Draw with eyes closed

Have you ever tried to draw with your eyes closed? Hands just dancing on the paper, picking up randomly different colours, not knowing what is going to appear on the paper.

We use our analytical mind almost every minute since morning to going to sleep. The coat she´s wearing looks nice, should I make this or that recipe, these colours together make nice match. Mind is talking all the time to everything because we can see what we are doing, select and put categories on objects in front of our eyes. What if we try to close them and just let go?

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How to deal with stuffed emotions? Paint it out!

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by emotions? One girl once broke up with her boyfriend. Days after she felt like being in a cloud. She cried, she talked about it but she was still miserable. Amount of emotions was still stacked inside until she took watercolours and started painting.

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We all have sometimes down days, something happened to us, boss shouted us at work, boyfriend broke up with us or we just lost direction in our life. Sensitive people experience emotions very intensely and very often just good talk doesn´t help.

Emotions are the way our body copes with events and situations.

Thanks to them we are alive. Unfortunately we don´t always want to feel negative emotions so we stuffed them deep inside. Worst way how to build serious damage on our mental health and coping mechanism.

She was painting hours and found her new passion. She realized something new though. She was happier. All those stuffed emotions got out on the paper and she felt freer.

Do you want to process your emotions in unpainful way? Paint them out.

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Watercolours are probably the best as they´re nicely mixing together and you don´t need to think about any concrete shapes. Just take water and paints put headphones on with favourite music and get lost in the moment. I guarantee you will feel better afterwards maybe even like the huge stone felt out from your heart.

 

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Beat overwhelmed feeling.

´Cooking a dinner. Take kids to the club. Doctor appointment tomorrow. Book accommodation in Spain for our holiday. That girl in an add looks like a whore. OMG I am loosing it.´ This is mind running three hundred of speed of 90% of people. Duties, duties and duties. Demands, demands and demands. We love it and hate it same time. If we could just get a break.

Art-therapy is based on mindfulness and expressing our deep desires, emotions, fears and struggles. Very often those are hidden in our subconscious and we use therapeutic techniques to bring them on light of our awareness. What if we are exactly aware what bother us. It´s actually tones of things in our head we have to carry, sort out, manage, process.

This little technique might be helpful if you feel overwhelmed by thoughts in your head. I like doing collages in busy times where I feel stressed and there is way too much going on in my life. This is great way how to take this thoughts out of my head and have a bit of relaxed and creative time.

This exercise is part of 100 art therapeutic exercises what I introduced in last article.

You can choose any size you want as any style you want. It is up to you what pictures you will include to the collage as it is up to you how you decorate the rest. Idea is put pictures in the shape of head (your head) and pictures represent more and less your thoughts (struggles, goals, desires etc.) or whatever are on your mind.

The key is not overthink it just take some magazines and cut out what ever catches your attention.

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What a messy head. No wonder we feel overhelmed. If we could just get a break. Finally you did something for yourself and inner peace. Feel free to share your  outcome with others.

 

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100 art-therapy exercises

Lately I was browsing internet to find some inspiration about art-therapy. Today article will be very short but I am sure you will find very useful information for your self-therapeutic journey through arts.

I found this amazing website, where you can get valuable inspiration for your therapeutic sessions and ideas how to even begin. Of course I will be posting more articles here on the blog, but I find this particular article very helpful. You can find there art therapy exercises related to emotions, relaxation, happiness, trauma, calling, self-awareness etc.

There might appear here some of the exercises from article on this page as well as I would like to try them myself and let you know how it went to help you decide if the art therapeutic method is suitable for you.

For now have look there to get some nice inspiration and ideas and let me know if you try some how it goes.

Hands to your past and future.

Today I would like show you very simple and easy artistic and therapeutic technique what might give you better perspective what is happening in your life and where you put your focus and values to.

Draw your two hands on the paper. One of them will represent past and one present or future. Colour hands with pencils, watercolours or use whatever you want. To every finger write one or two words what represent your goals/feelings/people etc. Draw and colour the way you feel to.

Hands can give you look to your past, what you straggled with and comparing with your present how you progressed. Future can give you an idea about your dreams and goals or where you would like to be going.

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It is not to even mention this is great way how to relax and let your creative flow come out 🙂

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Try Colouring books

Colouring books happened to be phenomena of past couple of years. You can find them in every bookshop, magazine shop or even in Tesco. Colouring is an amazing way how to deal with our emotions. Carl Gustav Jung was first one who related colours to emotions inspired by mandalas from eastern culture. Today you can find many different shapes and themes.

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