Journaling is a great activity: it helps you get creative and think about your feelings and emotions. It reprents a moment in which you think about yourself, and allow your thoughts to get alive.
On the other side, journaling can get hard at times: when you lack inspiration or feel overwhelmed, writing or sketching something on a page can become difficult. In this article, you’ll find a few tips to help you through these moments.
- Take inspiration from a magazine or a newspaper. Magazines and newspapers are great tools to organize the visual layout of your pages. Don’t just copy something, but try to rielaborate it through your own visions.
- Use pictures, post-its and sketches to fill up the space. At times, what we have to write just doesn’t cover two whole pages. It’s ok to use stuff that’s not completely related to your topic, it’s your journal, you don’t owe anyone an explanation.
- Don’t stress over something that’s not perfect. Nobody’s perfect, we are all humans, and perfection is an ideal noone will ever achieve. It’s ok if your writing isn’t as cute as usual today, or if your sketch didn’t come out the way you wanted it to. Art isn’t perfect, and that’s what makes it meaningful.
- Choose a main color for every page. Colors are what makes your journal visually attractive. Whether it’s black and white (yes, I know they actually aren’t colors) or pink and yellow, colors attract people and please the eye.
- Go floral. Don’t set limits to flowers: they keep you in a good mood and help you fill up space, they’re easy to find in magazines and nice to draw.
- Put some effort in the typo: change it from time to time, try out different styles and don’t be afraid of using colors and forms. Working on the typo is actually really pleasant: it helps you relax and keeps you busy while processing your thoughts and organizing your ideas for the pages.
- Take inspiration from your surroundings and the people you meet. Inspiration comes from the most different elements: from a feeling, a smile, a landscape, an object. Don’t underestimate anything and value every little thing of your surroundings.
- Listen to some music and sit outside while journaling, or sip some coffee, it will all help you get into the right mood and let out that little madness that’s typical of an artist.
- Don’t force yourself into journaling if you don’t feel like it. Trying to fill out your to-do list is great, but remember that, at times, you just won’t feel like doing anything. Rest, get out with your friends, watch TV, it’s ok not to always stick to your plans.
- Don’t be afraid of trying. Write the poem that came to your mind yesterday, draw that female figure: who care if it’s not perfect? It’s your own journal, your own choiche. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, you cannot improve without experience.