There are No Rules for Creativity

October 22, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, mindfulness

Day #22 DoodleADay Challenge:

 

#DoodleADay challenge, day 22 at ArtTherapist.ca

 

Some of my doodle’s look like templates for a colouring book.  I think I may go back and colour some of them in for relaxation.  Paint, markers, crayons, it doesn’t matter really.  And there are no rules about staying in the lines. This is an added bonus of the doodle!

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Harnessing Imagination

October 21, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge

Day #21 DoodleADay Challenge:

#DoodleADay challenge day 21 Establishing a good habit with my imagination and creatvity

 

It has been 21 days straight that I have been doodling and I am noticing the good  habit  being established of wanting and making timeto create something everyday.  Because they are so quick they are easy to squeeze into the day and I really don’t worry about how they look.  Doodling consistently this way has opened up access to my imagination.

I marvel at the strange and curious figures that have been gracing my journal these past 3 weeks.  Their imagery rich in metaphor and symbolism from the depths of my imagination.

I feel like I can call on this pool of creativity for future expression and larger projects of self-exploration.  Until then I am happy to let them flow at their own pace, surprising me with each blank page being transformed by the doodle and my imagination.

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Self-Exploration via the Doodle

October 20, 2014 in art journaling, art therapy, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, expressive arts, inner wisdom

Day  20 #DoodleADay Challenge:

#DoodleADay challenge Day 20

Let’s talk about our doodles shall we? As I have mentioned before doodles can be fun, mindful, releasing, self-expressive, meditative, relaxing, and focusing.  Doodles can also be a passageway into self-exploration if you are willing to go that route.  After 20 days of doodling you will have enough doodles done to be able to begin to recognize any repeated themes, symbols, or styles which may be unique to you.  One quick way to do this is to give each doodle a title: look at your doodle and write the first title that comes to mind, it can be one word or a sentence, just don’t labour over it too much, it is meant to be as spontaneous a response as your doodle was.

If you want to go deeper with your doodle, (and yes it is possible) by focusing on the self-expression part of your doodle,  free write about your doodle either right after making it or you can start now and write about each doodle you have done so far. Write whatever comes to mind, describing what you  see figuratively in the doodle and or what it reminds you of.  After writing non-stop this way without worrying about grammar or spelling,  you can  then reflect on any metaphors or symbolism you notice in your written response.

  • What meaning does this have for you at this point in time of your life?
  • What message(s) is your subconscious trying to convey?
  • What is the overall feeling of your doodles?

Don’t worry if you don’t like the message, the best ones are the ones we don’t like because they urge us to grow and embrace change.  In the same vein, don’t worry if you can’t see anything profound, it is just a doodle after all and the process itself has so many benefits.

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Remember to Play

October 19, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, inner wisdom, mindfulness

 

Day 19 #DoodleADay Challenge:

It’s easy to get caught up in thinking that in order to give something our time it has to be “important” and have greater meaning, in the eyes’ of others. The original intention of just connecting with one’s own creativity may become lost when we begin to compare what we do to what or how others “do it”.

If one subscribes to the thought that creating or “just” playing around with making a doodle, drawing, or other creative playful endeavour has no value, then what motivation is there? But what are we without play, without our creativity? We can become robots, out of touch with our emotions and disconnected from what it means to be human. Playing reminds us of this: that our creativity is worth more than the products it produces. Our creativity links us with our one-of-a-kindness. Always remember to make space for play regularly. Another task easily met by the profound-in-its-simplness doodle.

 

#DoodleADay Challenge Day 19  Play Play Play!

 

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Embracing the Unknown

October 18, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, mindfulness

 

The unknown element of the doodle Where will it go? What will it become? What might it be reflecting to me? Is always intriguing to me. Do I always like my doodles? In short no.  But they are still interesting for me and they are always either fun or calming for me to do. That is the beauty of the doodle, it allows you to let go and trust the process regardless of the outcome at the end of the doodling. It is a practice in going with the flow and embracing the unknown in a very simple way.

 

#DoodleADay challenge day 18 at arttherapist.ca

 

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Mindful Doodling

October 17, 2014 in art therapy

Day 17 #DoodleADay:

As I doodle I feel myself become focused on each line, watching patterns or breaking patterns as the pen in my hand leads the way.  Focused on the present moment and what is unfolding before my eyes piece by piece a calmness ensues.  The doodle becomes a meditative practice in that sense, allowing me to focus on the here and now of the doodle line as I might my own breathe.
 

#DoodleADay challenge day 17 at arttherapist.ca

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Time to Doodle!

October 16, 2014 in art therapy

Day 16 #DoodleADay:

I have been noticing a pattern with my doodling lately, no I’m not talking about my own symbology or stylized way of doodling, rather I have been noticing a pattern of consistency.  There is always time to doodle. It’s easy to fit into the day, and once more I look forward to it as a way to unwind at the end of a long day.  It gives me a calm feeling which is also beginning to catch on with my son who is wanting to doodle before bed.

Maybe it is the feeling of relaxation as the pen drifts or glides, images freely etched onto the paper. What started out as determination to doodle daily has quickly become something I seek out for me. An easy and healthy habit to support my creativity.

