Mindfulness is a state of nonjudgmental awareness of what’s happening in the present moment, including the awareness of one’s own thoughts, feelings, and senses. When thinking about past, present, future, mindfulness is focusing on your present moment. There are many mindfulness practices out there, such as meditation and yoga for example, but today I would like to give you two mindfulness art directives I often use.
The first one is sometimes referred to as black out poetry. For this you will need a book, pen, and any medium you prefer such as crayons, markers, oil pastilles, or even paint. Simply start by reading a page from a book and circling words that jump out and speak to you. After you have finished doing this throughout that page, begin to find an image or create an image around the circled words. This activity not only is very relaxing but also allows someone to engage in the written words from the book, focus on the chosen words they circled and then create art around those words. Here is a beautiful example I found for you to get a better idea. If you have a favorite book that you do not want to create images over, places such as thrift stores, garage sales, or any clearance book stores are good ways to find cheaper books that you can use for art.
Another mindfulness technique is called the scribble drawing. As children, scribbles are our first marks that we make as artists. For this activity, simply close your eyes with a pen and paper in hand and begin to make scribbles on the paper. I encourage closing of the eyes because sometimes if our eyes are open we may find ourselves drawing more than scribbling. After your scribble is created you can then start to look at it closely and begin to find images within the scribble or create an image out of the scribble. As pictured, in the first image example is an image created in the scribble and the second shows an image found within the scribble. As one is looking within the scribble to see what they can find or make from it, they are very focused in on the moment, on the lines, and creatively looking to see what they can find and make therefore being very mindful.
I hope you can enjoy the moment with these fun, relaxing, and mindful directives I have shared with you today.
Create, educate, inspire.
Katrina Kurtz, MA., LCPC, ATR