I have heard many women whine about the absence of their husbands who are on weekly trips out of town, so I realized there were two things I could do when mine was out of sight; complain or adapt. I, of course, chose the latter and got through the month smoothly. How?
When my son was 3 months old and hubby left for a month’s trip around India, I survived picking, dropping, feeding, entertaining and taking care of two kids and a dog. It was then when I got introduced to different artworks that kept me busy, occupied and focussed on the task at hand, rather than brood over negative thoughts. So, I thought of putting them all in one blog to help you deviate from the stresses of life and perhaps generate a new talent in the process. These are the artworks that help you stay positive during hard times. Tried and tested!
Doodle – Doodling refers to the miniature drawings we would do on the last page of our notebooks during a lecture. Today, doodling is not a sign of a distracted brain but an intelligent one. It helps keep your brain connected to and focussed. Doodling has evolved and now artists are sketching them in several ways. Check this link to start turning your doodles into beautiful artworks.
Zentangle – Zentangle is an easy self-help method that relaxes you while creating beautiful images in a fun way. When I got introduced to this art, I thought I could never do it as it required a lot of patience and intricate detailing. I had to research patterns in order to fill my own creations but I finally did it. You can see some of them here. A Zentangle is the combination of dots, lines, curves and circles. Tip: Think of an outline, if not a frame, and make irregular partitions. Then decide what design you want for each part or just go with your flow. Make sure to focus on drawing the repeated patterns accurately like shown in this video. Zendoodles are a mix of Zentangles and Doodles in one piece of artwork. Check this OWL Zendoodle video to know more.
Mandala – Carl Jung described a mandala as the representation of the inner self. It is a process of creating round, symmetrical images that have repeated colours, shapes and patterns radiating from the center. Creating a mandala helps you relax, heal as well as focus on your thoughts and feelings positively. They are secret symbols used in meditation, prayer, healing and art therapy for all ages. In clinical studies, Mandalas are said to help boost your immune system, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, promote sleep and ease depression. Mandalas were prominent in countries that follow Buddhism; namely Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, China, Japan, Indonesia and parts of India. Here is how you can draw a mandala. Dot mandalas can also be really relaxing. I plan to try this soon – watch this dot mandala video here. Added to these, there are sand mandalas that are unique to their creation and destruction. Their creation transmits positive energies and is believed to help purification and healing while their destruction reminds us that life is not permanent.
Terracotta Painting – Terracotta (baked earth) is a type of porous clay that is versatile, cheap and durable. It is used to sculpt various things like pots, bowls and jewellery. Terracotta painting involves the colouring of such items with concentration and accuracy as most of the objects are carved with precision. For example, you would want to highlight the eyes with different colours in order to enhance and bring out the beauty of the sculpture’s facial features. Learn how to creatively paint your pots here.
Mixed Media – This is my favourite kind of art because it has no rules. Mixed media is a visual art form that involves a combination of different creative mediums in a single piece of art. For example, you can paint a background with crayons, stick flowers and then spray paint all over it and you have your mixed media artwork ready. You can also create mixed media art from waste items around your house. Check this interesting video for more ideas.
Of course, there are many other art forms in the creative world, but these are the ones I have tried, tested and benefitted from. Trust me, if you’re a mom, you may take several days to complete one artwork but the end result will be so worth it, you will not regret your decision to give it a try.
What artworks are therapeutic to you? Let me know if you are benefitting from or good at some art forms that I could try as well as add on to my list. I would love to know.