How to Create a Gorgeous, Authentic Art Journal Page

By: Amy Maricle Hello You Wonderful, Creative Soul: This is a post I have been wanting to do for you for some time: a free mini art journaling class and tutorial! It’s a step-by-step tutorial for creating a gorgeous, authentic journal page with no canned stamps...

What Is Creative Self-Care?

  Creative self-care is not just about regular exercise, eating right, and making time to relax. Creative self-care is about feeding your soul. It’s making sure that you have something to be excited about when you get up in the morning. For me, that’s...

The Holiday Self-Care Challenge Week 2

  Hello You! Welcome to Week Two! This week’s theme is: Beauty. Get creative. Be on the lookout for beauty all day every day this week. How can you capture it?   A snowflake gently resting on a child’s hand Twinkling Christmas lights Morning...

Art Tutorial: Painting with Tissue Paper

  Be sure to test that your tissue paper does not have a light waxy feel, if it does, its colors will not bleed the way you want them to. Dollar store tissue frequently does not bleed. You may want to try tissue paper from an art or craft store. Here’s an...

The Holiday Self-Care Challenge Starts Today!

By Amy Maricle   Welcome to the Holiday Self-Care Challenge Week One! Each week I am going to offer a theme for you to focus on. You are never tied to the theme. Feel free to capture the season’s beauty and meaning in any way you want. However, if...

The Holiday Self-Care Challenge Starts Tomorrow

By: Amy Maricle Hi You, The Holiday Self-Care Challenge  starts tomorrow, Monday, December 1st. #holidayselfcare Are you ready? I am! I can’t wait to see and hear about all the beautiful pictures you capture that speak to the spirit and beauty of the season....

Save the Date: The Holiday Self-Care Challenge

By: Amy Maricle   The holidays are upon us: Shopping, decorating, wrapping, cooking, trudging, shopping, slush. And some family drama just to keep things interesting. This time of year is meant to be  warm and family-oriented, but it can end up feeling more like...

I Do Art to “Get the Crazies Out”

  Recently I came across a hilarious t-shirt: I Run to Burn Off the CRAZY.    I loved it because it really speaks to why running makes me happy. I run on my own, but also as part of a club, so it’s exercise, community, and social life all wrapped into...

Insights From the Summit: The Power of Metaphor

  At the end of last week, I attended a wonderful conference in New York City, The Expressive Therapies Summit. My weekend was full of learning and discovery. Surprisingly though, one of the best teachers I met wasn’t at the summit, but sitting across from...

Can You Meditate Through Art?

  When was the last time you enjoyed what you were doing so much that you lost track of time? Can you think of a time when you were having coffee with a friend, reading, praying, beach combing, or making art, you got so immersed that you suddenly realized two...

When You Don’t Do What You Are Supposed To

  Hello You: This week’s post is about taking chances, breaking barriers, and having the courage to fail. It’s framed in terms of building my private practice, but I know these lessons apply to your life too. In these last two years I have learned a...

Embracing Imperfection: My Ugly Pages

By: Amy Maricle Last week I spoke with a young woman who said she had been inspired by some of my blog posts to start an art journal. She bought special supplies, put on her favorite music, and got to work. After about an hour and a half, she said that she felt...

How to Start an Art Journal

  Art journaling does not have to be expensive or complicated. It’s one of the most forgiving ways to make art because in an art journal, everything you make is safely contained within your own personal book. You may choose to never share any of your pages...

Register Early for Art Journaling 101!

By: Amy Maricle   Art Journaling 101 Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6 – 9 PM 116 South Street, Foxboro, MA Early Registration is Now Open! The cost of the workshop is $49, but register by Sunday, August 10, and you’ll pay just $35! All materials...

The Art Journaling 101 Workshop!

By: Amy Maricle What Is the Art Journaling 101 Workshop? Hello creative people! I am so excited to announce that I will be offering Art Journaling 101 this fall. The workshop is open to anyone, whether you are a client, colleague, or someone from the community at...

7 Art Therapy Myths Busted

  Even though art therapy has been an established profession since the 1940s, and the arts have been used for healing and health for the majority of our existance,  it’s still not as widely understood as talk therapy. I’d like to debunk some common...

Art Journaling Adventures: Handmade Stamp Cutting

A few years ago I experimented with making stamps using cork and foam. I found it very enjoyable, but a bit limiting in terms of the types of images and patterns I could produce given the materials. Around that time, a friend gave me a stamp cutting kit, which...

What Is An Art Journal?

  Today I am giving you a peek inside my art journal. I hope you I can inspire you to try it too! What Is an Art Journal? You are probably familiar with the concept of a written journal – a book for recording thoughts, feelings, meditations, creative ideas,...

What is an Art Therapy Session Like?

  By: Amy Maricle Have you ever wondered what an art therapy session might be like? A lot of people hear the term “art therapy,” and think it’s therapy for kids or artists. While it’s true that artists and kids might use art therapy, so can anyone! In our...

How to Make a Mini Book

  Little Things that Matter: Beauty Recently, a few clients have  reminded me about the importance of creating beauty for beauty’s sake. Most of us have too many obligations, feel stretched too thin, and wish things could slow down a bit. The art studio...

5 Reasons Art Therapy Might Be for You

By: Amy Maricle Are you thinking about art therapy as an option for yourself or a loved one? It’s important to do some research both about the approach and the therapist you are considering. Getting the right “fit” can make the difference between meeting your goals or...

The Art Therapist’s Art

By: Amy Maricle People often ask whether I use art in my personal life. I do! In fact, I use it in a number of different ways: To create beauty – I want to make something beautiful that makes me feel proud To pray – Focusing on nature in art connects me to something...