RCASA’s Art Therapy Thursday: Visual Journaling

In Sexual Assault Awareness on February 11, 2010 at 8:53 am

Most of us are familiar with the concept of Journaling. To many the thought of keeping a journal can be daunting, looking at a blank page, unsure what to write or even where to begin.  Journaling doesn’t have to be scary, and should be something that everyone experiments with throughout their life. Journaling can provide an outlet and is a safe place for our thoughts, feelings, concerns, and worries. Journaling can also provide a record, or time line, of our place in life and offer opportunities for self reflection.

Visual Journaling is a form of journaling that can help you to express your conscious and unconscious thoughts without having to find the “right” words.  There is no wrong way to express your self.  Visual Journaling can begin with pure line and shape, possibly helping you calm down from a long day. It can be collaged images that seemed to speak to you and help you tell your story. Visual Journaling can be realistic or abstract, it can be a pencil drawing or pages filled with color, and it can be a cartoon strip that says all the things you want or need to say. Visual Journaling can be anything you want it to be.

If you choose to begin your own visual journal you can begin with buying or making your own. Find a size that works for you and equip yourself with your favorite art materials. Once you are comfortable, experiment with other materials and try some that are new to you. When you complete a visual journal entry I would encourage you to reflect on your creation and respond. Try responding with words or invite yourself to begin another piece of art, the journey is yours.



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