Art Therapy Tips (continuation from August 2013 newsletter)
Tips to incorporate creative expression into your life:
- No-fail attitude: You do not need to be an “artist” to create; if you can move, you can create. A scribble, stick person or magazine collage can help express frustrations, sadness or hope for the future.
- A small drawing journal: Doodling can be a relaxing and a mindless activity that can help release a variety of emotions such as tension, anxiety, anger or images of things that bring you joy and relaxation.
- Experiment with new materials: local crafting stores sell basic art supplies like water color, oil pastels and a variety of art paper. Using nice, medium quality materials can enhance the experience. Natural materials such as rocks, twigs or twine are also basic materials for sculpture.
- Trust yourself: Choose materials and colors that you are drawn too…no matter what image is created, it is beautiful because it comes from within you and is a part of you!
This month’s message is provided by Justine Kopp MS, ATRL-BC. Justine is a Stillwaters counselor and art therapist. She serves Milwaukee’s north shore and Ozaukee County.