It's a great question. An art journal means different things to different people. For some, it could be a very simple journal with colored pens and for others it looks like it's really an artist sketch book with no words all all and everything in between.
My own art journals have evolved over the years but I've always found it most fulfilling to use the art journal to create art out of words but this is more than just a sketchbook - it's a manifestation process.
In case you don't know me, I’m Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place. I teach people just like you how to reconnect with their creativity!
Whether you're an old pro or haven't picked up a paintbrush since college, I’m here to help you LET GO while learning the techniques to create your own expressive beauty.
In 2013, I decided to find out what all the fuss was about with art journaling and once I started, I became completely addicted! Not only has experimenting with materials and techniques in an art journal helped me become a better artist, but using an art journal to set my goals, intentions and get in touch with my feelings have been a key to living courageously.
For example, it was inside my art journal where I first declared to start a podcast and that written commitment to myself has been the greatest driver in keeping myself accountable.
Since I started working in an art journal, it has become one of my most favorite things to teach. My art journals have been published in numerous issues of Art Journal magazine but what I'm most proud of is that I get to share what I know with people like you.
“I'd never heard of art journaling before, but I had an inkling of what it was. I signed up for Painting With Words because I wanted something to spark my creativity in my art and I journal all of the time. I needed inspiration to keep on trying to get better. I loved listening to Miriam’s positivity.. She’s so upbeat and is always encouraging us. It really helped me much more than just art journaling, but in life and art. I also learned about all the mediums and how to use them, plus all of the wonderful things you can do to make your art journal your own. Miriam Schulman’s classes helped me believe in myself again.” ~Deb Lund
If the idea of starting a new course like this feels uncomfortable to you, don’t ignore that. That’s your first clue that something extraordinary is about to happen!
“I have struggled with consistently creating art, mostly due to my own critical, perfectionistic attitudes surrounding my art. Painting With Words looked like the perfect way to break free and make art fun again. I wanted to have the excitement I had as a kid surrounding art. I love the videos! I revisit them whenever I need guidance and inspiration. I also get great encouragement from the private Facebook group. I'm so happy to be a part of it. Her posts are always good, and I love the posting of others’ art and their comments, it is so helpful and encouraging. From the bottom of my heart, this art connection has been a lifesaver for me. I am so grateful for the Inspiration Place and all the beautiful, supportive artists I am now connected with." ~Luana Gerhardt
“This class gave me the springboard to make art journaling an ongoing practice. I truly enjoy Schulman’s teaching style and her personality comes through in the videos - really enjoyable and non-threatening or intimidating way to learn. I can't wait to see what else she comes up with for future classes. I love her teaching style. You can go at your own pace and she is always very encouraging about just jumping in and trying it - quieting that inner critic. I now consistently do something every day, even if it's just starting a couple backgrounds to use later. I am hooked!" ~Susan Sparks
"Painting with Words has been so inspirational. I loved being part of this class , and the confidence I'm getting from doing my letters is spilling over into other work. I have loved the confidence this class has given me to just go for it. I now use a diary where I can be creative once a day. The Facebook group has been supportive. I would HIGHLY recommend this workshop to others. The confidence this has given me to do my own thing is worth the cost! Thank you for being so inspiring!" ~Cindy Kuo
“What appealed to me was the limited number of art supplies needed for this class and that the techniques seemed easy enough for everyone to learn and enjoy. Painting with Words was very affordable. Art journaling is very relaxing, and Miriam is a great teacher. Also, the Inspiration Place website was designed very well, so it's easy to navigate among the class videos, etc." ~Kris Birkholz