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August 7, 2014

Art Journaling Journey

For years I have been intrigued by the pictures of various art journals, both the images and the ideas expressed.  Usually the ideas are a phrase or a quote.  But I  also like to process and journal my feelings and patterns I discover within and without myself.  But for some reason I never attempted to actually art journal, keeping my journaling and memoir writing separate from any artsy stuff I would do.  I realize I never thought I could really do the “artsy stuff” myself.

A perfectionist artist father both gave me some tools for art and discouraged me from doing art, or even thinking of myself as an art person.  Soul Food Café facilitated by Heather Blakey, was the first internet site that really drew me in with its writing prompts and information on how to set up a blog. The group was inspiring and encouraging to someone just starting out.   I loved writing as I wove in memoir and experiences with the fantasy stories.

These became part of my blogging (see blogs starting at the beginning in 2008) and proceeding onwards for those writing regarding trips to Lemuria and Riversleigh.  Shortly afterwards I came across SoulCollage (formulated by Seena Frost) and Kaleidosoul (facilitated by Anne Marie Bennett) which really resonated with me by having both aspects of the collage making and journaling to specific questions from the collage picture made.  The questions used (see my SoulCollage-Kaleidosoul page for the list of questions) are as if the collage picture itself is speaking, allowing the unconscious to come forth at times.  I also used the collages I made as part of my posting in the Soul Food Café and Riversleigh posts.


SoulCollage and Kaleidosoul questions and answers combined into Project Life cards for my album in addition to photos of my everyday life and special occasions.  Project Life has provided a rich tapestry of daily life in photos and words.  Some pages had more journaling than others, but generally was limited by the size of the inserted cards, even when using the back of the cards.

Wounded child card

Document Life Project took  everything one step further and really got me I into art journaling.  The prompts were inspiring for a page or two of doing art, as the Art to the 5th Academy website and Document Life Project facebook page had wonderful videos and instructions for learning how to use the wonderful tools of art available.  The moleskin journal recommended also included a page for planning (left side) and a full page for journaling (middle page) as well as the added yip-in art page (right side of gesso, acrylics and stencils).  This all truly combined my love of journaling with playing with art – a true combination of visuals and words.

DLP wish list 3 pages
(Pinterest has been an ongoing arena for inspiration for all of these, and other, projects.)


  1. This is fascinating Thalia. I used to talk to you on Soul Foods and had wondered where you’d got to. So good to make contact again. I’m really fascinated with the processes you have outlined here and would love to know more. I make hand made books but they lie around with blank pages as I can’t figure out how to take the next step. I don’t want to fill them up with trivia but want to make pages that reflect my inner journey. I’ll follow up on some of the sites you have mentioned and see where it takes it me – thanks for the inspiration.

    Comment by Suzanne — August 7, 2014 @ 5:09 pm |Reply

    • Your hand made books sound like the perfect place to document your journey. Let me know how it goes. Glad to re-connect again.

      Comment by thalia — August 8, 2014 @ 6:00 am |Reply

      • 🙂 I’ve started following your blog so I’ll keep in touch. I look forward to seeing what you produce next.

        Comment by Suzanne — August 8, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

  2. Great post!!

    Comment by imogen88 — August 7, 2014 @ 10:58 pm |Reply

  3. I’ve just signed up to the academy – not that I haven’t already got enough to be doing but I can’t resist temptation! I have the Soul Collage book but somehow it didn’t click enough with me to follow it up but I loved looking at the artwork people created. I’d love to know where they find all their wonderful images ’cause I never found the like in any junk mail I got.

    Comment by traveller2006 — August 8, 2014 @ 10:01 am |Reply

    • SoulCollage is great for deeper processing of the unconscious. The images can be found from magazines and catalogues, Pinterest and on-line clip art, one’s won paintings and drawings. The Art to the 5th Academy has wonderful videos and postings for inspiration and for sharing.

      Comment by thalia — August 8, 2014 @ 1:08 pm |Reply

  4. Wonderful to see your integration of SoulCollage® with Documented Life and Art Journaling. I have been combining SoulCollage® with phototherapy and parts of the Intensive Journal process (Ira Progoff’s work). I love combining different methods and creating unique ways for each person to write and make art…..

    Comment by Amy Miller Cohen, Ph.D. — March 17, 2015 @ 3:46 am |Reply

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