This blog began as a place to share with you what goes into the creation of what I sell on my etsy store at www.theCreativeSoul.etsy.com. I love to create…always have and always will. As of February 2015 I have decided to shift the focus of my blog to include the relationship between creating and mental wellness/mental illness as well as chronic pain. I will continue to share various aspects of creating art and jewelry, including techniques and supplies and my finished creations.
I was first diagnosed with Major Depression about 20 years ago and have been treated for it since then. I think I’ll probably always need to take an anti-depressant, and while I don’t like taking meds I am okay with doing just that when it’s necessary. I respect those that choose otherwise. During the depths of depression when I was in therapy I kept an art journal of sorts. It was a very good thing for me, as it is for many people. You see, I also was trained and worked as a psychotherapist for years. I worked mostly with children and their families but some adults as well. Art therapy is an amazing tool in therapy, especially with children (as is play therapy) but for teens and adults as well.
While I have created one of a kind pieces of jewelry for a number of years now, I am now creating more and more mixed media art and I love it! I have a couple of art journals…one is just an everyday journal where I create whatever I want, try new techniques and supplies and often express my feelings, something I am struggling with or something wonderful in my life. My second art journal is for participating in Art to the 5th Academy’s Documented Life Project (DLP). Visit Art to the 5th here: http://www.art5academy.com/ Every month has an overall theme (i.e. January’s theme was “the blank page and how to fill it”). Then each week we receive two journal prompts/challenges. One is for an Art Challenge and is focused on some technique or material to use for that week’s page. The second is a Journal Prompt and challenges us to interpret a quote or topic as it relates to our life. This is an opportunity for personal growth. I will be sharing much of my work from these journals as well as stand alone mixed media pieces and jewelry I’ve created.
I am a new member to the Mental Health Writer’s Guild (more information here: https://mentalhealthwritersguild.wordpress.com/about-the-guild/ ) “The Mental Health Writers’ Guild exists to encourage: positive, informative, inspirational writing in respect of Mental Health. ” A Guild member suggested that I join and I thought I have something a bit different to offer with the focus on creativity and mental health from a personal perspective.
Some of what you see here will be:
*finished pieces of jewelry or mixed media art by me
*some treasures I find to add to my stash of creative supplies
*my works in progress
*discussion of how creating is intertwined with my personal growth and mental wellness/depression.
*info on sales on etsy or discount coupons especially for my blog readers
*other artist’s and their works that I find interesting, thought provoking, unique, etc
*things that inspire me, including various quotes and photographs
I hope you will make comments on various posts…interaction with people is one of my favorite parts about creating. I love to know your thoughts, your feelings, your reaction, etc. All viewpoints and comments will be respected as long as they aren’t aggressive or hateful. Suggestions are welcome, too.
Thank you for your interest in my creations and what I have to share. And always,
Peace to your heart,
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