By Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
This month’s expressive arts project is designed to help you maintain mindfulness amid the busy and full month of December – a way to use creativity to inspire a calming state of mind.
Quill Art History
During the Renaissance, nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and various items. The paper most commonly used was strips from the gilded edges of old books. These very thin, paper strips were then rolled around a quill and then pinched to create various decorative shapes.
Quill Art Today
Quilling has become a fun and engaging art form with colorful papers and great books full of ideas and projects.
Creating with a group or by yourself can serve to re-center and calm your spirit during busy and hectic days - setting an intention to create mindfully can help to enhance the session. Use expressive arts to set aside time for a health new self-care habit.
(Available at A.C. Moore and various online sites including Amazon)
Gather your supplies and begin to create your swirled designs, flowers or personal mandala circles (use inspiration from my pictures or gather inspiration from books or online photos and ideas.)
Use a mindfulness mantra during your creative time:
The Art of Paper Quilling by Claire Sun-ok Choi
About the Artist: Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm
Lolly Forsythe-Chisolm is a Mind/Body Specialist for the Inpatient Integrative Medicine team. Email her at email@example.com 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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