If the angel deigns to come it will be because you have convinced her, not by tears but by your humble resolve to always beginning; to be a beginner.

The Path of The Visual Journaler

The Visual Journaler™ is an active, purposeful communication with the self.  A method that combines journal writing assignments such as lists, dreams, non-dominant hand writing,  dramatic dialogs, letters, poetry, and more, with mixed media techniques such as collage, drawing, painting, rubber stamping, ink, and stenciling to discover unrecognized parts of yourself, see patterns and meanings, and tap into your unique inner wisdom.

It is a place where we let our Creative Self out to play, explore, excavate, and synthesize.

Through this process of expression and reflection, you discover new insights, solve problems in new ways, enter into a deeper appreciation of the process of your life, and exercise your creative capacities.  

You will develop one of life’s most important qualities:  the ability to face and move through fear, self-doubt, and the inner critic.

The Visual Journaler ™ follows the pathways of the heart.  We find incredible beauty on the page that we did not know we possessed.

Some of the Many Benefits You'll Enjoy

In The Visual Journaler™ process, we turn inward and become reflective about who we are becoming.   

All of the tools you need are provided in each guided journey. 

You can also add The Visual Journaler™ approach with your coaching which can deepen coaching awarenesses.

  • increase self-awareness
  • learn about limiting patterns
  • reduce stress
  • release anger
  • resolve conflicts
  • comfort
  • joy
  • life planning
  • healing
  • improved health
  • access inner wisdom
  • give voice to the soul
  • access deeper knowing
  • discover latent talent

Connect with Your Creative Self

There are no “shoulds”, “oughts”, “one-way” to work in your visual journal. It begins with a self-communication and opens the way for more personal clarity with how you think and feel, enriching your life in many ways.

In Visual Journaling we begin by choosing a book that will be the sacred container for our thoughts, dreams, moods, ideas, and personal style of expression.  My visual journals are typically 9×12, mixed media books, although recently, I have also begun making my own books.

The Visual Journaler™ method is an open method where you can experiment with prompts, visual exercises, and our unqiuely designed “Layering Pyramids“. 

The layering pyramids are organized in way that takes you into a guided process of discovery while integrating journal writing and working visually with art materials.  You control the pace and decisions along the way.

Come Visit My Studio!

Welcome to My Studio!
Carving out a space where you can have work and have your supplies is important. Maybe it's a desk in a corner, or a box with everything organized that you can easily set up on your kitchen table.
My Visual Journal
It's always open to the spread I'm working on to keep inspiring me!
My Companion Journal
Sometimes I transcribe from my Visual Journal to here - and sometimes the other way around. I might reflect on the techniques I used, or deepen the meaning of a symbol that came up in my visual journal.
Lots of Collage Stash!
I have my fav magazines that I go to just for collage. After I've read the articles, I take a mindful minute or two and tear out pages, images or phrases and add them to my stash.
Paints, Markers, Stamp Pads and Glue!
I'm always experimenting with new supplies! It's kind of addicting!!
Stencils for Every Occassion!
Stencils are a big part of my visual journaling process. I love them in backgrounds as well as focal images. So many choices!!

Holding Space for You

Terri is trained in several holistic schools of coaching and facilitating creative experiences.  She is devoted to guiding others to their own inner knowing, through coaching, the expressive arts, meditation, feminine spiritual practices, holding space, and lots of love & bravery.

Terri Altshul

My First Visual Journal

Since my teenage years, I have had a fascintation with cutting things up and putting them together.  My grandmother first taught me to sew as a way to build self-reliance.  I loved the visits to the fabric store in search of patterns, fabrics, textures, and adornments.  We would have wonderful conversations as we worked together to cut out and assemble these creations.  Little did I know at the time, that my creative self was being activated.

Visual Journaling came to me by surprise.  I took a coaching class that focused on creativity and, immediately following the workshop, I began exploring all the books available on mixed media techniques.  I was hooked on anything that incorporated collage with other mixed media elements.  I remembered the feeling of researching and bringing together the materials that represented my inner vision with the mixing and matching of assemblage to create from an inner vision.  I had reconnected with my Creative Self.

