This site is about my life in the art studio. It includes drawings, paintings, knitting and cross stitch and fun art techniques. I will also include recipes and yoga to keep the mind healthy and creative.
I have been posting about about The Creative Cure, book by Jacob Nordby.
This chapter is about creating your story.
I looked ahead in the chapter, there’s a lot of writing assignments.
I’m thinking this chapter will be broken down into mini posts.
So far it’s about storytelling and how we say things to ourselves. Page 86 “unconscious stories are the ones formed in part by the forces of socialization, rejection, and traumatic experiences.”
Page 90 he writes about rejection is part of the enemies of creativity. But it is also tied to perfection.
This statement resonates with me: “… perfectionism is like a creative poison so many of us willingly drink, without realizing that it’s paralyzing our ability to move toward our dreams and joy. We all carry the fear of rejection.” Page 92
Next post he explains about how a particular tool can help to overcome rejection…
In the meantime
Today was much too hot and humid. I found out a person I know is going through more life threatening issues. It makes me sad. She single and has to go through so many adjustments with her physical health, it saddens me. People forget single people are everything, bankers, shoppers, cooks, cleaners and their own nurse etc… I relate to this as I’m single and many don’t ever think about the challenges I face with my physical health. They just assume since I woke up, I’m fine. Not the case when health scares happen. I pray my friend gets a miracle and finds strength in her situation.
That was on my mind today. I took a nap, made dinner and cross stitched.
I have been finishing the knit headband for over a month. I knit in-between clients and early morning. However the past two weeks I have been suffering from an increase of inflammation and edema and chronic fatigue. So knitting was difficult to work on.
A few nights ago, the headband was finally finished.
I knitted a scarf a few months ago that goes with this headband.
Currently another knotted project has been started.
The plan is to knit an oversized scarf that can be used as a wrap.
The current stitch I am learning is hurdle stitch.
It’s rather simple.
Cast on the amount of stitch for your project
Row 1 knit Row 2 knit Row 3 k1, p1 Row 4 k1, p1 Repeat Then bind off when you get to the size of your project.
The weather is decent, finally the humid muggy weather has left us. Hopefully it won’t come back. I’ll be taking a walk with my dog and heading to the store. Later today, cross stitching and Netflix or Hulu is the goal.
What a Day! It started out stress with more stress and now ending in more delight and bright.
It was freshing to sit at my table to make art and use paper materials.
Assorted decorative paper
First choose the colors of the background. Layer the tissue paper on top of each other to blend colors. To layer use glue and water together and brush on paper with sponge brush then brush the tissue paper to smooth it.
Glue/water mixture. .add enough glue and water to make the glue thin, that way it is easy to spread.
Next cut out flower petal shapes in decorative paper.
Glue the petal shapes on the paper and take the glue/water mixture and go over the surface.
Let it dry. Then add details on the paper with acrylic markers.
Where have a been? I have been working on my health. Last few months has been a huge change in my diet. I have to eat gluten free dairy free and soy free. So my time was spent on clearing out my kitchen and learning to make meals differently.
It has made a difference. No more fatigue and brain fog. I can actually focus on my art.
I recently wanted to make something different. Fiber arts is something I have been drawn to. So I am knitting a shawl. I still paint and draw from time to time but not rushing to finish it.
The change with my health has helped me to relax and enjoy doing the art or craft rather than speeding to finish it.
I have many projects half-way finished. My goal is to get some of the completed by the end of the summer.
The supplies you need are at your limits with creativity. Any decorative paper or wrapping paper can be your inspiration for the colors you want to use. This is used for those that finding cutting with scissors difficult and need to take some of the anger out on the materials. This art task can be used with any age, preferably with adolescents and adults. As an art therapist, I like this one because it becomes successful no matter the skill level, it is less intimidating. (this is not used as a substitute for counseling/therapy.)
decorative paper, wrapping paper
brush for mod podge-I recommend to use mod podge
journal or 9″x12″ mix media paper
You can work directly in your journal or you can tear the sheets out. This is your decision. Here is my supply of decorative papers. They come in all kinds of colors and patterns.
Here are the steps:
Draw with a pencil the shape you want to work in. I chose an apple. Then select the papers you want in your design. Pick up to 6 or 8 no less than 4. Think about the colors choices when selecting your decorative paper.
I used mod podge as the glue for the paper. I added some water to it to dilute it, it makes it easier to brush on the paper. I start in a small area and work my way around the shape that I drew. Tear the decorative paper in different shapes and start gluing it onto the paper. Overlapping is essential to make this a unique piece of art. Once it is filled in, then brush lightly a layer of mod podge onto the paper, covering it entirely.
After it dries draw a boarder around it in any color of marker. It adds a nice edge to it.
Hello, everyone! My name is Nadiia, you probably noticed, I have another blog about healthy eating and sports, it is my passion) As for this blog, I just decided to share my thoughts, my feelings. Do not judge, I am not a professional writer, I just trying to express myself.