Starting a Creative Journal

starting a journal

Finding my voice creatively

I’ve decided to start a journal partly to practice drawing but also as personal therapy. During my studies we were encouraged to journal as part of our personal development.  Finding it hard to write, work, volunteer, study, run a house and be a mum, partner etc. I didn’t persevere, it’s not that I didn’t want to record my development, documenting it just wasn’t high on my priorities.

Now though I feel the need to explore my feelings and thoughts around the last 18 months as well as develop my creativity and spirituality.  The more I think about where I have been and where I want to be I realise that I am able to use the written word in a formal context, my childhood creativity, where once poetry and stories flowed from my mind onto paper, has been squashed by the need to write research and reports.

Now as my life takes a different route I want to be in touch with, and draw on, my inner self, my hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares, my successes and failures. I have a friend that journals and she is an inspiration both personally and professionally

I’m really not great at drawing, I struggle to get what’s in my head onto paper and even when I am inspired I require a certain type of ambience to prevent the inspiration disappearing as fast as a chocolate bar near my 5 year-old.

I got a D or an E in my Art GCSE and am in awe of anyone that can draw or paint, I figure that if I try different styles I will find a fit and there are so many amazing artists out there (including my own Mr Pea) some of which I have pinned on Pinterest here.

Apart not being great on drawing I also have work with my body. Having fibromyalgia means my hands don’t always work the way I want them to. I can lose my ability to grip without notice and my hands and arms have a tendency to jerk about especially if I’m tired.  Timing and pacing is key.

So without further ado here is my first page….


This one focuses on the spiritual, I drew it sat on Mr Pea’s bed while he finished a painting.  Creating together is like a date night for me and Mr Pea, I love watching how his painting evolves. This is the one he was working one..

Don Pearson

As I fill my pages I will be sharing some of them with you. How many of you out there journal? Why do you do it?

Why not check out my Journal board on Pinterest for some inspiration

Love Dottie x


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