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3 Good Things Takeaway: Creative, Messy, Contained Workshop

June 14, 2016

I had a great time at Lani Gerity‘s workshop this past week-end at the Mid Atlantic Play Therapy Institute: Visual Art Journaling for Teens and Adults in Treatment: Creative, Messy, and Contained.

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The day was an artful exploration of resilience building, flourishing, intention setting, strength reflection, and lots of creative goodness to fill our handmade art journals that we made from hanging file folders, basic manila file folders for the signature pages inside, and a simple pamphlet stitch to bind it all together.

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I really enjoyed using the various supplies I brought in my mobile art stash– as well as sharing them with my tablemates so they could experiment with them in different ways. It was very inspiring to work in this community. We even did a table exchange of mini art in the form of artist trading cards, index cards, and craft tags to honor the concept of art as a gift, one of Lani’s prompts to explore practicing kindness and sharing joy with others through our art.  I was lucky to be gifted this art from Mary during our table exchange:

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Art as a Gift

 Upon returning home, as I was unpacking my supplies, handouts, and art from the workshop, I reflected on Lani’s teachings from the day prior and the power of art making to help us cope in distressing and challenging times.

This reflection also prompted me to summarize a list of 3 good things (so many to choose from!) from content introduced during the workshop- and ways to help instill hope, gratitude, and self-care into our lives:

  • Three Blessings Exercise– Dr. Martin Seligman suggests this practice as a way to foster well-being and decrease depression.  This exercise encourages us to make note of three things (for one week) what went well throughout our day and to reflect on why they went well (i.e. “why did this happen?”). According to the research of Dr. Seligman, focusing (and dwelling) on our blessings (what is good, going right with life) helps increase our well-being and decreases anxiety, depression that dwelling on bad events can actually make a lot worse. Lani puts an art-based spin to this exercise by suggesting to create art about three good things (collectively in one image or in separate images).  In one of Lani’s Happy Artist’s Life Workshops a few years ago for 6 Degrees of Creativity I even made a Pinterest board to collect images and content inspired by things that made me happy.  Re-visiting this board made me thankful that I created it— and maybe it is a good time to start adding to it again.
  • Daily Creative Practice– Citing the work and practice of art therapy pioneer Edith Kramer, Lani shared that creating art everyday helps guide skillfulness (mastery). This type of practice has a direct connection to nurturing our resilience, regulation, and inspiring us to be and do the best that we can.  I love that this reminder was included as part of the day’s offerings- and very much agree with these findings!
  • Sensory Relief Art- This prompt (originally to create an image representing a mini vacation and to incorporate the senses) inspired a collage that was connected to the importance of self-care, focusing on the here & now, and finding refuge & breathe in this space. I used a photograph of an old collage I created, pieces of torn (blue) magazine pages, distressed ink, and paint pens. Lots of relief in this image!
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Thanks to the Lani, all the participants I met at the workshop, and the small group of fellow art journalers that I worked with throughout the day.  I look forward to incorporating content we learned into my groupwork and adding it to my art journaling ideas and inspiration.

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The Art of Emotional Resilience

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Have Art Supplies, Will Travel: Summer 2016 Mobile Art Stash

May 29, 2016

I am starting to put together some supplies that I want to take with me as I prep for an upcoming workshop I am attending soon and other on the go adventures. It’s been awhile since I really assessed my traveling art stash situation. This was a good excuse to restock materials, get some new ones, and organize/re-discover existing creative goodies I can use while on the go.

This month Lisa Sonara also shared this inspiring post about art supplies and journals she packs when traveling and it gave me some great ideas and new suggestions to consider.

 In June I am looking forward to attending an art journaling Master Class facilitated by Lani Gerity. I was excited to receive her list of suggested art supplies to bring to compliment the basic supplies that we’ll be using.

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I took one of the tips that Lisa offered about using a cosmetic bag for art supply storage. I usually pack my art supplies in my carry on so I tend to use pouches and organizers that can easily go in my bag, won’t weigh a ton, and I can use in the airport or on the plane. I was super surprised what I was able to put into the little black pouch above!

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During the workshop we’ll be creating our art journal from basic office supplies, so I tried to include some of favorite materials also in this same category. I also included some materials that I use in my art therapy groups with teens and adults or in my own creative work. Here’s what I got in the bag (with a little room to spare!)

-Crayola’s Glitter and Metallic Markers (a favorite material of choice in my groups- available at Target!)

