In my freeInspired Mini Course I share an art journal prompt (among other things! Learn more here: Inspired Mini Course.) In it, I hide my journaling with a collage.
I wanted to share a few more options for hiding your writing in your art journal.
Why would you want to hide your journaling?
Most of the time you probably don’t need to or want to, but sometimes you may. If you share your art journal pages, you may want to hide journaling that is particularly personal or if it mentions something or someone you don’t want to share publically.
You may want to hide your journaling from yourself as well. You may want to get something out that is on your mind or heavy on your heart, but you don’t want to see it again. In that case, you may want to use one of these 4 ways to hide your journaling.
#1 Pockets or Envelopes
One solution to hide journaling is to slip it into a pocket or envelope.
#2 Collage Over Journaling
The second solution is to write it out and then collage over it. This page is from my free Inspired Mini Course.
#3 Write Over
The third idea is to simply write over your writing. You could fill a page and then start writing over what you just wrote and continue writing.
Or you could just strike out your words or use cute circles like this:
#4 Paint Over
The final idea is to paint over your writing. You can experiment with paints, but I usually use acrylics to cover writing. Watercolor (in my experience) will not cover your writing. If you use a dark color, you may need to use a thick layer of paint.
So those are 4 ways to cover up your journaling that you want to keep hidden.
In my free Inspired Mini Course, you’ll get a creativity booster, an art journal prompt (where you can use the tips from this post), learn how to pull out inspiration from your art journal page to design your own jewelry piece. I also share a full jewelry tutorial that you can customize to suit your own personal style.
[Note: The text below is a loose transcript of the video.]
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Today I wanted to share a ritual for LETTING GO. You may have some unwanted thoughts or feelings. This ritual will meaningfully and intentionally allow you to let those go.
When I say RITUAL, I just mean doing something meaningful and intentional.
A quote from Francis Weller says,
“Rituals are intended to take us into those places where we can engage with the difficulties in our lives in ways that are potentially transformative . . . into territories of fresh living.”
Before I share my Letting Go Ritual, I invite you to make up your own ritual. You can take pieces of this ritual and transform it into your own, or you could come up with something altogether different that’s meaningful to you.
Step 1 (A):
My first step for basically anything in my life is to write it out. When I wake up in the morning, I journal. When I have to make a decision, I journal. When I’m feeling stuck or unhappy, I journal.
I think journaling is an important part of this process so you can get all your thoughts and feelings down about what you want to let go. You could skip this step, but I think you’d really miss out on really processing your feelings completely.
In fact, it’s so important that I think just simply writing down all your feelings on paper could be enough of a ritual itself!
First, I wrote, “Things I want to let go of.”
Then I wrote the first thing that came to mind.
I described it and why I wanted to let go of it. I also wrote how it will be a change for the better if I do let go of it. (Basically how my life will change once I let go of it.)
Then I wrote a few action steps I could take to help myself let go of that particular thing.
This process took a bit of time for me, but it was also very freeing and rewarding and I also had several ideas of how to move forward.
Step 1 (B):
Then I went through my journaling with a highlighter and circled the things I truly want to let go of.
For example, I wrote about overspending to give myself a pick-me-up when I’m feeling lonely or depressed. In that section of journaling I also mention self-sabotage, so I also circled that as something I most definitely want to let go of.
In my Free Inspired Mini Course, we create an art journal page with the prompt Letting Go. I think that the process I share in the mini course is also a great ritual to let go. You can sign up for the mini course for free below.
Once you have journaled it all out, come up with words or symbols that hold meaning for what you want to let go of.
Gather some natural materials. I prefer using leaves. If it’s fall, depending where you are, you’ll probably find a lot of leaves around. Right now it’s winter here and I had some leaves just show up on my porch a couple of days ago when I started thinking about this ritual.
In the spring or summer you could also use leaves.
You could just as effectively use stones, twigs or other natural materials you find laying around.
Write the words or symbols from step 1 on your natural materials.
Now go out into nature. I released my leaves into a creek. However, if that’s not an option for you, you could bury the natural materials instead.
Take a deep breath, read your words/symbols on your natural materials and release them one by one into the creek while concentrating on letting go of whatever they symbolize.
If you’re using dried leaves, you could even crumble them up as you release them.
