The Art of Wellbeing

Self Isolation Creation

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Right… that’s it folks! It’s time to get positive, get inspired and get creative.

This idea came originally from my lovely friend, Mel, who was kind heartily looking at ways to support her community going through the Covid 19 lock down. I was beginning to feel powerless… what could I do? How could I help my own community manage these difficult times. I turned inwards, and started thinking about how improve my own internal resources in times of stress and panic. I turned to the material; to paper, pens, colours, textures, that help me feel grounded and engaged in something other than worry. Perhaps this is something I could share.

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I decided that, every day, I would share an easy creative exercise on my Instagram and Facebook allowing us all to take 20 minutes out of our day to be inspired. The creative exercise would be easy to do and encouraged enjoyment and relaxation.  The studies show that engaging in creativity helps to improve our sense of wellbeing so I want to create a balance every day to all the worry.

It doesn’t matter if you only have a pen and back of an envelope, we’ll do enough to make us feel a little better. Feel free to share or simply enjoy in your own company. Breath slowly, smile and create.

Self isolation creation -Day 1:  Drawing something you love

1. Walk around your house and chose something (an object, picture, book, food etc) that brings you joy or helps you feel good. Today I chose these wooden mushrooms as they are fun and given to me by someone I love.
2. Find somewhere comfortable in your house, somewhere you can sit for a while.
3. You can use any material you want. Paper, envelopes, notebooks, writing pads, pencils, paints, markers or pens etc. Today I chose a notepad, pencil and highlighter pens.
4. Feel free to put your phone on silent. If you are conscious of time, put a timer on. Give this a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five deep breaths in and out.
6. Open your eyes and take in your object(s). Memories might come to mind: a story, a person, a place. Feel free to daydream.
7. Draw, doodle, play with it.
8. The perfectionist gremlin will come out and probably tell you to stop being silly, that’s it’s not good enough and go do something useful! Thank it for its opinion and keep drawing.
9. This is not about creating a picture, it’s about creating a feeling. I smiled through most of this exercise today! The 20 minutes flew and I was totally engrossed.
10. Feel free to share or put up on your counter or fridge for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 2: Make your own Mindfulness Design

1. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, where you can draw easily. It might be a different place to yesterday.
2. Chose your material. I used paper and colouring pencils.
3. Leave at least 20 minutes for this. Put a timer on if necessary.
4. Hold your favourite colour pencil and place tip on the paper. Hold the paper in place with the other hand. Close your eyes and take 5 breaths in and out.
5. With your eyes still closed, move the pencil around the paper. Repeat again once or twice. Each time I changed the colour.
6. When you look at your paper, you’ll see a pattern of squiggles.
7. Fill in the gaps.
8. I loved this exercise and went way over time!! You get a bit lost in the pattern.
9. Feel free to share or put up on the counter or fridge for the day.

 

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 3: Blur the lines

1. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, where you can work easily. It might be a different place to yesterday.
2. Chose your material. I’ve chosen watercolour paper but any thick paper or cardboard will do. I chose a paintbrush but a wet bud or wet tissue would do. An ink or fountain pen.
3. If you are conscious of time, set a timer for 20 mins.
4. Close your eyes and breath in and out slowly for 5 breaths. Start thinking about a place you love. I imagined a tree in my local woods.
5. Start drawing. If you want a definite line, draw on paper with the pen.
6. If you want a slightly blurred line, once the line has been added, go over it with a wet paintbrush.
7. If you want a really blurred line, wet the paper where your next line will be and then apply line. The greater the blur, the more water should be applied.
8. This great loosening up exercise – if your line gets blurred you can be less precious about ‘getting it right’.
9. When you are done, see if you can imagine yourself there, perhaps with a smile on your face!
10. Feel free to share or put up on the counter or fridge for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 4: Draw your favourite book cover

1. Check out all your books and find a book cover that appeals to you. It could be the colour, the image or the memory. I chose a travel book which is filled with colour and brought back lovely memories.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, where you can work easily. It might be a different place to yesterday.
3. Chose your materials. Today I chose markers and an old envelope.
4. If you want to keep this to a certain time, put a timer on your phone. I’d suggest a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out. Whilst your eyes are closed you might want to think about why you like this image.
6. As you draw, you can mix the colour of markers by ‘bleeding’ them into eachother. Here I could get several shades of yellow by putting a dot or two of another colour on first and then smudging. You can also pull one colour into another by dragging a marker from the centre of a colour.
7. When done, feel free to share below or put up on the counter or fridge for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 5: Don’t join the dots

1. Raid your kitchen and chose a food(s) that’s really nourishing you right now. The ones that really make you feel that you are looking after yourself well.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, where you can work easily. It might be a different place to yesterday.
3. Chose your materials. Today I chose a felt ripped pen and a notebook. You can choose a biro, pencil or marker.
4. If you want to keep this to a certain time, put a timer on your phone. I’d suggest a minimum of 20 minutes. I only did 20 minutes today as I had to do chores.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. As you draw, think about how best you can nourish yourself right now.
7. Dot drawing involves drawing dots rather than lines. The closer the dots are together, the darker the shade or the more definite the ‘line’. You create contrast or definition by having the dots closer together or further apart.
8. Feel free to share below or put up on the counter or fridge for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 6: Blind Drawing

