Via the Huffington Post, I discovered an article that is appropriate for this time of the year: 37 Art Therapy Techniques For De-Stressing During The Holidays written by Priscilla Frank. Here's a few of the techniques that caught my interest:
- "Craft a Mark Making Tool that is Unique to You - Instead of spending the majority of your time on an actual painting, why not focus a little of that attention on crafting an alternative paintbrush all your own? You can make a mark-making tool out of nearly anything, whether it's a row of toothpicks glued to a cardboard base and dipped in paint, or a DIY paintbrush made from pom-poms and yarn."
- "Start a Doodle Chain - Fact: It's impossible for a doodle to look bad. Once you give in to the endless possibilities that occur when wiggly line meets unidentified shape, you'll find it dangerously hard to stop drawing."
- "Build a Wishing Tree - Taking a cue from Yoko Ono, build a physical object to hold your wildest dreams. Use either a real plant or a tree-like object you create yourself. Write your wishes down on paper and hang them, one by one. You can invite others to do the same. Writing your hopes and dreams on paper brings you a small step closer to making them real."
Take some time to read the complete article - and de-stress with some of the techniques.