“I would love the inspiration and energy boost that comes with increased Flow, but I’m no artist. Even my stick figures look weird.”
Does that sound familiar? Are you thinking it? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I hear this nearly every time I talk about my flow-boosting wellness program that involves making line art. Let’s explore how and why this style of art making improves creative flow, and why it’s so much fun. You’ll learn that you are an artist, after all!
We all know the saying, and it’s true: a picture is worth a thousand words. Line art is an abstract drawing technique that offers a unique way to express yourself, while also sorting complex ideas (or emotions) that are difficult to articulate.
To start, you select one or two colors that represent what you’re thinking (or feeling). Then, you make lines and shapes. You might choose to add a few words to further clarify the drawing. It’s OK to make scribbles, stick figures, or graphs.
Here are three ways that line art gives you voice:
Line art is EASY and FUN. There is no right or wrong way to draw, and there is no competition for best artwork. Even if you’re feeling bad, it feels good to have your emotions witnessed as you see them on the paper. The “Inner Voice” wisdom piece that you connect with as you journal is typically reassuring, and with regular use it can even support your personal transformation.
I love to ask people to create line art before and after a brief gentle yoga practice. The result? Most people are surprised to see the emotional and physical shifts that occur through even the simplest and shortest of relaxation techniques. It really is empowering when you literally, on paper, see how much a little bit of yoga makes a difference. It’s one thing to tell yourself that taking a pause to breathe and stretch is good for you. It’s quite another to see for yourself how it increases your Creative Flow!
This article was originally published at JodiRoseStudio.com