Daily Mood Art Journaling + free printable guide

Are you the type to journal?

If so, that’s good! But do you also make art?.. Because there are lots of good things about making art in a daily journal.

Here are some benefits that I thought of:

  1. Self-care routine
    – An art journal can help you wind down and take time for yourself in a nurturing and supportive way.It helps you have peace of mind and have time to focus on yourself. We’re so busy meeting demands of other people, of workplaces, of different situations and the last person we focus on is ourselves!
  2. Release emotions
    – Just like taking a shower to rinse off the gunk you accumulated during the day, it’s important to do the same for your inner self.Art journal can help you release the feelings that you’ve been holding onto and let them go onto your journal book or sketchbook so you don’t have to carry them anymore.
  3. Mood lifting
    – Making something with your hands is fun. You get to play with lines, colors, and the art materials itself. It’s a drastic switch from your busy, stressful, and overwhelming day.It also takes your mind of of your mind (get it?) and lets you drop into your physical body. This helps with relaxing and releasing the grip on the mental loops you go through in the head when you’re stressed.
  4. Let your creative juices flow
    – Engaging with your creative side through journaling can help you keep the creative juices flowing and prevent creative blocks.
  5. Record of your days
    – Art journal can be a record of how your day went, just like a diary. The beauty of it is that you may express something and later on see it in a different light or find some new insight into your day as you look back on what you created.

To start making art in your daily journal, you might need some materials first. You can check out this post to see what you can get.

Now, if you have all the materials, you’re almost ready.

Getting ready:

First, have a mindset that this is important. Because it is! Whenever I go days or weeks without self-care or creative time, I notice that I have junk in my system. Like emotional debris that I haven’t shaken off. And it really affects me.

Think of this creative journaling a must for your sanity. Sometimes it’s the only time when you can be honest with yourself.

It could be the only time to express your feelings 100%.

It could change your day tomorrow.

So if you really want to do this, put an alarm in your phone – about 1 hour before your bedtime.

When that alarm goes off, get your materials and sit down with this guide. You’re ready now.

I’ve written out the guide here, but I also have a printable PDF worksheet of it that you can print out, follow along, and even make your art in it, without using a separate journal/book (as long as you don’t use paint, which will bleed through your regular printer paper).

If you want to print out the worksheet, it’s in my digital library. You can put in your email below and you’ll have access to the library and use the PDF right away!

Daily mood art journal pdf

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If you want to just following along from this post, just continue to read –

Here’s the guide:

Settle into your seat and take a couple of deep breaths in and out.

Remind yourself of what your intention of being here is.

Check in with yourself and ask yourself how your day was. Identify what feelings were dominant today. If you can’t think of this first, then just remember what happened today that affected you. How did this thing affect you? How did it make you feel? (write it down)

See if you can locate where in your body you have this feeling. Stomach? Head? Throat, legs, shoulders…? Imagine it had a weight, a shape, form, or color.

Can you see it in your body? Now let’s put that down onto paper as an image.

If it is an object that you imagined, you can draw that out. If it is just a color, draw that out too. Put any details that you saw as you imagined this feeling inside your body.

Give yourself about 10 minutes to do this in your art journal but you can take however long it takes until you feel it is complete.

When you’re complete, look at your drawing and think of a title. Pick the one that feels right. (write it down)

If there is anything that comes up in your mind as you look at the drawing, write it down on the page or on another page.

Check in with yourself again and see how you feel.

Thank yourself for making time for yourself!


How to look at art in galleries and enjoy it

In New York City, where I am at, museums are everywhere. MOMA, Whitney, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, street art, public art installation, and Chelsea galleries… It’s the mecca for art.

And I always wondered, how do people actually look at art in museums and galleries?

You see people who zoom past paintings while others stay in front of one for several minutes.

I usually invest my time looking at a piece that really resonates with me and others I sometimes pass.

Or are you the type to not go see any art at all?

Yeah, I’m also that type (perhaps more often than I want to be). Sometimes it’s time, sometimes it’s money, and whatnot.

I do hear a lot though, that some art are “terrible” and just “not understandable,” so people don’t take much interest in museum-going.

Some artworks are stupid and too far “out there.”

The thing is, we’re missing out. There’s a different way to see artworks.

There is another way

There is a way to look at art and be inspired, feel connected, have insights into who you are and who others are.

When we see artworks that are just totally “not understandable” it means that we are trying to understand the art. We’re trying to see the logic behind it.

We’re really logical beings. At work we need to be logical, at home we’re supposed to have logic. (cue “logical song”)

The mind might go: because this is A, it must mean B. And if this is B then it should be C. Or something like that.

But trying to understand the work logically won’t give you anything in return. You probably would just be very frustrated at how the artwork doesn’t follow the logic you want to believe in.

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