Art Journaling for Self-Esteem
By: Amy Maricle
I want to start a revolution. A self-esteem revolution. A self-love revolution. A self-appreciation revolution. Will you join me?
I’m not talking about conceit. Not selfish, self-centered insecurity masquerading as confidence. Do you know what I’m talking about? “Oh my God, it is SO hard being this skinny, my friends are ALWAYS making jealous comments. It’s SO annoying.” That’s insecurity, don’t be fooled.
I’m talking about true, calm recognition of your worth. It doesn’t need to be loud or bombastic, or apologetic. It just is. It’s exactly the way you name the strengths of friends and loved ones without a second thought.
It’s not flaunting. It’s gratitude. I want you to be able to graciously give gratitude and recognition for all your wonderfulness.
And I want you to start right here. Right on this blog in the comments. Right in your journal. And I’m going to take a chance and do it right along with you. I’ll lead you through and tell you how. I give you permission to do it. Heck, I give myself permission!
Art Journal Prompt:
What do you love about you?
Even if this is hard for you to answer, if you dig, and muster up some courage, you will find some little things that you can honestly say you love about yourself. Start small. (e.g. I love that freckle on my knee.)
If you really struggle with it, talk to your family or a close friend and do the exercise together, making a list of what you love about each other. That can be your starting point.
I also found that using the word “sometimes” gave me permission to quiet the negative voices and make way for self-love. (i.e. I love that I sometimes make people laugh.) If you want to make a fun, artsy journal page, for yourself, or an art therapy client, here’s how:
1. Start by painting a background color you enjoy – something bold – in watercolor, tempra, or acrylic.
2. Draw a circle or a heart in the middle of the page, and inside write “What Do You Love About You?”
3. Draw wavy lines all across the page.
4. Fill in the lines by completing the phrase, “I love…” over and over again until you fill the page. Don’t let yourself stop until you fill it up.
Share What You Love About You!
Will you share some of what you wrote here in the comments? Will you post your journal page on Instagram with #selfesteemrevolution or on the Creative Self-Care Facebook page? Will you make this poster your profile pic on Facebook?
You will inspire others to do the same with your courage. You are starting a self-love revolution. Do it for yourself. Do it for your daughters, your mother, your sister, and your friends.
Do You Like You?
Singer Colbie Caillat says it perfectly. It’s all about loving yourself, just as you are. Please check out this awesome video full of women and girls of every variety, age, shape and size, loving themselves, just as they are.
Self-Esteem and Art Journaling Resources
SARK is an author who is all about self-love, self-acceptance, and creativity as a way to get there. What could be better? Check out her books here.
Visit my Self-Esteem Pinterest Board
Make a $5.00 Art Journal with artist Alisa Burke – genius!