When it comes to art, it is paired with many misconceptions. Many people think that only drawing, paintings and sculptures are classed as real art. Another popular misconception is that only a few people have a real talent for art and there is no point creating art if you do not have a true ability for it.
However, no matter your opinion about your personal art skills and talent, it is in a human being’s nature to want to express themselves, and this article will discuss how to allow your creative juices to flow at home and the health benefits of engaging with art therapy.
Long gone are the days when art was only drawings, paintings, and sculptures, as anything can be art, and any surface can be a medium. You won’t struggle to find somebody to join you with art therapy as anybody can make and enjoy creating art – your family, your friends, your partner, or your grandparents.
What’s more, art is an excellent remedy to relieve built-up stress, encourage creative thinking, distract you from everyday issues, and provide a sense of accomplishment when your work is completed. It can be done in any environment, and with whatever equipment you have on hand.
The 1900s saw an introduction of many new art movements, including abstract expressionism and postmodernism, which saw a shift from traditional portrait paintings into art without a centre or form, which introduced many new mediums as artwork. Anything you like can be your medium. Further suggestions for art therapy at home are: spray paint rugs, make a mosaic out of images from a magazine, add threads into a pencil drawing, photograph an object and turn it into a recurring motif in a pattern on a computer.
If you are less confident with experimenting with new techniques and styles, consider colouring in an adult colouring book or find a stencil from online to paint and draw over. There is no limit to what is classed as artwork, and every single person should be able to find a medium that matches their skills and portray how they want to express themselves.
Of course, please use a pencil and A4 white paper if that is what you are comfortable with. But if you want to experiment with equipment think drawing on cardboard in permanent marker, think painting on fabric, think drawing on black paper with a white crayon. If you want to experiment beyond pencils, think about marker pens, coloured pencils, all types of paint, draw pictures with embroidery threads, make a newspaper collage, bedazzle a box. Or come up with some experimental ideas of your own!
Before you allow your creative juices to flow, it is essential to have a rough idea of the work you plan to produce and prepare the working environment. Clear an area and lay down newspaper to protect your table from any mess. Have your art supplies ready, turn some background music on, and pick a playlist depending on your mood and what type of work you are planning to produce.
Prepare snacks and drinks to prevent interrupting your flow, which is as a meditative state zone where your creative juices are flowing most freely, and something you most definitely do not want to interrupt.
Snacks infused with CBD oil would be the recommendation here, as it will allow you to experience greater focus on your artwork, reduce anxiety and stress, and help you to physically relax. There are many CBD products, including beverages, tea and chocolate, but CBD oil can also be drizzled on a snack of your choice, as it goes with everything and still allows you to feel the benefits of it.
Colour is a critical aspect to consider. All colours represent something different, which must be considered carefully depending on what you would like to express.
Blue represents a calmness, or perhaps sadness. Red represents anger, or maybe enthusiasm. Orange represents confidence or discomfort. The growth represents freshness but can also express jealousy and impatience. Choose carefully the colours that you want to see in your future art and make sure to use the colour wheel to identify the best colour combinations and create a true masterpiece!