1. Do you have any leaves in your house? From a houseplant, garden plant, etc
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, where you can work easily. It might be a different place to yesterday. Put the plant in front of you.
3. Chose your materials. Today I chose a pencil and the back of a letter I was going to throw away. You can choose a biro, ink pen or marker. I placed the paper on a magazine so I could tell where the edges were.
4. For this you will need a timer. Set the timer for 10 minutes minimum.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out. Open your eyes and look at the plant. You’ve got 10 whole minutes so take your time, looking at each line and detail. After about 5 minutes I feel I’m in another world. A world of beauty and vibration.
6. When your time is up, set again for another 10 minutes minimum. Now close your eyes and begin to draw.
7. This is not about it looking a particular way, it’s about feeling, remembering, imagining. Keep going till the timer goes off. Open your eyes. I usually giggle about now!
8. Feel free to share below or put up on the counter or fridge for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 7: Photography

I escaped today to the relatively empty hills.. topped Mangerton mountain, Co. Kerry.

Today my creation is photography.

Walk into the garden or around the house and look for something of beauty and take a photo! This is my rock art: rock lichens at 805 meters!

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 8: Watercolours

Time seems to mean very little when I do these activities. I’m treating my timer like a unnecessary alarm clock: I simply turn it off and go back for as long as I want; until it’s finished or until it’s enough. I’m not concerned with perfection or it looking good. Yet what I manage every time I create is a stillness and a concentration that is simply lacking the rest of the day. Enjoy
1. Get your photograph from yesterday. If you didn’t do yesterday’s activity, simply walk around the house or garden and find something of beauty and take a photo of it.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, where you can work easily. It might be a different place to yesterday. Put the photograph in front of you.
3. Chose your materials. Today I chose watercolours and watercolour paper. You can choose an ink pen, acrylics or markers and as thick a paper or cardboard as you can find.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. Make your more definite marks first, using paint with no water added or very little. For me, the little specs of lichens and their edges were the only things I wanted to be definite.
7. Add more water to create a softer line and softer effect.
8. For the outer part of the image, I wet the paper first and then smudged in different colours.
9. Allow to dry.
10. Feel free to share below or put up on the counter or fridge for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 9: Drawing with your non dominant hand

1. Find a landscape picture. Either in a book, travel guide, magazine or online.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, where you can work easily. It might be a different place to yesterday.
3. Chose any materials you feel drawn to today. Today I chose an old envelope and markers.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. When you open your eyes, imagine yourself there. Perhaps smell the air, touch any soil or plants, feel the heat or cold on your body.
7. Put the marker in your non dominant hand. Hold the paper with another hand.
8. Play with colours. This will never be perfect so have fun with it.
9. Feel free to share below or put up on the counter or fridge for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 10: Drawing the outline

1. Go to your kitchen and pick your favourite item. I chose a mug which was a present from a friend.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, where you can work easily. It might be a different place to yesterday.
3. Chose any materials you feel drawn to today. Today I chose an old page from a newspaper and permanent markers from work.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. When you open your eyes, think about why you like this item so much. I spent most of my time remembering my friend.
7. Draw the outline of the object. Repeat again and again.
8. Play with this. Each time I drew, I looked at the object from another angle. Upside down, from the side, from the back.
9. I also changed colour and changed the size of the drawing.
10. In the last few minutes I chose some of my favourite views and drew the inside.
11. Feel free to share below or put up on the counter or fridge for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 11: Reflection

Reflective writing is what feeds my creative explorations. Today, when reflecting, I was surprised how much I loved the process of drawing with my eyes closed and thought about how I could include it more.
1. The reflection of your creative works is as important as the doing. This is a rich and meaningful activity if you give it time.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, perhaps where you have not sat before. The ‘reflective’ space in your house might be different to all other spaces.
3. Lay all of your art in front of you. Take some time staring and pondering.
4. Get a notepad and pen.
5. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
6. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
7. Start writing. It doesn’t matter what you write about, simply reflect on the images in front of you. This may be hard at first. My first page was awkward and clumsy. After a while I really got into it and learnt a lot.
8. Here are a few questions to consider: Which images are your favourite and why? Which process did you like the most and why? Are there any colours that stand out? Are you surprised by any of the images, either by itself or when you put it next to another? Are there any materials that you liked using? How do the images make you feel? Look at the above questions and think about the images/colours/materials/processes you don’t like.
9. Feel free to share below or contact me privately on lucy@lucyhyland.com to share

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 12: Mindful filling in

I spent ages on this one. Just getting lost in colour and lines – loved it.
1. Chose your materials. I chose an A4 sheet and markers.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit for a while. You might be discovering nooks and crannies in your house which are comfortable for this type of work.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out
5. Place your marker on the page, holding the page with the other hand.
6. Close your eyes and move your marker round and round in one continuous movement.
7. Open your eyes and examine all the spaces.
8. Fill them in with whatever you want – lines, curls, diamonds – anything you want. I used all the colours I could.
9. Feel free to share below or contact me privately on lucy@lucyhyland.com to share.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 13: Doodling with one continuous line.

