I have always used art as a form of therapy. Sometimes when I am happy, most often when I’m angry or upset. My art of choice is typically drawing or painting. I have a couple notebooks and keep some canvas on the ready just incase I want to explode. You just pour yourself onto the paper or canvas.
Do you think your not creative enough? It doesn’t have to be anything at all really you can just pour paint on the paper and swirl it around. Your not trying to be Picasso, you are letting your feelings out so just go with whatever happens.
If you feel you must have some inspiration you can try a book. Here are two that I own and have found some good ideas from them. My stuff never turns out how the people in the book make it and that is ok!
You can also search the internet. I have found myself spending a couple hours just searching ideas in preparation for when I need it. Save yourself some time and check out my pinterest board for Art Inspiration. I have a variety of pins including quotes and tutorials.
What do you need?
You can use whatever is in your home. Paper, #2 pencils, crayons, cardboard. The possibilities are endless.
Since this is for therapy and not to make money my supplies are pretty basic. It started out small and grew as I tried different mediums and decided I liked using them.
Here is a list of supplies I have on hand at all times:
These notebooks allow many different media types. I paint with acrylic, water color, draw with pencil, micron pens, etc. Makes it easier to have one book for everything.
* Canson 9-Inch by 12-Inch Extra Long Multi-Media Paper Pad, 60-Sheet
To me these are the best drawing pencils.
* Faber-Castell 9000 Pencil Design Set
Student paint and the price was right. I also love the color choices! I don’t often have to mix colors other than maybe making a color lighter.
* Studio 71 – 24 Tube Paint Set
I purchased these brushes when I lived in Pittsburgh and haven’t been able to find them anywhere in Sarasota. I have a couple different packs so I should be good for awhile. Just get something cheap but not natural hair as it tends to come out in the paint.
* Studio 71 Premium Brushes
This is basic canvas and the price isn’t bad.
* Darice Studio 71 8-Inch-by-10-Inch Traditional Canvas
Sponges are great for making a textured look on acrylic.
* Arts & Crafts Painting Sponges
Watercolor paper is expensive so I only have this 6×6 pad so far.
* Global Art Fluid Watercolor Blocks 6 in. x 6 in. block
Instead of washing out a plastic palette I use these sheets and just throw them away when I am done.
* Darice Studio 71 9-Inch-by-12-Inch, 40-Sheet Palette
These are great pens for zentangle and journaling. I have a couple different sized black ones and some color ones as well.
* Sakura 30068 8-Piece Pigma Micron Clam Assorted Colors 01 Ink Pen Set
Charcoal pencils are messy but one of my favorite things to work with.
* General Pencil Charcoal Pencil Kit W/Eraser 557BP
When I draw with charcoal I use this eraser to remove some of the charcoal to create lines.
* Pentel Clic Eraser Grip Retractable Eraser with Grip, Assorted Barrels, 1 Pack (ZE21BP-K6)
I sometimes use colored pencils with my pencil and charcoal drawing just to give it a little color.
* Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 24 Assorted Color Pencils
So go get messy, it’s ok! Make some art!
When vacationing on Hilton Head Island I found a great place called The Frosty Frog. They are known for their tasty and strong daiquiris made with grain alcohol.
They make the best crab cakes I’ve ever had! If you order the crab cake sandwich you get a side of Deviled Egg Potato Salad. After years of searching I came up with something similar and yummy even though its not the same.
Let me know what you think when you try it!
Deviled Egg Potato Salad
- 3/4 c mayonnaise
– 3 tbsp cider vinegar
– 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
– 1 1/2 tsp sugar
– 3/4 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp black pepper
– 3 pounds cooked small boiling potatoes
– 2 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
– 3/4 c finely chopped sweet onion
– 3/4 c finely chopped celery
– Paprika (optional)
Hard boil the eggs. Allow to cool in cold water before peeling skins off.
Boil the potatoes with skins on. When cool peel and chop into bite sized pieces.
For the dressing:
Whisk together mayo, cider vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard, and pepper into a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the prepared potatoes.
Add the onion, celery and eggs. Stir and sprinkle with paprika if desired. Cover and chill in fridge at least 2 hours or overnight for best taste.
This Spaghetti Sauce is something everyone loves. It is on the thick and sweet side.
I use it for Spaghetti, Stuffed Shells, and dipping just about anything into!
Use it for meatball hoagies, dipping bread sticks into or how about just meatballs and sauce!
I make more than one batch of this recipe and freeze the rest.
So much better than jar sauce and is extremely easy to make.
Sweet Victory Spaghetti Sauce
Serves: 4 for a Spaghetti Dish
I thought I would try something new and mix the idea of Porcupine Balls (meatloaf type balls with rice), and Stuffed Peppers. It was a very dense ball of meat. Two of my children did not like them but that is because one doesn’t like onions and peppers and the other doesn’t eat much meat.
Porcupine Stuffed Peppers
For the filling:
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 piece of bread broken up
1 bag pre-cooked rice
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
You will need 3 medium size green peppers. Remove the seeds and membrane from the inside of the peppers. Place into a casserole dish.
I did slice some sides off the peppers to make them even. I then chopped that up and took some chopped onion and added it to the above filling.
For the Sauce:
29 oz can of Red Pack tomato sauce
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Open the can of sauce. Add the italian seasoning and slowly mix it together. Yup, right in the can!
Pour the sauce over the dish of peppers.
Cover with foil. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Remove foil and continue to bake until meat is cooked through, about 15 more mintues.
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Weather you make them with sweet or hot sausage the game remains the same.
I prefer sweet as do most kids. The men prefer the spicy. So buy them both and make up a batch of each for your party.
1 package of sausage
1 green pepper, sliced
1 onion, sliced
6 oz. Red Pack tomato paste
15 oz. Red Pack tomato sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. italian seasoning
In a skillet cook green pepper and onion in a little vegetable oil until crisp tender. Put aside.
In a large skillet brown your sausages.
Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, brown sugar, italian seasoning and green peppers and onions.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes or until sausages or cooked through.
Serve on buns and top with whatever you like. I like mine smothered in sauce.