Here are a few web sites that speak to the use of a personal journal. Oh, and a poetry site, too. You can glean some lines from your journal entries and turn them into poems.
How many are silenced, because in order to get to their art they would have to scream? ~ Ann Clark
Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. ~Leonardo Da Vinci
The eighth graders really entered the creating zone the other day. At first they were a bit shy about digging in and splashing their pages with "wow" but soon they were all relaxed enough to express themselves. They chose a word, any word, and drew, painted, colored all around their word. I liked the words they chose. Relax. Pretty. Unique. Spectacular.
I asked some of them why they all seemed so bummed out and I loved their responses.
1. We are tired and our beds are warm. We don't like getting up so early when it's so cold.
2. We are bitter because we didn't get a snow day with this bout of bad weather.
3. We do not want to suffer through eight more days of school.
I said, "Whew. I'm glad it's not just me."
I'm REALLY counting down.
I can't describe the feeling that fills me when I'm busy cutting, gluing, painting, drawing. Can you? It feels so right and time constraints seem to fade into the background. This art journaling concept can apply to everyone. Don't you think?
Do you journal?
I also like to read books about writing and I wish I had long dreamy days to read and write. I must settle for fifty minutes of it with my reading and writing support class.
Will you have time during the holidays to craft a few journal pages? I hope I will.
By the way, I must tell you how filled with joy I am upon reading all your happy responses to my gift post! You are all dear people. I feel rich, rich, rich because I have this sweet, personal, inspiring connection with you. Really, you are THE precious bunch.
I hope you find some inspiration today. I hope you have some "ah ha" moments and I hope you score a few hugs. Oh, and I hope you smell something delicious, taste something sweet, hear a fascinating melody, touch a warm hand, and see friends all around you. (APPLAUSE for YOU!)