Today’s piece is in response to the news that a full shutdown is now in place. I’m feeling a little lost and disconnected from those I love, so I chose one continuous line to draw. Perhaps I thought about the thread that holds us all together, despite current circumstances.
1. Chose your materials. I chose an A3 sheet and a pencil.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out
5. Decide where you are going to start.
6. Once the pencil hits the page, try to keep it on the page for the duration of this exercise. Do whatever doodles you want, anything at all, as long as the pencil stays on the page.
7. Once your time is up, take a few minutes looking at the image. Do you notice anything in the marks or lines? Look at it from different angles if that helps. Mine reminds me of the contour lines from a map, making me think of the Irish landscape which I’m already missing!
8. Feel free to share below or contact me privately on lucy@lucyhyland.com to share

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 14: Life Drawing

Today’s creation is inspired by the @apartogether_art led by @liza_lou_studio, who just initiated a project about how we can make art in connection, despite being isolated. Today’s activity is not about drawing, it’s the opposite of how drawing is taught!!! It’s about connecting with another living thing.
1. Chose something living like a plant or pet in your house, or garden if you have one. I chose one of my orchids.
2. Chose your materials. I chose a small notepad and a coloring pencils.
3. Find somewhere comfortable to sit for a while.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. When you open your eyes, look at your object. Really take it in.
7. Chose one part of it and examine in detail. Draw that bit.
8. Then take another bit and examine. Draw this. Continue for as long as you like.
9. You may not get the whole thing done. You will gradually take in each bit of your object and draw in response.
10. I couldn’t believe how translucent the orchid petals are even though I look at them every day. They were so fragile and looked like glass.
11. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 15: Draw a circle

A circle is such a great shape to begin when you don’t know where to start. I was thinking this was going to be like a Mandala, yet as soon as I drew my circle, I realised that I was drawing the world. This is my world right now, perhaps it’s our world, with bundles and networks coming together to support each other through this difficult time.
1. Chose your materials. I chose a large A1 sheet and oil pastels.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, draw a circle on the page.
6. Now do whatever you want with this. Draw inside or outside the circle, draw lines, patterns or other shapes. Fill it in or leave it empty.
7. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 16: Blind Doodling

This is as much a meditation as a drawing. I really like this to slow down and notice what’s really going on inside.
1. Chose your materials. I chose a large A4 and markers. When I do this again, I’ll go bigger!
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
4. Take a marker in your hand and hold the paper with the other hand.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. Keep your eyes closed. If you don’t like this, just soften your gaze past your piece of paper.
7. Start to notice any sensations or movement in your body.
8. Draw what you feel. If you can’t feel anything, just draw whatever movement comes into your hand.
9. I noticed swirling energy moving around my tummy and then in my feet. Use the same colours or change as you like.
10. I noticed that, the more attention I paid, the energy slowed down and then speed up. My marks reflected these.
11. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 17: Long length drawing

I find this one great fun. It takes the preciousness out of getting the details right but still gets you zoning in on the beauty!
1. Chose your materials. I chose an A4, sellotape, highlighter pen and knitting needle. The idea is that you have some sort of item (pencil, pen, marker, felt tip etc) and something that will add length to this (wooden spoon, kitchen utensil, etc)
2. Tape the pen to the knitting needle and tape the paper to either the table or the wall. To me the wall is best.
3. Find a photograph or picture you really like. I chose one of my table mats.
4. Find somewhere comfortable to sit or stand for a while. Stand or sit far enough away that when your pen hits your paper, your arm is straight.
5. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. Close your eyes. Take five deep breaths in and out.
6. Draw as much or little detail as you like. It’s almost impossible to get it right so you might start focusing on the bits that feel good. I really liked the hedges on mine!
7. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 18: Spirals

Again, this is as much a meditation as a drawing. I’m examining the different ways I can feel connected. There is something about spirals, going back to the ancient symbols in caves and on the rocks at Newgrange, that makes me realise just how connected we all are to something bigger, something more timeless! We may not have control in this situation, but humans are amazingly adaptable creatures!
1. Chose your materials. I chose to go small with my A5 notepad and colouring pencils. Maybe this is my little piece of control.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes but you could get lost in this one for longer.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. Draw your spirals as you like. Some were so tightly packed they ended looking like coloured circles, others were attached to another in one continuous line. Some were big, some small. Some tight, some loose.
6. When drawing imagine our galaxy, the billions of others.
7. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 19: Chose a word for the day.

