An Afternoon of Art Journaling

Jul 23, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, writing  //  8 Comments

A couple months ago, I decided that I wanted to find a way to save the cards that my nephews give me for holidays and other special occasions. I registered for an art journaling workshop at Tranquil Space to potentially find the outlet I was looking for. I found something completely different and absolutely wonderful. I spent 3 hours this afternoon learning something relatively new, being creative, relaxing, having fun, and letting go.

As the workshop began, I got comfortable on the studio floor and began to spread out – the ephemera goodies that Kimberly gave us with glue stick, scrapbook paper, tags, tissue paper, and other fun goodies, plus sketchbook turned art journal, magazines, photographs, postcards, inspirational books, even an old wedding invitation that I found – I may have had all but the kitchen sink on the floor.

My Workspace

Not really knowing where to start, I tried to do all the instructional exercises that we were given. And somewhere along the way, my creativity started to come out. Kimberly provided us with some simple and very straightforward art journaling tips and then we were off. The first assignment – open to a random starting place in the book and begin to create a background using color, images, and/or pattern. It was fun not to start on page 1, although page 1, was already reserved for one of my favorite ads, that I’ve kept since 2002, found when packing up my condo, and don’t have the heart to write on yet:

Absolut Vodka Ad from 2002

I filled in the background using scrapbook paper, photos, and words and images from old issues of Yoga Journal. I got on a real roll and cut out more than I could use during the three hour workshop (this will make it easier the next time that I sit down to journal). The next step was to write on the pages we created. We could use the journal prompts or something else. Based on the images I selected and the words that resonated with me at the beginning of the day, I wrote a list of reminders. These are my first completed art journal pages.

the first exercise - my reminders

As the afternoon progressed, I learned fun techniques, like layering papers to create pages and adding envelopes or the like to help create dimension. I immersed myself into the process and was caught on multiple occasions feeling free enough to think out loud to myself. I created an opening to the journal with some of my inspirations, set some everyday goals, and thought about my takeaways.

an opening filled with things that inspire me


layering with tissue paper and my goals

my take-aways

An art journal is a collection of ideas, feelings, inspirations, and emotions. The simple activity of art journaling can be a very therapeutic experience, as you express yourself through words and images. I had a blast at the workshop – three hours surrounded by such positive, creative energy was a great way to spend a saturday afternoon. I look forward to sitting down with my art journal again soon.


  • Wow….This workshop looks like sooo much fun! Love the pictures ….very inspirational! :)

    Have a great time with your sunrise yoga this week!


    • Thanks Christine! I got to check out the sunrise yoga space today. In person, it’s even prettier and I think we’ll be able to see the mountains during the practice. it’s going to be awesome. :)

  • Love the pictures :)

  • Lisa,

    This is a beautiful spread and you captured the afternoon beautifully. Such a joy to have you join us! You’re a natural. xo

    • Thanks Kimberly! I had such a great time. I’m looking forward to picking up the journal when I’m back from my trip. I can’t wait until there is another one of these workshops at the studio.

  • Lisa,
    Great blog!! This was such an incredible art journal event. I’ve even more inspired to get working on my journal again soon now that I see your cool pages. Thanks for sharing.
    Best, Julie

    • Thanks Julie! I’m starting to think some of us should set up an artist date one weekend in August to journal again, together.

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