I've always been a knitter, but never crocheted until about 4 years ago. My specialty is afghans..I love the color combinations, different stitch patterns and the fun of creating something new each time. It is so important to have a few different creative practices, so when you get tired of one, you can move onto another and then around and around. I belong to a knitting/crocheting circle and love my precious and creative time with these women. There are all levels of yarn workers there and we all support and help each other. What a great network and circle of amazingly creative women. Most yarn stores have circles or times they allow for open knitting. Check out your local yarn shops. Here's just a few creations.
Loving your life whether you are partnered or alone....a few essentials to being alone and being OK
|Tissue paper collage mandala|
So, what can you do and how can ART help YOU?
THE ART OF JOURNALING
Recently, at one of my Mandala workshops, I met a woman named Cola Smith, who is an artist. I later came across one of her paintings that touched me titled "Earth Mother." The heading of the chapter, where it appeared was called Heal and Nurture, which is something I'm personally working on these days. The painting at the left is by Cola Smith is from the "We' Moon" '09 Date book.
I also cut out and paste horoscopes that have special meaning for me, images that come to mind that need exploring and almost anything that I can cut, draw, paste, or adhere to my journal.
Journaling is my friend, therapist, sounding board, dart board and much more. I invite you to add the art of journaling to your daily practice. You will discover a sense of clarity, calm, joy, relief, creativity and more.
THE EMPY NEST
You can tear or cut collage images and glue inside your circle and you can draw shapes, symbols and images too. What you are doing is basically using your mandala to create a personal nest. You are gathering and building a new nest to promote greater self-awareness and insight into who you are outside of parenthood and for this new chapter in your life.
Once you have created your new nest, sit and reflect on what you have created. You might want to journal about any insight or messages you have received from this process. How do the images, symbols, colors speak to you? How do you feel when you look at your mandala nest? You can also do your mandala nest in a journal and continue to add to your nest. Have fun, play and tap into your creative soul!
Have you ever noticed how color can shift your mood? Color is all around us. But what is color? "Color is light and energy." (www.arttherapyblog.com.) I've purposely created this post with many colors for you to see your reaction to the various colors. An example of how color can affect our mood is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which causes some individuals to experience depression in the winter months, when darkness arrives. Or, have you experienced a shift in mood when you look at a rainbow? It is really amazing how color can affect our state of being and it is important to know what colors calm us, excite us, bring us down, etc. For the exercise below, you can mix colors or use the colors as they are.
Supplies: color pencils, markers, or pastels. 81/2 X 11piece of white paper.
1. Fold the paper into 4 squares.
2. In each square you've created, write a feeling, such as mad, sad, happy, lonely, etc.
3. Using color, assign a color to each of these feelings. What color do you associate with mad? When you feel mad, is there a color that comes to mind that represents mad to you? You can color in the entire square or make a marks or images, it doesn't matter.
It is interesting to use this chart as a guide to see if there are colors you tend to use more often in your art work. Also, if you identify a color that makes you feel happy, you might want to consider painting a room in your house this color, or buy sheets or pillows in this color. Be aware when you change colors in your surroundings if something in you changes. You might also want to wear different colors to see how that affects your mood.
Have fun playing with color in your life and see what happens!