Creativity Tool Tuesday: Art Journaling

There are times that I'm going 100mph and I feel like I only have time for serious things.  Do you ever feel that way?  There are times in life, like now, where I feel like I can't take my eye off the prize, that every moment needs to be productive.  Carving out a few hours to play feels like the most counterproductive idea.  With the pressure of life, entrepreneurship, I feel that way often, even though I know better.  But often what we need most is to gift ourselves a little play.  

If you feel like you don't have time to Art Journal, or vision board or craft or read for pleasure, I get it. I understand.  The thing that I've been watching happen in my own life by ignoring the pull of art journaling, or crafting or reading for pleasure is that my creativity well dries up with out those little outlets that fill up my well.  

Art Journaling is something I do in fits and spurts.  It's a way for me to process what's going on in my life.  It helps me cultivate creativity in many aspects, it's simply fun and therapeutic, almost like a form of mediation.  It draws me out of my head, I'm not thinking about what I'm doing, I'm 100% in the moment, looking through magazines for colors, words and images that feel right, then arranging them together in a way that's visually pleasing to me or tells the story that I can't tell with words.  

Maybe your day job isn't the most creatively stimulating job in the world and you find yourself craving the creative process?  If so this is an easy way to feel creative.    

I certainly don't have time for an art class right now but art journaling can be done quickly and makes me feel like I've played and done something creative.  I keep a stack of magizines and clothing catelogs in my office.  I also keep a folder where I can tear out pages and store them for later use.  

The amazing part of art journaling is that it inspires all aspects of my life.  This morning when I was writting morning pages on the opposite sides of where I art journaled, the words came so much faster.  I was writing about all sorts of things.  The inspiration for a project bubbled out of me easily when I had been trying to force it the day before.  I know last night's art journaling session will spill creative inspiration into all sorts of aspects of my life today and the rest of this week.  I hope that you'll give it a try.