I love the idea that the water is taking it away.
That’s the end of the ritual. If you feel like you need to take some time to journal some more afterward.
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you don’t feel 100% creative and you need a little boost. You might be in the middle of a creative
block and need a little inspiration to get your creative motivation back.
Today I’m sharing Part 1 of a new free mini eCourse to help inspire you and get you started toward creativity again.
[Below is basically a transcript of the video.]
This free mini course is in 5 parts:
Part 1 is a creative activity to inspire you and boost your
Part 2 is creating an art journal page. Don’t worry if you haven’t done this before,
I’ll suggest ideas for your art journal – even if you don’t feel like an
artist. Even though I’ll be sharing my
pages, your art journal is just for you and you don’t have to share your pages
In Part 3 we’ll pull out themes and ideas from your art
In Part 4 we’ll sketch our jewelry ideas. Don’t worry if you don’t think you can sketch
Part 5 is a jewelry tutorial. In this mini course I hope that you’ll be
inspired to come up with your own unique ideas with your own personal
style. If you do, I hope you’ll make
your own piece. However, if you’re not
sure, I have a fun, customizable jewelry tutorial for you using materials you
likely already have on hand.
As I said, I’ll share Part 1 here today. To get the remaining lessons, Parts 2-5, just sign up below and I’ll send you the link to enroll in the mini course for free!
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Part 1: Creativity
Booster: Clean Your Workspace
Part 1 is a
creativity boosting exercise. The
exercise is clean your workspace.
workspace I mean anywhere you work, whether you have a full studio, a drawer
stashed with beads or anything in between.
I think the
main reasons this works are:
#1 You will get your mind off of
creativity. This will actually help you
come up with ideas. My very best ideas
happen when I’m doing something else.
Have you ever noticed you get ideas in the shower or when you’re doing
mindless chores around the house?
#2 You will actually see and touch your
supplies. You might find things you
forgot about or lost and get ideas of what to do with those supplies.
#3 Have a clean space makes you want to dive
back into a project.
it’s our tendency to want to “come up with ideas” or really push ourselves when
we have creative blocks. Instead I find
it helpful to do something — almost anything — else.
instance, cleaning your workspace, taking a shower, cleaning your house, doing
the dishes, basically doing something that takes your mind off creativity, but
something you don’t have to think about too hard. Maybe reading a fun novel or magazine would
work for you.
Do you remember
that feeling when you’re in the bead store or online shopping and you find a
great bead, clasp, etc. that you can’t wait to use?
don’t use it right away. Then life calls
and you’ve moved on. The beads get
stashed on your worktable or in a box or wherever and you forget about them.
happens to everyone.
you have a few beautiful leftover beads from a project that have been tossed
aside or forgotten.
organize your supplies, you will see them again. It’s like when you got them the first
time! Now you’re excited to use them
I find this
to be the case even with leftover beads from other projects. I’ll be like, “Yay! I still have a few of these beads!” And start coming up with an idea.
can do right now:
Even if you
have very little time to do a whole big reorganization, you can set a timer for
15 or 20 minutes and see how far you get.
Putting away beads leftover from a project.
Organizing your tools.
Just picking out the scrap wire to recycle.
Just picking out any trash that accumulated.
Separating your mess into piles of like items (i.e. a pile
of wire, a pile of beads, a pile of tools, a pile of findings)
Make a list of things you need to get at the store to
complete your organization (i.e. bins, bead containers, etc.)
As you can
see, even if you don’t have hours to devote, you can just set a timer for 5
minutes and take one step. Even just 5
minutes can really get your creativity percolating.
may find things you want to let go of.
You can donate this items to a charity thrift store or someone who would
through and purge my supplies every so often and I love the feeling of knowing
I love everything I have left.
So dive in
and clean up your workspace. When you
find some beads that you’re really inspired by as you go along, go ahead and
put them to the side for a jewelry project.
I like to collect beads I want to use next in a pretty bowl or on a
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The first thing we’ll do is make the pendant. I’m using the baule bead pendant plus one of the java beads on the bottom.
Cut a piece of 18 gauge wire a few inches longer than the pendant and bead on each side.
Approximately 1 1/2 inches from one end, bend the wire.
Pinch down the end. (Hint: Use a crimp tool to do this if you have one to make it a little easier. If not, use your chain nose pliers.)
