Beating stress with creative freedom

August 16, 2016

I have a lot of personal and professional obligations from day to day. I sometimes feel like everything creative that I am working on is for a specific show, project or person that isn't me. Whenever I feel this way I make every effort to spend some time in my studio "playing". This can mean many different things and can take on many different forms. I was feeling a bit taxed the last few days with school starting back up and 2017 planing underway so I pushed myself into the studio for some play time. 

 

I decided that some meditative doodling was in order so I went through my painted Ephemera pages for a background to start with.

 

When I do gelli printing I like to roll off my excess paint from my brayer onto book pages, magazine pages and other bits and scraps of paper and then I stash those painted pages to use in all sorts of things! This page happen to be from a vintage math book so it has a bit of extra personality. I turned on some music pulled out some Faber Castell markers and went to town.

I didn't start with any plan or sketch of any kind, I just started in the middle of the page and doodled my way out to the edge. It started to turn into a flower so I just let it be a flower. When I do meditative doodling I have a tendency to create images from nature. I think the organic form creates a sense of serenity for me.

 

Next up I decided to add a bit of color so I just picked up the closest colored pencil (blue) and marker (yellow Faber Castell Brush tip) near me and added them in. I also used a medium tip Faber Castell to add some additional doodles to the edges of my petals. 

I finished up by adding a bit of FW neon green acrylic ink. I love using acrylic ink because of the vibrant color and transparent quality of it. For me this process isn't about creating a finished piece of perfect artwork but rather just allowing my mind to relax as my hand wanders across the page. I keep these doodle pages in a drawer in my studio and I look at them for inspiration from time to time. I spent about 15 minutes on this page and when I was done I felt so much happier and more at peace.

 

What do you do to break through the stresses of the day?

Leave a comment below and let me know we can all use a little extra stress relief!

 

Until next time! Keep Creating!

XOXO -Tori

 

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