Journaling is my meaning-making tool. I work at the intersection of color, words, design and illustration. It’s not perfect. It’s deeply personal. I call this soulful exploration Raw Art Journaling. For the past few nights, I’ve had dreams about a different journal design. One that allows me to write as I think–in a non-linear manner. But as I woke up, the dream, along with the idea, dissolved.
I woke up after the dream again this morning, and grabbed some index cards and tape to create a prototype. This explains how it works, it’s a really rough prototype, but I was working against the fading dream’s impact.
Since it’s a non-linear journal, let’s take a look at the complete piece first. It’s a journal with no spine, but lots of guts and heart.
Summary: The journal is made up of small, individual pieces. Squares work best, but any shape will work if you are patient. You write one sentence on a square. Circle the words that are important to you. Draw an arrow from one of the circled words to another square and journal about the meaning of that word. Repeat as often as necessary, moving in as many different directions as your ideas take you. Connect the pieces with tape (more artfully than my prototype) and fold in any manner that delights you. Add illustrations or repeat on the back. The arrows will help you establish a linear flow.
The cover is one square big.
It unfolds like a brochure. I added writing to show the progression of unfolding. You could easily create a mosaic or individual images, or just use color.
This page depends on repeating letters from the previous page. Just my whim. Not a necessity.
The possibilities are endless. You can create a map, a visual mosaic, pair words with images. I discovered that this method also works for creating linear pieces, like articles or book outlines. You can shuffle the pieces until you have it the way you like, then connect them.
Keep creating until it all unfolds for you.