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2018 Online Book Discussion Group

December 10, 2017

Re-publishing this announcement from The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media blog:

Coming in 2018: An online Facebook book discussion group for readers ofThe Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media!  An opportunity for art therapists, art therapy students, and other interested readers to dialogue weekly about each chapter of the book.  A great way to spend the cold, winter months at the warm keyboard of your tablet, mobile device, or desktop!  So get your copy ready to join the group (any or all!) beginning January through March 2018 every Sunday 5:00-6:30 pm EST. Tell your colleagues, classmates, students, and friends (off and online!).  Sign up here through the site’s contact form if you are interested in a group invitation to participate!

Tentative Schedule:

  • January 7

Chapter 1: Introduction to Social Networking and Social Media

  • January 14

Chapter 2: The Challenges and Benefits of Social Networking

  • January 21

Chapter 3: Social Media, Art Therapy, and Professionalism

  • January 28

Chapter 4: The Value of Digital Community for Art Therapists

  • February 4

Chapter 5: Strengthening the Art Therapy Profession through Social Media

  • February 11

Chapter 6: Social Networking and the Global Art Therapy Community

  • February 18

Chapter 7: Social Media and the Art Therapist’s Creative Practice

  • February 25

Chapter 8: 6 Degrees of Creativity

  • March 4

Chapter 9: Future Considerations: Social Media and Art Therapists

Routledge is also having an end of the year sale of all its book titles, which includes a 20% discount of The Art Therapist’s Guide to Social Media if you still need to purchase a copy in time for the discussion group!  🙂

 

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Digital Art Therapy: Material, Methods, and Applications

November 28, 2016

If you are interested in learning more about current topics and practices related to digital art therapy, Jessica Kingsley Publishers just released a new book edited by Rick Garner entitled Digital Art Therapy: Material, Methods, and Applications.

Digital Art Therapy: Material, Methods, and Applications

As the field of digital art therapy rapidly expands, this book guides readers through the many applications of digital media in art therapy. With consideration of professional and ethical issues, expert contributors discuss materials and methods, with case examples to show how digital art therapy works in practice.

The text includes twelve chapters addressing a wide variety of art therapy approaches using and about digital media, such as stop motion, green screen technology, apps, light painting, and virtual reality.  Using technology in art therapy with youth who have autism, adults with traumatic brain injury, adolescents, as well as for supervision and assessment are also explored.

I am excited to also have contributed a chapter to this inspiring collection of content and co-authors. My chapter Social Media and Creative Motivation explores the relationship and impact social media can have on cultivating creative motivation, including considerations and examples about leveraging online and social networking sites as a means for inspiration, engagement, community, and connection.

My chapter was initially inspired by this blog post published on Creativity in Motion a couple of years ago.  That post reflected on archived Brainzooming content published by Mike Brown about how social media motivates creativity to create/make things/do creative stuff. Also included in my chapter are some of the collaborative projects I have worked on over the years, such as Spaces and Places: Where We Create and the Random Acts of Art Adventure. Examples such as Seth Apter’s The Altered Page and the Art Therapy Alliance’s Art Therapy Blog Index are also highlighted. The chapter offers an overview about how online activity in the form of collaboration, blogging, and social media sites can foster creative opportunities and encouragement.

I know I have inspired by so many creatives online and I am grateful for this connection! It was fun to write this chapter and I thank Rick for the invitation to be included in his book with such an amazing group of art therapy colleagues doing such great work related to digital art therapy.

I hope if the topic of digital art therapy interests you, you will check the book out!  🙂

Related Posts:

Implications of National Trends in Digital Media Use for Art Therapy Practice

Cultivating Creativity, Connection & Community | TEDx Ursuline College

Exploring Internet Based Platforms with Digital Art-based Approaches

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twentyfourteen revo’lution lookback

December 27, 2014

twentytwelve revo'lution review | creativity in motion
The end of year calls for an annual revo’lution reflection!  ‘Tis the season!

The 6 intentions I choose for 2014 were grace, tranquility, mercy, blithe, soul, and openness… and with the help of the revo’lution altered book I created at the beginning of this year and inspirations from my revo’lution making Pinterest board, here’s a lil’ twentyfourteen lookback:

“To accept grace is to accept the vow to give it…”  ~Max Lucado

Grace | creativity in motion

i believe in grace & choice

Finding calmness in creativity….

Tranquility | creativity in motion

Tranquility and Creativity

“Let our hearts be led by mercy….”

Mercy | creativity in motion

Mercy FTW

“Openness is a virtue, and this virtue will set you free.” ~ A Flourishing Life

Blithe | creativity in motion

Fresh Air

“Whatever is good for your soul… Do that.”

Soul | creativity in motion

reclamation

“Carry a sense of openness and wholeness within you.” ~Barbara Ann Kipfer

Openness | creativity in motion

Open <3’d

I continue to find this creative ritual so very valuable… and year #6 is no different…  I treasure what each intention has taught me & inspired throughout 2014 with life affirming lessons in hope, renewal, choice, and acceptance.

