“The cure for anything is salt water. Sweat, tears, or the ocean.”
― Isak Dinesen
This is one of my favorite quotes, visually speaking. For example, if you go to Pinterest, and type this quote into the search, you’ll find a whole bunch of ways artists and lovers of words are using quotes as art, or using quotes in their art.
A couple of my favorite examples include:
I’ve long admired the mixed media paintings Mae Chevrette makes, incorporating her photographs with quotes. She has prints available in her etsy shop.
Image Source: Sunday Suppers
Kraft paper is a staple in my studio – I use it for painting, making journal pages, and covering my big work tables. I even use it on the dining table for spontaneous drawing and painting over meals.
I love this simple idea of writing a favorite quote with a white pen on kraft paper, and then framing it. A big white Sharpie poster paint pen would work great for this.
If you’re wondering what this has to do with journaling…the answer is: everything.
For me, the whole point of journaling is that whatever we do on the page works it’s magic on us internally, and then finds it’s way outward, expressing itself in our lives.
I think of this as: Off the page, and into the world.
In all of my workshops, we play with this theme. Working internally, and in our journals. Then finding ways to bring our learnings and ideas outward, into practical use, in forms we can share with others.
This is a cycle that keeps repeating. Working internally, working privately, and then having something to share when that internal exploration is ripe and ready.
There is a life cycle to our creativity, and keeping a journal / sketchbook is the best way I know how to harness our imagination, gifts, talents, and ideas, and bring it all into tangible, practical, beautiful form that we can share with others.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
Name a body of water that you love…
Write a love letter or post card to that water, thanking it for something…
The waters that nourish me..
The waters that cleanse me…
You many have noticed by now, especially if you’re following #30DAYJOURNAL on Instagram, that lots of folks are choosing to make their daily writing visual, with art supplies.
This is in large part because so many participants are students of mine, who have learned how to effortlessly combine word and image together as a creative process I introduce in my workshop: Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook.
While the 30 Day Journal Project doesn’t offer visual instruction, my hope is that you’ll find inspiration and encouragement to try making your pages a bit more visual, if that appeals to you.
And if you’re really craving more creativity in your life, do consider joining me for the next Dreaming on Paper workshop – the fun begins on August 5.
Meanwhile, I’d love to introduce you to one of my favorite people / artists / teachers: Catherine Anderson of The Creative Photographer (and author of the luscious book by that title).
You probably take lots of photos with your mobile phone. So this is a great way to begin adding visual imagery to your journal.
Today Catherine shows you how to use your photographs as journal page backgrounds. She’s even got a few sample images you can print out and play with. Enjoy!
For the duration of the 30 Day Journal Project, look for even more visual inspiration from sister collaborators in FLOW.
Share your favorite sources for quotes turned into art, jewelry, or inspiration for your home
Make your journaling even easier:
Last year when I offered the first 30 Day Journal Project, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my journaling for the day.
So I made you nice versions of the very same layouts I’m using for my own journaling.
After I made these for myself, I prettied up the design so you could use them, too — and not just in a 3-ring binder.
There is another layout for cutting and pasting into an existing journal. I’ll share photos or a video of these at some point this month.
Get ALL 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs.
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This post is part of the 30 Day Journal Project.
Our theme for this year is: FLOW.
Just discovered this project? Great! You can begin right now.
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Don’t want to receive prompts by email – or did your daily email go missing?
No worries, we’ve got options:
1. Every day for 30 days, a brand new set of journaling prompts is posted right here on my blog. Creative journaling is my number one tool as an artist and creative entrepreneur.
2. I also made printables of ALL 30 days of prompts… (this is how I’m making my journal this year)
Beauty & Connection
You may join our closed FB Group for this project here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/30dayjournal/
Each inspirational quote for the 30 Day Journal Project has a pretty visual graphic for you to print out and paste your journal, add to your Pinterest gallery, or share as you wish.
You are invited to share your experience in the comments—the dream is to collect your stories for an upcoming book about this project.
Use the hashtag #30DAYJOURNAL in your blog and social media posts so we can find each other and build our creative community.
*Upcoming Workshops Registering Now*
A quick heads up that this is the last chance to join an online workshop with me until October, 2015.
Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook is the foundational course that shows you how to effortlessly combine word, image, collage and photography to create richly layered visual journals.
This course is required for more in-depth study and the facilitator training. Four weeks, starts in August, 2015.
The 7 Creative Powers is all about breaking through resistance and understanding the places we get stuck. For those who have already taken Dreaming on Paper or Creative + Practice. This course is required for the Facilitator Training. Seven weeks, starts July 8th, 2015!