How Even Non-Artists Can Use Art Journaling to Relieve Stress

Anyone can use art to relieve stress

[bctt tweet=”Children ALL express their feelings through art. You can too. #artjournaling”]

Dear Wonderful, Creative You:

Even non-artists can learn to express and explore their inner worlds and release stress through some simple art techniques, it’s part of what I call creative self-care. Today on the You Are an Artist Podcast, I’ll share a bit about how and why even the most art-phobic can use art for healing if she wishes. Take a listen:

(If the Soundcloud app pops up asking you to download, you can just “X” out of it and continue playing the podcast here.)

Episode 1 of the You Are an Artist Podcast: How to Push Past Fear in Your Art

Episode 2 of the You Are an Artist Podcast: Roxanne Coble: Welcoming Fear with Open, Shaky Arms

[bctt tweet=”There are some things we can’t express in words, for that, there’s art journaling. “]

Here are some links that relate to the art journaling ideas I shared in  today’s podcast:

[bctt tweet=”It’s time we reclaim our inborn ability to express what we feel creatively. “]

Classes Collage

I have a new class up, Freeing the Muse! It’s a step-by-step online class that will teach you to use a few simple materials and exercises to regain the joy and wonder of art play and self-expression. When I do these exercises, I’m always amazed at what appears, and it feels like a scrubbing for my soul!

Learn to use art to release stress and anxiety


You can also check out more of my CLASSES, or e-books. Also, be sure to sign up to get your FREE GUIDE TO CREATIVE SELF-CARE and get weekly updates on creative techniques for stress reduction and personal growth. You can also meet up with other budding creatives in our private Facebook group, Creative Self-Care.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Creatively Yours,



[bctt tweet=”Art journal because you’re happy. Art journal because it hurts. Art journal because you can. “]


DISCLAIMER: This is not art therapy, but rather art techniques for personal growth and exploration. For a listing of trained art therapists who can help with mental health issues, go to the American Art Therapy website.


  1. Caylee

    Absolutely adore this, I fully agree. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Hi Caylee:

      You are such a sweetheart! Thank you so much for listening.
      happy creating!

  2. Joy Fahey

    Fabulous website! I really love your whole concept. I’m an artist and life coach and in the process of joining them together so you have given masses of inspiration Many thanks Great I love it!

    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Hi Joy:

      Wow – your name fits – what a joyful response! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and I’m so glad you found inspiration here.



  3. Ceri

    I love that you call it creative self care because often when people are feeling ‘wrong’ it is because their creativity is being suppressed. Just knowing that you can make marks and it’s OK is so affirming. Ceri xx

    • Amy Maricle

      Oh Ceri, I’m thrilled to hear that I could affirm something in your creative practice for you. We all need that!




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