– Various blank artist trading cards, index cards, craft tags, smash pad papers

– Alcohol prep pads (love to use these for smudging and distressing)

– Double sided tape dispenser, glue sticks (of course!), liquid glue tube, mini wite out dispenser

– Glitter glue, plastic junk mail card (for spreading paint, glue)

– Various colored ink pens, MÅLA felt markers, white ink pens

– Black cotton cord and twine, thread & needle

– TSA approved scissors (important!), jet black StazOn ink pad (must have!)

– Washi tape

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I also re-discovered a collection of mini ink pads that are perfect to bring along (one of my most favorite materials to use in my own art journaling), but will probably put them in their own small ziploc bag that will go into my suitcase!

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I am still working on gathering collage material that I want to bring. I have a ton of magazine photo collage stuff and different textures and patterns of paper that I could choose from. It was suggested by Lani to look for images that are connected to the population we work with.  Of course I’ll also be bringing my stash of dictionary pages and rub on transfer letters to use as well…..

Excited to discover what develops from this workshop! 🙂

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14 Secrets Challenge: Adventure Supplies & Guerrilla Art for the Soul

Twentythirteen Creating on the Go: My Mobile Art Stash

Create Fest: The 1st Annual Virtual Creativity Festival for Mental Health Professionals

February 8, 2016

Check this out! Create Fest — The 1st Annual Virtual Creativity Festival for Mental Health Professionals!

I am soooo excited to be a part of this offering!

Lisa Michell and Courtney Armstrong have brought together 12 influential therapists, and asked each to offer inspired approaches that will help you partner with your creativity to do your best work and elicit deep transformation within your clients (and yourself).

CreateFest | creativity in motionDiscover new, creative ideas and earn 12 CEU’s from the comfort of your own home or office and… each speaker will lead an inspiring activity you can do during the festival to experience these transformational strategies yourself!

I am speaking about topics related to self-care, trauma focused work, and creativity’s role in supporting mental health professionals. It was a pleasure to speak with Lisa about these topics–  It’s an honor to be included in the debut of this event with such an inspiring line up with so much to offer…

If it seems like this offering would fit related to your work, I hope you’ll join us later this month! 🙂

Learn all about the offerings and speakers for this event here!

Spectrum 2016 Give-Away Blog Hop!

January 20, 2016

I have some exciting news to share today: I am going to be a returning contributor in Spectrum 2016 this year – and I have 1 spot to give-away here at my blog as part of Spectrum’s Give-Away Blog-Hop!

Spectrum Blog Hop Giveaway!

If you’ll remember from last year, Spectrum is an online Holistic-Creative workshop– now going on its third year, and organized by Hali Karla of Hali Karla Arts. Spectrum 2016 will be guided by 20 NEW featured teachers and more than 20 returning contributors offering a variety of workshops, inspiration and invitations – all intended to empower, nurture and celebrate your innate creative expression, healing journey, and personal development!

There will be weekly inspiration & reflective activities related to mixed-media art-making and journaling, guidance on integrating your creative process and holistic awareness into your day-to-day life, and a variety of opportunities to connect, support and share with others in the growing Holistic-Creative online community.

The themes that will loosely guide our 2016 Spectrum experience are Forgiveness, Shifting Perspective, Navigating Uncertainty, Integration, Alchemy, Connecting with Nature, Honoring Body, Trusting Joy, and Expressing One’s Truth! You can expect a variety of perspectives on these – and so much more.

To learn more about the details, including all of the contributors and workshop offerings for this course GO RIGHT HERE.

Spectrum 2016 Contributors

As a returning contributor of this year’s Spectrum, I am looking forward to participating in an exclusive interview with Hali around a topic I am super passionate about: Creative Motivation: The Gifts of Online Community Participation that will be offered as a bonus during the first month of Spectrum!

Pre-registration for Spectrum 2016 officially opens on February 1, 2016 (and the program will begin on May 2). So be sure to bookmark this blog post so that you can check back to see if you win the giveaway here or sign up just as soon as it goes on sale.

About the Give-Away:

  • I have one spot for Spectrum 2016 to give-away to a lucky winner in our January blog-hop – but if you follow the awesome blog-hop list below, you will have an even better chance of winning a spot by entering the other giveaways as well. All of the new teachers are playing along – and quite a few of the returning contributors volunteered to join in the fun, too – so there are over 30 chances to win a free pass!

