This post is written for those who have taken a mindfulness, or process-painting, workshop (with me or someone else) and you'd like some ideas about what to do next with your experience and your paintings.
your experience (post workshop)
After a workshop many people are in a different state. This new state might be temporary, or semi-permanent, and it can include a lot of thoughts and feelings about the experience that took place in the workshop and the creative process. It's important to remember that new thoughts and feelings after an experience like mindfulness painting is normal. However, if the experience stirred up anything that feels beyond your usual healthy coping abilities, I encourage you to seek out a health professional to meet your needs.
So, here's how to continue your process...
If you had the chance to finish your painting in the workshop (or later at home), here are a few ideas about what you can do with them. Keep in mind, these ideas are not about mindfulness necessarily. Instead, they are geared more towards reuse and creating a new thing (i.e. product) from your work. This is not ideal for everyone; some people like to keep their work as a visual journal of sorts so they can see, over time, what comes out of their mindfulness journey. But, if you are content with releasing your painting, read on for some creative ideas on how to reuse it!
I have used my process-paintings in all these ways below. Some I choose to keep in a large art folder because they help me recall a meaningful experience I had in a painting session. But sometimes, I cut them, tear them, or even...forget about them!
Make a new piece of art from the original painting
Let's be honest, it's normal to focus in on the part of your painting you like best. Maybe there is a little burst of pattern and color that delights you. Go ahead, cut it out and frame it (if you wish to display it). No matter how or where you display it, make sure to remember that this is for YOU and try not to get attached to whether someone else likes it or not.
Another way to reuse your work is to create a collage from the many parts. Play with it and create some layers; even give it a background if you wish. Scroll down for info on how to mount your work.
Here is an example of how tearing and collaging can look.
Make a book mark by cutting strips from your painting.
I do this a lot out of necessity. It also makes a nice gift, especially if you add some of your favorite quotes.
Use the large painting as gift wrap!
As you can imagine, it's special to receive a gift with custom gift wrap. Since the paper is a bit thick, you'll have to work with the folds and be patient. It will look awesome and the recipient will appreciate the extra thought and care it took to make hand-made gift wrap.
Cut out your favorite elements to add to an entire new project.
Just cut out what you like and glue it to another painting or work of art. Decoupage anyone...?
A (relatively) simple way to mount a paper painting
The above image is a painting cut out, arranged, and mounted on a background. What you can't see in this photos (and I apologize) is that it is mounted on a wood panel with a black border. This type of mounting is inexpensive and pretty easy to do.
1) Your painting
2) A (raw) wood panel (found at Michaels or another craft store). You can also use a canvas if you wish with this method.
3) Some adhesive. You can use glue, but I use a gel medium because it works like glue, dries clear, and it archival (in case you want that).
4) Plastic (non-stick) sheeting
5) Heavy board (or coffee table book) and a weight
You can find the whole tutorial (9 min.) on how to do this HERE.
Bob is amazing! I love watching him collage and paint!
I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, or want to share what you made, please tag me on Facebook or Instagram, or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have an artful day!