Spring into Summer with a healing doll workshop

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Visual Journaling Part 2: How to make a simple Visual Journal

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Use thick drawing paper. You will need 5 or more sheets. You can also use other papers like brown paper bags cut to size, wrapping paper or newspaper…whatever you have around

 

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Create back grounds on the paper. You can do this first or leave all your pages blank and do it afterwards, or a use a mix of both as I have.
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Water colour back grounds
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More water colour
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Collage
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Wax crayon and water colour
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Make the journal cover from a cardboard box cut to size. Draw a line half way down the middle  and then  mark a line 0.5cm on either side of this line.
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Score the outer two lines and fold them. This creates the spine of the book.
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Choose the centre page. Measure in 3 cm from the top and the bottom edge and mark with a dot. Measure half way between these points and mark.
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Place all the papers in a stack and clamp with clothes pegs
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Use an awl to make 3 holes at each dot
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The reverse side looks like this
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Bring a length of thick waxed thread or string up through the bottom hole and down through the top hole leaving a tail of about 5cm
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Turn the pages over and take the needle down through the centre hole. Repeat for the tail end. Both tails will now be on the reverse side.
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This is what it looks like .
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Tie a knot
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Fold the pages in half and press firmly. You can also press the pages under heavy books overnight.
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Create the fabric cover. Cut fabric to size allowing a few cm on each edge
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Glue down using a glue stick
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Place the pages inside the cardboard cover and glue the front piece
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Stick it to the cover. Repeat for the back cover.
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Finished journal with tie!

A conversation with mySelf

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I’ve kept many versions of a visual journal over the years. This little pocket of the universe has been my saviour in challenging times. On that blank page your inner world can be explored with sometimes remarkable insight. I often return to my journals for inspiration and guidance. We all have an inner wisdom, a wise Self , but its voice is often ignored or unheard amongst the clamour in our heads. Keeping a journal gives the opportunity for regular communing and an ongoing dialogue and record of your psyche’s life journey.

Please feel free to comment on how Visual Journalling has helped you!

The Art of Play

 

I recently took my 4 year old niece to ArtPlay, a City of Melbourne initiative that provides a space for artists, performers and writers to develop arts based programs for young children and their families to enjoy.

My niece enjoyed the installation Colourbox, which aimed to teach children about light and colour. The only things provided in this space were rolls of coloured tape, scissors, punch stamps, paper and magazines. It is surprising what you can do with simple materials. We cut lengths of tape and stuck them on the wall and floor, adding to the already vibrant mural of designs by the young artists who preceded us. Normally young children are discouraged for making marks on walls, but here there was a liberating sense of anything goes!

We made a castle and a colourful snake as well and she enjoyed seeing her shadow cast on the large screen that changed colour.

Afterwards we had lunch on the banks of the Yarra, ice cream and posed with the vibrant Chinese New year animals.

 

Art for healing the self

Over the weekend I ran an art therapy workshop for the Planetary Healing Artist’s Association on the theme of “Healing the Self”. This follows on from last year’s theme of “Healing the Family”.

Using the tree as a metaphor for self we explored what nourishes us (the roots), how we are in the world(the trunk) and what we aspire or reach for (the branches/leaves).Then with our forest of trees we created one collaborative tree. We considered what fruits each of us brings to the matrix of community.

You can see more images,including the group artwork here

http://planetaryhealingartists.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/solstice-healing-art-workshop.html

The finished art will be unveiled at the Solstice Global Healing event at Catani Gardens on 20th December.

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Step into the Flow

We’re still waiting for spring after a particularly cold winter. Sitting on the threshold so to speak. All this winter gloom has been great for indoorsy, creative experimentation.

With thanks to Lyn Belisle for the tutorial on face making and Cas Holmes for inspiration.

Knowing

“[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen”. ~ Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth