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Dream Journal Inspiration: Draw, Color and Collage Your Dreams

September 20, 2011 on 11:34 am | In Dream Journals, Dreamwork | No Comments

Dream journals can be done any way you want, including art, photos, or even abstract colored scribbles—whatever expresses your dream.

Most people think only of writing when they hear the word journal, but writing is only one way to record our dreams and visions. In many cases it is not even the best way.

Consider that dreams are multisensory experiences. You may not only see them but also hear and feel.

What you hear and feel may be best written—though the emotions may need color to fully express. But dreams are remembered mostly as images. And emotions.are more easily expressed in color and images. In some cases your dreams may even call for maps or diagrams.

If you don’t draw well, don’t worry. After all, this journal is just for you. Or you can try stick figures. Anyone can draw those. Or if you want to just scribble colors that convey how you feel, go for it!

Another valuable exercise is to grab a few old magazines, quickly flip through them and tear out images and colors that express your dream, then quickly arrange them on the journal page or on poster board, and glue them down. Sometimes images speak more clearly than words.

You don’t really need much in the way of art supplies to get started: some good colored pencils, an artist’s sketchbook (spiral bound to allow room for the added thickness of collages), a water-resistant fine-point pen, scissors, and some glue that is flexible when dry (such as liquid acrylic medium).

Some people like to add a set of gel pens or some watercolors or acrylic paint to the list. I also like to use pastels, pastel pencils, and colored chalk. Other options include glitter, paper glazes, confetti, colored papers, and crayons. What you choose to use is completely up to you.

Feel free to express anything you want to in your dream journal, even to sketch scenes and objects from real life or from your imagination. Whatever appeals to you is relevant.

You can even use colored pens such as gel pens to write with. Experiment. Have fun.

Keeping a dream journal is a most illuminating process. Adding images and color makes it even more so.

Your dream journal is your own private, personal book. Have fun with it!

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