For me, it is a day of overwhelm, so I’m distracting and relaxing with some simple drawing.1. Chose a word that helps you today. I chose ‘calm’ as that’s what I long for today.
2. Choose your materials. I chose an old letter and markers. Take a colour that you feel reflects your word.
3. Find somewhere comfortable to sit for a while.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes but you could get lost in this one for longer.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. Draw your word on the page. Once drawn, create patterns radiating out from your word in a circle. It could be lines, circles, squiggles. It could be any choice of colours.
7. As you radiate out from your word, think about it. Perhaps say the word to yourself again and again. Perhaps chose colours or shapes that reflect your word.
8. Allow it wash over you.
9. When you are finished, close your design with one final circle. It’s like your own Mandala.
10. Take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
11. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 20: Join the dots

1. Tear a page with writing on it from a book, paper or magazine.
2. Choose your materials. I chose a pen.
3. Find somewhere comfortable to sit for a while.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes but you could get lost in this one for longer.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. Choose a letter. I chose “C” from my word yesterday which was calm.
7. Read through every line and circle a dot every time you see your letter.
8. When you are finished, your page will be filled with dots.
9. Now simply connect the dots as you wish, with either a straight line or curved.
10. Take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. I’m really seeing a theme emerging around connection.
11. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 21: Reflection

It’s really interesting for me to see what’s emerging through my drawings. Day 11-20 are quite different from days 1-10. As time goes by, I’m really wondering about what makes and maintains connection when I’m not physically present. Much to ponder here… I find my creative work allows me to start asking better questions, rather than findings the answers… 1. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, perhaps where you have not sat before. The ‘reflective’ space in your house might be different to all other spaces.
2. Lay all of your art out in front of you. Take some time staring and pondering.
3. Get a notepad and pen.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. Start writing. It doesn’t matter what you write about, but reflect on the images in front of you.
7. Here are a few questions to consider: Which images are your favourite and why? Which process did you like the most and why? Are there any colours that stand out? Are you surprised by any of the images, either by itself or when you put it next to another? Are there any materials that you liked using? How do the images make you feel? Would you like to go back and change any? Look at the above questions and think about the images/colours/materials/processes you don’t like.
8. Feel free to share below or contact me privately on lucy@lucyhyland.com to share

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Self Isolation Creation – Day 22: Follow the line, see where it takes you.

I enjoyed the freedom of this exercise, feeling like I’d plenty of choices and if I made the wrong one, it really didn’t matter.
1. Choose your materials. I chose a light paper, a simple A4 sheet. I then chose colouring pencils as I wanted a really faint line.
2. Find somewhere comfortable to sit for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes but you could get lost in this one for longer.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. Crumple up the paper – you can make it as loose or tight as you like. However if you make it too tight, it might tear.
6. Gently un-crumple the paper and flatten the paper out as much as possible.
7. You’ll have a highly lined flat page in front you. Now chose a colour that appeals.
8. The general idea is that you follow a line, from one side of the paper to another side. Each time you get to a junction you can go any direction you want.
9. I enjoyed going around the small squares, rectangles and triangles that had formed in the creases. I went down endless dead ends and simply turned around again or went back over myself when I wanted to change direction.
10. I chose a load of colours but you can stick to one or many.
11. Take a few moments when you feel finished to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
12. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 23: Chasing the Shadow.

This exercise was inspired by the sun pouring through my rather dirty window and casting an odd shadow. It got me thinking about my shadow feelings at the moment, feelings of disconnection and isolation. Yet this exercise also made me realise that these feelings are here right now, yet they will pass. I loved this one.
1. Choose your materials. I chose a page from my A5 notepad and various pencils. If I did this again, I’d go bigger to capture more detail.
2. Place your paper on a shaded and sunny part of the room so that some of the paper is in shadow and some in sun. Make sure the shadow takes up a small part of the page as over the next 20 minutes the shadow will creep slowly across the page.
3. Make sure your paper is on a hard enough surface to work on – use a hard cover book if you are on the floor.
4. Find a way of sitting so that you will be comfortable for a while.
5. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes but you could get lost in this one for longer.
6. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
7. When you open your eyes, you’ll see the lines on the page, made from the shadow. Starting from right to left (or left to right, depending which way the sun moves) draw the outline of the lines you see.
8. As you move across the page and get to the other side, your pencils will mark the outline of the shadows – you’ll begin to notice how they move. Often I’d get to the left hand side and realise that my original line had moved as the sun had moved.
9. Go back and start again, moving right to left.
10. Repeat for as long as you want.
11. You may well get lost in the lines. Sometimes I didn’t know where the shadows ended and where previous lines began. Yet that was ok. Just loose yourself in the back and forth rhythm of the lines.
12. Take a few moments when you feel finished to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
13. Feel free to share below or put on fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 24: Blind Memory Drawing

