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Garland of Gratitude

November 19, 2014

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching soon, this time of year is particularly meaningful to create handmade items to give honor and appreciation to what we are thankful for.  This week I am introducing some of my groups to making a gratitude garland as a way to explore this theme.

Garland of Gratitude | creativity in motion

I am keeping the garland construction simple: I’ve cut strips from 12 x 12 patterned scrapbook paper (different colors, designs), hole punched the ends to tie together with twine (rather than just stapling or using double sided tape- which is OK too!) to begin the making of a paper chain.  Before tying the ends of the twine together,  I wrote a list of what I am thankful for this year on the one side (which will become the inside) of the paper chain link.

Each chain link can also include an attached tag as a way to label with a significant word, quote or individual’s name. Letter stamping and using other rubber stamps to simply embellish can come in handy!

Garland of Gratitude | creativity in motion

For a group offering, garlands can be made together formed by individuals contributing their own paper chain link(s) to the collective piece or individuals can work on their own garlands in the same group space.  I also think adding an exchange of gratitude strips among group members would also be fun and add to a group’s supportive intention.

The benefits to engaging in a gratitude practice are many. Of course there is the wonderful byproduct of increased joy and compassion, but to also purposefully recognize what we hold appreciation for can help strengthen adaptive coping and empower a here and now awareness that we do have control over in our attitude, behavior, and actions with ourselves, others, & our experiences.

This article, Gratitude in the Midst of Trauma: Why Thankfulness Matters, especially describes the role gratitude can have in trauma recovery.

And…if you are looking for more garland inspired ideas, check out these artful ideas:

Misfits and Remnants: Grateful

Soulemama’s Gratitude Garland

Boho Gratitude Garland

Enjoy!

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Creative Chain Reaction

November 1, 2014

 Month #10 just came to a close for my 3×5 365 project and in reflection I’ve decided to put together some of the words & phrases from days 274-304 in a poem of sorts:

Creative Chain Reaction | creativity in motion

Creative Chain Reaction

Welcome….stillness….

An artful perception

Of enoughness re-framed

Before & between

To challenge my adventure into imagination

A new day…. Always.

Believe! Work creatively!

Permission granted to do the things you love to do.

To honor the stories behind these stories

With mindful power and an abundance of hope

To reclaim with mercy & inspiration.

The next thing, a newness, re-birth….

Re-forming and finding grace

For a creative reveal, full of growth.

This is it:

A creative opening to fall into this rhythm.

Creative Chain Reaction | creativity in motion

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Mid October 3×5 Creative Moments

October 14, 2014

I wanted to take this mid-October creative moment to share some of the 3x5s I’ve created this month as part of my on-going 365 project…. It’s hard to believe there’s less than 80 days left in 2014 and for my daily index card art making fun…. The rest of this year is flying by!

Mid October 3x5 Creative Moments  | creativity in motion

October 3×5 Creative Mashup

I’ve noticed that with many of my recent 3x5s, I enjoy tearing/ripping bits and pieces of paper (usually from magazines or catalogs) and putting them together into a messy collage of sorts with my usual use of distressed inks & stains, dictionary pages, chit chat stickers, and the occasional washi tape cameo.

Mid October 3x5 Creative Moments  | creativity in motion

Day 274: Hello October…. Welcome….

 

Mid October 3x5 Creative Moments | creativity in motion

Day 275: Support in Simplicity & Stillness

 

Mid October 3x5 Creative Moments | creativity in motion

Day 281: Adventure into Imagination

 

Mid October 3x5 Creative Moments | creativity in motion

Day 282: Beginner’s Mind Reflection

 

Mid October 3x5 Creative Moments | creativity in motion

Day 286: [Doing] The Things You Love

 The color palette these days shifts between cool colors of blues and greens to warmer colors like yellow and orange.  October so far seems to reveal themes of welcoming new energy (or saying goodbye to old energy disappearing) with new adventures harvested from creative seeds planted earlier in the year or new space from things that have come to an end. My 3×5 art right now also reflects a time of honoring/remembering what I am most passionate about, but also balancing simplicity & moments of stillness as fresh, new air for my work, creative practice, relationships, and loves.

“Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is is change.” – Edwin Way Teale

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Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash

September 12, 2014

This week I spent more time cleaning out and organizing my creative space and supplies.  A recent trip to IKEA and finally purchasing the RÅSKOG Kitchen Cart (yay!) to serve as an art cart (inspired by this blog post and on my wish list for months) and picking up some MÅLA marker accessories super inspired me….

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

RÅSKOG Shelfie

My RÅSKOG set-up includes my sharpies, gel pens, paint pens, paint brushes, distressed ink, stamp pads, glitter glues, various mod podges, smashbooks, and more… Love this little, but amazing storage piece!  It will be nice to easily wheel this cart next to my side while working on my 3×5 365 and other projects. Look here at this RÅSKOG page from Pinterest on the different ways you can use this awesome cart.

