Arts for Wellbeing Zine
Fun arts activites for our mental health in a challanging time.
Produced by ArtatWork's Art and Wellbeing group
CONTENTS
Poetry corner
Self esteem boosters
Colouring in pages
Arts and welbeing challenges
Poetry prompts
Resources
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Telephone: Melanie 07503633071. Holly 07503633061
Welcome to this 'zine' (a type of magazine) which ArtatWork have put
together to give you some arty ideas help with good mental health.
Most of the activities and colouring in pages have been designed by
participants and volunteers for you. Please email us about getting involved
as circumstances may change depending on government guidelines.
Please tag us #artatwork with anything you create.
Happy Colouring, Drawing, Cutting, Sticking,
Photographing, Making etc!!
Hello from ArtatWork
Just in case you've forgotten who we are!!
T H E F I V E W A Y S
T O W E L L B E I N G
The five ways to wellbeing are a set of five actions that individuals can do in
their everyday lives to improve wellbeing.
They were researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation.
The five ways to help boost
your wellbeing are: take
notice, connect, give, be
active and keep learning.
*call someone you
haven't seen for a
while
* meet a friend- go for
a coffee or a walk
*spend a little time with
someone who might need
some company
*donate items to a charity
or someone in need
* drawing to music
*choose some objects to
draw, taking notice of
shapes, colour and texture
*try a new hobby - e.g.
knitting, crochet, painting
*find some art tutorials on
YouTube that are new to
you and give one a try
*go for a walk, try the
texture activity
*perhaps a little gardening?
Drawing can be such a relaxing activity but it can often be difficult to know what
to draw. To help you get started here are some prompts. Simply draw whatever
the word makes you think of. There is no right or wrong way to do this.
You could work your way through the list and draw each day or pick the words
you like best. You could even do several different drawings of the same word.
If you've enjoyed this activity do look out for the Inktober challenge online in
October. www.inktober.com
Another exercise is to find an object you really like and draw it every day.
Keep it a simple object to make it easier for yourself. You'll really get to know
it and your drawing will improve as you become more confident.
Wild
Night
Hobby
Ornament
Surprise
Box
High
Mill
Walk
Bank
Happy
Gift
Holiday
Animal
Plant
Party
Fruit
Letter
Smell
Open
Drawing exercises
Ring
Relax
Home
Room
Nature
Fire
Juggle
Wide
Palace
Safe
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Mindful Walking Cube
Listen to the
sounds around
you.
Find five
different
surfaces
to touch
Look for five
different objects
of one colour
Find somewhere
to sit and see how
many shapes
you can see
Focus on
your feet as
you walk
Smile at
someone
Trace or photocopy me, cut me out and make me into a cube
then take me on your walk, throwing me when you fancy it.
Blind drawing
Draw a portrait looking only at the person and not at what you're drawing. You
can use the image below or ask someone to sit for you. You can place your paper
on your knees to help prevent yourself from peeking.
P A T T E R N R E P E A T
A C T I V I T Y
First find an image you like
Next, cut out your image
and place it under more
tracing paper and trace it.
Then move the image so
that part of the images
touch and trace that.
Repeat until your page is
covered.
Now you can colour your
design to make your repeat
pattern
Trace the image and
simplify it to make the next
bit easier for you. If you
don't have tracing paper
you can use baking or
grease-proof paper
And different repeats.
If this has inspired you to do
more these websites have
more designs.
www.patternanddesign.com
www.printmag.com
Try it with different images
Drawing to Music
Experiment with a variety of marks whilst listening to music. Try with different
types and speeds of music. See the example below for some inspiration.
Altered Artwork
Sculptor and artist Richard Serra created a list of verbs (doing words) to inspire him
to make work. Why not choose one or two and make some old artwork into
something new? Or use one of the words as a starting point for new work.
to roll
to crease
to fold
to bend
to twist
to crumple
to tear
to suspend
to cut
to rotate
to weave
to layer
to splash
to wrap
to light
to gather
to scatter
to simplify
to mark
to remove
You will need a page in your sketchbook or a piece of card to do this.
