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My Art Journal Was My Therapist

Art journal therapy helped me solve a problem - Carolyn DubeI had something I had to work out so I had a session with my most trusted therapist, my art journal.

Art journal therapy helped me solve a problem - Carolyn DubeWhen I am caught up in the mess of the emotions I don’t see things terribly clearly.  Today, I calmed myself down with some paint and stencils.


Then some scribble journaling, in white pencil on this page, helped me sort things out and find the answers I need.


I wanted clarity…my art journal provided that (and it makes it much easier for me to justify new art supplies since it is for mental health…).

And that problem that felt like a mountain before I arted – thankfully now is just a molehill.


Art journal therapy helped me solve a problem - Carolyn Dube


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  • Sandy :) August 24, 2014, 7:53 am

    Nothing like working it all out in an arty way.. Helps me every time.. Great page..

  • HelenRae Tarantino August 24, 2014, 9:09 am

    I rely on my art to make my day! I love the inspiration from you! Have a great day!

  • Leslie August 24, 2014, 10:06 am

    Carolyn I ALWAYS can relate to your work and your posts!! My fave thing to do when I am stressed is paint and stencil and get MESSY!!:)

  • lorraine williamson August 24, 2014, 10:32 am

    my shrink loves the fact that I art journal because all the meds make me sick and the art is the best medicine

  • Boo August 24, 2014, 11:16 am

    I agree… Art Journals are great for therapy

  • Denise Spillane August 24, 2014, 11:18 am

    I love that you do this. I have a couple of journals going and some times work things out without realizing I had something to work out. Weird huh? Live all your posts.

  • Sandra August 24, 2014, 11:41 am

    Art is definitely an escape for me. Just started an Art Journal a few months ago & have loved the process. So glad I found your video’s etc. because they are always an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  • Betty Franks Krause August 24, 2014, 11:49 am

    Very well said and a beautiful way to deal with daily life. Although I don’t do much art journaling, I create every day. It’s my therapy. Thank you for sharing yourself with us!

  • Gail August 24, 2014, 1:51 pm

    So true!! I often work on a page only to realize it actually worked on me! I find answers staring right at me. It is the most amazing thing…excavating yourself in that way! Thank you for all you share of yourself…:)

  • Liz August 24, 2014, 2:15 pm

    I love my junk journal for grungey art therapy, too!

  • Denise Huntington August 25, 2014, 11:47 am

    Great journal page! I love that you scribble journal. When I am an emotional mess I start off with the journaling then (partially) cover with paint. I love how yours looks on top of the paint!

  • Corrine August 26, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Mystical and serene. But oh so colorful you. xox

  • Suztats August 31, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Art keeps me grounded. i want to create all day, every day. So I agree about it being therapeutic. I think my art keeps me sane. (My DH may not agree on that one…..lol!)

  • Debra K August 31, 2014, 4:44 pm

    So happy to see you trusted YOU….your own therapist. My therapy is watching you! Smiles.

  • Don Mettler September 1, 2014, 8:25 am

    I wish I could afford to take this class but that does not mean I don’t a[appreciate your work. It does make me want to try my hand at the challenge . Thank you for making me excited to continue learning how to do new Gelli arts.

  • Marjie Kemper September 2, 2014, 1:24 pm

    The best kind of therapy, and a beautiful page to boot!