Next…. the rest of my organizing on this day included going through all my old markers…. there were lots….

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

Dried up marker stash

I shared the above photo with my social network and it wasn’t long before my art therapy friends began commenting with ideas & suggestions to repurpose and give a new life to them….  Everything from making them into alcohol inks (Kelly), puppets (Magdalena), pencil holders (Christy), magic wand accessories (Peg), building things with them using duck tape (Eleni), and this link from Suzanne that has lots more ideas related to making things out of old marker caps.

The suggestion that intrigued me the most was Diane’s and Rosemary’s: turning the old marker ink into some sort of spray paint accessory.  I couldn’t resist trying the idea out!

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

With pliers, I took off the plastic ends of a handful of makers to expose the ink cylinder inside and then added a little bit of water (with the caps still on the other end).

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

When I took off the marker cap, lots of bright & vivid ink would drip right through and at the recommendation of Diane and Rosemary, I blew into the open end of the marker to experiment with how much the ink would spray through the other end (tip). Lots of splattering & sprinkling fun!

Re-Organzing My Creative Space & Repurposing My Dried Up Marker Stash | creativity in motion

To soak up some of the water on the paper, I pressed the ink onto another sheet of paper monoprint style.  It was interesting to see the layers of color that the different colors of ink created! Thanks Diane & Rosemary!

It was awesome to read all the ideas and inspiration that came in from a simple art material photo.  One of the super good and helpful benefits of social media!  Perhaps as I continue to re-organize my creative space I should post other discarded & unwanted items for a fresh perspective & new ideas…. :)  Thank you to everyone who contributed- it was a delightful surprise to my creative week!

What materials and media do you repurpose into something new that creates another/different creative life for it?

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Altering/Transforming/Collaborating

Exploring Covenant Based Caregiving with a Creative Twist

August 26, 2014

Covenant /ˈkəvənənt/  (noun) : A promise. An agreement. A commitment.

Back in June I was inspired by the concept of “covenant based caregiving” and thought that creating an altered book to honor my values & beliefs & explore my interest in this topic would be a creative, interesting endeavor for this fall.

What are your promises to yourself that you can make about living, working, loving, being, becoming, believing, promoting, striving, and seeking that support covenant caregiving vs. “on demand” caregiving?

I’ve started to brainstorm my list of promises (and then fancied it up with Recite) to get the creative process going:

Exploring Covenant Based Caregiving with a Creative Twist | creativity in motion

I’ve been saving a small children’s board book to alter for this very project. I have started to strip away the glossy, coated pages and paint backgrounds of color on the raw surface underneath with acrylic paint.  It’s the same process I love doing for my ready for revo’lution books every year– I find it so freeing and liberating to prepare the spaces for my altered books in this way. Removing and clearing out the old, to set the stage for something new.

Exploring Covenant Based Caregiving with a Creative Twist | creativity in motion

Beginnings

I hope to share my progress here on how things are developing with this new project! I am excited to finally begin…. :)

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Paper Stash Swap Show & Tell

August 1, 2014

In July, I organized a Paper Stash Swap for my 6 Degrees of Creativity online workshop community, where interested members signed up to exchange artsy paper stuff and goodies with another participant:

Paper Stash Swap Show & Tell | creativity in motion

Let’s Swap Some Paper!

Below is some the creative goodness I put together for the couple of fun  stashes I mailed to Nancy and Jessica.  These packages included a variety of scrapbooking paper, tags, paper bag books, scrap collage bits & pieces, bingo cards, book catalog file cards and more:

Paper Stash Show & Tell | creativity in motion

Preparing Creative Goodness for Paper Stash Mailing

Here’s a collection of awesome paper stashes I received from Jessica, Roseann, and Nancy (thank you!) which included lots of colorful printed paper, book & dictionary pages, maps, tags, tickets, and so, so much more:

Paper Stash Show & Tell | creativity in motion

Paper Stash Treasure

The second part of this Paper Stash Swap is this month’s Show & Tell where we can share what we’ve created with some of the gifts & treasures we’ve received.  I’ve used a lot of the stash stuff in my 3×5 365 cards during the past month. It was also really easy to take the stashes (contained in a large mailing envelope or plastic bag) on the go with me to create with.  I really thought the patterns, textures, & colors of the stashes I was generously gifted with brought a new excitement and an inviting warmth to my 3×5 art. It was a pleasure to begin incorporating these positive elements into my creative practice and feel these meaningful additions come to life (each day and each week).

Paper Stash Show & Tell | creativity in motion

My Paper Stash Show & Tell: July 3×5 Art

I look forward to seeing other Show & Tells from this exchange on the 6 Degrees of Creativity site and how what was received was used or what it inspired. :)

In case you’re looking for your own paper stash inspiration check out some of these ideas from my Creative Goodness with Gluebooks e-book that you can download free here.

