How Art Walk Can Make You Feel Happy
Recently I was talking to a friend. Having just come through a very scary and traumatic time in my life with regards to my one and only sister’s health, I found myself struggling getting back my ‘mojo’ to create.
Don’t get me wrong. I love creating and crafting and writing and photography. The road, however, to get back into this place, after a week of living in the hospital and dealing with so much uncertainty as well as recounting difficult images was making it difficult.
I knew I just needed to play. But why. Why did something inside me tell me I just needed to play?
Turns out, just as we always suspected, that creativity actually helps improve our health. Creativity can improve our brain function. Can reduce stress. Can bring us physical as well as mental benefits. In a word, creativity can make us happy.
So this is what I did.
I told myself I was just going to play.
I had an assignment due, but I mentally set that aside. I told myself instead, just play, and layer, and foil, and stamp, and see what happens.
It went something like this:
I gathered some Art Walk Paper Line pieces that I had. This included the Stencils, Stamps, 6×8-inch paper pad, those Definition Stickers (those alone will bring a smile to your face). Along with Art Walk I turned on my Minc Machine and pulled out my favorite foil: Champagne Reactive Foil. Oh. And I grabbed a large tag I keep in my stash. I keep this around cause I love the size and I just use it as a temple when I want to craft tags. I’ll include a template download so you too can make your own.
And craft tags is just what I did.
The idea behind simply playing with tags was to keep it small and simple. I did not make myself print any photos. I did not attempt to journal any thoughts. It was just me. Paper. Vellum. Minc. And Art Walk. No pressure. Little expectation. Oh…and a favorite Spotify play list.
Starting with the tag as a base, I distressed the edges. Sometimes added Glue Pen swipes to foil those edges. Then I would use the Art Walk Paper Pad to make more tags and layers. Sometimes I would cut out a heart from a digital cut file. Sometimes I would use the outside of the heart cut. Sometimes the inside.
The ArtWalk Stencils were super fun creative tools to play with too. I used them to stamp a stenciled image on a tag. As well as create a foiled sentiment along an edge. I even stenciled Minc Texture Pasted on vellum for an additional layering effect.
I felt some success coming through. It was true what they say. I did feel better. When you succeed at creating a result your brain receives a dopamine hit. Dopamine is considered the ‘happy hormone’. When it’s released in our brain, it makes us, well…naturally feel good. This is often why I refer to creativity as my drug of choice. A natural anti-depressant.
While the sun was streaming into my work space, and all of Art Walk was scattered all over my work surface, I literally could feel it coming back. The mood in me was peaceful and happy and thankful. And can I just say this out loud? I think my tags look pretty darn good.
And what can one do with a handful of Art Walk crafted tags? I figured they would make great embellishment clusters on a scrapbook page. They could be popped on a card base and be a card. On their own these tags could serve as Valentines for friends and loved ones. Or even as a gift tag for a package. They are now ready made. They made me happy. And I know they will make someone else happy as well.
Creativity improves our health, our well being, and puts us in a good mood. What more reason does one need to be creative?
Pull out your happy stash of paper and embellishments and bring some feel good to your own life today.
Supplies | Heidi Swapp Art Walk Paper Line