Here is how to enter my give-away:

  • It’s simple! Leave me a creative hello below in the comments section between now and January 30, 2016. I’ll randomly pull a name from this group and will announce the winner of my free Spectrum pass via this post on February 1, 2016 – the same day pre-registration opens for Spectrum 2016!

Just below is a list of the other amazing, inspiring teachers who are playing along in the Spectrum 2016 blog-hop, with the dates their giveway goes live – be sure to visit their site and enter there, as well- all giveaways are open until the end of the month:

13 January:
Hali Karla http://www.halikarla.com/blog

14 January:
Andrea Schroeder http://www.creativedreamincubator.com/blog
Angelique Arroyo
http://schoolformedicinewomyn.com

15 January:
Bebe Butler http://www.bebebutler.com
Beth Morey http://www.sheofthewild.com

16 January:
Briana Goetzen http://www.orangespiralarts.com
Carissa Paige http://carissapaige.blogspot.com

17 January:
Cat Caracelo http://catcaracelo.com
Catherine Anderson http://catherineandersonstudio.blogspot.com

18 January:
Chris Zydel http://creativejuicesarts.com
Effy Wild http://effybird.com

19 January:
Elloa Atkinson http://www.elloaatkinson.com
Grace Howes    http://www.redbarn-studios.com

20 January:   
Kara LC Jones http://motherhenna.blogspot.com

21 January:
Kelly Johnson http://www.wingswormsandwonder.com
Kitty Oppegard http://handoverheartstudios.blogspot.com

22 January:
Kristal Norton http://kristalnorton.com
Lisa Hofmann http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com

23 January:
Lisa Wilson http://www.beingbreath.com
Lucy Pearce http://dreamingaloud.net

24 January:
Malini Parker http://www.maliniparker.com
Meghan Genge http://www.meghangenge.com

25 January:
Melissa Harris http://www.melissaharris.com
Michelle Turbide http://michelleturbidestudios.com

26 January:
Petrea Hansen-Adamidis http://www.arttherapist.ca/blog
Rachael Rice http://rachaelrice.com

27 January:
Robin Hallett http://www.robinhallett.com
Shelley Klammer http://www.expressiveartworkshops.com

28 January:
Suki Ciappara Ka’Pinao http://sukihealingarts.com
Tara Leaver http://taraleaver.com

Enjoy the blog-hop, good luck on the give-aways, and I hope to see you in Spectrum in a few months!

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments

July 23, 2015

It’s taken me a couple of weeks to decompress and get into gear again after attending the 2015 American Art Therapy Association Conference in Minneapolis, but I wanted to share some of the memorable moments from the week– it was a schedule full of learning, presenting, re-connecting, meeting new faces, & inspiration that was well spent.

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Here’s my Top 10 Memorable Moments (in no particular order):

1.  The Art Therapy Parade of awesome pioneer and inspiring art therapists that was creatively handcrafted by the Local Arrangements Committee for the Opening Session. Wow– this was great!

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

2. Temple Grandin’s Keynote on neurobiological functioning & information processing.  Dr. Grandin offered an inspiring lecture highlighting the sensory based value of art-making & creative expression with visual and “bottom up” thinking- and its unique role in helping make sense of information and experiences. Learn more here from her book “Thinking in Pictures”.  Really enjoyed the opportunity to meet Dr. Grandin as well!

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3. So many great educational sessions to take in, not enough time to see everything!  Honorable mentions include the Edith Kramer Legacy and Decolonizing Art Therapy: Social Justice & New Paradigms of Care Plenaries.

4. Tribute to Don Jones with Art is Life is Art  by Bruce Moon- Earlier in 2015, the art therapy community mourned the passing of Buckeye Art Therapy Association Founder and all around amazing art therapy pioneer Don Jones.  During the AATA conference there were special moments to celebrate Don’s life and important contributions to the field, which also included being one of AATA’s co-founders and early President.  Highlights from Art is Life is Art reviewing Don’s life was a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to Don’s spirit, life, and work among a community of friends & colleagues who miss and cherish him so much!

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5. Mary Tyler Moore Statue- An offsite break to Minneapolis’ Mary Tyler Moore Statue was a must go to site after a day of conference attending- only a few blocks away.

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

6. #AATA2015 photos with friends & colleagues and following conference live tweeting and activity on social media.

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

7. Standing room only @ our paper making panel about trauma & transformation and work with Peace Paper- Many thanks to everyone who was able to attend and to my panel colleagues! It was great to share our experiences and the therapeutic uses of paper making as part of the conference program– and see all the interest in this process! Thank you to Drew & Margaret who gifted us with hundreds of sheets of limited edition handmade paper especially made for conference attendees to take home with them.

