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Saturday Stitching

Today I took the day off of work. It was a nice day to have off. I did not go anywhere, I tend to stay home on Halloween, I’m not a fan of it.

I started my day with yoga and then started cross stitching. That’s my old dog always following me around, along with my cats…I wouldn’t have it any other way.

My focus was to finish the column I began from last night.

It became successful.

There’s a lot of thread colors and much movement in my arm.

I have tennis elbow and really should not be putting strain on my arm, but the stitching can’t stitch itself!

I’m paying the price of overworking my arm, it hurts a lot. I’ll ice it as soon as I post this blog.

Here’s the photos of the update…

Thank you…

I want to say thank you to those who are following this blog. I didn’t expect anyone to follow a cross stitching blog, it’s nice to know this “old fashioned needlepoint” is of interest to others. I appreciate you.

Caroline

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Oh no, a mistake…

I wanted to get to stitching today. I was feeling good since it’s been an all day art day…then I realized I overworked myself.

I made a mistake, it’s a color mistake. Not sure how I will blend it, but I don’t want to take out the thread.

Can you see the mistake on the jockey’s pants?

I’m very embarrassed to post this.

At least another column was almost completed.

I’m going to put away my art for the day, and rest.

Tomorrow is another day…

Caroline

art · crafts

Magnets with Washi Tape

See tutorial of this art craft below:

These magnets are fun to make for all ages, and are great gifts for weddings, birthdays, any celebrations and holidays. The receiver of this gift will fall in love with these magnets.

Supplies:

  • washi tape
  • scissors
  • circle hole punch-find it in scrap booking section of craft store
  • assorted cardstock paper-plain paper and decorative paper
  • mod podge
  • brush
  • 1″ glass beads-bottom as a flat edge
  • 1″ circle wood pieces
  • 1″ or smaller magnet
  • hot glue

Here are the steps:

  1. use the hole puncher and cut out any decorative paper.
  2. Brush the mod podge onto the flat edge of the glass bead.
  3. once dry hot glue the magnet on.

Here’s the steps for the cardstock and washi:

  1. use the hole puncher and punch out a curcle from the decorateive or plain color cardstock.
  2. tear the washi tape and decorate the circle cut out
  3. brush the mod podge and glue to cardstock with washi tape to it.
  4. Add a back to it to cover up the tape edges
  5. once dry hot glue the magnet

wooden piece magnets

same as above but you can decorate the wood piece directly with the washi tape

use cardstock circle shape to cover the back before hot gluing the magnet.

The finished magnets:

Enjoy this crafting, please leave a comment or question below and view my tutorial on youtube:

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Friday Night Stitching

Today I was able to get home relax and put on some tea and stitch.

It became relaxing, a perfect way to spend Friday night.

Derby is starting to come along. The stitching goes slow because of the many different shades of color in the pattern. It takes time for my rheumatoid fingers to thread the needle.

Instead of writing a long winded story about stitching, I’ll get to the main part…the picture.

Here is the progress:

Before…

Until later

Caroline

art · watercolor

Kiwi Watercolor

The other day I wanted to relax before the day ended. I found myself wanting to water color that night.

The lights were dim, the candles were lite in the window. Painting in dim light was a challenge, but it was something that I have not done since art school.

I used watercolors from Artist’s Loft, it is a cheaper brand of watercolor. It seems that the colors are crisp and the flow of consistency of the paint is really fluid. The five colors I used were Viridian, Lemon Yellow, Prussian Blue, Violet, and Burnt Sienna.

The brushes I used were small sized watercolor brushes, again inexpensive.

And the paper is watercolor by Artist’s Loft. This paper is really nice for small simple watercolor paintings.

I did not take pictures of each stage of the painting. In the future I will show steps on how I completed it.

Caroline

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Thursday Stitching

It’s been awhile since a post has been published. I have been working and keeping up with some of my other artwork.

Today was a nice day off of work. I decided to relax on the sofa watch some Netflix and stitch.

Derby is a long process, but it’s getting closer to bring finished by every stitch.

Below is the most recent full photo of Derby.

I’ll stitch again soon having my chamomile tea or a new tea… time will tell.

Caroline

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Monday’s Art

I’m in my studio today. It’s a beautiful Autumn day, the tree outside of my art studio is glowing with golden leaves.

I started painting a lady bug to warm up my creativity, my arm and just to wake up to some color.

Lunch came so I walked my dog, are and talked to a neighbor then returned to the studio.

Originally watercolor was going to be my choice of medium, but color pencils prevailed.

This drawing took me an hour. My arm is tired but it felt great to color shapes. Most of my work is similar to this. Shapes and using lines in my art is part of my brand.

