Welcome to the Creative Soul by Sara

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"Create from your Soul" My big message to myself for the purpose and method for this journal. You know all about my business name being "the Creative Soul", but for those who don't know, I named it that because I believe my creative gift came from God and expresses itself straight from my soul and heart. Sometimes when learning something artistically new I have to remind myself to make sure it comes from my soul rather than just copying what I see as my inspiration. Perfect point is the lettering I used. I have pinned to my Pinterest different ways to write so I can learn to expand what is available to me. It would be easy to simply copy what I see, but I want to put my own mark on it, have it be what comes from me learning from an example. More about the techniques on this page in another photo PassionEarrings3

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Welcome!

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,

Sara

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8 Responses to Welcome to the Creative Soul by Sara

    • artsychicksw says:

      Thanks so much! I have really let my blogging go, sadly enough. I’ve got so much going on, as well as health and pain issues that I’ve had to prioritize, but I do plan on getting back to it when I can. I think we follow some of the same blogs and I always appreciate and enjoy your comments, Robert. Blessings and Peace

      • You know..acceptance means just that. I wish to God I could be as consistent as someone that doesn’t have a dissociative disorder, but acceptance means accepting the fact that I’m not able to do that, and I think the people who really care about my blog accept it to. 🙂 peace….

  1. artsychicksw says:

    Yes, I work on acceptance of where I am each day and it’s helped me such a great deal. Acceptance…applies to so much in life! While we cannot do anything about other people’s acceptance or lack thereof, it certainly is wonderful to have others accept us just as we are. Peace and blessings

  2. sheldonk2014 says:

    Hey Sara
    Hope all is well
    Just dropped by
    Prayers and blessings
    Above all Peace
    As always Sheldon

  3. artsychicksw says:

    Thank you, Sheldon! It’s nice to be in contact w/ you again. Long hard winter for me, both body and mind, but I am beginning to come out of it now, thankfully. Thanks for stopping by to leave your good wishes for me ❤ I wish you the same, friend.

  4. sheldonk2014 says:

    I am so happy your coming around
    Stay close
    Sheldon

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