Friday, November 19, 2010

art every day month #19: art therapy

coffee-sleeve-2

after a supremely horrific start to the day i needed to clear my head. i grabbed my art stuff and went to the merc to settle down. moaned into my coffee, put back a raspberry white chocolate scone, scribbled like a volcano, sought asylum in a magazine and then came home and unleashed all over the pegboard and the coffee cup and the sleeve. the little folded thing in the background is on its way to being a bitty book much like the ones i made on a rampage a few years ago. the tutorial i used seems to exist no longer, but the recipe is easy - just open the cardboard sleeve and lay it flat, trim a rectangle from the middle (mine is 2.25"x4.5"), and collage/paint/do whatever you want to it. then cut four or five rectangles of grocery bag paper (slightly smaller than the cover), punch two holes in the spine, fold it over, secure the pages to the book with a piece of wire or a twistie, and there you go - how eco-friendly of you. it is a super addictive activity and the last time i did it, i thieved five or ten sleeves at a time from the coffee condiment bar. (i call it pre-cycling.)

p.s. all is well now.

21 comments:

nacherluver said...

Glad you were able to turn your misery into creative energy. Bet you felt better in the end too!

cindy said...

art therapy is the best, especially when it is self-imposed. i was going to this healthy-eating counselor person and the best thing we did was finger painting! i love your peg board. enjoy your weekend!

Vicki Smith said...

Glorious colors!

aimee said...

lordy, what a morning! classic case of parent pressed for time vs. children who won't get ready for school. nothing that a bit of painting couldn't fix.

Kelly Warren said...

what fun. i this all every day thing. i couldn't do it this month, but i want to attempt to do it next month (i do realize how crazy is sounds to say i want to attempt to do this in december :-) love the little book idea. and "precycling" could become my new favorite words. hope you are well!

aimee said...

i googled it to see what else came up for pre-cycling and it has a much more positive public image than the definition i just gave it ;)

cath c said...

good for you working out the emotion creatively. i have not been so productive and have had an emo rollercoaster week.

Eden said...

Great Day to have your Fun on a day that wasn't heading that way!! Just looking at the picture makes me happy! Can't wait to see how the mini-book turns out. I'd love to hear you talk abou what you use those books for...you know give me ideas :D :D

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

Isn't it amazing how a few hours and some doodling can ease the earthquake of a chaotic morning? Coffee and a raspberry chocolate scone sound like guaranteed problem solvers, too.

sweet limes said...

Art therapy is becoming something I'm turning to more often recently, it's so terrific. I'm glad you were able to get some in and that it worked for you.

BonnieRose said...

art therapy is something i need every day.. love your little mini books.. makes me wanna go get some coffee sleeves... and get busy!! hugs xo

freebird said...

I love the colors you use. This is one neat pegboard. Tomorrow is a non-school day so it ought to recharge your batteries.

Sherry Lynn said...

I am so excited, I got my little package from your etsy site "LOVE IT" thank you so much for the extra goodies. I put a post on my blog about your wonderful illustrations.Thank you Thank You.

Inner Toddler said...

too bad kids and mornings don't have a reboot button. you deserve to sleep in tomorrow...

Stephanie said...

I went to Starbucks today and I have to say I will never look at those cardboard wrap things the same way ever again! I secretly was wondering how many I could scoff without being noticed!

The Original Drama Mama said...

Blech to horrific mornings! Glad the art helped :)

Pre-cycling...love it!

Bella Sinclair said...

Pre-cycling. HA! Love it!

And ooooooooh, tighty whitey pegboard is no more!

chrissy said...

pre-cycling
you are SO funny!
xo

L'Atelier said...

your are therapy is so good its therapy even for me, here in cape town! you, go girl--- love whats happing to the peg board too
oh, and i like the pre-cycling!

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AG Ambroult said...

pre-cycling. I love it.