A quick and easy morning ritual art activity for mindfulness, grounding, and stress reduction before you start your day.
I often do mandala work with clients in art therapy sessions and this morning ritual is part of my personal art practice. This mandala took me about 20 minutes to create. After tracing a circle template (you can trace anything that’s round really) I used magazine images and rubber cement to create a collage.
I recommend 10-20 minutes for this practice. When creating mandala, allow the collage to come together organically without too much focus on perfection or making something pretty. Working inside and outside the circle is ok.
Once you’re done, take a moment to jot down any words or thoughts/feeling that came up for you. For this mandala I wrote, “Looking through, looking forward. Watch out, I bite. Can I do it? Words from the past creepin' in.“
What comes to mind when you look at my mandala? Share comments below. And if you try out this morning art practice, share your mandala on IG with #getartspired.
Since founding Artspiration, I've been searching for ways to make art more accessible. Maybe I overlooked some obvious methods. LOL. Check out my first attempt at a video tutorial and learn how to make watercolors from 5 ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.
DIY Watercolors Video Tutorial.
Art-making as a method of healing and mental health maintenance should be process-centered. Meaning, it's more about the experience than what the final art object looks like. I will be honest, I am a bit of a perfectionist and want to produce "good" work, but when I let go and ease into the flow of creation, I always feel 10 times better! My worries fade away, my mind and body relax, and I give myself permission to play! I hope you enjoy this tutorial! Comments and feedback are always welcome!
3 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 Tbsp. baking soda
3 Tbsp. white vinegar
1 1/2 Tsp. light corn syrup
Plastic egg carton
Mix cornstarch, baking soda, vinegar, and corn syrup together until the fizz settles. Pour mixture into egg carton so that each cup in about 1/2 full. Add a few drops of food coloring to each cup to create your desired colors. Stir well. Allow colors to sit for several hours or overnight until the paints set and are dry and hard.
Use a wet paintbrush and paint just as you would with traditional watercolor cakes.
Share your pics and experiences on IG and tag @getartspired
About the Author
Hi! I'm Deanna Barton! Living through my creativity is were I find joy and fulfillment. I want to share this with all of you. This blog is intended to provide quick tips and fun posts about how to live more creatively and improve your emotional wellness. Personal growth is a process and I am here to inspire and motivate you!