Doodle away the Blues!

Doodle away the Blues!

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Do you remember how you would doodle away on the last page of your notebook while your teacher taught you a topic you found utterly boring? Or, when you try solving puzzles in the newspapers and fill up the blank spaces on the paper with your squiggly, swirly doodles as you think of an answer? How calming it must feel, isn’t it, making those doodles?

Doodling has this calming as well as mesmerising effect on our mind and that’s why therapists often advice their patients to try and doodle when feeling anxious, sad and gloomy, or even angry. Doodling gives your mind an escape into the world of squiggles and curves, and helps distract your mind. Any pattern that you make continuously with your fingers–be it with a pencil on a book, or with your fingers on the soft sand at the beach, takes your mind away from all that disturbs your peace of mind and helps you focus on the present moment.

It’s a therapy for the troubled mind and soul.

It helps you come up with solutions to your problems, too, as it de-clutters your mind.

Have you observed your little one doodling with his crayon in his drawing book, or even on the wall, lost to the world, totally engrossed in that activity. It helps build concentration in children, which is why, as kindergarten kids, this is the primary activity they are encouraged to indulge in.

And, for those of you, who feel you have not a single creative bone in your body, doodling helps bring that hidden creativity to the surface and express your innermost thoughts.

It is the one activity I have indulged in since childhood and, which, today, helps me keep my anxiety under control. Drawing is more of a therapy for me today, than just an art form–if I don’t engage in this activity, I feel I have missed out on something very important. It’s part of my survival kit today.

Sharing today, some easy-to-make, really basic doodle patterns to begin with. All you will need is a paper and a pen and you are ready to get going!

Do drive away those nasty thoughts that tease you about your lack of creativity. Just make the pattern that comes to your mind, or look around for inspiration–nature, children, toys or patterns like zigzag lines, curvy shapes, concentric circles–there are countless examples.

I am sure in a matter of days you will be hooked on to this activity and making new patterns of your own!

The patterns may appear childish, but, believe me, making these will really amuse you and quieten your mind!

Love,

SHILPA…

P.S.

My winged babies provided the background score for some of the videos!

SHILPA…

How doodling can help you focus on the moment and get over your stress.

 

How to make a Mandala and how it helps your mental health

How to make a Mandala and how it helps your mental health

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It’s been some time now since I have been bitten by the Mandala bug. It was a design that quite intimidated me for the longest time! The intricate patterns, the minute detailing…all of it made me squint in awe at every Mandala I came across. It made me wonder if I would ever be able to make one myself.

So, to get over the fear, I decided to work on it, slowly and steadily. And, today, after making quite a few of these exquisite patterns, I feel so proud of my work. Of course, I still have miles to go before I can call myself an expert mandala artist, because I know the number of errors in my designs.

However, it is more to do with the effect it has on my mind than how it turns out that matters to me most. Drawing a mandala is the most satisfying, comforting, calming art activity I have ever indulged in. I enjoy pencil sketches, too, but the intricate patterns in a mandala have the power to improve your concentration.

The focus is all on the design, on how the pen works. And, when you focus a 100% on the activity, you are bound to forget everything that bothers you otherwise.

BENEFITS OF MAKING THE MANDALA

Making a mandala has quite a few benefits.

For someone who may be striving to concentrate, to overcome the edginess, the anxiety, making a mandala is sure to help you calm down.

It helps you learn to express yourself better. The various shapes and patterns you draw give you the freedom to think. There is no hard and fast rule as to using particular patterns for a mandala. You can use any shapes and symbols–geometric or ornamental– that come to your mind at the moment. This flexibility helps you learn to express yourself freely.

As a result of this freedom of expression, the tensed up mind relaxes, your anxiety and anguish comes under control–a fact I can totally vouch for.

Once your anxiety diminishes, you feel mentally at peace with the world and with yourself. You become oblivious to the disturbing thoughts that crowd your mind.

The mandala I am sharing today, took me more than an hour and a half to make. And, those were the most peaceful moments for me today!

To put it simply, mandala making is like meditating, when your mind is free of any thoughts and at peace.

HOW TO MAKE A MANDALA:

Making a mandala is really not as difficult as it appears. All you need is a paper, pencil, compass, scale and an eraser to draw a circular grid with the help of which you make the mandala patterns.

You can draw the patterns with pencil and then go over them with your ink pen/Zentangle pen/Pilot pen, or even a ball point pen.

METHOD:

On a paper, find the centre point and draw concentric circles of varied sizes.

Then, draw lines to help you space your patterns and guide you as you draw.

Once you have drawn these lines, begin to make the motifs.

There are various motifs, shapes and symbols you can make. They could be as simple as doodles, petals, leaves, flowers, triangles, semi-circles, circles, lines, or paisleys, heart and fish motifs…you just need to set your mind free to choose whichever shape it likes best!

Sharing some of the mandalas I tried.

So, don’t you think this is the most satisfying and relaxing activity? Of course, there are many other, too, like knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting….but, mandala making is what I prefer.

How about you? Would you like to give it a try?

Do share with me if and when you do make one. I would love to see your creation!

Love,

SHILPA…

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Easy steps to make the Mandala and calm your mind.

 

 

Experiences change the way we express. Inktober 2018.

Experiences change the way we express. Inktober 2018.

