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Art Journal Vision Board
Create your own fairytale in your art journal. This is like creating a vision board, however, it is focused on the person you want to become and we’re going to create it in our art journals. This will help you visualize your goals and help you manifest them and drive you to work towards achieving those goals. You are boss babe. This will also help you create a vision board focusing on key points. Art journaling is an effective method of both stress-relieving and inspiring your brain. I firmly believe everyone should both art journal and create a vision board.
I love fairytales. I love the fairytales with the self rescuing princess.
“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” Audrey Hepburn
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Albert Einstein
Fairytales don’t have to be just for children or storybooks. They can be for real life, as well. I’m a dreamer. I love to dream about the future and the life I want to make happen.
Fairytales are beautiful and they’re better if they’re yours. Let’s turn fairytales into your real life. Let’s create our own fairytale in our art journals. We’ll look at section you can create and then how to pull from those sections to make an actual vision board you can hang on your wall. Go ahead, let your inner visionary loose!
Step 1.) Choose your art journal
You can buy or make your journal. I do both. Here are my suggestions for art journals. I like to choose art journals made with watercolor paper paper or mixed media paper. That way I know they will hold up and I can use water-soluble products.
Step 2.) Design your Vision Princess/Heroine/Hero
Who do you want to be? How do you want to look? I’m not saying you should be consumed with vanity. What I am saying is that having a way you want to look, a vision, whether it’s to get fit, or have a certain hair style, or clothe style is important. It’s okay! You just have to balance it out. Don’t spend your phone bill on a pair of shoes. But, working hard, getting promoted, picking up a side hustle to earn those shoes is a boss babe move.
Our appearance is important. Our bodies are our canvas. It’s okay to care about how you represent that canvas. It’s good to care about our health and wellbeing. We should visualize who we want to be.
I suggest you find a photo of yourself and cut out the face. I’m not saying you are not beautiful the way you are. I’m saying if you want to grow your hair out, have a certain body type, put your face on those examples so you can visualize it.
How to design your Princess/Heroine/Hero
Here are some ideas
- Draw your character
- Cut out and collage from magazines
- Print out from the internet
- Cut and paste your face onto your ideal body type and hair style.
Art journaling is also a great way to de-stress, so while you are planning out who your healthy version of you will look you are making yourself healthier. Studies show that making art reduces the cortisol hormone. This hormone is what causes weight gain.
“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
~ Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora
Step 3.) Choose your characteristics
Who do you want to be? Do you want to be stronger? Bolder? Braver? More creative? You’re going to think of words and phrases that describe who you want to be and your either going to write them down, or cut them out and collage them.
These are your power words. Words you will start using to describe yourself. Even if you do not feel bolder, braver, more creative yet, you are going to start talking as if you do. Your life is your story and you get to be however you want.
You can make your background however you want. The import thing is to focus on the words. You can paint a bunch of flowers and have each word in the center. Or make stars, whatever speaks to you. You can check out my post on fun art journal backgrounds here.
I have created a free printable with some positive affirmations relating to personality traits. You can download them for free through my resource library. Just sign up for my e-mails, which you can unsubscribe from at any time, and you’ll receive the password. Simple as that.
Step 4.) Style
Let’s start looking at the outside, now. How do you want to look? I love all types of styles. I never like to feel locked down on one specific look. You can like pastels and goth. Look at magazines, Pinterest, and cut out styles you’d like to own, print out pictures of clothes. Create a closet for your princess.
Maybe you love shoes, or purses. Is there something you have always dreamed of owning? Get a picture or draw it out for you art journal vision board.
You can dedicate as many pages as you want to developing your look. You can even leave some blank room for you to add whenever you are inspired. This will even help you save money on buying clothes. You’ll have a better idea of the pieces of clothes you want to own and how they can mix and match.
You don’t have to get stuck in one look, either. Be Audrey Hepburn one day and a bohemian princess the next. It’s your story. Let your vision board art journal really speak to you and bring you joy as you create in it.
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Step 5.) Where do you want your princess to live?
Don’t dream too small. It’s okay to want castles! Picture your dream house and decor. Add everything I want. Do you have a dream bedroom, living room, or garden? Again, we’re going to add pictures or drawing. You can also add elements such as paint swatches or pressed flowers to represent the space you want to live in. Let you vision board art journal feel like your vision.
Perhaps you have dream destinations you wan to visit. Grab images of all things. You can check out sites such as Unsplash or Pexels for free photos. I add photos to a document, size them, and the print them off.
Step 6.) Dream Partner
Do you dream of finding the right man? Is getting married a goal of yours? What are characteristics you want your ideal partner to have? You need to have a vision of the right man and the right qualities.
For this step I used Mr. Darcy for an example. Is there a character who sums up your ideal? Print him out and stick him in your book. Find characters who have qualities you admire and would want in a partner. You can also draw him in your art journal.
You can also find images of weddings. Plan out your ideal wedding with your ideal partner. Remember, never settle!
Step 7.) Job
What job do you want? Do you want to be a CEO? Or maybe a bestselling author. Find images for your job. You can add details such as the amount of money you want to earn or other people who have the job you want. Art journal is a great way to pull all your focus and energy into creating, and in the case you are focusing on creating your career.
Be sure to dream big. You can add quotes by successful people. Perhaps you want to be homemaker. You can find images of babies and home cooked meals.
Don’t leave out details. Add computer or briefcases or fashion wardrobes. Have fun.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Create Your Own Section
You can add as many sections as you want. Keep your book on your desk, look at it all the time. I left pages in-between sections so I can add things. I sit down with my journal in the morning while I’m working on my morning pages and I will write about my dream and look over my art journal letting the pictures really become strong in my mind. This will also help you set goals towards working on your dreams.
My math professor in college told my class that if we were struggling too much with a problem to stop working on it and when we went to bed a part of our brain would actually be working on the problem while we slept. He then said try working on the problem the next day, often you will find you have much easier time solving it. This is true with your goals and dreams. I actually heard the say thing repeated by a Vision board coach. I suggest you pick up her book to really up your vision board game.
Use your vision board art journal to create a hanging vision board
Vision boards can be any size you want them to be. I love cork boards. However, I have also used a piece of cardboard and just painted it and ta-da! Instant vision board.
Now that you have your dreams laid out in your art journal you can find key images that truly resent each section. Add those images to your vision board.
Add words that represent you and your dreams. Find phrases that inspire you. In the book, Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale suggests the verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He also suggest saying your power phrases out load because they create vibrations that go out into the universe. Speak your phrases while you are creating them and everyday as you review them.
Join Me in my art group
I’d love to see your art and art journals and vision boards. You can jump over to my Facebook group, join and share away!