Art Journal Vol V :: Dream

  { 6.11.11 }

For this journal page, I used one of my favorite writing techniques. As you may know, art often comes very easy for me, but the writing part does not. In fact many of my first art journal pages had no writing at all, and sometimes they still don't. However, I have found that the addition of the writing can help me verbalize my emotions and thoughts. This particular technique, taps into the poet inside of me and is often very profound for me. As a bonus, it is super easy!
  1. Create your art however you like. This can be drawing, collage, a combination... just be creative.
  2. Look at your image you created and brainstorm whatever words come to mind. These can be descriptors, emotions, or random words that come to mind.
    • My words were:
      • dream
      • child
      • colors
      • aura
      • penetrate
      • frog
      • radiate
  3. Use the words you brainstormed to write a poem. (Try to use all the words, but if one just doesn't fit, don't worry. Also feel free to change the tense of the verbs, or make words plural or singular to fit within the poem)
    1. My poem:
      as if from a dream
      the bright aura of color
      radiates from the child within
      penetrating reality
I never would have been able to come up with that poem without using this process. However when I read it, it speaks to me in a very deep place, and took the artwork to a deeper place because of it. Try it for yourself and see how it works for you!

Self-care is something that is deeply important to me, and I continue a practice I started in graduate school, which is to keep an art journal specifically for my self-care as a therapist. You can read more about that here.


  1. Oh great close up, looking awesome! The colours are so vivid and beautiful!

  2. Love the background..very cool

  3. I love the colors, the textures, the layering! And what a wonderful technique for adding meaningful text to a page! I think I will try this next time I'm at a loss for what to write! Thanks for sharing!:-)

  4. Beautiful journal page! I'm the same way. CAn't find the words. :) This is a good advice. I might try it. Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. Sounds just right.I'm going to try it on my Zentangles.When I'm finished with them I always end up with words I don't express out loud.I will start writing them down and make a prose.

  6. Thanks ladies! I do hope you try the technique, it really has helped me sometimes find deeper meaning for my artwork!

  7. That is GREAT advice for journaling. I am just stepping into the journaling realm and also can create the art but have trouble with words.
    Found you through @allmixedupart and the paper.li article.
    I am @EDNBMRY.

  8. Yolanda,

    Thanks so much for your comments! I will definitely look you up!


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