As humans, we are constantly evolving, changing from what we were into someone way different; someone we ourselves might fail to recognise. The way we express, emote, react, all of it changes as we age, as we experience Life and Her varied hues.

This year, the changes that I experienced, the various moods of Life that I witnessed brought about a change in the way I expressed my thoughts, through words as well as through art.

My artwork for Inktober this year was way different from what it was last year. No, I am not really impressed by all that I created, but frankly, I realised there is a lot within me that I haven’t discovered yet; potential that awaits to be tapped, emotions waiting to be expressed in tones that differ from the ones I have used so far.

What holds me back, is, perhaps fear or, maybe complacency, or a lack of confidence that I can, indeed, do what I could never imagine.

How I make use of the change in me tells me how I far I have come from where I began!

Today, on the last day of Inktober 2018, I am sharing the ink drawings I made for these past 10 days and also making up my mind about following this ritual of creating something everyday, even if something minuscule. That will keep my brain from getting all rusty!

It will also help me on working harder at improving my art.

Day 22.

EXPENSIVE.

Like this handbag, which I love!

Day 23

MUDDY.

Like the muddy paws my pet dog brought into the house after a walk in the rain!

Seen here are my footprints along with Chikoo’s pawprints.

Day 24

CHOP.

Shortest story I wrote…

Chop–end of a love story.

Wonder how many lives come to an end in such a brutal manner! 😞

Day 26

PRICKLY

Like this cactus in a sandy desert.

Day 26

STRETCH.

Like how we stretch a rubberband between two fingers, or how Life stretches us to our limits!

Day 27.

THUNDER.

Loved drawing this ship caught in a storm.

Day 28

GIFT.

The ability to express my feelings and emotions through words and art is the best gift I received from my Creator.

Day 29

DOUBLE.

Like the Gemini twins!

Day 30

I ditched today’s prompt for this bunch of flowers I came across on Pinterest. It was such a therapeutic experience making them!

Day 31.

SLICE.

And, finally, with this slice of the Black Forest Cake, I come to the end of Inktober2018!

What a wonderful, thrilling experience it was. It gave me a quite a few ideas of what I can attempt apart from Zentangle art.

Looking forward to Inktober 2019!

See you all soon, with something new and different 💖

Love,

SHILPA…

Prompts to help beat the Artist’s Block!

Prompts to help beat the Artist’s Block!

Sharing today my ink sketches for Week 3 at Inktober.

I must say, the prompts do make it easy to draw on the days when the mind is blank. Something like an Artist’s Block! But, at times, the prompts can be so confusing that try as you might, it gets difficult coming up with something to draw!

Day 15

WEAK

I drew my childhood self–weak and voiceless against the man who…well… It is really my #metoo story from childhood that haunts me to this day, when I was too weak to protest. I am glad I had my parents by my side.

Day 16

ANGULAR.

I wanted to draw a handsome, male fashion model with an angular jawline and rugged good looks. Sigh. I just couldn’t manage it! I am bad at drawing humans!

Day 17

The prompt for this day was SWOLLEN. But, as I said earlier, I just couldn’t come up with any idea. Moreover, it being the festival of Navratri, I was keen on drawing Maa Durga.

Day 18

BOTTLE.

Made this bottle with a moneyplant. And, thankfully, the moneyplant came out pretty well!

Day 19

SCORCHED.

This is the picture that came to mind instantly when I read the prompt.

Day 20

BREAKABLE.

…like my heart!

Day 21

DRAIN.

I used the verb ‘Drain’, instead of the noun and made this drawing! Now waiting for winter when I can fulfil my wish…of sipping some wine, or vodka! 😜

That’s all for this week at ‘The Art Nook’, from this eccentric artist.

Until next week…

Take care and keep smiling… come what may!

Love,

SHILPA…

Art therapy.

Art therapy.

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Sharing today, ink sketches for the second week of Intober 2018.

Forgive me for being repetitive, but if you haven’t started drawing, or even doodling, then it’s time you took up the activity. A few moments of priceless bliss is guaranteed. Believe me!

The kind of happiness I gain helps me work harder as well as enjoy making these sketches.

Every sketch lifts my spirits and brightens up my mood, irrespective of what is going on around me.

You really ought to try it out. And do it for yourself, because you want to make yourself happy. I gaze at every sketch and experience a feeling of utmost satisfaction for not only enjoying making art, but being able to do so with passion and dedication as well as seeing an improvement in my work as compared to my earlier work.

Competing with yourself needs to be the motive apart from finding joy, if you wish to work on your skills.

Here are the sketches from the first week, if you missed out on them.

Day 9

PRECIOUS

Every child is precious to his mother… His smile, his happy gurgling is music to her ears… And hence, the baby.

Day 10

FLOWING

A flowing gown, side bun, makeup, jewelry and the perfect heels and you are ready to sashay down the ramp.

Day 11

CRUEL

This had to be Cruella de Vil! Remember her?

Day 12

WHALE

I love making cute illustrations of animals, birds and sea creatures. This cute whaley just popped into my mind as I wondered how to make it.

Day 13

GUARDED

Do you keep some secrets fiercely guarded from the world, or is your life an open book!?

Day 14

CLOCK

Why do you wait for Time? Time waits for no one. Time flies!

Love,

SHILPA…