Just Keep Creating

  Create Because You Must I want you to believe in your art. No matter what others might say, or how much self-doubt you might feel, you ARE an artist. If you are reading this blog, chances are, whether you indulge this feeling or not, you feel the need to create in...
20 Art Books That Inspire

20 Art Books That Inspire

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Making art consistently takes dedication AND inspiration. Books frequently light my creative fire. They key to gathering inspiration is not not just read, but to let art books spur you into creative action! [bctt...
10 Artists Who Inspire Me to Make More Art

10 Artists Who Inspire Me to Make More Art

  Inspiration is a funny thing, isn’t it?  Sometimes it seems to come running at you full speed, while at others, it’s nowhere to be found. Even when you do feel inspired to write, paint, sew, dance, or make music, sometimes getting started can feel...
Make a Shared Art Journal with Kids

Make a Shared Art Journal with Kids

Over the last few weeks we have been talking about different ways to use your art journal for self-care. (You can find the posts on Simple Drawing Techniques for Anxiety, The DIY Adult Coloring Book, and 10 ways to make your own art journal by clicking the links.)...
5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Get Outside

5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Get Outside

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: It’s the last day of the challenge! How has your week been? I have been loving the connection, engagement, and stories that you have shared. I’m always so inspired by you during these challenges. Today’s challenge is to...
5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Write

5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Write

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I’ve been really excited to share this post with you because writing is one of my passions, and I haven’t shared it much here yet, so now is the perfect opportunity. What’s your first memory of writing or journaling for...

5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Exercise

Hello Wonderful, Creative You: How was your Self-Care Challenge day 1? I hope you loved seeking out beauty as much as I did. Today’s challenge is exercise. Exercise is such a vital part of a good self-care regimen. You might have realized that I love to run and...
Join the 5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge

Join the 5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge

I want to show you how good it feels when you make self-care a priority. I want you to see that it’s not selfish. That it doesn’t require too much time. Self-care is not as much about what I do, as it is how I think. It’s about taking a moment to put...
Finding Time for Self-Care

Finding Time for Self-Care

Finding time for self-care is a challenge for most of us, so I’d like to help make it a little bit easier and a lot more fun. [bctt tweet=”Self-care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity for living a balanced life – Mindful Art Studio...

The Mindful Art Studio

(Note: 5/27/15: I have changed my site name to www.mindfulartstudio.com in order to separate my art therapy practice from my online art business and to avoid any confusion about what services I am providing. Mindful Art Studio and its blog will now focus solely on...

How Perfectionism Is Killing Your Creativity

Perfectionism and Procrastination As I was researching this post, I came across an article by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings about writer Anne Lamott and how she feels perfectionism stunts creativity. Popova summarizes Lamott this way: “At the heart of...

Calm Your Anxiety with Guided Visualization

I’ve been focusing a lot on anxiety lately. (If you missed my recent posts on coping tools for anxiety and panic, you can click on these links.) One of the things that I have noticed throughout the years working with clients is that guided visualization works....

Why I Became an Art Therapist

By: Amy Maricle Happy Creative Arts Therapies Week! This week I have the pleasure of being interviewed by Janet McLeod, MA, AT, AThR Clinical (Hons) an art therapist and artist in Auckland, NZ. I first learned about Janet and her wonderful work last year when I...

Art Journaling for Self-Esteem

By: Amy Maricle I want to start a revolution. A self-esteem revolution. A self-love revolution. A self-appreciation revolution.  Will you join me? I’m not talking about conceit. Not selfish, self-centered insecurity masquerading as confidence. Do you know what...

10 Reasons I Love Being An Art Therapist

  Because I have a somewhat unusual job, I spend a lot of time explaining what art therapy is. In the course of that conversation, I inevitably talk about what I personally LOVE about being an art therapist. This got me thinking that I’ve never shared that...

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...