Saturday, February 20, 2010

Art Journaling

I've never been a journaler. Several friends of mine can fill diary after journal after notebook of their thoughts. And that's fantastic. There were times I wished to put the same emotion and thought into words. Recently I realized that it simply isn't possible for me. God created us all differently, and I need paint, pens, pictures to express myself. Enter, Birth of the Art Journal.(this was from a study on "the spiritual man," and grace-based salvation... not judging others...
being accountable to God alone...)

Now I can

Now I can put the art into how I feel, what I'm studying, and the backburner thoughts that stay on simmer in my brain. Art breaks language barriers. Art conveys emotion, and affects it, the way nothing else does for me. Of course, books and music are close runners-up.

Each of my kids got their own journal, too, to use however they want. So, for our daily journal time now (not writing in the morning, but part of afternoon art time,) they can doodle, paste, color, whatever they want to do that day.

The Artist took to collage like a fish to water. She puts things together in such an interesting way. The Nature Man sketched in pen. Dash stamped. LittleLad scribbled with crayons. Good. I love that God made us all so different, with unique talents and passions.


Soaring High said...

I think you and I are a lot alike. I do like to write but I am best with paint brush or paper and glue and glitter.
That is awsome you have done this!
I love the pictures you posted.

Arato Girl said...

That's sooo cool. I love it. And it's so wonderful that, as a parent, you recognize how awesome it is that each child is uniquely special. And you model that you're happy to be unique as well.

I'm gonna work on some abstract color craziness at your art night! It's about having fun... not deluding myself into thinking it's genius. My genius lies elsewhere ;)

Just what are those Woods up to? said...

That's such a great idea! It's so perfect for you--and really, you've been doing it for years, though maybe not calling it journaling.

Suzanne said...

This is great Wendy. Not for myself, but I thought of Gabby. You are very arsty talented. I only wish I had this gift.

Mandy said...

LOVE IT! I wish I was more "artsy" but I'm definitely more of a writer. Seeing "words" in pictures is a really emotional experience for me, even though I am not gifted in the way to create that myself!