Over the last few weeks we have been talking about different ways to use your art journal for self-care. (You can find the posts on Simple Drawing Techniques for Anxiety, The DIY Adult Coloring Book, and 10 ways to make your own art journal by clicking the links.) Today I’d like to share another wonderful way to art journal, which is keeping a “shared journal.”Record special moments with your family in a shared art journal, here's how: Click To Tweet
What Is a Shared Journal?
As you might imagine, a shared journal is one that is kept by more than one person. As such, it’s not one person’s most intimate words, thoughts, or images, but rather a way to communicate or record memories with two or more people. You can imagine how fun and meaningful shared journaling can be in families. Your journal pages can be written, visual, or a combination of both.
Shared Journaling with Younger Kids
With younger kids, you might draw and narrate a story, or paste in pictures and write about special memories. Structured writing prompts, such as those in this post from Journal Buddies, could help you to explore what makes your family unique. When I do written entries, I like to incorporate some visual elements to “fancy it up” a bit, such as some doodles or a background.
Shared Journaling as a Way to Communicate with Teens
More Ideas for Art Journaling with Kids
How do you use a shared journal? What kinds of art journaling techniques do you use with kids? Tell us about it in the comments!
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