Six Powerful Reasons Why Your Child Will LOVE Art Journaling This Valentine’s Day

by Rashmie on February 6, 2012 · 23 comments

in Art & Craft,Read & Write

art journaling for kids

As Pari and I explore Art Journaling and delve more and more into it, I’m thoroughly convinced that it’s one of the best ways for kids to express and articulate their unique creative self.

Today, I’m going to share 6 reasons why I think Art Jornaling is the best way to encourage creativity and self-expression – for kids.

You will also get to see pictures of some beautiful Art Journal entries made by Pari and her friend recently!

But first…

What is Art Journaling?

It’s an extension of keeping a personal diary. But, there’s a BIG difference. And it’s in the creative process.

Art Journaling is about exploring words, colours and images.

You make the three come together to express your unique self. It’s a process that has no set outcome. When you begin your creative process, you’ll have no idea what colours you might end up using or what kind of images will form. It’s all about YOUR process, personality and imagination.

SIX Powerful Reasons Why Every Child Should Get to do Art Journaling

  • Art Journaling is PLAY. Art Journaling is about playing with colours, words and images. It’s fun, it’s messy and it has no rules. Kids learn best through play – it’s been proven again and again. We may find it hard to digest, but this fact is gaining credential. When they are playing, they have their heart, eyes, ears and every sense open and absorbing. Art Journaling can have the same effect on them.


  • There’s no anxiety to do it right. There’s no pressure to get a straight line or the perfect circle. They can do where their hearts lead them. Which means, even if they feel that they are not ‘good’ at drawing, they can do Art Journaling with confidence. Actually, I’d say if your kid is not the drawing-type, Art Journaling is the best form of art to take up – because it does not need ANY drawing/sketching skill whatsoever. The kid can free-play with colours, form, texture, images.

Art Journaling liberates the kid from adult expectations. The child has all the creative freedom. He/she is not limited by how the adult has envisioned the outcome of his/her effort. The child does not have to follow any rules or ‘replicate’ the end product. It means that as a parent or teacher, we only ‘facilitate’ the project for the child and step back. We let the child explore through his own imagination, curiosity and inquiry

  • Art Journaling provides scope to explore a variety of mediums and techniques. 
    • Kids can dabble with as basic as tempera paint, water colours and crayons to something advanced like acrylic colours, mod podge, gesso (primer),  liquid starch, ceramic colours, glass colours
    • They can use gel pens, permanent markers, calligraphy pens
    • They can explore different types and colors (black, brown, white…) of paper and learn by trial and error which colors work best on what type of paper
    • When painting the whole page, they can work with thick papers and even brown paper bags, cereal boxes etc.
    • They can try different techniques and invent their own. Stamping is lot of fun. So is using paint rollers or brayers.
    • They can experiment using fabric scraps or pressed leaves
    • Gosh, Art Journaling is a visual world in itself! I could go on and on!

  • It’s a FUN way for the child to be-friend words and learn them to use as per their mood, colours, context. They absorb words in more ways then one. When they chose to cut out a specific word from a magazine or a newspaper, that word becomes an image and it’ll stay in their mind. When they write a word randomly, it may seem random to an onlooker, but the child has contemplated it and chosen over other options. This will make the word stick in his/her sub-conscious mind. Art Journaling provides a number of ‘visual’ ways to play with words.

art journal ideas for kids

  • Art Journaling is a therapy for children. In a world where these delicate souls are bombarded with information, expectations, grades, tests – Art Journaling is a refreshing relief. It lets them be. It provides children with an opportunity to connect with their heart and mind. It can really soothe their anxieties and fears.

painted heart journal entry

The pictures here are of some Art Journals that Pari and her friend Ananya made for Valentine’s Day. Pari made one specifically for her father – to present him as Valentine’s Day gift! She pulled out the page from her Art Journal with the plan to frame her art and gift it to her dad on Valentine’s.

valentines art journal for kids

“A daughter may outgrow your lap but she’ll never outgrow your heart”.  

Whoever said this – knows a lot about the angelic nature of a father-daughter relationship!

Read my other posts about open-ended art and learning:

Request - If you like my article, please share this post with your community by clicking on the ‘share’ or ‘tweet’ links below. Or, which ever way is convenient for you. Thank you for your support!

I’m seeking your help to spread the word about open-ended, child-led art and learning. It’s the best way to make learning fun and meaningful for our kids and in turn – help them enjoy their precious childhood…. 

—————————————————————————————————————————————————–

I’m sharing this article with the Valentine’s Day Bloghop fest organized by my blogger friend – Jane at Mama pea Pod.

Nearly 100 bloggers have shared their Valentine art/craft ideas for kids, in this blog hop.

Valentine's Day Ideas Blog Hop
 

 

 

 

Check out these amazing blogs and you can link up your own Valentine’s post/picture.

