Art Journaling

The WHY and the WHEN plus an announcement….

This past couple of weeks, I have been journaling even more than usual as I work through some opportunities that have popped up and I have to figure out if they fit ME before saying YES or NO.ArtJournalSpread

This week, I was on 21 Secrets LIVE with Connie from Dirty Footprints Studio hosting and in the 90 minutes, I opened up my whole being. I told of when I officially starting journaling (just words to begin with) back in 1997 when I first saw Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way) on a TV show I used to watch and then how it progressed to the Art Journaling that it is now, plus how I use it as my therapy. 

Working up in the High Arctic from 1997 to 1999 (alone) made that journaling even more part of who I am. I found out who I really was and that I could handle anything. And, that anything showed up in 1998 when I was treated for Cervical Cancer and when I found out my sister, MaryLou, also had cancer (lung) and that whole next year was about coping with working in the High Arctic, Cancer treatments and the death of my sister.

I started a business that I really had wanted to start for years. The time was right for me but not for the location or time for others so coping with a failed business was another “depend on my journaling” moments in my life.

In 2001, I started using Altered Books as part of my journaling – I say part, because I still did my Morning Pages ritual (3 handwritten pages) but I needed something more. Art Journaling began showing up and now is part of my daily ritual as well.


Art Journaling is like personal therapy!

Art Journaling was there when I needed to write when in 2007, Brian nearly died (actually he did die in the ambulance but they revived him) and those 21 days of getting him to a place where he could leave the hospital.

Art Journaling was there when I needed to write in 2009 when I had to go through a process of pain and tests before it was finally realized that my left kidney needed to be removed.

Art Journaling was there when I wasn’t sure if selling & teaching Art was where I wanted to be. As you can tell, it made me realize its EXACTLY where I need to be – to be of service to others, not just in seeing my art, but enabling them in creating their own art and also, coaching them through their own processes they need to find to enable their dreams and goals.

Art Journaling is not just about pretty art.

“If you think journaling is only about ranting or chronicling your day….you’re missing out on its true power to pull your biggest dreams right into your life…Dr. Stacia Pierce”


I’d like to start a monthly get-together for Art Journaling here in SW Saskatchewan. We would gather for 2 or 3 hours once a month, talk Art Journaling, share our journals (if you want to) and even learn a new technique or two. Anyone interested? I’d set up the location….YOU DO NOT have to be an ARTIST to begin art journaling. We were all beginners and its about the process not the end result. We grow and find out what we like & don’t like and you don’t even have to journal – use a quote or just a phrase or title on a collaged or painted page. This gathering will be minimal cost – just the renting of the room and coffee.ArtJournalSpread2

Dale Anne Potter

Dale Anne Potter

Textile Mixed Media Artist, Teacher, Coach living in a small town in SW Saskatchewan, Canada who ENJOYS Spreading Positive Creativity worldwide. Dale publishes Creative Ramblings, a regular eZine full of inspiration, support & encouragement., and is the Author of soon to be released: My Creative Road Map, a Path to True Happiness.
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6 responses to “Art Journaling

  1. Hello, so glad I came by to read this today. I had no idea the things you’ve been thru in your life. So glad you keep moving forward and setting goals and dreams and achieving them, nothing is slowing you down it seems. YAY!! I’m sorry for your sister’s loss, she must be so proud of you right now I’m sure. I love the dedication and love you give to your journals, so awesome to hear that!! Love hearing the story of your journals/writing have evolved over these years and how they have helped you!! YAY!!
    If I lived closer like Anna said below, I would be there for sure!!! How lucky for those that live close and can join you on these gatherings!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us, truly moving and inspiring!! HUGS!!!

    So glad we traded ATC, loved what you sent me and hope we can again.

    • THANK YOU Dawn! I am glad my story helps others! YES, it would be nice to ART monthly & THANKS for trading ATCs! I do LIVE weekly webcasts within the Positively Creative Community and sometimes it art journaling but usually anything ART related. Thanks for stopping by & commenting.

  2. Dear Dale Anne,
    through you I am part of 21 Secrets live – and I enjoyed your Wendsday class very much. It moved me so much to hear the “why and when” you are art journaling. Thank you so much for sharing your story it encourages me so much. Manuela

    • Manuela, I am so glad you are enjoying 21 Secrets LIVE! Thank you for stopping by & commenting here…I am glad, also, to hear you were encouraged by my story. (((HUGS)))

  3. So wish I lived near you – I would give up work to join your get together!! love what you do

    • Thanks Anna! If you join Positively Creative Community we do LiVe Weekly Art Date (webcasts) and some of them are art journaling… Thanks for stopping by & commenting!