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Art & Crafts : Art Therapy, Process Art, Expressive Creative Healing

Art Therapy, Process Art, Expressive Creative Healing

Inspiring Projects & Articles

Soul Collage® with Anne Marie Bennett
Soul Collage® facilitator Anne Marie Bennett shares the therapeutic healing aspects of creating these personal collage cards based on the work by Seena Frost for contemplation and inner healing in her "Collaging with Cancer" and "Inner Voices of Creativity" series.

Women, Painting and Power
By Chris Zydel
I'm standing in my studio, watching ten women painting in silence with exquisite focus and concentration, and the energy is just humming.

How to Play Creatively with Sidewalk Chalk Art (Humor)
By Chris Dunmire
Doodling on the sidewalk promotes wonderful creative play. You can get your whole body involved in mural-making movement with this art form, so it makes a great therapeutic outlet and comic relief to a stressful day.

Nurture Your Creativity: Healing with Zen Gardening
By Chris Dunmire
Cultivating a Zen garden is a meditative, relaxing, and stress-relieving activity, perfect for calming down, centering yourself, and healing. The Japanese art of Zen gardening is not only reserved for Buddhist monks — it's a transformational tool anyone can use as a therapeutic tool to quiet their minds, de-stress and relax, allow creative inspiration to flow forth, and heal within. Learn more about cultivating your own Zen rock garden including project instructions for how to make your own easy desktop Zen garden for under $10.

Art Therapy, Process Art, & Creative Healing Sources

Seena Frost's Soul Collage® Online Community
"Originated by Seena Frost, SoulCollage® is a process for accessing your intuition and creating an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning that will help you with life's questions and transitions."

Therapeutic Creative Expression of Pain & Pleasure
Judith Westerfield's blog shares experiences and creative expression to help motivate others with fibromyalgia, life-altering medical conditions, and the general public to discover the therapeutic value in creativity. Explore tutorials on how to do Therapeutic Process Journaling, spontaneous collage journal pages and how to interpret journal pages for personal unconscious meanings and messages.

Writing for Well Being
"It is a well known fact that writing has a positive effect on an individuals sense of well being." Essays about the therapeutic value of writing by Heather Blakey.

The Alchemy of Art
By Douglas Eby
Creative expression can transform painful reactions and situations, providing strength and understanding to change how we feel and interact with the world. Works of art made by others can remodel our inner realities.

Charting Your Soul's Voyage: Agoraphobia, Panic-Anxiety and Depression
By Anita Glenn
Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia became an unwelcome part of my life in 1989 after many years of living a high-stress lifestyle and having an interesting childhood.

American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
"Dedicated to the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing."

Arts and Healing Network
"A resource celebrating the connection between art and healing that serves as an international resource for anyone interested in the healing potential of art, especially environmentalists, social activists, artists, art professionals, health care practitioners, and those challenged by illness. Our hope is that the information presented here will educate and inspire."

British Association of Art Therapists
"Information about art therapy, careers and training in art therapy, and a section for professional art therapists-including continuing professional development, membership details, news and events."

Art Therapy: How Creative Expression Can Heal
Article published by the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, by Barbara Williams Cosentino, RN, CSW, discusses art as a gateway to the subconscious, where art therapy can be useful, different techniques for different issues, and how it might work.

Self-help Healing Arts Journal: Reclaiming the Inner Artist to Heal the Soul
The Self-help Healing Arts Journal believes that the healing arts (all art) has the ability to help heal emotional wounds. This site provides a safe place to help you reclaim your inner artist, improve your self esteem and reach your dreams. Includes information on art healing, healing arts, mandalas, and art projects.

Brush Fire Painting Workshops | Spotlight Profile
Brush Fire painting facilitators encourage participants to shed preconceptions about art making, let go of the final product, and paint with the joy and freedom of a child.

National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations (NCCATA) "Founded in 1979, the NCCATA is an alliance of professional associations dedicated to the advancement of the arts as therapeutic modalities. NCCATA represents over 8000 individual members of six creative arts therapies associations."

Vicky Barber's Art Therapy Pages
Learn what art therapy is, who is it for, what skills are needed, various methods that can be used, and information about art therapy exhibitions.