What were some of your 2014 intentions and how did they inspire your year?

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Prepare > Intent > Create > Transform: ready for revo’lution [2014]

2014 Creative Planning

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Inside & Out: Slide Mount Accordion Book [How to]

January 20, 2013
Slide Mount Accordion Book Cover

Slide Mount Accordion Book Cover

A year or two ago I remember seeing Quinn McDonald‘s awesome 35mm Slide Accordion Journal on her blog, as well as this mention about her slide mount journal being featured in the premiere issue of the Cloth Paper Scissors’ art journaling mag Pages.  Great idea! Making my own has been on my creative to-do list ever since and I finally spent some time creating one.  The process was lots of fun!  It’s also a great way to re-purpose any old, unused, and unwanted slide mounts into a miniature book!

Supplies: Accordion Slide Book

Supplies to get started: Plastic slide covers & tape

Supplies I used to get started were some empty plastic slide mounts, paper tape (as well as masking tape), and a variety of miniature images, collages, and words to glue inside each mount.  Using some of my Lost and Found idea-o-logy paper stash came in handy for the background because each page is doubled sided and could be seen on the front and back in the mount’s center.

Slide Attaching

Attaching slides together with tape: Front and back

Using some paper tape on one side and masking tape on the other (just to experiment), I attached each individual mount together. The tape created a sturdy, flexible binding between each slide for the book’s accordion style.  I then used a variety of my favorite alcohol inks to add color to each slide.  The plastic, smooth texture of the mount’s surface made working with the alcohol inks super easy and left a nice look that dried really quick.  With some sandpaper and a sharp metal tool, I distressed some areas of the book after applying the alcohol ink.  I also accented the mount edges and in between each page with a gold paint pen.

Slide Mount Accordion Book Finished

Inside & Out: Slide Mount Accordion Book Finished

I think I’ve made my first Creative Pay It Forward gift to send to someone on my list in 2013! Yay! Thank you to Quinn for the inspiration to try this out. I look forward to making a few more!

Creative Goodness Gratitude

December 23, 2012

In just about two weeks, the second round of workshops for the online art-making community 6 Degrees of Creativity will be coming to a close after our six months together.   This time full of creative goodness has really flown by!

Here’s some “Top 10 6 Degrees of Creativity Goodness I Love” (in no particular order!) created from one of my SMASH Pads.

6 Degrees of Creativity Top Ten

My 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Top Ten

Thank you to everyone who participated in this offering, especially to the Instructors of 6 Degrees of Creativity 2: Hannah, Kelly, Sara, Fiona, and Magdalena who brought so much inspiration, encouragement, and connection with each of their workshops.  Lotsa fun in the positive spirit of community, collaboration, and creativity!

6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Gratitude Cards

Gratitude Cards

Throughout my e-workshop in 6 Degrees of Creativity 2, I’ve worked on a variety of gluebooks including my twentytwelve on the go adventure file folder gluebook documenting my 2012 fun, a brown paper bag gluebook, and just finished another file folder gluebook dedicated to 6 Degrees of Creativity. It includes paper,  notes, & mementos from community members or creative goodness inspired by the community.

6 Degrees of Creativity Gluebook

6 Degrees of Creativity 2 Gluebooking

Reflecting back on Creative Goodness for Gluebooks and member posts or images, it’s been such an artful journey about the different ways and ideas art journaling in the form of a gluebook can be used: on the go, in celebration of a special moment, or to focus on a meaningful theme or personal topic.

It has also been neat to see something as simple and ordinary as a file folder or paper bag be transformed into bookmaking art.  Equally fun was to learn more ideas about what to use to glue and create for the outside cover, the inside pages, or what to stash in gluebook pockets.

You can see past posts featuring Gluebook Inspiration here:

Paper Stash Swap

Paper Stash Swap

One of my favorite parts of the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 gluebook e-workshop was the paper stash swap and gluebook page exchange many community members participated in this past August and November.  With much gratitude, I’m still using the fun and artsy paper goodies from the swap in my gluebooking! The swap & exchange was also a wonderful way to further connect to others from the workshop when making our art.

Gluebook Page Exchange

Gluebook Page Exchange

With 2013 approaching quickly, I’ve started to get a new SMASH Book (the Doodle Red one!) all ready to use for new year art journaling.  One of the first things I glued on some SMASH tabs and dividers I’ve collected, were these playful paper elves from Lani Gerity. Very nice! Now I have some happy tabs!  Thank you!

My 2013 Smashbook

My 2013 Smashbook with Happy Elf Tabs

In January, you’ll be able to find my Creative Goodness with Gluebooks e-Book here to download (for free!) and use for gluebooking inspiration and fun!  More coming soon…

Wishing everyone a joyful holiday full of creative cheer!

