Since I will be volunteering and recieving supervision I started a new journal!
Every semester in my program we recieved a brand new journal to use during our practicum and internship for self reflection, questions, supervision notes, etc. This time however I am trying something new, I am creating a journal via “altered book” method. I raided half price books for some cheap books that had good illustration with decent weight pages and tonight I was finally inspired to start!
When this project was originally introduced to me back in freshman year I said “no way am I destroying a book to make another book” ( also wasn’t explained well in my opinion) . It was not introduced during my latest program, and now that I’m back in the midwest, its what everyone’s doing!!! When I first visited art therapy interns at my new site, they all whipped out their journals which were really altered books. Same at supervision, and then at the latest open studio, a cancer patient shared with me her story, and her altered books.
Her story was very powerful, and she was working on a 3 book series using old medical books from the research library. She incorporated words, images, modgepodge, tissuepaper, you name it she had used it. I felt honored that she shared with me, not everything of course but at least her feelings toward the subject and let me leaf through her books, such a great way to release thoughts and feelings toward such a painful time in such a positive way! Knowing what ik now about this project I totally recommend it. Its one thing starting a brand new sketchbook with empty white pages, but its another to bounce off of other words and images prewritten to make it your own. (If this worked, I included the first few pages of my altered book)