Top 10 Memorable Minneapolis Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

Top 10 Memorable Minnesota Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

Top 10 Memorable Minnesota Art Therapy Moments | creativity in motion

8. Creative Deed 365 Minneapolis– I’ll be sharing more soon about this artful event as part of my monthly posting about this 365 project, but this was definitely a fun part of my conference experience this year— leaving creative deeds, receiving creative deeds, and seeing the discovery of creative deeds by other attendees.🙂

9. Arts & Crafts Marketplace– The Marketplace was packed full of wonderful handmade goods and art by art therapists available for purchase!  I scored much creative goodness with buying a series of Lani Gerity’s morning pages (yay!):

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10. Time to Refresh & Renew-  Spending time in presentations, making art, meeting up with friends & colleagues, as well as making new connections and taking in all things art therapy was great to be around on many levels.  All the collective work and service that continues to be done on behalf of art therapy is inspiring to take in and be a part of.

In wrapping up this post, I’ll leave with this Edith Kramer quote and featured in her legacy plenary session:

“Making art is my destiny- art therapy is my beloved profession.”

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Creative Covenants Inspiration

June 12, 2015
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Creative Covenants @ Spectrum 2015

Earlier last month, Hali Karla Arts’ holistic online creative circle Spectrum opened to much excitement and anticipation! I’ve so enjoyed seeing all the creativity, inspiration, and encouragement being shared within this community.

In this post I want to share a peek into some of the Creative Covenants that have been made by Spectrum participants (and who kindly gave me permission (thank you!) to share their art with you!).   Each time a new collection of Creative Covenants graces the Spectrum community space, it’s exciting to take in what has been created- in form, colors, symbol, intention, and the promises being made to ones creative self.

It’s also a delightful surprise to see the different ways everyone’s Creative Covenants take shape, the materials being used and how each set has its own artful personality, creative energy, and enthusiasm:

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Celeste’s Creative Covenants

Celeste transformed her Creative Covenants into these round beauties! (left image are the fronts & right image features the backs)

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Laurie’s Creative Covenants

Laurie included her heart shaped Creative Covenants in her art journal!

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Carol’s Promises to Her Creative Self

Carol has been working on a series of different Creative Covenants on cards and tags that honor her permissions and celebrations!

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Eleni’s Process & Creative Covenants

Fun to see Eleni’s Creative Covenant process from start to finish!

Britt-Marie's Creative Covenants

Britt-Marie’s Creative Covenants

A beautiful collection of Creative Covenants created by Britt-Marie!

Witnessing these Creative Covenants and many others come to life through art expression is a sacred reminder of the power of intention & its important value in our creative life.   What a courageous, soulful adventure this has already been… Thank you Hali for bringing everyone together through Spectrum’s art filled invitations!

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• 25 contributors, 26+ workshop invitations, multi-media online community •
Registration open until Nov. 1 – Join in anytime!

Creative Deed 365: February Offerings

March 1, 2015
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Creative Deed 365

In the thick of the winter here, it’s been really wonderful to keep engaging in a little bit of Creative Deed art-making everyday and then releasing the art and its message into the world (snow, ice, sub zero temperatures, and all)!   This month’s Creative Deeds I have left at gas stations, grocery stores, on the street at newspaper stands, banks, my local art supply store, through the USPS mail, and more!  I hope that the expressions I’ve made throughout February warm the hearts of their finders as much, if not more than me…. 🙂

Here is a quick look at days 32-59 of Creative Deed 365:

The Creative Deed 365 Group and project contributors there and on social media (using the #creativedeed365 hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) continue to be a.maz.ing as well— Full of beautiful art, kindness, creativity, & support!  It’s fun to get multiple doses of creative deed art and intention from everyone that is making, sharing, and commenting in connection to this project….

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#creativedeed365 on Instagram

Artfully onward to March’s creations & discoveries!

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Catch up on past #creativedeed365 posts here:

Creative Deed 365 January Offerings

Creative Deed 365 Artful Beginnings: Creating It Forward in 2015

Introducing: Creative Deed 365

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Operation Random Acts of Creative Kindness

Trauma, Transformation & Growth

February 15, 2015

This past week here in NE Ohio at Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus’ Gallery was the Exhibit Opening for The Transformative Image: Post Traumatic Growth & Art Therapy.

