Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. ~Albert Einstein
If you think that you can’t draw, you can still keep a visual journal. I created this page in a Strathmore Visual Journal. The pages are Bristol and the size of the journal is 3.5” x 5”.
I started with using a stencil of a dog as my one central image. I think it is it a Labrador Retriever. Please tell me if I am wrong. I used a Sakura Pigma Micron Pen, Size 005. The tiny point allowed me to write a lot on this page. After the writing was done, I wet a paintbrush with water and loaded the color on the brush by wiping the tip of a Staedtler watercolor pencil. Then I painted over just the text and left the dog unpainted.
When it was done I added the collar on the dog. The words on the collar say, “Time to Rant”.
This brings me to the journaling portion of the visual journal. Some times I don’t have a particular topic that I want to address and I just need a space to write out my thoughts. Doing this allows me the space to bring up issues that I don’t necessarily want to discuss with other people but are still on my mind. On this page I wrote about random thoughts on what I was watching on TV and how I felt after going for a walk. Eventually the rambling ends and I finish the one sided conversation.
Writing in a rambling way may bring up deeper issues for you and sometimes things that come up surprise you. This is the value in doing this kind of work. You will find a nugget that has been just below the surface that will need more exploration. For example, on this entry I could really see how going for a walk really changed my day for the better.
One last thing, creating pages don’t need to be completed in one sitting. I stenciled the dog one day and left it alone. A few days later I started the writing. The writing was started in the morning and finished in the evening, so yes, that part of it was done in one day. A few days later I added the paint. The next day I added the collar. No need to rush. This can be a way of slowing things down, being calm and making things simple.