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Stress Transformation Drawings

Did you know that drawing, among other forms of creative activity can help reduce stress? It’s true! Studies have shown that people who practice various forms of art experience reduced levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. The best part is that you do not need to be an “artist” to experience these benefits. I wantContinue reading “Stress Transformation Drawings”

Online Resources

There are so many amazing resources that I have found online and on Social media that have been important in my journey. I wanted to compile a list for you to check out as well. These are just a few of my favorites to get you started, but I will continue to update this listContinue reading “Online Resources”

Book List

I love to find books that complement my practice in creative mindfulness and self-care. I am always on the lookout for new material to read and learn from. Here is a list of books that have inspired me and that I hope will inspire you too! If you have a suggestion for books that IContinue reading “Book List”

Art in the time of Covid

So covid has been an interesting challenge for many reasons, but as an artist/art teacher it has meant that many of us are working from home or virtually and often with limited supplies. Many of my teacher friends are attempting to teach kids who often do not have many supplies to work with at all.Continue reading “Art in the time of Covid”

Magazine Embroidery

This is a fun little project suitable for teens and adults. You will basically be “doodling or sketching” with needle and thread over magazine images. Magazines are a favorite art supply of mine. I tend to keep a collection of various types of magazines on hand as I use them in my art frequently. ForContinue reading “Magazine Embroidery”

Scrape Painting

Scrape painting is a fun and easy process art project for all ages. You will need some sort of paint I like to use tempera paints for the little kiddos because it is washable, but older kids could use acrylic paints (inexpensive craft acrylics work great). You will also need something to scrape the paintContinue reading “Scrape Painting”

Drawing Your Breath

I believe that creative expression is linked to mindfulness. When you are creating your are in the present moment. You are focusing on what is before you. I consider the process of creating to be an active form of meditation. This is especially true if you take the time to pause and notice your breathContinue reading “Drawing Your Breath”

Sometimes Art Is Messy

So one thing that I find I am constantly saying is, “Sometimes art is messy.” In our culture we tend to have a fear of mess. This fear can act as an inhibitor to our creativity. We tell our children, “Don’t make a mess.” We tell ourselves, “I can’t do that it is too messy.”Continue reading “Sometimes Art Is Messy”

Sensory Art Play

I was first introduced to the idea of Sensory Art for kids when I lived in Portland, OR. The class was offered at an art studio called Art A La Carte that I frequented with my kids. Though my kids were too old for the class I fell in love with the concept. When IContinue reading “Sensory Art Play”

Abstract watercolor

Abstract Watercolor Project

Check out this is a fun and easy project to get your creative juices flowing! This project is geared towards adults, however I have done this with kids as young as 9 before and it has gone really well. Children just need to be old enough to follow instructions and patient enough to work throughContinue reading “Abstract Watercolor Project”

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