Expressive Art Journaling for Self-Care and Fun! Art Journal Your Archetypes

Art Journaling: Personal and Universal Archetypes

Archetypes are universal symbols/metaphors that influence or shape our experience. Jung called them “inherited thought patterns”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archetype
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In this next expressive art workshop, we will explore who we are in relation to archetypes.
If you enjoy storytelling, myth, and art, you will enjoy creating an archetypal art journal spread!
Have you been feeling like an angel, queen, a fool, the giving mother, the martyr,
the survivor, the warrior, the traveler, or the gypsy?
What about a wizard, goddess, Native American archetype? Characters from fairytales, history, literature? The list goes on and on.

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Have fun exploring those themes by simply printing an image of an archetype to bring, or print an image of yourself to transform on a journal page.
Personal archetypes are the ones you create. Make one up! Or, no clue?
Just come anyway and receive a journal to play and explore in or bring your journal from a previous class and receive five dollar discount for this class.
You can find the most amazing vintage images online and just print a couple options for class. Whether you are relating to a queen or a fool, you can learn from your archetype.
The above is an image that I found of the Queen Artemesia who was a warrior for the Persian people.
I can change her into a warrior for peace, environment or however I can.
I can paint on the sealed printed image, add words, etc. Here is the photo. I can google wise woman and have a lovely mature wise woman image. The sky is the limit people!
Click atlanticcenterforthearts.org/event-or-exhibition/first-thursdays-expressive-art-journaling-for-self-discovery-and-stress-release-6/
to reserve your spot or you can also email Laura at bohnlaura1@gmail.com for inquiries or to reserve your spot for tomorrow’s workshop at Harris House.

 

 

 

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A Day in the Life

A Day in the LIfe is my latest painting based on a lovely banana bloom I once witnessed while eating ice cream in New Smyrna Beach under this tree. Years later while painting it, I went to the kitchen to see a red rat snake peeking out from behind our refridgerator! So, the snake is now in the painting!

Here is online gallery link to size and details.

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Peace and Coziness

I don’t know about you but I am definitely wanting a little peace and coziness this time of year so I can catch up on some reading.

I cherish a delicious novel and have one I have started but think I will share some books that are non-fiction and related to my work as an art therapist.

There are some fantastic books out there on healing arts, art therapy, authentic art expression, and the list goes on.  Right now I am very interested in authentic movement guiding the art process so one of the books I am reading is Imagination in Action written by art therapist Shaun Mcniff!  He uses mindfulness to slow down and be in the moment while not judging the physical acts of movement and creating.

Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies also uses this moment to moment mind, body, spirit connecting to bring about creative awareness! I am in awe of these methods and have started using them in my workshops.unnamed-3.jpg

If you are an art therapist or work with these methods as an artist leave a comment so we can have a conversation.  The other books on this list are equally enlightening but won’t go on anymore as you can look them up for yourselves if interested and on a journey to trust the process in your spiritual path through the healing arts. More at creativewellartstudio.weebly.com

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Painting Process

Hi Friends,

Here is one of my latest paintings. I live in Florida and a few months back I saw the last magnolia flowers fall off our front yard Magnolias. I missed their fragrant blooms and so continued their lovely bloom with a tribute in paint!

I have been exploring adding collage and paint to my art journal but have been a bit afraid of adding collage elements into my paintings on canvas even though I add them to paintings on board.

So, I managed to add a little collage to this one, including the scientific name of the flower

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This painting is now featured at De La Vegas restaurant in downtown DeLand, Florida.

It is also available on Etsy

 

Second Transformative Painted Collage Portrait

Here is my second transformative painted collage portrait.

In these workshops, I have participants bring in an image to transform.  They can print an image of a loved one, archetype, hero, etc and add scraps, words and a lot of paint.

First step is to either cover printed image with gel medium or matte Modge Podge to make it strong enough to paint on.

While it is drying we simply play with paint and textures on the background and add bits of collage that will peak through the paint.

