Monday, 25 July 2016

Batik on the cheap!

Today at Revive we painted on melted wax in a pattern of our own choosing, then we took a clean brush and added colour.  The paint stayed off of the white material where the wax lay.   We ironed off the wax between layers of newspaper and plain white was left where the wax was.

This technique isn't exact and can be frustrating if you're looking for perfection.  It helps your creative techniques to loosen up and you can see the beauty in the imperfection.  When you take away your own limitations of seeking or demanding perfection, of yourself or anything, you end up with a more abstract version and you could discover a new part of yourself and, after all, if it doesn't come out how you want it to, do another one. 

There's beauty in simplicity. Don't complicate things.
I found this morning quite a challenge as my recovery progresses.  Whilst everyone is being very chatty and upbeat, I found myself becoming quite tense and wanting to back off from the room and even go out to calm my tension.   And it's okay to do that.  There are very few limitations on what you can do or can be done for your mental health needs here.  As I've discovered. whilst I'm feeling all of this inside of me, others don't become affected by it and my challenge is simply to be kind to myself and live in the moment.

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