Therapeutic Art JournalAn intimate art journal is for self-expression through different forms of artistic expression.
It’s about taking a moment for yourself and having fun with lines, shapes and colors.
Combined writing and drawing unlock creativity and vital energy. It helps to find answers with intention, to questions and to problems. An indispensable tool to explore what is present and maintain a link with his inner and spiritual life. The focus is on the process and not the result, and this without judgment.

We are all creative and creative.
We have deep knowledge and great inner resources.
The creative process improves the balance and allows the healing of certain wounds.
There is no good or bad way to create.
Having compassion for yourself promotes self love and creativity.

DRAWING TECHNIQUES: To be used in any order.  Even if you say you can’t draw.

1. Spontaneous drawing: This is the basic approach and all other techniques are variations. It is a question of drawing spontaneously, to let oneself be guided by the lines, the colors and the forms while avoiding to think too much … starting from a theme or what is presents.
2. Doodle: Play with shapes and colors, like a child would! Do not think about the end result. It’s a good warming tool!
3.Colors and shapes: Use abstract shapes, lines, images and symbols to express an emotion or idea as they come up.
4. Take a pause: Use meditation or visualization, dance and music to center yourself physically and then create from a drawing the colors and shapes that come to mind.
5. Zoom: If part of your drawing intrigue you, draw a small part and make it in a bigger picture on another sheet.
6. TRIO polarity: Make three drawings: first, understand the desire, the other is on the fear that is under the desire. Close your eyes and wait for a third drawing to emerge, harmonizing desire and fear. The last drawing will be closer to reality.
7. Mandala: Draw inside a circle, which you can divide from the center or circle. It serves to harmonize and bring order.
8. Collages: Create an image or a mandala from magazine cutouts.

WRITING TECHNIQUES: Use in any order and mix techniques as needed.

1. Fast writing: Write freely and quickly, without thinking too much, without erasing, without checking the spelling and without re-reading. Keep your hand moving, follow the thread of your thoughts and write everything that comes to you emotionally and intuitively. You can use a sentence, an image, a word, a question or a theme to start. It is a question of repeating this word if we block … and continue. Make 3 pages. (The artist way, Julia Cameron)
2.Dialogue: Engage a written dialogue with an element of the drawing or a part of oneself, with an imaginary or real character. It’s about asking yourself questions and letting the other party answer. The technique of the left hand is very powerful. (The power of Your Other Hand, Lucia Capacchione)
3. Fictitious letter: Write a letter that you do not send. The letter can address an element of the drawing or a part of oneself, a real or imaginary person, a dream …
4. Make a list: Make a list of all the words that come to your mind about a topic that is causing you a problem or about which you have to make a decision. You can choose an item to work more deeply.
5. Diagram: Make columns or sections to describe different aspects of a theme or to compare different options when making a choice. It is a visual to put in order or to explore differently a subject.
6. Bubble diagram: Allows you to write a keyword in a small circle and attach secondary ideas, also circled.
7. Characters: Create a character from an aspect of yourself. It is about describing it, giving it a name, making it talk and engaging in dialogue with it. The characters help to create perspective on inner dynamics and our personality traits.
8. Stories: Use your art, your dreams and visualizations or any other sources of inspiration as a starting point …
9. Spontaneous writing: Following an unusual form is inspiring and stimulates the spirit of play … write in a spiral by starting in the middle of the page and turning the journal while writing.
10. Non-Dominant Hand: Write or draw to bring out different emotions, thoughts and impressions.
11. A different point of view: Speaking of oneself in the third person (he or she) or the other in the “I”. Talking about yourself by pretending to be somewhere else or having a different age in order to enlarge our perspective and play with reality.   (from Le journal créatif, Anne-Marie Jobin)


First, silence to create the interior space to receive the image.
Spontaneous work by writing (intuitive side)
Engage in a conversation about drawing inspiration
Write everything that comes to me around drawing
Make free associations with each element of the drawing
Let the picture speak to me
Write a story or poem
Conclude with a few sentences summarizing the message of the drawing, knowing that there are several levels of meaning and that the drawing can reveal something else at another time.
3. More thoughtful work on drawing (rational side)
Questionnaire that can be beneficial:
Do a search for the different symbols that appeared in the drawing.
What do I feel this symbol wants to tell me?
If this symbol could speak what would it say to me?
What does he tell me about the meaning of my life?
Do the colors used make sense to me?
Has the symbol ever come back and in what context?
Describe what “I” feels now.
How does it fit into my life today?
How do I see this serving me in my life, from now on?
Are there fears, apprehensions?
Write what I feel, what surprises me, the message that comes out and what it tells me?
Write about the colors and what they make me feel.
Are there things that bother me?
What I learned?
What is my intention and what title will I give to my drawing?
4. Short method:
What title would you give to your drawing?
Write around this one words that rise spontaneously.
If the drawing could speak, what would it say?
By observing your drawing and your words, how do you feel?
Are emotions related to something you are currently experiencing? If so, what is it?
Is there a message that emerges from this work?
Write freely on the whole process.
(from the Visual Journaling: Going deeper than Words by Barbara Ganim & Susan Fox)