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Saturday, January 29, 2011

art journal extravaganza

art journal: 
a way to give physical form to your thoughts, everyday events, dreams, and exceptional occasions. 

types of art journals:
daily thoughts, travel journal, exercise or diet diary, dream journal, business plan, goals, to-dos or ideas, cards, any record that you'd like to keep in a book or notebook.

how to: 
gather images, words, photos, paint, markers, journal, paper bags, tissue paper, scissors, glue sticks, japanese masking tape, favorite magazines, stamps, stamp pads, ribbon, and other ephemera (first photo showcases participant's ephemera goodie bag). open to any page, provide background, add images, add writing, date. voila! great handout by art therapist kelly brown.

 because it's fun, involves reused materials, and fuels your creative spark! and . . .  regular practice of creating via an art journal can reduce your heart rate, increase serotonin flow and immune cells, and decrease stress responses according to elizabeth warson of GWU's art therapy program. these findings complement previous well-known studies by james pennebaker on the benefits of writing about distressful experiences and the physiological changes that journaling can bring about in the long term.
more scoop at psychology today.

merci beaucoup to the lovely ladies who shared their saturday afternoon with moi. i'm honored and grateful. read more on the experience at city life eats.
happy creating.

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said...

I had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for linking me :)

Anonymous said...

that looks like so much fun! :] I just finished my Vision Board not long ago... an art journal is a great idea.. Collaging has my heart! <3

Art Changes Lives said...

Thanks for mentioning The Healing Arts on Psychology Today! Visual journaling rocks!

Cathy Malchiodi

Rebecca said...

Thanks as always for all of the wonderful creative play :)