Some days I’m loving the cool bare feel of pencil on paper. Despite the sun shining, sometimes I just can’t help but feel sad to be away from those I love.
1. Find a favourite photograph with a memory of a person/people you care about.
2. Choose your materials. I chose some nice drawing paper and a 2B pencil.
3. Take your pencil in one hand and hold the paper steady in the other.
4. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
5. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
6. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
7. When you open your eyes, take a look at your photograph. Perhaps you remember the day it was taken, the place, the smells or the sounds. Or perhaps you remember what the person said or what happened before or after. Daydream for a while.
8. When you are ready, place your pencil on the paper and close your eyes. If you don’t feel comfortable closing your eyes, simply soften your gaze somewhere beyond the page.
9. Begin drawing. You might draw the persons face, the place, the feelings in your body or a movement that feels good. Allow your pencil to move across the page without too many concerns with what the picture might look like.
10. Open your eyes when you are done. Take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
11. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 25: Drawing a place you love

Today I was lucky enough to do my exercise with a very special 6 year old. We both love nature so I decided to draw a place I really miss at the moment – the woods. I was able to chat about it and keep it alive in my heart and mind
1. Think of a place you love, that you might be missing at the moment.
2. Choose your materials. I chose some nice drawing paper and markers.
3. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes but you could get lost in this one for longer.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. With your eyes still closed imagine your favourite place. What can you see, hear, smell and touch? Is there someone there with you or are you alone?
7. When you open your eyes, draw as much or as little detail as you want. I just loved pretending I was back in the woods.
8. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
9. Feel free to share below or our on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 26: Continue the Line

You can really let your imagination run wild with this one – it’s good fun.
1. Choose your materials. I chose an A3 sheet of paper and different highlighter pens.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, take the marker and make a simple mark on the paper (my mark was done in pink which you can see on the left – I used the rest of the highlighters to complete the picture). 6. Now step back from it and start imagining.
7. Could this line be continued to create a shape? Is this the edge of something? The beginning or end of an object. Is there space to fill in or do you want to create a space?
8. Keep going with this until you feel satisfied with your picture – you might fill some or all of the page.
9. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
10. Feel free to share below or on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 27: Draw yourself, draw the world

This is a nice one for playing around with where you are at in relation to the world around you. I find drawing can help me feel a little closer to the world around me, despite being isolated. I loved creating connections through lines from myself to the world and back again.
1. Choose your materials. I chose the back of a letter and crayons. I realised after doing this that I’m not sure how much I like crayons!
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes but you could get lost in this one for longer.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, choose a colour and draw a circle on the page to represent you. I chose blue right in the centre.
6. Next choose a colour and draw a circle that represents the world. I chose green and drew all around my circle. This circle could be within, outside, to the side of your circle or anywhere on the page.
7. Connect the circles. Use colours, lines, shapes, anything that helps your own circle feel connected to the circle that presents your world.
8. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
9. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 28: Decorate your own Easter Egg.

Whether Easter means a lot to you or little, this day isn’t quite the way it usually is. For some, that might leave you a sense of loss, loss for the day that it usually is. That’s certainly how I’m feeling.
1. Choose your materials. I chose an A3 page and markers.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes but you could get lost in this one for longer.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, roughly draw the shape of an egg.
6. Decorate your egg as you wish. You may want to draw your usual day, a scene you like, a pattern you enjoy, those you love. I’m doing a lot of lines and circles lately, I feel the lines are connecting me to all those I am missing.
7. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
8. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 29: Draw your Constant

In times of upheaval, it’s nice to remember that there are still constants. These can be constants you create yourself or ones you have around you. When I say ‘constants’ I mean things that you can depend on every day, that help you remember that life goes on. My constant at the moment is Spring. Each day as I walk, I see buds on trees, flowers on shrubs, birds building nests. It reminds me that life continues and this will end.
1. Choose your materials. I chose an A5 notebook and a pencil.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, think about your daily constant. For some people it’s a pet or the people they live with. For others it’s an activity like an online class or walk. For others it’s faith, their daily prayers or rituals etc
6. As you draw, be thankful for your constant and what they bring you everyday.
7. If you run out of time (like me today), you can always come back to it later.
8. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
9. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 30: Seeing the shadow

Probably my most dominant# feeling today is confusion. How can I be feeling such hopelessness and amazement at the same time. Should I even say this? On the one hand, it’s hard to bear the chaos, the loss and the grief I see on the news nightly. On the other hand, it’s uplifting to see communities come together, such public displays of love and compassion. Rather than judge when I’m feeling one or the other, I’ve submitted to simply feeling. I started playing with this idea through the material this morning, piercing holes in cardboard and watching the sunlight pour through. The shadow and the light are working together.
1. Choose your materials. Following a suggestion from my lovely friend Nuala, I chose Easter egg cardboard wrapping. To pierce the holes I chose an old needle, but you could use a sharp pencil, pen, knitting needle, sharp scissor tip etc
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out. Today I spent about 25 minutes simply sitting with these feelings.
5. When you open your eyes, take your needle and cardboard and reflect on the opposing feelings you might have right now.
6. Simply pierce the needle through the cardboard, holding them very steady in your hands.
7. You may like this action, and decide to pierce the whole piece. I was drawn to lines, running parallel and opposite to each other. I pierced from back to front and front to back as I liked the difference.
8. If you do not like this action, simply pierce twice. Then take your favourite colour or pencil and make a picture by somehow joining the two holes.
9. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. Here the cardboard is casting its shadow in the sun.
10. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 31: My “Missing It” cartoon

