Diarists Sectional

This is the name for a workshop by Juliana Coles .  Juliana is the developer of what she calls Extreme Visual Journaling.  I have started playing around with this form..it suits me well I think.  For years I have used various written and visual forms of, what I would call, self-therapy/exploration.  However for some time now, firstly because I used to earn a living selling my own batiks, latterly because I have focused on trades and round robins with other artists I have moved away from that form of exploring inner landscape/s to a large extent.  Although, having said that, a lot of my creative work is a very definite expression of self.     Since being slowed down because of ill health and spurred on very much so by my involvement with Soul Food I have decided to return to those explorations, using journaling as my medium.    Juliana encourages folk to work quickly, without thinking too much, really engaging with the process and letting whatever emerges happen.  It is all about communing/communicating  with self/selves rather than producing ‘pretty’ – an idea I can definitely relate to.

So…here is my first sectional – some of the days have been worked and will probably be worked on more and more, most have not been touched yet…just the bases done.   The beauty of this way of working is that you can return again and again to the same pages and see more in them, hear more from them and go deeper and deeper.

‘Flags’ 1 & 2, June 08.

‘Flags’ 3 & 4 June 08.

‘Flags’ 5 & 6 June 08.


About Jill

https://landofdreaming.wordpress.com An artist inspired by nature in all her glorious guises and the ‘inner’ worlds I have inhabited in the past, present and future; also those of other wanderers I meet along the way.
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10 Responses to Diarists Sectional

  1. woodnymph says:

    Very interesting, Jill. I have been trying for years to come up with a self satisfying method of journaling, but haven’t found what I want yet. I shall keep exploring.


  2. Lori says:

    I enjoy looking at artists’ journals. Thank you for sharing yours.

  3. Kerry says:

    wow – I do journaling by writing – have for years – never thought of doing it by scrapbook style – but when I put stuff in my scrapbooks, they are not fussy & prissy – it’s usually really quick, kind of down & dirty – I may just have to see if this is for me! I already follow Natalie Goldberg’s – here’s a thought – now write for 10 minutes without stopping – practise…

  4. Heather Blakey says:

    This is a technique I have used with students very successfully. Indeed, the visual sketchbooks I use for my drawings are filled with all sorts of other flotsam and jetsam as well. It is such a blast.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Gosh, Jill, you’ve really got it.

  6. Pattie says:

    I love the format of this journal with the flags….I do mine each day on a 6 by 9 piece of 140 weight water color paper…But this intrigues me…Thanks for sharing…

  7. Claire says:

    Wow Jill, this is awesome. Your description to me before you posted this didn’t do this justice. It puts me to shame, I’ve created my sectional and I still haven’t worked in it.
    Like you I can see myself working backwards and forwards on the pages to learn more and more as I work on the pages

    Brilliant work

    Claire xx

  8. Linda D. says:

    These are great, I really ought to give this technique a try, having read the article I was interested but seeing your work is definitely inspiring.

    Linda x

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  10. Maz says:

    This is fab, Jill. ;o) When I saw the format on Claire’s blog I thought it was something I’d like to try and now I’ve seen yours I’m thinking that all over again! Thanks for sharing! ;o)

    Maz x

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