of or pertaining to seeing or sight: a visual image (adjective) photographs, slides, films, charts, or other visual materials, especially as used for illustration. (noun)
a daily record, as occurrences, experiences, or observations
Visual Journaling: An artsy-craftsy method of exploring thoughts, feelings, emotions, and experiences. This practice is more tactile than traditional journaling, and has the capability of creating a more visceral experience for the journaler.
To begin, get a sketchbook with a medium weight paper. Compile some basic art supplies - Elmer’s glue and/or glue sticks, acrylic paints, color pencils, water color pencils, and the like. I also gather ephemera that catches my eye or is meaningful to me.
Explore different art techniques ( a great book to help with that is Journal Junkies: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict.) Your journal entries can be whimsical, brooding, happy, confused, whatever. It’s up to you. The point isn’t to create perfect artwork, it’s to look into yourself and help work out whatever you are dealing with at the time.
Check out these awesome links for more information on visual journaling:
Below are some examples from my own visual journal:
|My very first page, noting the day I started journaling.|
|I was feeling chaotic this day, and it's reflected in the work.|
|Journal entry the day I found out my grandma was near death.|
|Exploring thoughts about my life.|
|Dealing with loss.|
|Scrapbook style entry memorializing Grams.|
|I enlisted my nieces help to create this page.|
|Celebrating my anniversary|
|Ephemera and drawn exploration of my feelings.|