Paper Stash Show & Tell | creativity in motion

Cultivating Your Paper Stash

What’s your favorite paper item to use in your stash or to gift to others?

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Social Media’s Role in Cultivating Art Therapy Connection, Community, & Creativity

July 26, 2014

Earlier this month at the national art therapy conference in San Antonio, I was able to spend time dialoguing in a focus group I led about one of my favorite topics: the role of social media in creating connection, community, and sustaining creativity.

Social Media’s Role in Cultivating Art Therapy Connection, Community, & Creativity | creativity in motion

This group time was a very nice opportunity to talk with art therapists and art therapy students about how they use social media, what interests & challenges them, as well as the different ways social media can be used within the art therapy community for networking, collaborating, art-making, and inspire one another.

In comparison to a focus group I led on this same topic at the national conference 5 years ago (2009), the awareness and use of social media seemed to be a lot more integrated into our regular professional interactions and activity.  This included, but was not limited to: connecting with other art therapists, inspiring & supporting our own creative process with art-making, taking to the social media air waves to promote what we are passionate about in art therapy (through blogging, creating Facebook pages, using hashtags, QR codes) and keeping updated on worldwide happenings and news in the art therapy community.  The increasing use of smartphones, tablets, and apps (vs. 2009) to access social media in mobile form definitely has contributed to this day to day practice.

Challenges voiced included understanding how to leverage the most out of different social media sites, having a mindful awareness of ones personal vs. professional life online, and keeping up with the constant changes, new developments, and activity in the world of social media.

Check out this SlideShare inspired by this focus group’s topic:

This was a great time to gather together about this topic off the grid!  Thank you to everyone who attended! It is inspiring to learn more about how we as art therapists continue to use social media to strengthen our professional connections, enhance the relationship with our creativity, & create online opportunities for supporting our work, interests, & practice.

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San Antonio Art Therapy Fun

July 3, 2014

Next week I’ll be heading to San Antonio to attend the national art therapy conference and I am looking forward to opportunities for learning, connecting, and community building.

San Antonio Art Therapy Fun: Artist Trading Card Exchange | creativity in motion

My ATCs for the San Antonio Art Therapy ATC Swap

Early on at the conference, Andrea Davis, LPC, ATR-BC and I have organized an artist trading card exchange and meet up exploring the theme of art therapy dreams. I am eager to spend time swapping art and re-connecting/connecting on site with art therapists and students I’ve met through the 6 Degrees of Creativity or Art Therapy Alliance communities, as well as meeting some new faces and enjoying the creative company of friends.

San Antonio Art Therapy Fun: Artist Trading Card Exchange | creativity in motion

Swapping & Meet Up Accessories

I hope this gathering will be a great space for networking & coming together through creativity!

Later on Thursday (5-7 pm), I’ll be participating in the Arts & Crafts Marketplace, offering some handmade pocket journals and books (created from miniature file folders, matchboxes, & inchies) for sale… Stop by table #5, say hello, and check out the creative goodness:

Matchbox Journals

Matchbox Journals

 

Inchie Love

Inchie Love

 

Inchie Inspiration Books

Inchie Inspiration Books

 

Marketplace Creative Goodness

Marketplace Creative Goodness

 

Pocket Journals

Pocket Journals

 

Pocket Journals

Pocket Journals

 

San Antonio Art Therapy Fun: Marketplace Creative Goodness | creativity in motion

Marketplace Creative Goodness

Following the Marketplace fun, I am looking forward to attending the free screening of Inocente and have the honor of leading a discussion following the film with audience attendees about the role and benefits of art expression in helping youth living with homeless.  Don’t miss out on seeing this inspiring and Academy award-winning film from 8-9:30 on Thursday evening- I hope to see you there!

INOCENTE Screening

INOCENTE Screening

On Saturday morning (10:30-11:20 am), I’ll be facilitating a Focus Group on one of my favorite topics: Social Media’s Role in Cultivating Art Therapy Connection, Community, & Creativity. This focus group will stimulate innovative dialogue about social networking’s important role in building community, cultivating creativity, and creating connection for art therapists worldwide. Participants will engage in discussion about the power of social media to mobilize and engage a community, as well as how to leverage this participation to bring art therapists together for art-making, support, and crowdsourcing efforts. Discussion content will include websites, groups, and communities available on-line for art therapists and how to professionally get the most out the social media experience for networking, empowering creativity, and sustaining a sense of community and belonging.