I’m satisfied with this drawing.

Caroline

art · art therapy

Mindful Drawing

A mindful drawing is a drawing that starts with a scribble shape and layers of shapes are added to it, until, you as the artist decide that the drawing is completed. Then you will take color pencils, pens or markers and color in the shapes as it pleases you. This is a drawing that has no right or wrong.

The purpose of mindful drawing:

  • keeps focus on present moment
  • helps to slow down
  • decreases anxiety

Steps to take before you start a mindful drawing

  • set an intention-is it to relax, want to decrease self-criticism, let go of judgment and resistance
  • meditate
  • listen to calming music to help relax
  • Follow your intuition

The supplies:

  • paper-I use paper from a 11″x14″ multi-media paper sketch book
  • color pencils
  • color pens
  • markers-thin and thick

First I start with a black pen and start making marks on paper, circles, lines, different shapes.

Then I start coloring in the shapes. You can pre-determine the colors, or you can chose colors based on what you want at the moment.

Below is the completed drawing. I moved it around and like all sides.

Give it a try.

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Affirmation Cards

Affirmation cards are card that can be made by any age group. The supplies are simple, you can decorate the card anyway you wish. The idea is to have as many affirmations as possible and give them away to others, or you can use it in your daily meditation, or you can put them around in your home.

Supplies:

  • glue
  • glitter/glitter glue
  • scissors
  • markers
  • pens
  • metallic gel pens
  • magazines
  • quotes/affirmations
  • stamps-stamp color pads
  • stickers
  • ribbons, yarn, thread
  • buttons
  • card stock paper
  • tissue paper
  • construction paper

How to make affirmation cards:

Once you choose your color choice for your paper/card stock, then start writing an affirmation on it, you can choose to cut out a quote or words from a magazine and paste it onto the card stock. Add glitter other other embellishments to the card stock from the supply list of ideas from above.

In place of using a card stock, choose a playing card. there are 52 cards in a deck, therefore you can make one per week and have an affirmation quote to use all year long.

Affirmation cards are great gifts and some will use it as a trading card and mail each other an affirmation card and make one and send it back to the sender for move it forward to another person.

If you make any please send me a comment and include your affirmation card. I will write a post and include everyone’s affirmation in it and give you credit for making it!

Enjoy making affirmations.

art · art therapy

Beginnings of Art Therapy

This is a condensed version of the history of art therapy. I included the main parts of the profession for you to get an understanding of how it developed.

Art in Cave Paintings

Art has been used since humankind has been around as a way to communicate. El Castillo cave in Cantabria Spain which dates at 40000 years to the Aurignacian period, is the oldest cave painting. Cave paintings were tools to use to communicate, it has been theorized it is a religious ceremony that used cave paintings.

Pioneers of Art Therapy

In 1940’s art became a discipline in America and Europe. Margaret Naumburg began publishing her work. Art therapy evolved from Freud and Jung. Freud’s concept of consciousness and memories and thoughts and feelings are the base for art therapy. Jung had an interest in psychological meaning in artwork. The mandala (Sanskrit for magic circle) was was part of his personal and professional practice.

Art Educators

Art Educators also influenced the art therapy profession. Frank Cizek, Viktor Lowenfeld and Florence Cane were some of the pioneers who developed art therapy.

Frank Cizek focused on the child’s artistic abilities and stressed the importance of free expression in art. Lowenfeld studied the child’s art during their stage of growth. Florence Cane was one of their art therapists. Cane “developed the teaching methods to free artistic expression”. Her sister Margaret was acknowledged s the mother of art therapy. She “concentrated on developing methods of therapy using art.”

Psychiatric Treatment with Art Therapy

During the 1940-1960’s Margaret Naumburg, introduced art therapy to psychiatric community. She brought art therapy to psychiatrists psychologists, art educators and medical schools and psychiatric hospitals. She expanded and introduced art therapy in conferences and museums.

Art therapy Assessment

Hanna Kwiatkowska used art therapy in groups at a psychiatric hospital. She later began to assess families. She used art to treat the family’s communication and work through their dynamics. Hanna Kwiatkowska develped a six-step procedure for the family to be evaluated.

The six drawings consist of :

  1. A free picture
  2. A picture of your family
  3. An abstract family portrait
  4. A picture started with the help of a scribble
  5. A joint family scribble
  6. A free picture

There are numerous assessments in Art Therapy. In order to facilitate the assessment, a therapist must have a master’s level degree in art therapy.

Sources:

A History of Art Therapy in the United States by Maxine Borowsky Junge with Paige Pateracki Asawa