Art Relaxes and Inspires

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“Art Relaxes and Inspires” by Joan Y. Edwards

It’s amazing how a painting can fill you with awe. When I see the works of great artists like Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, my heart fills with wonder. How did they do it?

Painting a picture can fill you with calm. I think it’s just handling the paint. Perhaps realizing that you are making an impression on the world. Children make marks in different places. They learn that they can leave a lasting mark.
Of course, you can throw your painting away. It depends upon the reason for your painting.

Is it to cheer you up? To relax and calm? To just see if you can do it?
There are different mediums you can use: Crayons, colored pencils, tempera paint, acrylic paint, oil paint, magic markers, and chalk. They also have computer programs that you can use to draw and paint.
You can create things with paper, wood, clay, plastic, metal, nylon, polyester, cotton, wool, cloth, sand, wax, and different parts of plants.

You can sew, embroider, cross-stitch, quilt, knit, and crochet.

You can cook, bake, broil, fry, toast, and boil. This creating something that wasn’t there before, will help you feel like you’re doing something needed.

You can draw free hand, or you can use templates to trace. For circles, you can trace around jar lids.

Make paper airplanes or fold paper in intriguing designs…origami books can teach you more.

Creating something even if it’s a drawing of a smiley face, will bring satisfaction in a lot of areas. Arts and crafts stores and hardware stores have programs where they teach children and adults to make things. Community Colleges have courses that teach different arts and crafts. They have places where you can learn to make pottery. They also have places where you can paint pieces of pottery that have already been made.

You can paint furniture, rooms, and other things.

My granddaughters and I love to paint pottery. It’s interesting to see how they turn out. The glaze colors are very different before firing in the kiln and afterwards.

At restaurants they have pictures to color and other activities – they realize that coloring can have a calming influence on people. I’ve even asked for a coloring sheet and crayons when the coloring sheets are to my liking.

If you’re stressed, get out a piece of paper and doodle, draw, or color. It may help you feel better.

Here are 5 steps to help you:
1. Decide what you’ll do.
2. Get the most inexpensive items to do it – use what you have on hand now.
3. Spend 15 minutes on it…chances are you’ll like it so much you keep doing it longer.
4. Sing while you’re doing it – twice as much healing and fun.
5. Post your art creation on the refrigerator or on the dining room table. Take a picture of it.

I hope this has helped you see a fun way to relax and be inspired to keep on going.

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Joan Y. Edwards

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2 thoughts on “Art Relaxes and Inspires”

  1. Joan,

    There are so many ways to be creative. I love to arrange flowers (cut or silk). Writing is a creative outlet we both enjoy.

    Thanks for the reminder to be creative and to enjoy the calm it produces.


    1. Dear Linda, Thanks for commenting on my blog post. Arranging flowers cut or silk is a great way to be creative and calm you. I’m glad you discovered that was a calming activity for you. You also use your sense of beauty and balance. Have a great day. Spring is a great time to arrange flowers!

      Enjoy Life’s Journey Joan Joan Y. Edwards

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