Visual journal pages are finished and complete - like miniature artworks - that can vary in style, technique, and materials. They are a great way to get your kids engaged in and reaping the rewards from the creative arts without having to spend a bunch of money!
Visual journal pages can be created on a whim, with a specific goal in mind, or with structured parameters. Regardless of how you visual journal, here’s why you and your kids should get into it!
1. Keeping a Visual Journal takes the pressure off.
There’s nothing more intimidating than jumping into a big art project when you have no artistic background or clue of how the creative process works. Completing small artworks in a visual journal allows learners of all ages to experiment with new techniques, ideas, and artistic mediums without the pressure of messing up on something that’s everyone’s going to see. 😳
2. Keeping a Visual Journal allows for low-cost experimentation.
If you or your kids are dying to try out a new art material, creating miniature artwork in a visual journal is a great alternative to experimenting with costly, large, or high-quality papers and canvases! Experimenting in your visual journal allows you to run wild with imagination and emotion without the fear of financial regret when things don’t turn out as expected.
3. Visual Journal artworks have the potential to exercise all the same problem-solving, creativity, and critical-thinking skills that a “normal”, full-length art project does.
If you create the pages of your visual journal with certain criteria in mind, you can get plenty of cognitive exercise that transfers easily to real-world circumstances. Do you want to stretch those problem-solving muscles? How about those creativity cushions? Grab your favorite art material and fill a page with a design that is unique, visually engaging, and limited to a specific theme or prompt. You’ll find yourself chipping away at the thoughts that creativity is something you’re just born with as you engage in healthy cognitive exercise on a small, low-risk scale.
4. Visual Journals are portable.
Did you just hear the sound of a heavenly choir - I know I did! Because they are small and not limited to any particular art media, visual journals can be packed in a suitcase, completed on a long car trip, swung out in a waiting room, or taken to a friend’s house. Sure, you can use messy materials to fill up your visual journal’s pages, but you can save those for days at home while crayons or colored pencils can keep your kids both occupied and improving their art skills when you’re in a jam. 🙏🙌
5. Visual Journaling is a healthy habit that never has to end.
Unlike the completion of a huge, final art project, the completion of a visual journal invites you to continue building upon and exploring. When you’re finished with the pages of your first visual journal, you can simply start another one, exploring different themes, parameters, and ideas. You can even start afresh with the same constructs, but try taking totally new approaches to the same artistic prompts! There never has to be a sequence or a connection between one visual journal and another and even the individual pages may seem to have nothing in common! With visual journaling, you have the freedom to follow a path to the depths or to whimsically wander while you explore the creative side you’ve had all along!
So you’re all in and you want to start a visual journal? Here’s what you should do next:
Love you guys and wish you the very best in your quest toward becoming better artists and better humans through the avenue of visual journaling! To snag our totally free visual journaling pdf, full of 50 prompts and suggested constructs, click the button below!