My first visual journal was named “The Feminine Shadow”.  My mom had died about a year prior and I was still processing a lot of grief.  I was also ready to explore our mother-daughter relationship with all is ups and downs.

The Visual Journaler Process

You may be like many individuals and leaders who want to grow and realize your best self.  These words sound great, but how do we really do this?

Maybe your career isn’t what you thought it would be . . . or your relationships aren’t what you had hoped. Perhaps you have a grand vision for your life but not the smallest clue on the steps to get there. Or, you keep making the same mistakes over and over and don’t know how to stop the cycle.

Perhaps, you have attended training programs, leadership development classes, and bought as many self-help books as you find.  Or maybe you don’t know where to start.

Through “The Visual Journaler™ method”, coach, trainer, and creative, Terri Altschul shares a transformative practice.

 

Discovering in her dark night of the soul that a visual journal takes you where words alone cannot go to find purpose, to heal yourself, to release outmoded layers, and create the life you most desire.

Terri Altschul has created a method that works for non-artists and artists alike. We are not creating pretty pictures. 

The Visual Journaler is a method of coaching yourself through “stuff” and letting it out on the page, and awakening to new insights and clarity about who you are becoming.

Each Visual Journaler journey is packed with writing exercises, visual prompts, layering pyramids, and meditations to offer a new way to navigate your daily life, cope with fear, and experience incredible emotional freedom. 

Simply grab some art supplies, open your journal.  We start, by starting.

Seeking Light and Shadow

Preparing the Space

Having space and supplies ready to go initiates our work.  Whether you use a desk, a kitchen table, or have your own private space, setting up your space activates the inner Visual Journaler.

Turning Inward

As we turn inward, we quiet ourselves, and release the need for control and to know where we’re going.  We allow ourselves to turn towards ambiguity, and investigate what we don’t yet know about ourselves.

Seeing with the Inner Eye

Through guided meditations and active imagination, you invite symbols, color, images, and metaphor into consciousness.

Responding with Art Materials

Working with layering pyramids, you learn the back-and-forth process for writing, imagery, and color to express your inner vision.

Gazing and Noticing

Here we step back and look at our work from different angles.  We inquire with our self, “what is being asked for next”.

Integration

Integration moves our insights into the outer world where we use what we have learned.

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Are You Ready to Become a Visual Journaler?

Getting started today with your Visual Journaler™ practice.  

In this online course, Terri helps you find that special book that will be the container for your innermost expressions, shop for supplies, play with color and mark making, and then, take you on a guided journey to becoming A Visual Journaler.

FAQ

Most frequently asked questions

These programs are geared for the beginner and experienced creative alike.  We are exploring our inner world rather than creating art products.  A supplies list and suggestions for how to set up your space will be in the first module. Through the program modules, exercises, and videos you will be guided you through each step of the process. 

Just like with writing in a journal, the amount of time you spend is really up to you.  Art journaling has become a part of my spiritual practices and is something that I visit several times a week.  Many participants tell me that once they experience this process they can’t wait to come back to their journal. You can work at your own pace. You may find some visual journeys come quickly while others are a bit slower. There’s no need to rush. 

Many of my programs include Live Group Calls where we interact through Zoom.  You can ask questions as well as interact with other program members.  You can also share and ask questions through the discussions feature in the course platform.  AND, you can add coaching to your program for deeper exploration and integration.

One of the things I’ve come to love about The Visual Journaler™ method is how private  your creations are.  The choices you make with color, imagery, and words are unique to your own expression.  Sometimes I’m covering completely over my writing, and other times just a bit peeks out adding to the visual elements of the spread.  Your journals are always your private space and those who live with you should also know that it is up to you to choose when, what, and if you share.

The Visual Journaler™ programs are designed to help you find some artful strategies to know yourself better and play with the many layers of your deeper Self.  Like all art, it reveals unknown parts of ourselves to us.  Although it can be therapeutic, the program is not therapy and does not replace work you would do with a therapist.