Social Media & Art Therapy Focus Group

Social Media & Art Therapy Focus Group

I’m also excited to bring & share some of the Art Therapy Alliance‘s new Favicards to help spread the art therapy & social media love….. :)

2014 Art Therapy Alliance Favicards

2014 Art Therapy Alliance Favicards

And finally, if you want to join in on the conference’s social media activity while in San Antonio, AATA’s Social Media Committee will be hosting Pop Up Photo Taking & Hashtag Creative Fun in the Exhibit Hall @ the Marketplace of Ideas during Networking and Lunch Breaks Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  You are invited to stop by!  Also, if you will be in attendance at the conference and want to share your updates, check-ins & photos, use the event’s hashtag #AATA2014 on Twitter, Instagram, and on FB.

 I hope our paths will cross at one of these happenings or at another offering throughout the week if we are both in San Antonio!

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Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service

June 28, 2014

I spent some time this past week teaching a group of youth ages 8-15 how to make sock monkeys as part of Ursuline ArtSpace’s Fashion Camp- It was so much fun!

a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service | creativity in motion

Sock monkeys waiting to be born

After seeing the group of sock monkey my art therapy graduate students created last year for Operation Sock Monkey, the Camp’s Director and ArtSpace Founder Sister Kathleen Burke wanted this year’s creative campers to not only learn how to create a sock monkey as part of their summer camp experience, but to also donate what they created to a child in need of some sock monkey love.

Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service | creativity in motion

Summer Camp Sock Monkey Sewing

Over three days, the group learned the basics of how to handsew a sock monkey using the variety of knee high and calf length socks I’ve been collecting over the last year for this very occasion.  ArtSpace Camp Staff and Volunteers Emily, Amanda, Jessica, Brandy, Keith, Cathy, & Rita were a huge, invaluable help in assisting everyone with the sewing details and logistics throughout the week- Thank you!

Summer Camp Sock Monkeys & Service | creativity in motion

Sock monkeys and their Fabulous Fashionista Creators ready to walk the runway

To celebrate all the fabulous fashion related creations made throughout the week (dresses, bags, scarves, hats & more!), the last day of camp closed with a Fashion Runway show, which also included sock monkeys!  I loved seeing this final part!

Sock monkeys ready to go to Camp Heroes!

Sock monkeys ready to go to Camp Heroes!

In July, I’ll be taking these sock monkeys to Cornerstone of Hope’s Camp Heroes-  a bereavement day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17.

It was suck a pleasure to work with this group of young ladies and the ArtSpace staff on this project– thank you for all your hard work, generosity, and creativity!

If you’re interested in learning how to make your own sock monkey, check out the video that taught me (from my sock monkey hero and art therapist Kat Thorsen)!

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a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
Camp Heroes is a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf
Camp Heroes is a day camp for inner city youth ages 8-17 years old. – See more at: http://cornerstoneofhope.org/page/camps-and-retreats#sthash.tlmh9U9n.dpuf

 

The Power of Art: Healing Imagination VI @ Ursuline College

June 14, 2014
Photo: Sr. Kathleen Burke, PhD, OSU

Photo: Sr. Kathleen Burke, PhD, OSU

What a pleasure it was to attend another opening of Healing Imagination — 2014 celebrates VI (!)– an Art Therapy Juried Exhibition at Ursuline College’s Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery.

It was great to see so much beautiful art on display in a variety of mediums & forms: painting, sculpture, mixed media, textile, collage, photography, and more from Art Therapy and Counseling faculty, students, and alumni.

I am grateful that we were able to come together and honor the importance and practice of art making as artists and art therapists in this way.  To see the creative work of my colleagues, art therapy friends, and students in this collective showing is so energizing & inspiring.  How wonderful that the creative process and power of art is so essential in our work, service, and in our own lives.

The Power of Art: Healing Imagination VI | creativity in motion

My contribution to the exhibition was my 2013 365 revo’lution project and 2014 revo’lution altered book.  It was super nice to be reunited with both pieces again in the gallery.  In my creative space where I keep my 2013 365 project, I often take a look at the piece of art I created 365 days ago.  I’ll reflect on what the intention was, where I created the piece, and the materials I was using.  Looking at last year’s tiny image also helps reframe the present and recognize areas of growth & transformation that have taken place since making the piece 365 days ago and how it has supported my 2014 revo’lution.  So it’s been weird not having both pieces of art around! :)

While there have been small moments of anxiety separation from both of these pieces, it is refreshing to have my revo’lution projects visit this new space and fun to have others experience it outside of the virtual sharing and computer screens of social media and the Internet.  Thank you to Ursuline College’s Art Therapy & Counseling Program for the opportunity to be included in this show, bringing us together in this way, and continuing the Healing Imagination tradition!

The Power of Art: Healing Imagination VI | creativity in motion

In case you’re in the NE Ohio area and want to check the exhibition out,  The Healing Imagination VI is on display until August 1 at the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery on the campus of Ursuline College.  Gallery hours are Tuesday- Friday, 12 – 5 PM, as well as Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.

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Healing Imagination V @ Ursuline College

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