Using basic art therapy techniques, and combining them with journaling you can connect with our inner world. This is a powerful form of “active meditation” when using paint brushes and art materials. The purpose of this type of creativity is to integrate the freedom of expression into other areas of our lives. Relax and unwind while building confidence and reducing stress and anxiety. `Intuition is the 6th sense and it serves creativity. It’s the feeling that says you need more or less colour. If words pop into your head while painting writes them down, they may hold some meaning for you. Attending workshops and learning, sharing and having fun is all part of the process too.
Intuitive art making is about letting go of that inner critic or at least quieting it for a while! The inner voice of intuition much quieter and is connected more to feeling. Give yourself permission to have some fun and be spontaneous.
The emphasis is on engaging with the art materials without the worry of producing a work of art! Just relax and enjoy the experience, Many professional artists use this method to free up their creativity from the stress of having to create that masterpiece.
For the rest of us, it's a great way to explore being creative without any pressure. Think about how you want to use the art process, is it journaling with both drawings and writing? How much time would you give to this practice?
Start experimenting with colour, try not to be afraid of the blank page. Try simple warm ups like covering the page with scribbling and then colour it in, or use your hands to apply the paint. Learn to follow what appeals to you intuitively. Relax and it will happen. Let the painting lead you. I suggest using acrylic paint since it dries quickly enabling you to build layers of colours. Explore and keep open to ideas and keep it loose. Be playful. Find what works and doesn't work for you. Use many varieties of materials and applications to create different effects. When you feel you are nearly finished ask yourself some of these questions. They might help you decide what you what to do next.
Are you happy with the way it looks? Is there harmony in the colours? Are there interesting variations? Is there texture? Were you adventurous and daring? Does it feel finished? Does anything look out of place? Would you like to change anything? Do your eyes move around the canvas?
There is NO Judgement NO analysing! It’s up to you to look at your own work and interpret what you feel has meaning for you. Try using the list of questions provided to help support you in your personal observations for self-reflection when journaling.
This method of self-awareness is not easy, it can be uncomfortable, and frustrating. But know that this is all part of the creative process. If you embrace the challenge you will give yourself permission to express your inner world. There are no mistakes in this type of creativity, Every colour we choose every brush stroke is meant to be there…….it's all part of learning to trust the process. It's all about embracing our creativity and integrating its positive learning into other areas of our lives.
And most importantly Enjoy this creative experience and “Trust the Process”.
Art Psychotherapist MA
Expressive Arts Dip
Arts and Empowerment Facilitator.