What have you said to someone, or someone said to you that has been
encouraging and has really boosted confidence?
It might be something like:
"I am doing my best, and I am proud of myself."
"You are blooming marvellous!"
"I don't have to be perfect, I just have to be me".
....or a quote you really love. You can get more ideas from Pinterest. Look
for Self Affirmation quotes.
Encouragement Cards
Write the phrase you choose on your page. You could cut the words from a book
or magazine.
Now decorate the page in delicious colours with collage or crayons.
Try making some collages. You could use the papers that have come with this zine,
any magazines or newspapers, old art, junk that comes through the letter box or
anything else to make some original art.
Let's Do Some Collage!
Collage: Sticking different materials on to a surface.
Some Ideas:
A previously undiscovered animal
A face
A happy day
That's Weird!
In The Garden
The Future
A Faraway Place
Do stick your collages in your sketch books and/or take a photo and tag us at
#ArtatWorkNorwich
Ingredients
Plain flour, 1 cup
Salt, ½ a cup (the weights don't matter as long as the proportions are the same)
Water, 1 cup (but you might not need it all)
Food colouring or paints (optional)
Varnish or PVA glue (very optional)
Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. If you’re using food colouring, add it.
Add the water, a little at a time, mixing in constantly, until it's a soft, pliable
mass.
If the dough is too sticky, you may need to add a little extra flour. If it’s too dry,
some more water may be needed.
Knead the dough out well with your hands, until it’s nice and smooth.
Model away! Household items like cookie-cutters, a butterknife, or old
toothbrush can be used as tools to help shape and texture your pieces.
Dough can be stored in an airtight container. It keeps longest in the fridge.
Bake your creations at a low temperature for 2-3 hours. For most ovens, this
will be between 120°C (about 250°F) and 180°C (about 356°F), and the exact
time will depend on size. They should be hard but just barely browning when
ready. Leave to cool overnight before painting.
If you want to maximise the lifetime of your pieces, you can seal them by
painting their surfaces with varnish or
Steps
PVA glue after they have fully dried.
Salt dough
A simple alternative to clay or Plasticene for making models at home.
We'd really love to see what
you make! If you're on social
media, it would be nice if you
could take a photo and tag us
at #ArtatWorkNorwich
S E C R E T M I N I
D R A W I N G S
To make your template cut
a 7cm square of card and
cut it out.
I chose close ups of
flowers and leaves to draw.
You going to hide them so
don't worry what they look
like!
make nine envelopes out
of collage paper. Fold up
the three bottom sides and
stick together to make your
envelopes. Glue onto your
paper.
Pop your mini drawings
into your mini envelopes!
Cut them out.
Cut out nine 4cm paper
squares for your tiny
drawings.
R E P E T I T I O N I N
C O L L A G E
Find a simple image that
you like from a magazine.
Make sure you can tell
what it is from the silhoette
Cut out
I cut out lots of different
shapes and play around
until you find a design you
like. Stick down with your
glue stick.
Trace around it. I used
baking paper.
Or stick on top of each
other to create a 3D effect.
You could also use the
negative spaces left over
from cutting out!
Stick on some card and cut
out.. This is your template.
T E X T U R E W A L K
Go for a walk. outside, in
your garden or at home
Draw the basic shapes
and textures of your
images onto the
rectangles using a pencil.
Start by adding white
tones to your image.
Take nine photos of
textures you find. print
them out on one page or
look at them on your
phone.
Close upNext add dark tones to
your image,squinting your
eyes helps to pick them
out.
Use your watercolour
pencils or paint to roughly
paint nine rectangles. Leave
to dry. Use any mid-tone
colours you like(not too light
or dark).
Poetry Corner
Poetry comes in many different forms and has been used for centuries for
expressing emotion. Poems can be helpful when life is difficult. The following
pages explore some ways you might use poetry mindfully. Illustrating poems that
you know can be a good way to use them as reminders or to think about them
more deeply.
Here is an example of how you might illustrate a poem:
Do you have a favourite poem? Could you share it with a friend and send it on the
postcard to brighten their day? or use this prompt to find a new poem or two to
record in your sketchbook?
If you feel inspired why not make some drawings to go with it or use one of the
others in this pack to help you find something to draw.
Now you have a go. Can you illustrate this poem? You could decorate this
poem as a reminder that no emotion is permanent and will come and go just
as these guests do?
The Guest House Poem
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
By Rumi, 13th Century Poet
Haiku is an ancient form of poetry that uses words or syllables in a 5, 7, 5 pattern;
that is five words or syllables on the first line, seven on the second line and five
on the final line. Being mindful of our experience can turn the ordinary into
something extra special just through our awareness.
Here are some examples of Haiku’s, they have been written from the person’s
observation or love of nature that has been experienced or observed.
Oak by Caren Krutsinger
Mysterious oak
with her sparkling twinkling leaves
sprung from an acorn
Butterflies by Paula Goldsmith
Pretty butterflies
wings painted many colours
fly to each flower
Walking along the Seashore by Paul Holmes
Picking up pebbles
Or seashells strewn on soft sand
Pure relaxation.
Ants by unknown
Busy little ants
Doing work for their kingdom
Marching like soldiers.
Now you have seen how it works, can you write your own? If that's too much of
a challenge maybe you could illustrate your favourite haiku from the examples
above or find one online that particularly speaks to you?
C O L L E C T I O N S
Think of a theme (I
chose nature) and make
a collection of objects
from your home, garden
or from a walk
Now zoom into your picture
to create an abstract
picture and draw or trace it.
You can colour it in and
stop there OR...........
I made mine into a simple
printing block using some
thin, craft foam. A
polystyrene pizza base
works well too. To do this
draw your design using a
pen making an indentation.
Try not to press too hard
and go through the base
Make several different
arrangements of your
collection and photograph
them OR make a simple
line drawing your favourite
Now take some acrylic
paint mixed with a very
small amount of cooking oil
to help keep it wet longer
and paint a layer over the
foam. Then print into your
sketch book
Using corrugated
cardboard (I used a piece
of a box) cut out a piece as
big as the foam plus two
small pieces for a handle.
Glue the two handle pieces
together then glue on to the
cardboard. Now glue on the
foam (PVA works well)
Colour me in
A B S T R A C T W A L K
A C T I V I T Y
Choose a theme. This
could be a colour, letter,
shape etc. Then go for a
walk, (this can be around
your garden or home if you
are shielding) and take
about 6 different photos of
your theme
Rearrange the pieces to
make an abstract picture of
your walk
Now trace over your
picture and using some
artistic licence join the
lines between each cut
up piece. If you are using
any lettering it will end up
back to front
Make small, simple line
drawings of your photos
OR print them (make them
small to fit into your sketch
book when they are
rearranged). then cut each
one into four pieces
If you wanted to you could
colour it in, make it into a
textile piece or use it for a
printing design
Next retrace your picture
into your sketch book. if it
doesn't fit onto one page
you can do it over two or
just use a piece of your
picture
Colour me in.
Let's put a smile on people's faces by decorating a rock or pebble
and placing it where others might find. You don't have to draw a
picture, just some nice words will do. You can use sharpies, paints
or use up all your old nail varnish! Just enjoy and have FUN!
Pebble decorating
Please put #artatworknorwichrocks on the back so it can be linked to
our Instagram account and we can see where the rocks turn up!
Let's spread a little kindness to others by tracing and decorating the template at the
bottom and writing a little piece of happiness on it.
Then when we go for a walk leave it on a ledge or hang on tree branches or posts, so
you can cheer someone up. Make one for yourself too and you never know, you might
just find one someone else has done....
Compassion Leaves
A Big Thankyou!
We want to say a big thank you to the Norfolk Community
Foundation for funding this project. It wouldn't have
happened without you.
This magazine was co-produced by the women from our
arts and wellbeing group and what a beautiful job they
have done!
Thank you Sarah Streeter, Alison Howe, Rachel Dorling,
Tracey Hartnell, Rita Schuiling, Tracy Riches, Anne
McCrudden, Jennifer Macdonald, and our wonderful
volunteers Janine Warren and Melanie Sumner.
Melanie and Holly