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Therapy in Art


Journaling and doodling coloring pages is my therapy. I started doodling to find relief from chronic pain after cancer treatments. I found great relief. It took my focus off the pain and on something more positive. I started turning my art into coloring pages for others who need therapy.

I always loved writing in journals. I kept a journal of documented miracles and revelations from my bible studies. The real fun was found when I bought my first moleskine. I fell in love with the quality of the journal and thickness of the pages. I love books. I love to flip through a book and the smell of the pages. A bookstore is absolutely one of my favorite places to be for that reason and especially one with a coffee shop and the aromas of coffee brewing. Beginning an art journal soon became my new addiction. I fell in love with keeping a journal and documenting memories. I started going to therapy this year to help cope with the anxiety and depression that come with chronic pain after cancer treatments. Yes I said it, and I’m not ashamed either. A lot of people have anxiety and or depression and denying it makes it worse. My therapist encourages my art therapy through positive journaling. Ive started keeping positive quotes and uplifting stories in my art journals. I’ve found this to be most therapeutic and hope to bless and inspire others with my journals. I’ve saved each one full of my art, special memories with my daughter and other children when they visited and trips and dates with my husband. One day long after I’m gone these will become my daughters treasures. An art journal is something I would love to inherit from my mom. My daughter and I share a love for art and have a special bond. I know one day she will be so happy to inherit these journals and flip through the pages and see the detailed art and memories. If you create in a journal, what do you do with it when your done? Do you have plans for your journals? Do you keep detailed personal memories?


Art Journal Flip-through


These are some of my newly finished art journal spreads. It’s my first time using an app to make a flip through of my art journal. I’m sure there are easier ways and if you know of them, please share!

I always love watching other artists flip through their art journals. This isn’t my whole journal but almost half. I’ll share the pages individually in time too. There’s too many to share in the same day, which makes a video perfect!

Art Journal Inspiration


I found some older art journaling photos and wanted to share some of the pictures from my old moleskine. This was by far my favorite moleskine. It has the most colorful pictures of all my art journals. Do you ever go through different phases and look back through your journaling and remember what you were doing when you were making that journal? I had increased pain but I loved doodling and filling the pages with words and stories.

My favorite story I love sharing is my love story. My husband and I have been married six years this year but we’ve known each other since we were in kindergarten. He’s my superhero and my heart. “I want to get lost in this place” was making reference to my art journal. I was so in love with doodling on the nice thick moleskine pages. It brought me comfort during days when chronic pain was more than others. With increased pain I found comfort in this journal. Do you have a favorite journal or favorite spread? Can you remember what made it special? Please share.


Baby Groot


I Am Groot

If you love Groot and watched the movie you too fell in love with baby Groot. Maybe even asked if you could have your own pet baby Groot. This movie is hilarious and Groot totally made the movie! I highly recommend watching if you haven’t already.


No Mistakes in Art


Have you ever made something you thought was just right and then did something and thought, “Well that just happened!” I did that when I made the cutest vintage Mickey Mouse that looked so much like the real Mickey and then a couple drops of water dropped on him. As I instinctively quickly wiped the water off it smudged the colors across the page. I think I even said it out loud “Well that just happened.” However, after showing it to my very encouraging husband he said, “Well I think it’s kind of cool like you meant to do it.” But seriously, art isn’t perfect. Even mistakes turn out to be masterpieces. How many times have you finished something and found you misspelled a word because you were so focused on the art of lettering or smudged your art or maybe your pet walked across your drying painting?


Some vintage memories.


Anyone else remember Swans ice cream, push pops, or this silly little type writer. It’s the simple things that bring back some of the greatest memories. Anyone have pictures or childhood memories with orange push pop ice cream dripping down your face? I don’t even know why but this silly typewriter was something I loved even before i went to kindergarten. The clipping of the old ford is from a 1960s boys life magazine. How fun is that! I love a super great vintage find to add to my art journals. Sorry collectors 😬. I can’t help myself! I love collage art and the older the magazines the better!


Prompts Ideas and Words for Inspiration


Do you have a go to for the days you can’t find a topic to journal or write? Here’s a list of journaling prompts, ideas, and words to inspire your journaling creativity. It’s nice to have a go to or list of ideas.

You are welcome to zoom in and use any of these ideas that inspire you to create in your journals. Comment below if you have any suggestions that other writers might find useful. I hope you find inspiration here.


Inside the cover


Do you use every space inside your journals? I like to cover the inside cover with art and I use the last page to write prompts, writing ideas, vocabulary words, websites and blogs to follow and other various ideas for my journal. What makes your journaling unique?


51 Things to add to Your Art Journal


A list of art journaling supplies and ideas to add to your art journals. Sometimes it’s nice to have a little inspiration for adding art to your journals. I hope this inspires you to create with new ideas, if you haven’t already used all of these in your art journal. Please comment or add any of your journaling ideas below!

1. Vintage maps

2. Magazines

3. Discard library books

4. Washi tape

5. Origami paper

6. Post cards

7. Addressed stamped envelopes

8. Stickers

9. Paper flowers

10. Doodle art

11. Colored pencils

12. Water colors

13. Plane tickets

14. Clothing tags

15. Metal brads

16. Candy wrappers

17. Acrylic paint

18. Movie ticket stubs

19. Embellishments

20. Lip stick

21. Party invitation

22. Theme park tickets

23. Charcoal pencil

24. Wall poster

25. Spray paint

26. Glitter

27. Gift card

28. Card board

29. Travel brochures

30. Paper dolls

31. Cards

32. Wrapping paper

33. Oil pastels

34. Comic strip

35. Tim Holtz

36. Sheet music

37. Concert tickets

38. Gelatos

39. Tea

40. Paper clips

41. Vintage sewing patterns

42. Playing cards

43. Free printable art

44. Distressed ink

45. Ribbon

46. Fabric

47. Coffee

48. Chip board

49. String

50. Children’s art

51. Handwritten notes


Love ❤️


Don’t forget to love yourself for Valentine’s Day. Don’t be afraid to love yourself. You are important and you matter too. Much love and happy Valentine’s Day.