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Holiday Art Journaling Ideas to Promote Relaxation into the New Year

by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Well, it is if you love spending time in your art journal.

The holidays are a time to come together with friends and family, reflect on the past year, and look forward to the new one. But they can also be a time of stress and anxiety. Between work, family, and social obligations, it's hard to find time for yourself. But it's important to make time for yourself, especially if you're feeling stressed out or overwhelmed.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed this season, why not try some art journaling? Art journaling can help you relax and de-stress, and it can also be a lot of fun. Here are some of the benefits of art journaling:

1. Relaxation and Stress Relief: Art journaling can help you relax and de-stress. It can also help you to process emotions and deal with stress. Studies have shown that art therapy can be an effective way to reduce stress levels.

2. Self-Expression: Art journaling can be a great way to express yourself. You can use it to document your life, track your thoughts and feelings, or experiment with different art techniques.

3. Creativity and Ideas: Art journaling can help you to access your creativity and come up with new ideas. It can also help you to explore new creative directions.

Art journaling is one of our favorite ways to get in the holiday spirit. It’s a great way to document all of the fun festivities, while also getting in some creative self-care. Not to mention, it’s a great way to use up all of those pesky scraps of paper and ribbon that seem to accumulate this time of year. Art journaling is a great way to express yourself creatively. It can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, and it can be tailored to any holiday theme you like.

In this post, we're sharing a bunch of art journaling ideas that will help you get into the holiday spirit. There's no need to wait for the New Year to start your art journaling journey. These fun and festive ideas will keep you busy and creative all season long. So get your supplies ready and let's get started!

If you’re new to art journaling, here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Start with a sketchbook that’s specifically designed for art journaling, or use any sketchbook that you have on hand.

2. Compile a bunch of drawing materials- markers and colored pencils work great!

3. Get your tape, glue sticks and scissors ready!

4. Feel free to incorporate any additional embellishments and patterned paper! You can use wrapping paper, Christmas cards, or even pages from a coloring book. Anything that adds some holiday cheer to your journal is perfect.

The holidays are a great time to reflect on the past year and set resolutions for the coming one. They can also be a great time for creativity and self-expression! If you’re looking for some art journaling ideas to help you get in the holiday spirit, then here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Draw or paint a picture of your holiday celebrations.

2. Document your decorations.

3. Create a festive collage.

4. Create a holiday-themed mixed media collage.

5. Make a Christmas-themed mixed media page.

6. Draw or paint a winter landscape.

7. Create a holiday-themed altered book project.

8. Make a card for someone special.

9. Write about your favorite holiday memories.

10. Draw or paint a picture of your ideal holiday.

11. Draw or paint a portrait of a loved one.

12. Draw or paint a picture of your favorite holiday memory.

13. One of our favorite art journaling ideas for the holidays is to create a festive banner. You can use all sorts of materials for this, such as felt, fabric, or paper. Just cut out a few holiday-themed shapes, and attach them to a piece of string or ribbon.

14. Another fun idea is to make a Christmas tree out of pages from your art journal. This can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. You can use painted or scrapbook paper, or even magazine pages. Start by drawing a basic outline of a tree on a piece of paper, then fill it in with all sorts of Christmas-themed decorations.

We hope these ideas help you get your holiday art journal started and we hope that this process brings you joy and relaxation as we move closer to the New Year!

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