By Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
“We experiment with visual means to express what we most want to communicate. We try things out and see what quickens our pulse, what fully engages us. Our exploration and self-awareness grow over time - through drawing, through our life journey, and through seeing what matters to us. What moves us.” The Confident Creative by Cat Bennett. (An amazing little book, a quick summer read for inspiration and big Questions.) By the way, Big Q questions are the ones that give you pause.
The idea for this expressive art project came from a failure. I was using spray inks to spray a flower stencil that I had made. The ink spread and blurred out from under the stencil and the colors blended in a drippy mess. Or so I thought. “Humph” I thought and I walked away… it dried and I thought “wait, what if…”
And I doodled and played with the mess:
And then I realized that “hope” can spread and seep into all parts of our lives and now I love this imperfectly perfect flower with its message of light.
Using our own discernment, we can assess, build and fold. We can assess what we are doing, build on what is working and fold failure into lesson (or a mess into a flower of hope).
Questions for thought or expressive writing. Are we willing to get out of habitual patterns to explore what might be possible? Are we willing to make mistakes? Can we take chances? What will we explore?
Ideas for Use
Create a garland out of your circles or shapes and decorate your space. Glue one or two of your shapes together and create a card for a friend/family member. As a bonus, just tape your circle onto the card and tell the recipient to take the shape off of the card and place it in a special spot. Anonymously give a “messy” art circle to a friend or unsuspecting hard worker with a message of your choosing…
Have fun and let me know other ideas!!
About the Artist: Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm is a Mind/Body Specialist for the Inpatient Integrative Medicine team. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or with special ways you are using this activity and how it has influenced your days. She'd also like to hear your ideas and how healing arts have helped you!
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