Monday, October 11, 2010

A Slice of Writer's Life

By Joy Held

JOURNAL: “I can’t think of anything to write!”

I'm really, really hooked right now on ART JOURNALING. You have got to try it. It's a no boundaries way to combine journaling and art of any kind. It's a blast. Here's a simple way to get started. It's great for spicing up any journal entries.

Check it out at Click on Art Journaling magazine.

You’ve got old magazines don’t you? You’ve torn out and filed the articles you want to keep for future reference (I hope) and what’s left are inspiring words, pictures, and loads of ideas for journal writing. ANY magazine is jam packed with journal prompts and it’s a great recycling effort to use items from magazines to jumpstart your pages.

Take one or two magazines, scotch tape, scissors, your journal, and a pen and sit down with time to create. Flip through the magazine ripping out the pages with words, pictures, etc. that catch your eye. Just two days ago I ripped out a brightly colored gift, a stack of clean bath towels, several large words like ‘fun,’ ‘breathe,’ and ‘love,’ and a picture of a person sitting in a cross legged position meditating.

Now take the scissors and cut out the pictures and words that inspire you. Tape one picture somewhere on the current and blank-not-for-long journal page. Take a sip of the beverage I’m sure you have handy and look closely at the image on the page. Write about the first thing that pops into your head that is perhaps related to the photo. It doesn’t have to be, it can just be a place from which to leap into the wonder.

I wrote a whole page about how much I dislike doing laundry. Also on the page is the picture of a stack of clean towels. I seamlessly whined about how if there are disposable hand towels for the kitchen, why are there no disposable bath towels? Would save the world in water, soap, electricity, and toil! Paper bath towels could be recyclable! What do you think?

Be well, write well,


copyright 2010

"All books are either dreams of swords. You can cut or you can drug with words." ~Amy Lowell, American poet, 1874-1925


  1. Joy, I'm going to give this a try the next time I'm having a problem getting started. Right now I'm working on a Class of 85 story and it is going well.

  2. Hi,Scarlet, Please try and let me know how it goes. I have loads more art journaling ideas to share!
    The Class of '85 series at The Wild Rose Press is really hot right now. Keep up the good work and thanks for visiting!