Follow Your Own Lead

October 25, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, inner wisdom

 

Here is my #DoodleADay Challenge Doodle for Day 24:

#DoodleADay Challange Day 24 at ArtTherapist.ca

 

Funny enough shortly before making this doodle I was watching a video for 21 Secrets Fall by Canadian artist Veronica Funk on “Finding Your Wild Spirit” about art journaling your animal totem.  I watched with delight as Veronica showed us her process and the unique way in which she uses her materials, but by the end I still was not sure about my animal totem.  So I began my doodle and this is what appeared.  I’m still not quite sure if it is one animal as it seems to have wolf in the head, ram horns and a dear body.  This is what I love about doodles, how they can access unconscious material so quickly: I did not know what to draw, but yet a part of me did.  I am excited to explore this creature further in Veronica’s lesson.

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

Open the Doors to Your Imagination

October 24, 2014 in art journaling, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, expressive arts

Day 24 #DoodleADay Challenge:

The beauty of doodles is that they access your imagination each time giving you new stories and perspectives. When we create, whether it be doodles or other creations, we are giving birth to something new, shifting thoughts, shifting emotions, creating new life.  A simple doodle is a door to the imagination. Sometimes I look at my doodles and laugh.  Sometimes I am confused (when I think too much about them usually).  Regardless I treasure these little bursts of creativity as they remind me of my ability to create change in the smallest of ways.

 

#DoodleADay challenge day  24 Open the Door to Your 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

Peace of Mind via Doodling

October 23, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge

Day #23 DoodleADay Challenge:

#DoodleADay Challenge Day 23

 

After a long day at work (I do clinical work during the day and on Wednesday evenings I teach), its nice to unwind mindlessly with doodling rather than T.V. watching.  The relaxing nature of the repeated lines in doodling, decorative patterns and scribbles make for a peaceful evening.  In the same way doodling in the morning can help me focus and have a creative start for my day.

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

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