“The type of record keeping, encouraged by the use of a visual journal, is not only used by artists.  History shows that great thinkers have been recording, documenting and reflecting on their ideas using a variety of visual forms.  One easily envisions Edison’s light bulb sketches, Da Vinci’s flying machines and, recently, Hawking’s space-time diagrams.  This recording of image making is a record of thinking, and step towards reflection and metacognition.”

(Grauer & Naths, 1998, p. 14–15)

Beginning in the late 90’s, the concept of visual journaling began to have mass appeal as artists, teachers and researchers adopted the method for everything from arts based research to art therapy.  Regardless of the environment, exploration of experience remained a fundamental goal of the visual journal in the classroom, therapy, and research settings. For me visual journals provide a space where ideas can be physically worked and layered. Additionally, the journal provides a point of both departure and arrival – allowing the maker to leave and return to the enclosed ideas.