This past week I thought I'd create a mandala a day for 7 days. Creating a mandala is a beautiful mindful exercise. I used round items in the kitchen to trace and make each circle. Then I got creative focusing only on the shapes and lines I was making. I decided to keep it simple by using only a black pen. Each mandala has a different feel to it. The top right is the first one that I did and that is the one with the least amount of interest. I think I was getting into the flow of the activity, after the first couple of days I felt myself get into the space of being mindful and in the moment. I encourage you to give it a try, I will definitely do it again.
I am really getting into the fun of making collage paper, there are tons of videos online with great ideas. These ones I made a couple of months ago with my new Gelli press, it became a little bit addictive...I could spend hours using the press. Having a stack of collage paper is a great tool when doing Therapeutic Art. All of the colours shapes, and patterns can speck to thoughts and feelings. You can rip them up and use small parts that speak to you from a larger piece and add them to the project you are working on. I keep all of my small scraps too that can be used later. Making these papers is just as therapeutic as using them!!!