This exhibit featured a strong range of creative expressions (paintings, installations, drawing, textiles, ceramics, mixed media, photography & more) inspired by personal experiences and the concept of Post Traumatic Growth (PTG).  PTG filled the gallery everywhere with images & artistic representations that transformed extreme struggle, adversity, or trauma into positive, internal growth deep with re-connection to purpose, attachment, and empowerment:

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Exhibit Opening: The Transformative Image- Post Traumatic Growth & Art Therapy

 

Trauma, Transformation, & Growth | creativity in motion

Butterfly Art Installation for adding hopes, dreams, & wishes

 

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My Own Beautiful, Altered Brain

Here are a few interesting reads to check out & learn more about PTG:

  • Resilience and Post Traumatic Growth: Learn some creative tips via Lani Gerity’s blog on how to cultivate and practice resilience in when faced with stressful life circumstances.

If you’re going to be/in the NE Ohio area, The Transformative Image: Post Traumatic Growth & Art Therapy Exhibit is on display until March 6 at the Tri-C East Campus Gallery:

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Related Posts:

Journey to Resilience: Takeaways & Creative Offerings

The Art of Emotional Resilience

Everyday Courage: Artist Challenge Coins

Holistic Creative Circle :: Introducing Spectrum 2015

January 12, 2015

I have some exciting creative news to announce today! 
Introducing Spectrum 2015…..🙂

Spectrum hosted by Hali Karla Arts is a multi-media online Holistic Creative Experience guided by 25 artists, healers and visionaries devoted to awakening, exploring, deepening & celebrating your innate Mind-Body-Spirit Nature, Wisdom and Connection. Spectrum is for anyone interested in enhancing intuition, strengthening courage, celebrating wholeness & diversity, widening perspective, developing deeper relationships, and who wants to offer her own gifts to the world, guided by personal awareness and creative living.

This creative circle integrates visual journaling into an experience about so much more and I am so excited and grateful to be part of this year’s Spectrum Teaching Collective to offer my new workshop, Creative Covenants.

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Creative Covenants @ Spectrum 2015

​Your creative covenants are values that you believe are core to the way you create, practice, and live as a creative and artful being. When you know your own creative values, you can activate them to empower your creative life.  How would you define your creative covenants? In this workshop, you are invited to create an inspiring book made from a series of permission tags that honor these promises to our creative self and practice. Content in this workshop will also be nurtured through a series of prompts exploring what celebrates, challenges, and empowers the creative goodness in each of us!
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What are your Creative Covenants?

Spectrum will be available completely online with workshop videos and PDFs that can be accessed at your own pace and on your own schedule– anytime & anywhere in the world… and also includes special membership and on-line meet up opportunities to connect with others in the Spectrum community. Whether you are just beginning an art journal practice, or looking to enhance & spark a seasoned one– or simply looking for a fresh way to explore the rivers of your Mind~Body~Spirit~Nature experience – Spectrum will take you on a journey that will enhance your understanding of yourself and impact the way you engage and relate in all aspects of your life.

Join me and the other inspiring contributors & art offerings for 6 months of creative discovery and community celebrating the empowerment of creative ritual, the freedom in uninhibited expression, body as guide and ally, art as intuitive oracle and medicine, and nature as provider of love, lesson, peace, abundance and belonging.

Spectrum 2015 Teaching Collective

Spectrum 2015 Teaching Collective

There is so much creative goodness here!  I can’t wait to meet everyone who experiences this creative community of art & awareness with us… I hope you’ll consider participating in this 2015 adventure- Check out what Spectrum has to offer!

*** Meet the contributors, workshops, and access the discounted early bird sale here ***

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Artful Hands & Hearts: Honoring Community
February Warm Up With Winter Fatigue Art
Holistic Creative Chat with Hali Karla Arts

Compassion & Creativity

September 24, 2014

I just finished participating in this year’s Compassion Games with a team I organized through the 6 Degrees of Creativity community. Our Creative Deed Team included a dozen a.maz.ing members from all over the globe! For 11 days, we worked on a series of artful acts that I sent out each day of the games to inspire kindness & compassion.  You can view the prompts for each of the Creative Deeds here.

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12 Days of Creative Deeds

For the team’s first creative deed, I thought it would be a nice start to have each of us photograph a heart in the palm of our hand, as a symbol and offering of compassion.  Below is a pic I took of my hand holding a glittery paper heart in my creative space, with a quote connected to service, compassion, and supporting of others.

