Activity: Express Your Psyche

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  • Art-making experiences like today’s Express Your Psyche activity are designed to help you to express what is happening inside your body, and your psyche. To get it out and into a format that you can see and touch and connect with. Trust that you will tap into your body and your intuition through the process of making expressive art. Know that it will bring you the results that you need – in its own way, and its own time. Understand that this is much more about the process than it is about the product; however, you may find that if you enjoy the process or benefit from it, you will like the finished product.
     
    After you complete your artwork, put it in a place where you can see it! Even if that means taping it to a wall in the garage, or to the mirror in the bathroom. You will view it by chance sometimes, and look at it on purpose at other times. Try standing several feet back to get some perspective. Then get very close to be sure you see every detail. Live with it in your space for a few days to find out what it has to say about what is going on inside of you.
     
    Insights into your health or life may come; you might get an impression of something you can’t quite put your finger on; a heretofore unknown medical word or phrase may pop into your head; or you may realize one day that you know something that you didn’t know before about what is happening in your body. Listen; take notes. Compare one piece of art to another. Take it all in. Ponder it actively or let your unconscious deal with it. Reflect at the end of a week, month, year. It all works, and it’s all good.
     
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    #expressyourpsyche #paintblot #inkblot #intuitiveart #expressivearts #tuneinwithart
     
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    Gail Moser
  • Of course, you can use any colors that you like. The example was made using five colors of craft acrylic paint that cost a total of $2.50 (plus tax). I did this to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or buy a lot of different paint colors to have the intuitive experience that this activity offers.
     
    #expressyourpsyche #paintblot #inkblot #intuitiveart #expressivearts #useanycoloryoulike
     
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    Gail Moser
    • In the black, white, and grey blot I see a bird taking off from the water…  the wings are still somewhat submerged and there is a reflection of the splash and wings in the water right in front of the bird.  The bird’s head is somewhat down (carrying a fish, perhaps?) and it’s looking straight at you from the blot.  Very cool.

      MyndiR
  • Did today’s activity help you to hear your body’s messages? Did you experience a physical response in your body from making art? Was it therapeutic to your body or mind? Did it bring you new insight about your body, or your life?
     
    Post and share your experience here, and attach an image of your artwork!
     
    #postandshare #uploadimage #insightfromart #arttherapy #tuneinwithart

    Gail Moser
  • Am I the only one who sees EYES, and a couple of heads in profile in my paint blot? And maybe even a uterus, too? Click on the image to magnify it.
     
    What do you see in yours? Please post, upload images, and discuss!
     
    #whatsinyourpaintblot #doyouseewhatisee

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    • In the blue, red, black, yellow, and green blot, I actually see a person in the black and white center…  it’s as if they are wearing a costume with their arms up and their legs going into the red leggings and blue boots.  The person has their head down and their face is partially covered by a hood.  They’re wearing a headpiece and I see antlers…  Wonder that says about my psyche…

      MyndiR
  • <p style=”text-align: left;”>I see a balanced butterfly mask with soft eyes, a star above a nose, furry antennae, and soft dog feet.  The star contains a crystalline third eye.   It is a calming yet bright image balanced by the yellow sun dots.  #third-eye-butterfly</p>

    ListenToYourBody
  • What we see reflects what is going on in our own psyche, as well as the artist’s. I can tell that this is going to be a very interesting topic.
     
    Can’t wait to see your paint blot, ListenToYourBody! Be sure to post and upload your image when you’ve finished it.

    #postandshare

    Gail Moser
  • I’m listening to the Spotify playlist while checking out the blots…  Neat!

    MyndiR
    • It is neat that you see something in my paint blots. But this is not about me! This is an interactive, participative week! Please make your own paint blot (it is so, so, so simple and easy to do in just a minute or two) and post the image and tell us about your experience! I am so excited to see what you discover in your own artwork! Thanks for participating! :-)

      Gail Moser
  • Everyone, the Spotify Playlist is for your enjoyment and of course you can use it in any way that you wish. However, it was specifically designed as musical accompaniment to your paint blot exploration. So please listen while you paint! Thank you for participating. :-)

    Gail Moser
  • I chose brown, red, white, blue, and yellow…  and discovered that a little goes a loooong way.  I see a person (is that Prince?) wearing a white tank top with a “Superman”-ish symbol (?)…  He’s sitting with his knees bent, red-shoed feet with soles touching, and his arms are bent with his wrists together and, instead of a <span style=”line-height: 1.5;”>”Superman”-ish symbol, maybe he’s holding something (a large diamond?).  The hair and “eyelashes” stood out first…  the </span>kaleidoscope of colors emanating from him appear to be going outward but also flowing back toward him.  Hmmmmmm….<span style=”line-height: 1.5;”>  </span>

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    MyndiR
    • 1)Three beautiful moths, stacked. 2)A totem in the center. 3)Or a spine, all of the chakras, a multi-colored aura.
       
      Put it someplace where you can see it every day this week. Look at it sideways and upside down, too. It might have something to tell you about your body. :-)
       
      #artoracle

      Gail Moser
    • MyndiR, thank you so much for sharing your body listening art experience. I hope everyone sees how simple and easy it is, and how beautiful and unique the results will be. I created art activities that I felt everyone would be able to participate in this week. No art experience or training is required. :-)

      Gail Moser
  • This book, Inkblot, has a lot of interesting ideas for transforming inkblots into works of art. The author, Margaret Peot, uses black and colored inks rather than paint, and her results are beautiful. You can probably find this book in the children’s section at your local library. But it is meant for grownups. :-)
     
    #inkblotbook

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