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I think this may be what they call Blue Monday? Perhaps its the perfect time to share this art concept with you. You Tube did that, ‘you may like this’ recomendation the other night and BOY were they right. If you are really stressed, over think, have that 3am and brain won’t shut up, or are giving yourself a hard time today, grab a pen and paper and read on. I found making this art soo soothing. Its definately all about the process of making it, its soo soothing. If you like colouring in and zentangle, maybe you will like this too. If you found zentangle hard going on hands and eyes, this one is a great alternative.

Here is my first try with Neurographic art, January 2022.

About this art style.

  1. Its called Neuro Grapic art
  2. You don’t need lots of art supplies to do it
  3. Regular pen or pencil and sheet of any paper will do, to get started
  4. If you like colouring in, it takes your brain to that same zen space
  5. Its easier on the hands (and eyes) than Zen tangle
  6. Please watch the videos in the links section for the how too, and background of it.
  7. For me, I found it helpful to ease racing and distressing thoughts
  8. Its about the process, rather than the final piece of art. Its the process of creating it, that gives the brain a softer place to be for a while.
  9. There is some science behind this and has been used in therapy, see videos who go into the detail of some of that. but short version, to quote Ruby Wax ‘Brains are not great at multi tasking’. So if you are in a distressing headspace, if you can give them something soothing to focus on, and are able to send all your attention to that, they drop the other stuff.

I’m not trained in any of this, so can’t make claims as to what it will or won’t do for you. I am someone who struggles with anxiety, depression, and the over thinking racing thoughts that come with that and I did find making this art, took my head to softer safer kinder places.

As a child I used to scribble and later come back in and colour in the gaps, this seems to be taking it to another level. I can see it being a helpful tool for my anxiety managing tool box. I can use this just as a doodling distraction in and of itself. I can also use it around times when Im really stuck in the over thinking, rumination and 3am brain won’t turn off, by doing the advice in the first video, of writing the thing I’m stressing about, on the back of the paper, turn paper over, and then scribble a few seconds. Then let brain drift to kinder places as I focus just on finding the connections and curving those lines.

In looking up the links for this post, I have now found a certified trainer in this and linked her videos below. Take your pic as to where your interest and current head space allows.

Rather than writing it all out, its much easier to watch than to explain. These first two are the you might like this ones that You Tube showed me, simple to get you started. The later ones are from a certified instructor in the method and are more indepth, especially toward the theraputic side of the method.

  1. You Tube channel: Bethany Thiele, Art Teacher
    Video name: Neurographic Art Tutorial : Mindfulness In Art https://youtu.be/NoIgdt-uQR0 This is a good one as it walks you through the process more slowly.
  2. You Tube channel name Emmanuel School of Fine ArtsVideo name neurographic drawing art lesson https://youtu.be/XZf4Fbr6dU0 This was the first one I saw, but its been listed as ‘you tube kids’ so you can’t add it to favorites, which is a shame.

These next ones are more indepth and focused on the therapy side of this from a certified teacher, Anna Romanenko

  1. You Tube channel NeuroGraphic Academy. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzaHdD70WRnL6rprZVVbaBw
  2. YouTube channel NeurographicaAcademy. Video name Neurographica online class. NeuroTree of my Health https://youtu.be/ei-AxcAYXvk This one is is indepth, coming at it from the therapy side of things.
  3. NeuroGraphica Introduction Class. Basic elements and steps. Lifting Inner Constraints. For Beginners https://youtu.be/UaphPkS9fYQ

Oops another really long post. I got really excited about this last night and my first go with it went very well. My aim with the blog, is to share ideas and tips that have helped my in my journey. I hope they help you too, however what helps or does not, is a very individual thing. It is not my intention to say, this will work for you in the same way. You do you, always.

Being honest, on the page I’m on right now, which is early grief, and very stressed out. I can’t process the more indepth videos, that Anna has posted. The first two I posted, are enough for getting started and the other links, will be more useful for reasearch and education, when I’m on firmer ground.

Hope you enjoy the process of this art style. Either trying it yourself or with more research on the video sites, maybe watching others create it. Looks like there are a few variations on the theme, so have fun exploring all that. I think this is one I’ll try for a while, it was less painful on my limited dexterity than zentangle was. I liked how it looked a bit like marbled paper or inkblot tests. Mostly though, I enjoyed the process and how it took my brain to softer place for a while

Best wishes, thanks for reading, See you soon

Billie x

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Are you new to journalling, want to give bujo a go? Here are my fave places to shop for supplies. I have been getting into journalling this year. As ever when I get a new hobby, I want to find suppliers n then share them all with you, so we don’t all have to spend forever searching for suppliers. Hope to create a new page for this topic, but a quick post today to share my fave sites. Here too are my most used Filofaxes of 2019.

Filofax Collection 2019

Filofax Joy

Hey Little Magpie

LOVE this shop, it has journals of different kinds, so if you are into Travellers Journals or prfer binder styles there is plenty of choice, lots of stamps to hep you decorate and create planner pages. See link below.

Cult Pens

Ohh as a stationary junkie, I love this place, so many pens, pencils, refills, journals and so much choice. I could loose days to this place. Do pop over for a look, bring a cuppa, you might be there a while. They too have bullet journals. I’m in love with the Pentel #touch pens they have for lettering.

Kuretake

Ohh how I love my Zig Art & Graphic pens by Kuretake. If anyone sees a full set available in the UK, please can you give me the heads up. The link below is makers site not a shop. But some are available from Amazon, Jacksons Art supplies (see my art supplies tab) and also at Cult pens listed in this post.