Mama Pea Pod, Let Kids CreateMy Creative FamilyHands on: as we growLa Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life,  AngeliqueFelix.comThe Golden GleamTeach PreschoolCritters and CrayonsLiving at the Whitehead ZooThe Iowa Farmer’s WifeNurturestoreKitchen Counter ChroniclesThe Chocolate Muffin TreeJamie’s JumbleThe Outlaw Mom BlogMama SmilesThe Mommies Made Me Do ItDinosaurs and OctopusesMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasToddler ApprovedMessy KidsRainy Day Mum, JDaniel4sMomGlittering MuffinsRed Ted ArtMommy and Me Book ClubPutti PrapanchaDilly-Dali ArtCreative Connections for KidsMommy LabsDe tout et de rien: Activités pour le PréscolaireImagination Soup.netRockabye ButterflyClassified: MomKids Creative ChaosA Mom with A Lesson PlanPlayDrMomRainbowsWithinReachLiving Montessori NowCurly BirdsGrowing A Jeweled RoseThe Home TeacherA Little Learning For TwoSun Hats and Wellie BootsThe Imagination TreeMummy Mummy MumCritters and CrayonsLa-La’s Home DaycareCome Together Kids,TinkerlabDirt and BoogersMultiple Mummy.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Haripriya February 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Wonderful idea Rashmie :) It is indeed nice for children to explore and experiment with art the way you have described it here. Enjoyed reading the post!
Haripriya’s recent fabulous post..Instructing Children Effectively

Reply

Ann February 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Thanks for the Blog-hop! So fun and lots of great sites to check out!!!

I love the art journaling – the experimentation is so great! I wonder how you introduce the project… I would like to try this with my daughter.

Reply

Dawn February 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I’m convinced! I’m convinced! But how in the world do you start something like this? How do you help them along? And what age? I’m assuming any? I’ll check your website for answers… :)

Reply

sangeeta khanna February 8, 2012 at 7:09 am

Hi Rashmie,

You have such a nice and vibrant blog. Loved it. I have been into some crafts and Zebtangles too :-)
sangeeta khanna’s recent fabulous post..two salads with Radish…

Reply

maryanne @ mama smiles February 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Such lovely art!
maryanne @ mama smiles’s recent fabulous post..Giant Pattern Block Scenes

Reply

Cheena May 11, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I am totally into art journalling myself
and find myself promoting it to everyone I meet!!

It is so liberating! ! An amazing outlet and the best use of creative time and energy.

Do stop by and check out some masterpieces created by my little sketchers from all across the globe…and feel free to share some of yours as well. http://www.littlesketchers.com

Thanks!

Reply

Dallas Traffic Ticket July 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day.

It’s always interesting to read through content from other writers and use something from other web sites.
Dallas Traffic Ticket’s recent fabulous post..Dallas Traffic Ticket

Reply

Clash of Clans Cheats July 23, 2013 at 6:24 am

Hmm it looks like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long)
so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly
enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but
I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for rookie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.
Clash of Clans Cheats’s recent fabulous post..Clash of Clans Cheats

Reply

Crown Generator Wizard101 August 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

Hello there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was
wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my
comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m
having difficulty finding one? Thanks a lot!
Crown Generator Wizard101′s recent fabulous post..Crown Generator Wizard101

Reply

best trampoline September 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Magnificent beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your
site, how could i subscribe for a blog web site? The
account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast
provided bright clear idea
best trampoline’s recent fabulous post..best trampoline

Reply

video marketing October 3, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I like the helpful info you provide to your articles.
I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I’m slightly sure I’ll learn many
new stuff proper here! Best of luck for the following!
video marketing’s recent fabulous post..video marketing

Reply

http://despicablememinionrushhack.weebly.com October 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
There’s a lot of folks that I think would really
appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks
http://despicablememinionrushhack.weebly.com's recent fabulous post..http://despicablememinionrushhack.weebly.com

Reply

Ricardo October 18, 2013 at 10:13 am

Excellent weblog right here! Also your site a lot up fast!
What host are you the use of? Can I get your affiliate link for
your host? I want my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol
Ricardo’s recent fabulous post..Ricardo

Reply

Clash of Clans hack download January 9, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I blog often and I really thank you for your content.

This article has truly peaked my interest. I am
going to book mark your blog and keep checking for new information about once a week.
I subscribed to your Feed too.
Clash of Clans hack download’s recent fabulous post..Clash of Clans hack download

Reply

Despicable Me Minion Rush Hack January 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find It really useful & it helped me out much.
I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.
Despicable Me Minion Rush Hack’s recent fabulous post..Despicable Me Minion Rush Hack

Reply

Jimmie January 18, 2014 at 6:09 pm

At this time it seems like BlogEngine is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
(from what I’ve read) Is that what you are using on your blog?
Jimmie’s recent fabulous post..Jimmie

Reply

Despicable Me Minion Rush Hack Android January 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

You have made some decent points there. I looked on the web to find
out more about the issue and found most individuals will
go along with your views on this site.
Despicable Me Minion Rush Hack Android’s recent fabulous post..Despicable Me Minion Rush Hack Android

Reply

gay mobile games April 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

I am sure this paragraph has touched all the internet visitors, its really really pleasant
paragraph on building up new website.
gay mobile games’s recent fabulous post..gay mobile games

Reply

telecharger subway surfers April 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I constantly spent my half an hour to read this blog’s posts every day along
with a cup of coffee.
telecharger subway surfers’s recent fabulous post..telecharger subway surfers

Reply

Www.Supasangamesy.com April 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

Greate pieces. Keep posting such kind of information on your page.

Im really impressed by your blog.
Hello there, You’ve performed a great job. I will certainly digg it and in my opinion recommend to my friends.
I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this website.
http://Www.Supasangamesy.com‘s recent fabulous post..http://Www.Supasangamesy.com

Reply

clumsy ninja cheat engine May 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm

This is my first time visit at here and i am truly
impressed to read everthing at alone place.
clumsy ninja cheat engine’s recent fabulous post..clumsy ninja cheat engine

Reply

tower crane jobs August 15, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I am impressed by the quality of information on this website.

There are a lot of good resources here. I am sure I will visit this place again soon.
tower crane jobs’s recent fabulous post..tower crane jobs

Reply

Leave a Comment

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: