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When I work with a mandala form, it is very common for nature imagery to come up. This is a pen and ink mandala that I enjoyed creating. The detail work and repetitive quality of the designs was very meditative to create and had a way of “drawing itself” as it progressed. Black and white mandalas have a very different...

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                                        I wanted to share a few pages from my first altered book. An altered book is any pre-existing book that has been creatively transformed by the artist through any artistic process, such as collage, painting, folding, cutting, stamping, etc…This book...

March 29, 2009

An altered book is a book (can be found, bought used, or new) that is taken and transformed through any myriad of processes, including but not limited to: painting, cutting, collaging, stitching, gluing, or adding 3-d objects to it. The idea is to use the beginning book as a springboard for creating a completely new and personal piece. The pre-existing...

November 4, 2008

Since I have started school, studying art therapy, many people have asked me to describe exactly what art therapy is. So, here is a brief description of Art Therapy, from The American Art Therapy Association: “Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being...

November 3, 2008

In exploring the creative process in my life, and then in a therapeutic relationship, I realized that the two processes truly mirrored one another. I began by tracing my own experiences with art materials from a young age and through different stages such as high school, undergraduate art school, after college, and in my current stage of life. I then...

October 19, 2008