Finally, words or other imagery can be added to help build a story around image. 14088669_1097490346953949_4322704024362644634_n-1.jpgFor more information on upcoming classes visit  expressiveartsstudio.weebly.com and artwork at lauraknapikbohn.com

 

Transforming the Collage

As an artist/art therapist creating art as wellness workshops, I research art therapy directives with a basis in mindfulness based art therapy. For this directive, I was to transform a portrait that was either a part of the self, archetype, loved one, or simply a character that relates to meaning in my own life.  I of course, worked on my own before I facilitated the workshop for others.

I started with deep breathing and relaxation, I have learned to relax and focus while choosing images to work with as we do in the workshops.  When I found this image of a girl in National Geographic, she was supposedly a generated representation of a future young lady of mixed ethnic heritage as the norm in America.  I thought she was stunningly beautiful and it reminded me of the beauty that comes out of two people loving each other from different backgrounds. It also reminded me of all the prejudices some of my friends went through when they were involved in relationships that were not accepted by others and they resulted in beautiful children who were trying to find their place in the world. And so I just wanted to transform those prejudices into something beautiful into acceptance and love.

While working, on this piece, I let it evolve naturally. I used paint, printed images, and words to transform this piece.  I started painting on the image for fun and the results were simply from playing with paint.

The words in the finished work are from Maya Angelou who eloquently states…

“I can be change by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it”

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Transformative Painted Collage Portraits

Greetings Friends,

I am getting ready for this Saturday’s outreach arts and wellness workshop at the Atlantic Center for the Arts Harris House in New Smyrna Beach.

I have been experimenting with painted collages or mixed media on board. I used a lot of paint on the mod podge covered images. so that is why I am calling the process painted collage.

Here is my first painted collage on board after doing a lot of this type of work in art journals and being a painter for many years.

This should be fun for participants because you can play around with paint, add images, words and transform the image into a meaningful character that makes a personal statement.

Here is a link to the upcoming workshop.  Atlantic Center for the Arts

 

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Leaf Love

 

 

 

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Hello Readers,

My name is Laura Knapik Bohn and I have been a working artist for many years.

I also teach art and in 2014 received a masters degree in art therapy.

To make it as an artist, I have found I need to not only sell artworks but share art processes through mindfulness techniques in arts and wellness and art therapy.  I also teach traditional art classes and children’s art classes.

I am having a summer painting sale.  Either free shipping for those of you out of the Central Florida are and for those of you in the Central Florida area I can give you a discount on a painting of your choice.

Check out the below link.

This sweet little painting is 11 x 14 .  I have been really into this color scheme with the reds, ochres and turquoise.

Check out artwork available.

Since I have written this blog, the above painting is now sold.

thank you

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water as Metaphor: Intuitive Watercolor Workshop

Recently, I facilitated an arts and wellness workshop titled Water as Metaphor: Intuitive Watercolor Workshop at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Harris House in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

This dynamic intuitive watercolor painting was created by a participant using a mix of tube and liquid concentrated watercolors.

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Painting by J. Hannick

In expressive arts and art therapy,  working intuitively can lead to the discovery of symbols and metaphors in your artwork that can help tell your story.  The metaphors can work as guides.

Our workshop began with a discussion on water as a metaphor in literature, psychology and art. For example, she was as angry as a raging storm or calm as the glassy sea.  Thinking metaphorically leads to many creative discoveries.

We also did a deep breathing creative visualization on the water element.

Not every work will have spontaneous imagery arise that we can use for metaphor and that is fine.  Just knowing how to use metaphor for self discovery through the arts can help us understand our journey and gain insight.

The painting below was created by simply using my finger and tube watercolor and creating an arc shape with my finger.

Then I sprayed water on it and brushed it out a little with a paintbrush and a finger.  An ocean wave seemed to be evolving, so I followed the paintings lead and evolved the wave.

Many people find watercolors frustrating because the lack of ability in controlling it. By working intuitively and letting the watercolor flow wet on wet, dry on wet, and other experimental techniques, students can let go of the need to control the paint and follow the flow of paint to the point of creative discovery.

 

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Collage of students’ work                                                                                      photo by Sooz White

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We ended the workshop with a mindfulness writing reflection in response to the artwork.

Next Intuitive painting workshop is July 9th.

Details for next workshops click  here 

And click here to view Laura’s paintings lauraknapikbohn.com