Published: Apr 7, 2023
Written by: Kelsey

What is an Abstract Art Journal Anyways?

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Abstract Art Journal

What is an Abstract Art Journal Anyways?

In an Abstract art journal, you are not just creating art, but you are also creating a space for you to express your deepest feelings through visual art. An art journal can be done in many different ways and doesn’t have to be done with abstract art but I find that the process is the most expressive. But allowing yourself the freedom to let go of perfection is very freeing to the soul and allows you the space to dig deeper and tap into areas you may have not tapped into before. It can be exhilarating sometimes after a session or exhausting depending on what you are personally working on but you will feel a sense of accomplishment and sometimes relief or like a weight has been lifted off of you. This is why I love abstract art! If you have been following me for a while you may have heard me say that you don’t need to be an artist to be able to keep an art journal. This practice isn’t about the art being perfect or being something that you would show to the world. This practice is solely about expressing yourself and the feelings you have been holding onto; in the colors, brush strokes, markings, textures, etc that resonate with you.

Best Way To Start An Abstract Art Journal?

Ok, so what is the best way to start?

Start by just experimenting and seeing what comes out. In the first few pages of your journal, use various materials like paint, inks, textured paper, markers, pencil crayons, grease crayons, clay, or any medium that feels right to create simple shapes and patterns. You can meditate before you journal or listen to music while creating; do anything that gets you into the right headspace. Create a texture palette and explore it as you go along. Experiment with different color combinations and create depth by layering elements. If you like writing you can always write on the page first. It doesn’t have to resemble a journal entry, it could be in point form or just random words all over the page, a single word repeatedly written in a shape or just a single word. You can write underneath your art or on top… whatever feels right. Maybe it’s a powerful word that you want to shout to the world or maybe it is something deep and personal that you are processing and letting go of. Whatever feels right in the moment is the way to go. Maybe while you’re creating, keep an open mind and know that your art is a reflection of yourself. There are no wrong answers – just be sure to enjoy the journey. Have fun and see where it takes you! Good luck!

Can Art Journaling Help With Mental and or Physical Health Challenges?

Absolutely! Art journaling is a great way to express your thoughts and feelings in a safe, creative space. It can help to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, and foster healthy coping mechanisms. Journaling allows you to unload the overwhelming emotions that come with life’s many challenges while providing an opportunity for self-reflection. It is amazing once you are able to really get into the process and let yourself go, you will see how it can benefit your mental and physical health! Journaling can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! Start small and focus on the basics. Put paint to paper and let your thoughts flow – don’t worry about making a masterpiece. Letting go of perfectionism is often the first step in getting started with art journaling. Remember that there are no rules; you have the freedom to express yourself however you like.

What Are Some Benefits Of Painting Abstract Art Journaling?

Therapeutic release. Painting abstract art can be a great way to explore your feelings without the need for words. It allows you to express yourself in an entirely unique and creative manner, giving you a much-needed outlet for stress and emotions.
The benefits of engaging in abstract art journaling are numerous and multifaceted. For many, this creative outlet serves as a potent form of self-expression and emotional release, creating a sense of fulfillment and personal empowerment. Furthermore, it can improve problem-solving skills and foster innovative thinking through the exploration of new techniques and themes. Ultimately, abstract art journaling can be a transformative experience that simultaneously expands one’s emotional, intellectual, and artistic horizons. I hope this blog post will help you get started on your abstract art journal. This is just the beginning of an exciting adventure of self-discovery and expression. There is so much more to explore in this method of self-discovery, mental health, and physical health benefits through abstract art journaling. Stay tuned for my upcoming art journaling membership coming in late May!

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Kels

Written by Kelsey Bornyk

My name is Kelsey Bornyk, and I am an artist, creator, chronic illness warrior, and coach who helps:

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