Friday, February 21, 2014

How to Colour your Colourful Emotions

Friday, February 21, 2014

In my article on Colouring, I have shared about how helpful it can be to engage in colouring activities once in awhile. Best to do so with colouring books together with your children, loved ones, or during an alone time with yourself. I personally think colours has an interesting way to describe your emotions and thoughts. Even though it is not visible, did you know that we project colours based on our emotions? That is what you called Aura, which gives out a certain kind of energy (of light) when we are feeling angry, sad or happy, etc. That is probably why, some of us are able to feel/sense a low energy when he or she walks in the room. That low energy was probably left behind by another individual, or perhaps something has happened before in that space. Seeing how this is quite an interesting idea that you can learn about yourself, in this blog post, I would like to share on how to describe your emotions using colours and colouring.

Colouring Your Emotions
Colouring your emotions are somewhat like drawing except that you use various colours vividly to express each and every one of your emotions. As this is a personal project that really depends on an individual's expression, to do this, you can compile or record your emotions by creating a 'Mini Emotion Encyclopedia / Journal'.

Why Colour My Emotions?
When you colour your emotions, you would be able to identify your emotions intricately while illustrating how you feel with images and colours. Note that your colours and images varies over time, so it would be interesting if you can record them by date, month, year, etc.

How Do You Start?
I always encourage recycling unwanted books/notebooks or maybe outdated calendars with pretty pictures. You can use them to start journalling your colourful emotions.

For an unwanted calendar: 
  • You can cut out little square pieces and write down every emotion you can think that you are feeling, starting from happy to jealousy.
  • Paste the square pieces in the calendar, in every page depending how you want to arrange it.
For Unwanted Books/Notebooks:
  • You can do the same with little cut-out pieces and paste them in the book OR draw boxes.
  • If you are doing this during a particular moment in your life, you can also include it with some creative writings about your feelings. It can even be a poem! 

Drawing and Colouring
  • Once you have wrote down all the emotions you can think of, prepare your stationary.
  • You can be as creative as possible, with coloured markers, colour pencils or even oil pastels. The idea is to use colours to express your emotions.
  • When working on each emotion, take a moment to identify and acknowledge your emotions and how you feel about it.
  • Recognize the images & colours that are in your mind when you are thinking about that emotion.
  • In this state, allow yourself to freely express yourself. Allow your inner-self to pick out the colour that you want to start with and let your inner-self do the drawing. Be Free!

Besides Colouring...try Creative Collaging!
  • If you find that you can't really express with drawing and colouring, you can also try another alternative- collage!
  • To do this, perhaps your cut-out squares need to be a little bigger.
  • OR if you are doing this in a notebook, you can use EACH PAGE for EACH EMOTION.
  • Again, identify your thoughts when you are working on each emotion and allow your inner-self to pick out the pictures that best describes your emotion.
  • Cut them, match them, paste them to create a composition.
  • There are no rights or wrongs, just results of the piece of artwork that you want to achieve.
Give it a try and I encourage you to spend some alone time with your self in this project. It helps with restructuring certain patterns in your life while you unleash your inner-creativity. If you would like to share with me your work and talk to me more about it, I would love to hear from you, anytime!

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