The Gift of Expression

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There is something that I am excited to talk about. It is something that has become a therapeutic tool and a hobby, something I hope to be doing more of now that I have a bigger space to do it in… Art-jouranling! I often get asked, “what is that?”. It’s hard for me to explain in only a few words. One of the best things about it is that it can be so many different things for you. Some other terms you might hear are altered book or mixed media art. You are creating something using various resources – crayons, markers, pen/pencil, paint, glue, glitter, fabric, magazine cut-outs, photographs – just to name a few! You can start off with a book that exists (a textbook or children’s book), start with a blank canvas, or use a journal or sketchbook. One of the most important aspects of this is that for the purposes of therapy and self-care, it is about the PROCESS and not the product. So don’t worry what comes out of it – focus on instead what it felt like to express yourself.

{Check out some beautiful examples of Art-Journaling!}

Starting in January, I will be running an art-journaling group once a month at my office in Turnersville. It will be the second Saturday of the month at 1pm. The cost is $30 which will cover some basic supplies, prompts, socializing, feedback on your process, guided mindfulness, and more! Please contact me for more information if you are interested!

Prompt: How can I take time for myself during this holiday season to feed my creativity? What are some healthy ways that I can express myself? Think about ways you can incorporate journaling, art, and/or crafting into your life that work for you!

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