Compassion & Creativity | creativity in motion

Show Us Your Heart

For our second Creative Deed, Chalking it Up for Compassion, it was pretty dreary, damp, and cold on my end, but getting out my sidewalk chalk & pastels to work on a rock I chose to create a message of compassion on, helped brighten the environment.  My chalk art was inspired by the Dalai Lama quote, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

Chalk It Up for Compassion

Chalk It Up for Compassion

My love for making wordles and word clouds inspired Day 3’s Creative Deed, as team members were encouraged to experiment with free, online sites like Wordle, Tagxedo, and Word It Out to create Compassion inspired word art.  My image was made using Tagxedo (love their shapes), using words from the quotes that inspired me during Day 1 and 2.

Compassion Wordclouding

Compassion Wordclouding

Operation Random Acts of Creative Kindness inspired Creative Deed Day 4 and I made this art tag that I hung on a telephone poll along one of the busiest walking streets my city.  My hope is that someone spotted it, took it, and enjoyed it!  On the back side of the tag is the A.A. Milne quote, “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

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Operation Random Acts of Creative Kindness

Day 5’s Creative Deed was inspired by a concept introduced in Seattle for the Compassion Games, in which individuals are nominated as Compassion All Stars. The Creative Deed Team nominated individuals in our lives and then made an award to recognize him/her.  I nominated Lani Gerity as a Compassion All Star I am grateful to have in my creative life as a friend & colleague— Just visit Lani’s blog to take in all her compassionate and artful ways.

Compassion All Star Award

Compassion All Star Award

The next day the Creative Deed Team embarked on a Compassion & Creativity Quote Hunt and we used online programs like Recite and Quozio to transform these words into graphic designed images.   I chose one of my favorite resiliency based quotes from Ben Orki that I often use as an affirmation in my work.

Compassion & Creativity Quote Hunt

Compassion & Creativity Quote Hunt

Day 7’s Creative Deed was dedicated to celebrating everything and anything awesome through making Compassion Cards of Awesomeness for ourselves & others.  I stashed this Creative Deed message inside a random book.  I think there is much power and strength in this quote.

Compassion Cards of Awesomeness

Compassion Cards of Awesomeness

Our next Creative Deed was inspired by one of the ways the Compassion Games invites participants to play:  as Secret Agents of Compassion.  The Creative Deed Team embarked on a mission dedicated to showing compassion to the earth and to capture our observations & reflections related to interrelatedness through photography. My photo was about the transitioning of summer into fall and its connection to letting go & how from this state of dying; new life & growth follows…. even if we have to get through the winter first and I am grateful for this process…

Secret Agent of Compassion: Nature Mission

Secret Agent of Compassion: Nature Mission

Day 9’s Creative Deed focused on mandala making with a compassion theme.  A recent photo I took of a candle and its flame reminded me of a light bearing mandala and how light (giving & receiving) can bring an awareness of hope & clarity  in times of distress and despair.

Compassion Mandala

Compassion Mandala

Sticky notes were transformed into Compassion Art on Day 10 as a way to publicly display positive messages of kindness.  I left my sticky note art of hope on a restroom mirror  in one of my favorite roadside travel stops on the way home from a trip.  It included a message to have, trust, believe, and embrace hope.

Compassion Sticky Note Art

Compassion Sticky Note Art

The final day of the Compassion Games ended on September 21, International Day of Peace.  The Creative Deed Team reflected on this CG post and was encouraged to create a Peace Flag to symbolize the power of peace, as well as what peace symbolizes to us and for the world.  I used small fabric swatches to create a series of flags using fabric markers, acrylic paint, sharpies and ballpoint ink with some hand sewing.

International Day of Peace Flag

International Day of Peace Flag

It was not only meaningful and lots of creative fun to work on each of these days for the Compassion Games and to share these good vibes & intentions with others, but it was also really wonderful to connect with everyone on the Creative Deed team through art, service, and reflection over these 11 days. Lots of creative goodness!!  I am appreciative of my teammates’ dedication & thoughtfulness, as well as the passion, support, and organization from the Compassion Games. Good times!

You can see the entire Creative Deed Team Collection on Facebook here.

And check out the scientific benefits & origins of compassion from the Charter for Compassion.

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Related Posts:

Wow! 2014 Games Are Behind Us, Now it’s Time to Celebrate and Share!

Wrap Up: Creative Deeds in Action @ the 2014 Compassion Games over at 6 Degrees of Creativity

Compassion Games 2014: Team 6 Degrees of Creativity Creative Deeds Go Global

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