I’m very lucky to live in Kinsale, to be an artist and be close to family for emergency shopping! Yet, I’m also missing things. Just because I have beauty around me, doesn’t mean that I don’t miss people, places or things. Creativity allows me to express how I feel on a given day, without justification or reason – probably why I love it so much. Today I made a cartoon out of the things I miss.
1. Choose your materials: I’m sticking with the Easter egg cardboard from yesterday. I tore (you can cut) the cardboard into 8 pieces. Mine were 6 *4 cm as I couldn’t bear to see the things I miss being big. Remember you can make your pieces any size and you can chose how many you want. I also chose markers.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. Depending how big and how much detail you want to do, it might take longer.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. Start to think about what you miss. It doesn’t matter what it is. It can be silly or frivolous, it can be painful and ache.
6. I thought about my Mum’s hands, coffees and wines with friends, the open road with my campervan, my old routines and a big studio space!
7. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. It’s ok to miss things.
8. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 32: Reflection Day

I can’t believe I have a months work of work in front of me. 31 days of creating, expressing and feeling. 31 days of self care. Each day I’ve seen a part of me in the image I make, and this helps me to understand myself and cope better in this time. What a treasure! What is it like for you? Remember it’s easy to catch up as I post all these of my blog (link in bio)
1. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, perhaps where you have not sat before. The ‘reflective’ space in your house might be different to all other spaces.
2. Lay all of your art out in front of you. Take some time staring and pondering.
3. Get a notepad and pen.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. Start writing. It doesn’t matter what you write about, but reflect on the images in front of you.
7. Here are a few questions to consider: Which images are your favourite and why? Are there any colours that stand out? Are you surprised by any of the images when they are put with others – I’m seeing themes emerge for me. How do the images make you feel? Would you like to go back and change any? Look at the above questions and think about the images/colours/materials/processes you don’t like.
8. Feel free to share below or contact me privately on lucy@lucyhyland.com to share

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Day 33: Draw the Negative Space

For the first few weeks, I thought about all the choices I’d lost. But now I also recognise the choices I still have. One of our greatest choices right now is how we feed ourselves. Today, I’m thinking about the foods which are helping me to create balance and allowing me to self care.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an A4 sheet, markers and oil pastels.
2. Chose some foods that are helping you create balance. Put them in a little bundle, close together.
3. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. Start to draw the outline of what’s in front of you. Rather than worry about the detail, concentrate on the space around your objects. Notice the junctions between one object or another or the angles between things.
7. Once you are done you’ll probably have one continuous line. Now fill the space on the outside. Draw patterns or colours or textures.
8. I got a bit carried away as I was enjoying myself and filled inside the line as well!! Do whatever feels good.
9. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. You are making some good choices, congratulate yourself.
10. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 34: Draw what you sense

People have recently been asking on social media if the birds are singing louder these days! As we restrict our movements and the pace of life changes, we are noticing our surroundings more and more. Have you noticed more? And my interest is always – have you noticed more within yourself. Sometimes I can feel my heart beating and hear the sound of my own breath. We are alive, we are well.
1. Choose your materials: I chose a small writing pad and a pencil. Be ready to use them after the breathing exercise.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take ten slow breaths in and out. Really take your time here.
5. Keep your eyes closed. Do you notice anything inside? Does an image pop into your head or a memory? Do you feel sensations in your body anywhere? What are the sounds around you? Keep your eyes closed or open them.
6. Draw whatever you see, feel, smell or hear. I drew the sensations as they flowed from my feet to my belly to my heart to the top of my head. I’d no real idea what I was doing… I just went with it. It felt a bit awkward and silly so kept my eyes closed.
7. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
8. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 35: Draw your Beacon

To me, beacons are about hope. A light that can you guide you home to yourself. Are there any examples of beacons in your life? I live near the Old Head Lighthouse so this is a stunning beacon for me. Are there churches whose spires fill you with hope, landmarks, old trees on the top of a hill? Consider this for a while.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an A4 piece of paper and colouring pencils.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out. As you breath, think about your beacon and the feeling of hope it may give you at this time.
5. Draw your beacon.
6. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. I was surprised at how turbulent my sea was, and surprised it took up so much of the page. The light radiating from the lamp helped me feel better.
7. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 36: Celebrate something special

