to my world of Visual Journaling. Visual Journaling is a unique mixed media process I developed in 1992
that combines journal writing with art making in a book format to uncover signs and symbols from the unconscious for deeper
introspection. Unfortunately, in this society, introspection is not highly valued. I dare you to express yourself from a
place of inner truth. I'll show you how. It's actually easy and fun once you have a few tools.
Visual Journals are an experiment in self portraiture and personal mythology that capture a moment
in time where freedom of expression is utmost and all considerations to color theory, composition,
and technique are unimportant. These layered and timeless books are rich, hauntingly beautiful, and exquisite;
the stuff of something deeper, darker, meatier, with the gouges, scrapes, and scars of life in our
own words and our own images.
This is the new frontier:
we are not afraid to be afraid. We are a small group of intrepid souls, but our numbers are growing. Through this
process, we have come to know who we are and we like it this way. We,
the few, the daring, we value and respect this inner life. We do all that we can to protect
its vision from those who would harm it. We are changing ourselves, thereby all those
we encounter, one page at a time.
In an ideal world, I would choose to spend all my days in my Visual Journals.
Hour after hour, day after day of filling my pages w/secrets, treasures, stories, poems, collages,
paintings, drawings, dreams, ideas, scandals & blessings of what it is to be me. I would
endlessly create many books simultaneously - large ones, small ones, books w/ themes &
plans; tearing, cutting, gluing, wooing, wiping, sticking, stamping & weeping, smiling, feeling sick, angry,
overwhelmed, loving, nurturing. All of my passions flowing in an integrated, magical, compassionate
and forgiving space. I can be vulnerable, & I can be anything without judgement or criticism.
My process is my own path to the real me. My books are journeys I never tire of. I am
so thankful and full of hope for the me yet to come and for all the books I will create on my way.
Juliana Coles received her BFA from the Academy of Art University San Francisco. A pioneer of the Art Journaling movement,
Coles developed “Extreme Visual Journaling,” an active meditation technique and spiritual practice that accesses
archetypal signs and symbols from the unconscious for inner dialogue, transformation and healing. What began as a personal
creative inquiry into developing new pathways in the brain after epileptic seizures, this process, taught by Coles internationally,
is now used by art therapists, teachers, artists and professionals around the world. Her Visual Journals have been featured
in over 30 books. Coles recently returned from an Artist Residency in Morocco. This incredible opportunity has inspired new
works and new teaching techniques. Discover for yourself the creative power of Visual Journaling! Contact the artist/author/instructor for lecturing/teaching inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
A self-published collection of the visual journal pages, paintings, and mixed media drawings
of Juliana Coles
copyright Me and Pete Productions, 2016