Leave a bit at the end and bend the shorter wire up.
Then wrap the wire around the end creating a “knot.” You’re not actually making a knot. Just wrap the wire around to give it the look of a knot. I like to make the wraps messy, but you could make them neat if you prefer.
Pull the wire through the beads.
Hold the wire about 1/4 inch above the baule bead in round nose pliers. Wrap the wire around to form a loop.
Note: I found it easier to rest the bead on my worktable because of the weight of the bead.
Hold the loop you just made in chain nose pliers. Wrap around once while straightening out the bead so the loop is centered above the bead.
Then wrap around 2 more times.
Trim off the excess wire making a flush cut and make sure the end is not poking out.
Now you have a pendant to use in your necklace.
Cut about 4 times the amount of cord that you want your finished necklace to be. For example, if you would like a 20 inch necklace, cut about 80 inches. I cut some extra as well.
I used the brown cord.
Place the pendant on the cord and find the middle of the cord. We’ll work from the middle out.
Slide a bead onto the cord.
Make an overhand knot, but don’t pull it tightly yet.
In this case, I decided to use triple knots in between the beads. To do so, pull the cord back through 2 more times before pulling it tightly.
In the video I mentioned that I started making quadruple knots. As you make each knot, check to see if the bead slides over the knot. I also just made a second overhead knot over top of the first knot to add a little more bulk before I started making the quadruple knots. You have to make sure that you pull the second knot on top of the first knot because otherwise it will just be next to the first knot and not helpful. (See the video if this seems confusing.)
Put the awl in the middle of the knot and pull the knot. Then use the awl to pull the knot flush with the bead.
Pull the knot tightly as you’re removing the awl while also using your fingernail to pull the knot tightly.
For the first knot it’s a little easier because you can just adjust the bead and pendant to the knot, but after that you’ll have to be sure to get the knot tightly against the bead.
Continue adding beads and knots working from the middle out until your necklace is the desired length.
Trim the ends of the cord so they’re even, leaving enough room to make a bow and tie the necklace.
I prefer this necklace simply tied, but if you prefer you can use fold over crimp ends and a clasp to end your necklace.
I’ve been using my Mini Binder Art Journal for a couple of weeks now, and I have an update for you today.
I’m loving the freedom of this art journal and it’s really inspiring my creativity. I love that I can add in little things that just delight me like postcards or Project Life cards that I love anywhere I like.
I shared my intentions and an introduction into my Mini Binder Art Journal here.
(if you prefer to just look at the photos of my pages, see below)
Photos and descriptions of the pages:
Postcard with quote written on the back. “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” ~Henri Matisse
Next page is a reminder of this quote in my own words.
Background is watercolor.
I drew the flowers.
I used chalk markers to color in the flowers.
On this page I drew pictures of the creatures we saw during a hike at the Swatara State Park. No, I can’t draw, but I wanted to remember this day anyway, so I just went for it. (And who knows? With practice I could get better!)
5 Good Things from this day. I saw someone on Instagram had this prompt in their art journal and I decided to give it a try.
I taped strips of masking tape and then used watercolors to pain the stripes. After the paint dried I pulled the tape off and wrote the list.
I love great blue herons, so I decided to look up some information about them and put it in my art journal.
The background is watercolor. I took the photo. On the back I wrote my own reflections about great blue herons. (See next photo.)
Right side: very minimalist art journal page. Background is kraft paper. I used a Project Life card and then a printed out quote.
The next few pages are dedicated to one fun day I had with my husband.
This page is a drawing of our day and what we did.
Left side is a collection of receipts from the day. Right side is a few feathers I collected at the lake we visited. Background is watercolor.
I love using everyday ephemera and collecting little memorabilia I can use in my art journal.
This page was something else I saw on Instagram. What’s working and what’s not working. Background is watercolor.
This page contains tags and a receipt from a shopping trip to Community Aid, a thrift store and charity. I love how the different colors work together. Background is acrylic paint. I had painted the page and didn’t like it, but I like it with the ephemera on top.
Background is watercolor. Then I added feathers I picked up during a walk around my town one day.
Follow along with my posts of my art journal pages on my Instagram page: @KimberlieKohler I try to post daily, but sometimes I’m not quite as consistent.