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Turn your mood into an art journal page
Hi everyone ! It’s Sofia here and I am thrilled to invite you to explore your mood through your art journal today !
My art journals are the receptacles of my feelings and I like to use them as a tool for my self-care.
I usually put my feelings on my art journal pages. Whether it is joy, sadness, excitement, happiness, anger, … Whether it deals with anxiety, doubts, thoughts, … I turn them into art. And I know that many of us are doing the same. Our art journal pages are often a way to express ourselves.
That said, I have been trying to use them with a new way to express my mood in my pages : I use them to change the way I feel.
I see your eyes rounding up ! Let me explain.
Sometimes, I begin my day or my week in a weird way. I write a lot, daily, and I like to question my mood to understand what is going on, and then, try to give it a new direction. Not long ago, I tried a new technique : using art journaling to explore the emotions I wanted to feel.
For example, if I feel anxious and want to feel more confident, I art journal this emotion. The creative process of making a « confident page » tends to push back the anxiety. And later, if I feel badly again, I can look at my page to find the positive emotion again.
I like to create a « desired moodboard ». And I invite you to create your own with me.
First of all, identify the emotion you want to feel.
- What color(s) is it ?
- What images represent it ?
What words describe it ?
Choose a color palette in keeping with the mood you want to have.
Grab your favorite supplies : acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, markers, …
Pick up some images and words.
Create a background with the medium you chose. It can be abstract or figurative. I choose an abstract one, but you can also draw or paint flowers, stars, … whatever suits you.
When it’s dried, put your images and words.
Think about the wellness you feel at this moment. I like to have my favorite tea, chocolate and music near me. It helps to focus and to enter the right atmosphere…
Once your page is finished, take a moment to contemplate it. Maybe, you’ll want to meditate. Keep your page at your fingertips to refer to it whenever you need it !
This a very deliberate exercise to do. While creating, be aware of your sensations, enjoy the process, how your supplies, the colors, images and words you have chosen are reflecting on your mood like a mirror !
Turn your mood into art in your art journal
Sofia is a writer, art journaler, feminist activist and entrepreneur. She strives to live a meaningful life, by putting art at the center of her life and sharing her passion with other people. She loves to challenge herself continually, in all the areas of her life.