Our home still has a lot of bare walls that need to be decorated. I’ve struggle in deciding what to put up where; and do I DIY or buy it or a combination of both?? I particularly need crafts when I am dealing with bouts of depression and anxiety. I like to get lost in the meditative feel of creating, losing track of time and letting my thoughts come and go. Creativity is my therapy and here are a few of my most recent creations.
Creativity is my therapy.
Coloring with my non-dominant hand.
It was not easy. It took multiple days because my hand would cramp or I would get frustrated because it was taking longer than I wanted.
I call it yoga for the brain because it forced me to be present in the activity I was doing. It was a safe way to explore those uncomfortable feelings of frustration, cramping, and awkwardness.
As I’ve been studying and preparing to write about the Chakras, I felt inspired to create this piece of art. Interestingly, it’s as I began my studies on the Second Chakra, the energy of creating. Continue reading
I took a break from my regular duties to finish a project I started awhile ago.
My husband’s t-shirt quilt.
I used PicCollage filmstrip option to create my header image. I took images I had taken of what I feel represents the theme of my blog, life (plants), yoga (me in different poses), and creativity (one of my acrylic paintings).
Pictures from lengthening the spine. The camera on my phone (Droid Ultra) is pretty decent. I have to be creative when getting visuals for yoga poses, since I’m usually alone. I set my phone up using whatever is handy (this one was a few yoga blocks), take video, and then take screenshots of the images I need. Viola! I have an image to edit and add my own watermark. I use PicCollage to add text onto my image and turn the opacity down (or is it up?) to give it that watermark feel. There’s probably an app for that, I just haven’t found one to use.
I enjoyed creating this image for my Journal entry. I layered my journals on top of each other, snapped a photo. I then used SnapSeed to add the Grunge filter and played with it until it made it a little difficult to actually read the content on my journal pages while leaving enough visibility to see my handwriting. I had mentioned this entry how I would go from print to cursive.
Lastly, this little kitten (still no name) is adorable! The first picture I played with the app AfterFocus to create the blurred background effect. The others are just candids of the first few weeks of his life with us.
I have experiment with creating audio for some of my yoga posts. It can be difficult to read cues and follow them. Using a voice recorder app, I have so far created two audios. I admit they aren’t the best quality. I am learning. The experience of listening to my own voice is interesting. In my head I sound like me, but recorded, I sound like my sister mixed with ‘me.’ It’s weird. I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to be an actor, watching myself in a movie. That’s probably why I haven’t produced any videos yet. Anyway, that’s another blog post for another day.
I’m still figuring out the best way to share the audio on my blog. Right now I am using Google drive, and I think it’s working well. If you have any suggestions, I am totally open to them!
Here are the two audios I’ve created so far.
It’s fun and a lot of work creating and upkeeping this online journey/journal. Thanks for joining me!!