Oh it really is time to relax!!
Let me share with you my creative, relaxing process.
Visual Diary Exploration
Is there a relationship between what you create and how it makes you feel? This is a question I had never really contemplated before. My desire to explore this saw me pull out the visual diary to create a “relaxation page” . I documented many ideas considering colour, shape and texture.
Earthy colours played an important role here; subtle greys, soft blues, gentle greens and warm browns. Organic shapes seemed a natural choice; ovals, slumped ovals with nice rounded edges. Definitely smooth surfaces. An important note I made was creating pieces with a nice “sandy” look to them.
Working From My Visual Diary
From this initial visual diary page I created a range of pebbles using granite clay and a small touch of colour. Different pebbles shapes were explored with considerations made to inclusion and design options. As I created I was mindful of how it made me feel (something I had never consciously considered before).
I mixed embossing powder into the clay by hand whereas normally I use a pasta machine. The clay had a softness and warmth about it which I had never taken the time to think about before. Each piece of clay was thoughtfully and slowly moulded in my palms and I loved exploring the lines imprinted into the clay.
I carefully considered my breath and posture during the creating process and I was conscious of how the colours made me feel as I worked with them. I have to say, the experience was a complete joy and incredibly relaxing.
This “mindful” exploration led to many other ideas which I documented in my visual diary. I’ve always loved the look and style of Japanese Knotting on pebbles and to me, this look exudes relaxation, so it seemed like a natural progression. I taught myself two very basic knots which then led me to explore other ways of knotting/wrapping and of course working with fiber.
Some fibers have a “softness” about them so I concentrated on simple crochet cords with gorgeous, honey coloured cotton. This was the perfect combination for some of the ocean inspired pebbles. Adding feathers and “relaxing” symbols complemented the look.
The purpose behind creating this range of “pebble art” has been purely one of self-exploration but I’m incredibly happy to share it with you. Considering carefully the choice of colours, textures and materials has had a direct link to the outcome I wanted. My journey is continuing and the process of mindful creating will continue also.
Hoping you all have a beautiful, relaxing day!