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I remember a situation when I took a vacation at home because I had to stay with my daughter when everyone flew abroad, there were two things I did in the creative space that really pleased and filled me.
I made collage stasches, in the background, I put music that I love, I cut out images from old books and created boxes of collages.
A box of people, a box of animals, a box of nature, can you Imagine how cool it was?
There was also a box of places and a box of texts.
I arranged tons of materials I have by categories. Then when I wanted to create everything was laid out in front of me.
Another thing that happened on that home vacation was that I studied ink-making techniques from all kinds of ingredients.
I really researched it thoroughly. I opened a gaming lab. I took apart markers and allowed myself to go deeper and have fun without a specific purpose.
The feeling I felt was one of wonderful freedom, I just enjoyed creating just for myself, without an explicit purpose, just being with myself for a moment, with the colors and without wanting to create something that can be shown on Facebook.
Tomorrow I’m flying to Canada and the United States for a whole month, to visit family, spend some time with my husband and also create a diary. I intend to share a lot about my trip, and give recommendations about stores and materials, in the meantime, it took me a long time to pack my art supplies and then I remembered that last year I created a fun Video about my art supplies.
Publishing this book was a difficult inner journey for me.
The first book was successful; I received strong responses and compliments. There was no book about the visual Journal in Israel, and even abroad, it was considered a very innovative and special book.
But compared to the first book, which was very accessible and simple, the second book is really about healing, it brings up my idea – how you can heal by working with color. It is not as readable and simple as the first book; it is more profound and touches even painful places.
When I created it, I felt that even though it was not an easy book for me to write, it was very important that I write it and not give up on myself. The writing process was constantly accompanied by this voice that feared that it would not be understood.
And I know that voice inside me; it’s a voice that fears that if I don’t present everything in a very simple way, then people won’t understand. This is a voice from my childhood that felt misunderstood a lot.
On the other hand, I know that healing takes time; it’s a long process to devote yourself to. This book is a profound process in which I can meet with more painful places and make an understanding of my life, who am I? What do I need to be happy?
Even in the branding process I did for the book, Benny Garmi insisted with me that it belongs to the category of art therapy, and it was hard for me to agree to it at first. But eventually, I gave in and agreed to let go of control.
It was important for me to share with you how much the process of creating a book is an emotional journey that continues even after the book is released to the world.
I hope you enjoyed this newsletter/blog
I enjoyed sharing it with you!
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This is going to sound like an exaggeration, but it’s the truth. I got so excited after receiving Rakefet’s book that I started building a junk journaling business with my own creations. And now, just a few weeks later, I have a retail display in a local store. That’s how inspiring this book has been for me. And now it’s inspiring my students, too, in the classes I’m teaching downtown. The depth of healing knowledge in this book is incredible. For now, I just get people excited about expressing themselves and having fun. Fun can be very healing in this world today. I don’t talk about the deep, psychological benefits of art, junk and written journaling because that’s not my expertise. That’s Rakefet’s expertise, and she’s very, very good at sharing it, in person and in her book. I encourage anyone with a speck of interest in creative journaling of any kind to get this book. Get it and watch what happens to your life when your creativity is set free. Just looking at Rakefet’s art is healing, but she inspires you to make your own art, and she imparts the confidence to actually do it. Thank you, Rakefet!
There are several art journaling books out there-but this new one by Rakefet Hadar in a class by itself. I have been visual journaling since the late 90s and have taught art journaling workshops and just when I thought I have seen all there is to see- along comes this book- Her method really is an invitation to go deep into yourself. Her process is inviting and engaging. The colorful journal art of hers is on almost all the pages in the book and is a joy in itself to look at. Thank you Rakefet for creating this wonderful book.ה
This is the BEST how-to book on visual journaling I have ever read. Rakefet Hadar has obviously studied and analyzed her own journal pages and has separated her work into seven elements, or layers, that provide meaning and relativity to her daily life. She provides the story of how she learned visual journaling that is profound and yet simple enough for everyone to understand and follow her techniques to make their own powerful journal pages.
Rakefet Hadar has written an amazing introduction to art journaling. She explains the wonderful process of art journaling and how it can bring deeper meaning and awakenings to our lives. It is very well written, translated from Hebrew to English in this version. Her colorful journal spread draw you into the her work. She explains techniques and processes here as well. I loved this book, Congratulations Rakefet!הם.
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We had an amazing experience meeting with 95 women from all around the world!
So many Dreaming children showed up!
The Course will focus on all the seven elements
Each week we will get to expand on two elements in depth
We will learn endless mix media teqniques.
This is the best course to take if you are considering to do my SoulPages mentor program one day.
Pls share your art from the class, I can’t wait to see your children!
some people will say that mindfulness is the opposite of art creation since you are supposed to delve into just being and not doing.
As I see it- art is a special kind of mindfulness practice.
Art, for me, is not about doing or creating a beautiful piece; it’s about just letting yourself be one with the colors, the materials, the shapes, the words, and your subconscious.
In mindfulness practice, the intention is to feel everything and be aware of everything.
In SoulPages, the mindful artistic method that I developed- the main idea is to observe your inner world through the seven elements of creation.
The seven elements are Intention, Magical coincidence, background, color, image, line, and text.
It’s possible to look at the elements as layers of meaning, in each element, you can discover new things about yourself.
So when you are creating with a concentration on each element at a time- you are practicing mindfulness!!
So many of my students tell me that they feel more peaceful and relaxed after creating every day with the elements. They feel that their perception has changed and they can connect with positive thinking inside.
SoulPages is a method based on art journaling techniques, creative writing, visualization, and especially lots of creativity and imagination.
It was proven that daily art practice could change our lives, increase our well-being and create abundance.
Jung discovered the importance of creating art. He was a talented painter and sculptor.
He created mandalas as a healing practice.
Jung was maybe the first person who created art journaling pages!
In the Red book, he painted images he “saw” in his inner journeys.
Around his painting, Jung used to write notes and explanations.
The main healing factor of SoulPages is the positive anchoring!
In our psyche, we have constant battles between positive forces and negative energies.
You can see any person as full of these energetic patterns that balance themselves.
Usually, we can balance ourselves with our positive reservoir of experiences and inner voices. Still, in some cases, we don’t have enough positive inner parts, and we need to activate more parts inside us.
This is the beauty of this method- the idea that you can always use the collective archetype reservoir to activate positive inner parts that can become part of your inner world.
Many people ask me where they can learn art journaling for beginners
My honest answer is that it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or advanced in my special journaling method- SoulPages journaling.
If You want to developpe your inner world and learn fun, joyful art techniques on the way, you should learn the SoulPages method with the seven elements.
The seven elements are like tools that help you developpe your inner strength and learn easily how to manifest abundance and joy in your life.
The seven elements are Intention, Magical coincidence, background, color, image, line, and text.
In my book “Layers of meaning- elements of visual journaling,” I’ve written about all the elements.
In this short article, I want to talk about the importance of a daily practice of just 10 minutes.
I call this practice “7 elements in 10 minutes.”
Its very good to do this exercise in the evening