 

#DoodleADay Challenge day 16

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Self-Expression in the Raw

October 15, 2014 in art journaling, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, Free, mindfulness

Day 15 #DoodleADay:

The thing about doodling is that you never really know what you are going to get. Even if you tend to doodle in patterns or repeated designs, each time it turns out slightly different. Intriguing visual stories unfurl as the pen glides across the paper almost of its own accord.  Doodles are self-expression in the raw. No need for perfection, a plan or a reason. Just do-odle it!

Join in whenever you want. We are doing the #DoodleADay challenge for all of October (of course you may want to continue doodling daily after that as well).

 

#DoodleADay Challenge day 15 faces

 

#DoodleADay Challenge day 15 faces 2

 

My son is joining in once again.  I guess all my doodling is having an effect!

 

#DoodleADay Challenge day 15 magnet machine

If you are wondering about the benefits of doodling, check out my post 10 reasons to doodle here for some motivation.  You can read more about the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Doodle Power!

October 14, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge

Here’s My #DoodleADay for today:

#DoodleADay Challnege Day14 at arttherapist.ca

 

We are now officially on week two of ArtTherapist.ca #DoodleADay Challenge, and I am having fun watching my imagination lead the way as I doodle daily.  To me there is a lot of power in doodling. Doodling calls upon your spontaneity, your trust to let go to the process, and engages your creativity in a very quick no nonsense (read no judgement) manner.

 

#DoodleADay 2wksCollage at ArtTherapist.ca

Why join this doodle a day challenge? You can read my post on 10 reasons to doodle here if you need some motivation.

The #DoodleADay challenge:  (for more details see my first post Doodle a Day Challenge)

Everyday for the month of October, I will make a doodle and you are invited to join me.  It can be as simple as black ink on white paper or white ink on black or coloured paper or you can do a line doodle and colour it in. It’s up to you. Work on it as little or as much as you want, but make sure you finish each doodle.

An optional part of the doodle challenge:

For those of you who would like to use the doodles for self exploration you can take it a step further by free writing about your doodle after making it. Describe what you  see and then reflect on any metaphors or symbols you notice on your written response.

Follow the Challenge and Share your #DoodleADay Journey!

I will be posting my doodle each day on the ArtTherapist.ca blog and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to join in, you can share a link of your doodle from your blog or Facebook page over at https://www.facebook.com/arttherapist.ca or post it on  Twitter tagging @drawingselfout with #DoodleADay or Instagram with  #DoodleADay and tag @petreaadamidis

 Looking forward to sharing doodles with you!

Doodling For Self-Expression

October 13, 2014 in art journaling, Doodleaday Challenge

Here’s My #DoodleADay for today:

#DoodleADay Challenge Day 13  ArtTherapist.ca

 

We are moving into week 2 of the #DoodleADay challenge and already I can see my own doodles loosening-up and allowing more self-expression out.  I chose to begin this #DoodleADay challenge on the blog because I knew that chances are if I was having a hard time fitting creative time in on a regular and even daily basis then you likely were too.

What I like about doodles is that there is no one “right” way to do a doodle.  It’s spontaneous, can be quick and very process oriented, which means less room for judgement and more room to express yourself without the parameters of having to “look good”, it is a doodle after all!

For me, doodling is an excellent way to connect with my intuition.  I like to play with the lines and see what happens rather than plan it in my head. A doodle unfolds on its own initiative, before my eyes , with very little mental effort.  Yet I feel that there is a lot going on underneath it all.  When I doodle I  just go with the flow, leaving more room for emotional expression.  I begin with the doodle rather than the thought or feeling, and then see what my intuition reveals though the doodle.

Another advantage is that the more I  doodle the more I am presented with opportunities  to begin to piece together my own personal symbolism or “story”.  Of course, it doesn’t have to be complicated.  Just doodle and see how it can release tension, and connect you with your current feelings or thoughts. Doodling is creative expression if nothing else, and that’s good enough for me!

 

Why join this doodle a day challenge? You can read my post on 10 reasons to doodle here if you need some motivation.

The #DoodleADay challenge:  (for more details see my first post Doodle a Day Challenge)

Everyday for the month of October, I will make a doodle and you are invited to join me.  It can be as simple as black ink on white paper or white ink on black or coloured paper or you can do a line doodle and colour it in. It’s up to you. Work on it as little or as much as you want, but make sure you finish each doodle.

An optional part of the doodle challenge:

For those of you who would like to use the doodles for self exploration you can take it a step further by free writing about your doodle after making it. Describe what you  see and then reflect on any metaphors or symbols you notice on your written response.

Follow the Challenge and Share your #DoodleADay Journey!

I will be posting my doodle each day on the ArtTherapist.ca blog and sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to join in, you can share a link of your doodle from your blog or Facebook page over at https://www.facebook.com/arttherapist.ca or post it on  Twitter tagging @drawingselfout with #DoodleADay or Instagram with  #DoodleADay and tag @petreaadamidis

 Looking forward to sharing doodles with you!