Color Away Your Stress

Coloring has become all the meditative rage. Books and special pencils are popping up in Barnes and Noble, coloring groups are gathering in FB, and coloring sheets are being pinned in Pinterest. I have always loved to color. Taking a picture only outlined in black and bringing it to life with colored pencils or crayons helps to focus me on the bright shiny colors and not on any challenges in my life.

Since I am working on creative expression tools for your recovery toolbox, I got the idea to turn my artwork into coloring sheets. My artwork is inspired by nature, found objects, symbols, is usually abstract and sometimes funky. It is always sincere as I created it  to help me work through my anxiety and fears, or to help me stand up and claim my personal strength.

For my first coloring sheet I chose Out of the Ashes, on my Gallery page which is  a very large mixed media piece that inspired the cover of my recovery novel, Gift of Desperation. It has a lot of symbolism about rising out of the depths of addiction and into hope; it is a great coloring page for UNITE to face addiction, where we will stand together on Oct 4, 2015, to break the silence and release the shame in letting the world know that addiction is a disease.

Now, All I had to do was draw it nice and clear for you. HA – that sounds easy, but drawing has never been one of my artistic strengths. I sketch better with lots of flowing lines to capture an idea, but clear strong definitive lines – not my style.

So, what to do? Well, I could let fear take over and forget about my idea, but I know that it’s not about me, it’s about helping others to use creative expression to heal and recover. So, I faced my fear and anxiety and added some prayer to ask the universe to provide me with the skill and resources to create this drawing. I got a message that the coloring sheet was based on Out of the Ashes and did not need to match it exactly which gave me permission to have some fun with it. I then imagined myself drawing it clear and strong, practiced for over a month, and here it is.

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I will be handing them out at my book signing of Gift of Desperation at UNITE to Face Addiction on Oct 4th, 2015, www.facingaddiction.org  After UNITE, I will post a PDF that you can download (once I figure out how to do that) onto my new Color Away Your Stress Page.

Once you have colored it in, post it to my FB page to share with others, including any thoughts or feelings you had while coloring. On the first day of every month from November – December 2015, I will pick someone to  send a signed copy of my recovery novel, Gift of Desperation to.

Robin Gilliam is an artist and the author of the recovery novel, Gift of Desperation.  She has over two decades of using art and the 12 steps to recover from addiction and heal from sexual assault. She is an inspirational speaker and art for healing workshop facilitator. If you would like to contact Robin, please send her an email to robins.art@verizon.net or PM her on FB.

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HOW A WET T-SHIRT GOT MY CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING

When you opened this blog you might have expected to see big boobs straining against a wet t-shirt. Sorry to disappoint you, but this is a blog meant to inspire others to also use creative expression/art to heal and deal with life.

With that said, one day I was walking my dogs and found this lost wet T-shirt suspended in a bush.

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It reminded me of the abstract collages I used to make before I started to quilt in 2008, using sculpted fabric as a base to embed found objects. It gave me an idea for one of my art for healing workshops. The problem was that I was spinning in frustration from trying to figure out how to adhere different materials to a blue jean background. I really wanted to use blue denim as a background because it reminds me of being strong and sturdy, yet the color blue reminds me to be fluid like water.

Viola – after seeing the wet T-shirt, out came the fabric stiffener glue by GOLDEN, and I made the following sample. Oh it felt so good to get my hands messy again. The fabric stiffened up into the hills and valleys that I love and the torn magazine and found objects are also nice and secure.

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Now that my creative juices are flowing and I am getting more clarity on my projects, I feel that I am moving the ball down the field – even if slowly – it’s progress, not perfection.

If you are interested in making an inspirational wall hanging using this technique, please let me know.

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Robin Gilliam is an artist and the author of the recovery novel, Gift of Desperation.  She has over two decades of using art and the 12 steps to recover from addiction and heal from sexual assault. She is an inspirational speaker and art for healing workshop facilitator. If you would like to contact Robin, please send her an email to robins.art@verizon.net or PM her on FB.

To read more about Gift of Desperation go to the menu  at www.robingilliamsart.com  and look for the page: Novel – Gift of Desperation.

Thanks and blessings for a creative, serene day!

 

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