My discovery of Crayon Journaling began in 2017. I was putting together an art talk/workshop on how art can be used to tap in and raise your awareness to a higher consciousness. The workshop ends with me handing out blank sketchbook/journals and showing people how by drawing even just a few minutes a day, every day they can start to create a bridge to their higher self.
It dawned on me that I wasn’t currently doing this in my own life and if it was something I was going to suggest to others, I better do it myself. So, I made a commitment to do a 30-day art journal, drawing every day. I often chose crayons to do my daily journal, because they were comfortable, familiar, and easy to use to quickly get my “inner thoughts” down on paper. Well, 3o days came and went and I just kept going, drawing every day. My quick sketches turned into more complex drawings and then full on complete works of art.
What is Crayon Journaling?
Crayon Journaling is a simplified version of journaling/art journaling. It has all the benefits of journaling without the fear of committing something to paper. Crayons can breakthrough that fear, because crayons are non-threatening. In traditional journaling being the written word or art journaling, many people experience anxiety from facing a blank page. What do I write? What do I create? What medium should I use? What do I want to say? These are so many questions that the ego presents you when facing the task of journaling. With Crayon Journaling you bypass all these and just scribble something down.
What can Crayon Journaling do for me?
- Process emotions
- Express sub-conscious thought
- Practice following your intuition
- Mind clearing – frees up space for inner clarity
- Awaken the language of imagery and color
- Tapping into the true self
- Relieves stress
- Creative warm-up
- Meditative practice – practice zen states of being
What do I need to Crayon Journal?
Obviously some crayons (one is sufficient enough, take Harold he only had a purple one) and something to draw on. Traditional journaling requires an actual journal or a sketch pad, but in all honesty some copy paper would do. And, since we are working in crayon, it is not necessary to actually keep these drawings when you are done; you can opt to throw them away or burn them if you wish. A sketch book is recommended though if you want to keep them.
How do I Crayon Journal?
Crayon Journaling is as simple as taking a few minutes a day and draw down whatever your hand tells you. Scribbles, shapes, marks, dots, strokes, words – the easiest thing to come out of you really. It may seem a bit silly at first, just scribbling on paper with a crayon, but just keep at it and you’ll notice a change. If you are feeling a bit silly, embrace that feeling. You can start with just scribbles and marks, but overtime your drawings will probably evolve into more complex ones, but that is not the aim of the exercise. The aim is to be in the moment and not think about what you are drawing. Remember you are clearing the mind as you would in traditional meditation, whatever that looks like on paper. Some days it may be just an amorphous blob of crayon on your paper and other days it may be a beautiful abstract drawing.
When Should I Crayon Journal?
In the morning, when you first wake up is a good time to Crayon Journal. This frees up the mind from some of the stuff you may be dreaming about and you can start the day with space in the mind for new thoughts and new ideas. In the morning you are also in-between alpha and beta brain waves, which makes it easier to tap into deeper consciousness. Before you go to bed at night is also a good time. This is a good time to download some feelings and emotions from the day and relieve some stress. Mid-day for a quick draw would be good or anytime your feeling stress or anxiety; just get a piece a paper and a crayon and let it out. Even when you are watching TV or Youtube, it’s good to keep your hands and subliminal brain active.
- Usually crayons are the first artistic tool we are introduced to as a child.
- In most cases, we are given creative freedom to create with crayons and now you can again.
- Most likely we were given crayons before we were even taught how to draw things, even simple shapes. We created from observations in our environment. This is only to be replaced with the hard, rigid confines of using a #2 pencil and learning to write letters.
- Crayons are usually the first time we make artistic choices, they take us back to a time when it was okay to draw, encouraged in fact.
- Crayons are a direct link to our creative consciousness.
- A study done by Yale sites crayons as one of the top 20 recognizable scents.
- We are unabashed by crayons. We would rip up or throw away a crayon drawing much easily than we would if it was drawn by pen.