2012 revo’lution in reflection, 2013 in creation begins

December 1, 2012
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my 2012 revo’lution

Throughout this last month of the year, I’ll be spending some time with my annual practice of reflecting on my 2012 revo’lution, as well as starting to create my new revo’lution for twentythirteen:

2013 revo'lution brainstorming

2013 revo’lution brainstorming

 Ready for some revo’lution reflection & creation! I’m looking forward to posting more soon….

My Beautiful, Altered Brain | Altered Book

November 18, 2012

Here are some altered book pages I’ve been working on for My Beautiful, but Altered Brain series.  I transformed a children’s board book with some of the photos I had made of the digital art I created of my MRI scans with some text content from the recent issue of Momentum Magazine, the quarterly publication of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Altered Book Pages | My Beautiful, Altered Brain

 This altered book includes 10 years of my MRI scans and shares my experience.

I’ve also been creating more digital art with the most recent MRI scans that I just had:

During my neurology appointment this month, I gave my neurologist one of Elizabeth Jameson‘s beautiful catalogs that I received from her a few months ago to keep sharing her inspiring work and the grateful impact her art has had on me throughout this year.  My altered book is dedicated to Elizabeth and her reminder that “the brain- even a brain with a disease- is beautiful, complex, and intriguing“.

[PHOTOS] Gluebooking with Magazine Photo Collage

June 16, 2012

A bit of  gluebooking fun with magazine photo collage!

I’ve been collecting images and words throughout this past week to glue down on some new pages:

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I always find collecting, saving,and finding new magazine photo collage material a creative activity that is lots of fun and a relaxing process.  For me it’s one part scavenger hunt  through unwanted magazines, catalogs, newsletters, etc., the other an arty undiscovered treasure jackpot (!) of creative stuff waiting to be glued down and re-purposed.  The joy continues when I am able to take what’s been found & gathered to create with it!

Getting Ready: Gluebooking, Paper Swapping, Page Exchanging & More

May 26, 2012

I just finished up my video tutorials and PDF download  for my 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 workshop Creative Goodness with Gluebooks.  It was a lot of fun to put all the content together and get it ready for its July 1st debut.   This online workshop not only includes an introduction to making gluebooks &  gluebook prompts to work on, but also an August paper stash swap and November gluebook page exchange with other workshop participants.

Gluebooking Fun Begins in July!

In preparation for this workshop I’ve been collecting even more paper stuff to use as a way of documenting my activities, interests, plans, and inspirations through the concept of gluebooking.  I’ve been a lot more mindful of the paper around me (even the most mundane and ordinary scraps, notes, & clippings) and how I can transform these into sharing an experience, memory, feeling,or something special I want to remember through gluebooking.

One of the gluebook spreads I worked on yesterday included a lot of the findings I brought back home from my travels last week such as local maps, a farecard ticket, baggage tags, images from a visitor guide, handmade paper, and more.   It was a creative way for me to continue to process the experience, as well as create a meaningful representation through all the various things I saved.

Stash Swapping & Page Exchanging!

I am so looking forward to seeing what gluebooks & gluebook spreads are created by others involved in this workshop, as well as exchanging some gluebook pages and stuff from our paper stash!    Lots of creative goodness!

The creative goodness doesn’t stop with this workshop either: there are five additional workshops and instructors part of the 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 experience!    Yay!  Join us starting in July for our 6 month virtual art making adventure & creative community.   Registration is open until June 30, 2012.

Instant Inspiration Monday: SMASH + Gluebooks

April 16, 2012

Today is Instant Inspiration Monday, being led by Nicole Levesque over at her blog Inner Expressions Art Therapy.   I love this collaborative concept she has created promoting creativity, the use of social media, and the fun of collaboration!  Every Monday Nicole invites the blogosphere to “share an image  of something that sparked your creativity or a project you are currently working on”.   You can blog about it, upload a photo with Instagram, or share your inspiration through other photo sharing sites such as Photobucket or Flickr.  Wonderful!

My contribution to Instant Inspiration Monday is my growing love of anything SMASH related.   My SMASH inspiration started with a few stickies and a SMASH pen (one end pen + one end glue stick = brilliant!), but this week-end I added a SMASH mini-book,  pad, and stamp to my growing collection for creative fun.

Learn more about SMASH here:

My snapshot for Instant Inspiration Monday is a page from my SMASH book, where I’ve been putting down my ideas and excitement about my Gluebook workshop for 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 starting this summer:

My combined interests in collage, creating portable art through artist trading cards, collecting paper, and making handmade altered books for art journaling led me to learn more about the idea of gluebooks.  I am excited to add SMASH to this mix too!  I am inspired by the concept of gluebooks to creatively share experiences, memories, and ideas through the daily collection of paper related discoveries that can then be transformed into art!

Inspired!  🙂

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