Last nights @glblctzn and @ladygaga music event #togetherathome filled me with hope. I recognised that everyone has something to offer at a time like this. These #selfisolationcreation exercises are my contribution, yet all around me I see others contribution. As I sat and reflected on last night, the birds kept me company with their song. Today is a celebration of the power of song and music to heal.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an A5 notebook, highlighters and sharpies.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out. As you breath, think about what you are celebrating today – let the feeling fill you up.
5. Draw what you feel, what you see, what you sense, or what you hear. Draw what feels the best to you right now.
6. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. I was surprised to see that music notes are, in fact, dots connected with a line, reflecting a strong theme for me this month.
7. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 37: Draw what you are remembering

At a time like this, we do everything we can to adapt. We take on new ways of working and change our habits. Yet, what I’m surprised by is how much we remember and I’m beginning to call this the ‘time of remembering’. In many ways people are going back, back to what gives them solace. What are you returning to? Gardening, baking, knitting, walking, singing? I’m remembering the relief in kneeding bread.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an A5 notebook and colouring pencils.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out. As you breath, think about what you are remembering right now.
5. Draw what you are remembering in your own way. I drew my hands kneeding my sourdough loaf.
6. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in.
7. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 38: Draw a collage

The great thing about collages is that you don’t have to draw. You can create an image by simply choosing pictures and words that you are drawn to and compile them any way you want on a page. They can be great little messages from within.
1. Choose your materials: I chose old newspapers, magazines, an A2 sheet of paper, scissors and pritt-stick.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes begin flicking through your magazines etc.
6. Cut out images, words, sayings, anything you are drawn to. You may be attracted or displeased by them.
7. Collect as many as you want. Lay them out on a piece of paper. When you are happy with the arrangement, glue them in place.
8. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
9. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 39: Draw a river
I did my drawing today with a very special 6 year old and asked him to create a theme. He decided to draw a river and from there we began to play with ideas around the colour blue, water and flowing movement. Because we started with a colour, I got out every blue out of my box and mixed material. I really got into the idea of fast flowing water. Perhaps I was imagining some of the difficulties of right now being placed on the river and flowing away.
1. Choose your materials: I chose a sheet of A4 and markers, pencils, highlighters and sharpies.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out. Think about a river, either one you know or one in your imagination.
5. When you open your eyes, draw your river. Have fun with this one. Is the river the most important part of the picture or is the location of the river or what’s on the river, or under the river or next to the river more important? Is this river a memory or a fantasy? Are you on the river or looking at it?
6. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
7. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 40: Draw a Rainbow
Walking and cycling around #Kinsale, I’ve seen many a rainbow in windows and gateposts. I feels lovely, the idea that we support those that are at the front line of this pandemic with pictures of solidarity. Rainbows are about hope for me, and, someday, I hope those who work in healthcare are paid what they deserve for caring.
1. Choose your materials: I chose my kitchen window and sharpies.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out. Think about what a rainbow means to you.
5. When you open your eyes, draw your rainbow. As you draw, think about what hope you’d like to bring to your situation.
6. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
7. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 41: Draw your Hand

I miss touch. Sometimes I want to reach out to family and friends and give my a hug. Knowing I can’t is hard. I got thinking about this today and drew my hand. I started doodling, filling it in with patterns and I remembered a henna tattoo I got in Sudan many years ago. It’s always interesting to notice when memories arise when we draw.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an old letter and a pencil.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out. Think about who you would like to reach your hand out to right now.
5. When you open your eyes, draw the outline of your hand by placing it down on the page and drawing around it. Now you have an outline.
6. Fill in however you wish. Colours, shapes, lines, patterns, pictures.
7. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
8. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 42: Draw an Imprint
Imprints have been a big part of my work over the last few years and I really enjoy the idea of marking something’s existence and capturing that moment on a page.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an A1 piece of paper and a pencil stick.
2. For the imprints, it’s best to chose something flat or that can be flattened. I chose old coil that went around a wine bottle but you can chose any texture you like.
3. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
4. Place the item(s) on a surface and then place the blank sheet over it. The paper might feel rough, depending on what you have used. Stick the corners of the paper to the surface as it may move when drawing.
5. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
6. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
7. When you open your eyes, rub your pencil over the page. You will see the outline and pattern emerging. You can go really slowly and trace the lines or make big sweeping movements.
8. This may be enough. Or you may want to pick up the paper, move your item(s) around, restick and draw again. I did this with the coil, throwing them differently every time I drew.
9. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
10. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 43: Reflection Day

My creative exercises are coming to an end on May 5th, as we enter a new phrase of response to the virus. I’m looking at 42 days worth of images, 42 pictures of my journey through this incredible time. I’m learning a lot. What is it like for you?
1. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, perhaps where you have not sat before. The ‘reflective’ space in your house might be different to all other spaces.
2. Lay all of your art out in front of you. Take some time staring and pondering.
3. Get a notepad and pen.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. Start writing. It doesn’t matter what you write about, but reflect on the images in front of you.
7. Here are a few questions to consider: Which images are your favourite and why? Are there any colours that stand out? Are you surprised by any of the images when they are put with others – I’m seeing themes emerge for me. How do the images make you feel? Would you like to go back and change any? Look at the above questions and think about the images/colours/materials/processes you don’t like.
8. Feel free to share