Filofax

Oh boy do I love these planners, I was no Yuppie in the 80s but you can keep your smart tech, I’m sticking to filofax, it doesn’t need charging, the only updated needed are new diary inserts and there are loads of ways to make your own if you are handy with tech and printing or have a look on Etsy.

Dear Filofax have even started offereing dotted paper for commited Bujo fans 🙂 what’s not to love? SO many options for siz, colour design, some also include pockets for tablets or smart phones if you are committed to your tech as well 😉

My faves Malden (lovely supple leather in beautiful colours) Finsbury is my fave for firmer covers, and for non leather I have a Domino soft in Pale blue for on the desk day to day bjujo stuff which I just got n its so pretty. (don’t judge me, its a planner thing, either you are a stationary junky n are nodding away, or this ain’t for you) 😉

I love Filofax because of the quality of the products, they are well made and if you take care of them last a long time, I love them as planners as I can swap things around and take pages out that don’t work for me. Their own branded paper is also lush and takes a variety of mediums well, I just used Zig Art & Graphic pens on them and when used gently didn’t bleed through! They have different diary styles for the various sizes of planner too so there is so much choice n customisation. (Frequently on offer at WH Smith) and if you sign up to Filofax newsletter you will get heads up on offers too.

I also like ringbinder format of Filofax as it means if I want to decorate a page, I can remove it from the binder to be able to stamp or decorate right up to the edges using my Tim Holtz stamping platform as my hands aren’t up to blocks much these days.

Create and Craft

They have an excluse range of journalling stamps by a brand called Jotters Point. Great if you are looking at A5, A6 Journal suitable stamps, the stamp sheets so far were at A6 size (quarter of A4 sheet) which are great as card wise that’s my fave size but means they will work on Travellers size journals if you like those as well as the larger formats. Clear stamps but they stamped well and unlike some were actually easy to remove from the carrier sheets. 🙂 Handy when your hands aren’t up to much.

Washi Tape

Ohhh I so get it now! For years I’ve gone ‘pah’ to washi tape, thinking you were all nuts but then I recived some as part of a kit and wow, its kinda like scotch tape but so much softer n nicer with its patterns, great for holding notes with more secuirty than just post it note sticky but so pretty. I get it now. 😉

Links

Right, I’m off to hunt down those Zig Art n Graphics. Hope you enjoy these links, n if you like planners and stationary too, please link me up with your blog or your fave supplies shops with your comments.

Thanks for reading

 

Billie 🙂

 

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Many thanks to all of you loyal readers who are still visiting. Anyone visiting my Pinterest boards will have seen some new ones. I am a reluctant gardener, its not a choice I would choose, I am to plants what Kryptonite is to Superman. I am looking into the possibility of creating a meditation garden, with a Japanese feel. The garden is already divided by some nice trellis with arches here and there. Mowing the lawn is beyond me as is a lot of weeding so I’m trying to research something that will be low maintenance.

Mini Zen Garden indoors

I have a sand  Zen garden that I made on a tray, which I like the idea of but in the UK and with a lot of neighbours with cats it would not work with sand outdoors! (OK the gloves are NOT needed for this garden, they were just a cheerful colour and when you are gardening under tolerance rather than choice pretty gloves help). {strop much! heheh}

Mini Zen Garden

Mini Zen Garden

I’d like to try something with varying sizes of stones in boarders, would LOVE a wooden bridge, can you get them 12″ high, just a short one?

I keep finding quotes I like and saw quotes written on stones on Pinterest which looked fab, so I’ve started making my own.

Thought Stones/ Meditation stones

Thought Stones/ Meditation stones

I will try to share pics of quotes I like, and of the ones I’ve put on stones in the coming year.

Processing

I am still processing my loss so creative writing in great measure is beyond me at the moment. I am exploring a number of different things, here is my reading list;

  • I wasn’t ready to say Goodbye. For anyone else how has suffered the sudden unexpected loss of someone close, this is a good companion.
  • Grieving Mindfully. If you are trying to find ways to live in your ‘new world’ this is also very helpful. Its a different way to see what has happened ‘to’ you and really helps with processing loss. It helps you realise you can’t get round, past or over loss, you get through it, and here are ways to learn to do so that will help ease the pain. Really helps.
  • The Mindful Way Workbook; An 8 week program to Free yourself from Depression and Emotional Distress. Now if you are recently bereaved, forget the time scale, really forget it BUT although this book is nothing to do with bereavement the meditation exercises on the MP3 CD that come with this book REALLY help!

I would not recommend Seven Choices: Finding Daylight after loss Shatters your world. Everyone’s journey through grief is unique to them but although this book is helpful if you want to read LOTS of other peoples stories of tragic loss, so you realise you are not alone, it happens to everyone at some point,  if what you are looking for is more of a hand to hold to keep you company to reassure you that you aren’t going crazy but one day you will feel better than you do right now, this didn’t do that for me, it wasn’t reassuring and me feel worse.

This isn’t the place for me to talk about this loss, so you won’t see his picture here or his name. He was my world and my heart is broken without him, I am struggling to find a reason to go on. The Japanese garden will be my way of honouring our love and the time we spent together.

Links

So who wants to see garden pictures on this blog? or shall I just stick to quotes I like till the mojo makes a reappearance. Say if you want a tutorial on the Zen garden its so easy you could do it in moments.

Best wishes and thanks for reading and sticking by me, see you soon

Billie

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