Art Journal Stickers

On Friday i facilitated a Teen’s Art Journal Jam – about 8 teens started out Jamming with my friend and Teen Coach Susi.



While chatting with the teens i worked on some art journal stickers i plan on printing and using in my journal pages. One of the young teens – a boy gave me suggestions on the facial expressions. He’s a big fan of comics so he had some great ideas.

The kids were great!  I think they had fun.  The setting – the Portal in Ladner used to be a Dentist’s office so the rooms are tiny.  We had to split up into two groups – we could hear each other through the walls which was pretty comical. Thankfully my friend Susi dropped by to help out so she went in one room and i went in another.

Something magical happens when you begin to draw with others. Everyone opens up and shares personal stories. We spoke about bullying, comics, Comic-con and not being able to draw certain things.  There are many teachable moments when you are expressing yourself creatively in a group.  One of the young tweens (11 years old) said she could not draw faces.  As i looked through her sketchbook i could see all of her “girls” were faceless.  So i mentioned that there is a trick to drawing faces and that not to worry about the eyes being perfect.  I did a quick sketch of how to divide up a face and then sketch it out.

The next thing you know the girl had carefully and slowly drawn a beautiful face!  She was so pleased with herself. I’ll bet if i looked in her journal today i would see that her drawing has shifted slightly.

Many thanks to Vivienne and the Portal for Hosting the Teens Art Journal Jam!

I’m off to practise a Speech for Toastmaster’s tonight – it sure would be nice to not freak out every time I have to deliver a speech Smile.

Love, Violette xo

2 Comments on Art Journal Stickers

  1. Tracy Shave
    February 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm (7 years ago)

    Hey Violette! That sounds awesome! I love working with young people – I was a youth worker for 4 years when I was younger. I developed a Giggle Programme for young people affected by Substance Misuse last year and delivered it to a small group of 6 young people. I enjoyed it so much! I hope they did too! I’m also going to be working on one using journalling for young people and wonder if I can use some of your exercises from the video I bought from you?
    Also with the speech thing – I have done over 40 stand up comedy gigs now (only 5-10mins) but I get SO nervous before I go up… I use Rescue Remedy to ease my anxiety…

  2. Kym
    February 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m with Tracy on the Rescue Remedy. It works for me too. Thank you for sharing the story of the teens journal jam. Sounds so fun!


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