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Day 44: Draw your Cocoon

As the rain poured, I just wanted to retreat somewhere cosy and warm, and simply lay out on the floor, listen to music and read some books. Draw your cocoon is about finding your favourite place in the house to hang out at the moment and really take it in by drawing it. Or make a place up! I did.. and filled it with things I love.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an A5 notebook and markers.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, draw your cocoon, real or imagined. Feel how lovely it is to be there as you draw.
6. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
7. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 45: Draw your ‘Return to Self’

Earlier to posted a video to get you thinking about today’s drawing. The idea was: draw a word, object, picture or activity that helps you to come back to yourself? In the rollercoaster of our current times, it’s great to find something that we can return when things get tough. I’ll keep this drawing on my desk for some time…
1. Choose your materials: I chose a small notepad and highlighter pens.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, draw about what you do to return to yourself. For some it’s walking in nature, gardening, knitting, for others it’s taking photographs. It’s something you do that calms you down and allows you check in with yourself.
6. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
7. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 46: Draw your ‘Colour’

I’ve got a bit of a Friday feeling today (not that I’m even sure what day it is!!!). This is a simple exercise of choosing a colour you feel like today and then drawing it!
1. Choose your materials: I chose writing paper and colouring pencils.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, choose a colour that appeals to you. Now draw it – this might simply mean drawing objects, shapes or patterns in that colour. Or it might mean drawing something that is that color, for example, I chose green and decided to draw leaves.
6. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
7. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 47: Draw with your Whole Body

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I can’t believe my final and 50th self isolation creation is happening on the 5th May. I’ll miss these daily posts. Earlier I posted a video to start you thinking about today’s drawing. It’s a fun exercise that focuses on the feet(or any body part!), holding a pen/pencil and playing with marks and movements.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an A1 sheet of paper and sharpies. I would choose a hard surface on a floor and tape the paper in place. Keep your sharpies near by.
2. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
3. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
4. When you open your eyes, choose a colour that appeals to you. Place it between two of your toes, hold firm and make some marks and movements on the page.
5. Play with this – it doesn’t matter how it looks. I used my right and left feet and was surprised how right dominant I was. I also put the pen between all my feet yet it felt really weird so mostly used my big toe and 2nd toe.
6. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
7. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

Day 48: Draw with torn paper

My final creation will be on Day 50, which is Tuesday!
Today I’m looking at lines and edges, created by tearing a piece of paper up into smaller pieces and then rearranging to create something new.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an an old notepad to tear up, an A4 letter as the base, Pritt-stick, oil pastels and colouring pencils.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, tear up one of your pieces or paper. Make any shapes you like, and size you like.
6. You can colour these torn bits or leave them blank.
7. Play with possible arrangements: you can put them back together to create an object or picture.
8. Lay them out on the second piece of paper – I coloured mine with oil pastels. Stick them where you want, creating a new picture.
9. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
10. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

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Day 49: Make your Mark Drawing

Mark making is where it all begins, so it’s where I’m ending. Since the beginning of time, we have made marks, shapes, patterns on a surface to express ourselves, to represent ourselves. For some reason, I chose to draw the coronavirus in a series of tiny marks on the page. It reminded me that we are all alone yet utterly connected at this time. This will be my last image as tomorrow we take our first step towards what’s next.
1. Choose your materials: I chose an A4 paper and ink pen. You may chose an object around you to draw, something you really like. Or you may just choose a shape or pattern that you like.
2. Find somewhere to sit so that you will be comfortable for a while.
3. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can take as long as you like.
4. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
5. When you open your eyes, take in your object or explore what’s getting your attention.
6. Rather than draw a long line to represent what you see, instead make a series of short marks. The closer these marks are, the more dense or shaded your image will be.
7. When you are done, take a few moments to look at your image, admire it and breath it in. If you want, write down what you see.
8. Feel free to share below or put on your fridge or counter for the day.

 

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Day 50: Ending with Reflection

50 days… 50 creative activities. One of the things I love about the creative process is that it gives me a snapshot of myself in time, and these snap shots help me to become aware. With awareness comes an increased capacity for self care. This has been about showing you one way of minding yourself, through using a creative diary. All 50 creative exercises will be on my blog for the next few months, until I collate them into a little book on self care… 1. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, perhaps where you have not sat before. The ‘reflective’ space in your house might be different to all other spaces.
2. Lay all of your art out in front of you. Take some time staring and pondering.
3. Get a notepad and pen.
4. If time is an issue, set a timer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
5. Close your eyes and take five slow breaths in and out.
6. Start writing. It doesn’t matter what you write about, but reflect on the images in front of you.
7. Here are a few questions to consider: Which images best reflect how the last 7 weeks have gone? What does this collection of images say to you? Can you see any themes emerging? Do certain images belong together, even though they were done weeks apart. Do you want to change any image or merge any images?
8. Feel free to share below

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