So I don’t think I’m manic right now, because I’m not experiencing racing thoughts nor am I not sleeping or having any other manic symptoms. But I am experiencing a period of increased productivity. I decided to collaborate with not one, not two, but ten different artists. All at the same time. So that’s happening. I put it out there on Instagram that I’d like to collaborate with a long list of artists thinking that maybe two or three would respond. I got so many responses that I’m a little concerned that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. We’ll see what happens, and I plan to post the results of some of my collaborations here.
I’m working on a new project with our friends at StickerYou to produce temporary tattoo sheets of the mental health sticker designs I’ve recently created. I’m excited to see them as temporary tattoos and will post them here once they are produced. If you’re so inclined you can make your own custom temporary tattoos from StickerYou.com.
The above stickersheets are currently being printed by our friends at StickerYou. I am inviting any and all artists to submit their own mental health sticker designs to be printed on stickersheets and sold with a portion of the proceeds going to a mental health charity yet to be determined (mental health charity suggestions welcome). Any artwork should be submitted in hi-res (300ppi) and RGB .jpg format between 2.5″ x 2.5″ and 4″ x 4″. Please submit between 8 and 12 designs maximum. You don’t need to include a cut path, as StickerYou’s stickersheet layout interface will automatically create them. You may include your Instagram handle or URL (small) somewhere on the designs. Please email your designs to: email@example.com. Please also include a short artist bio and if you like, share something about your connection to and/or reason for supporting good mental health practices. If you need some inspiration for good things to put on your sticker designs (feel free to use any of the above ideas) see below:
- I did some art
- I had a bath
- I had a good laugh
- I did yoga
- I took a walk
- I exercised
- I went to therapy
- I ate healthy food
- I meditated
- I practiced mindfulness
- I took a deep breath
- I did a craft
- I was kind to myself
- I wrote in my journal
- I am enough
- I played some music
- I wrote poetry
- I watched a good movie
- I put my phone away
- or whatever else your creative mind can think of to benefit mental health
This Zine Has Issues #3: Bipolar Disorder is well underway. With just a little over two weeks left to submit, there is already a lot of wonderful content and I’m so excited about putting this issue together. The artwork in this issue will be phenomenal, and I’m equally excited about the poetry and essays that will be included. If you’d like to submit work to be considered for the issue you can visit the submission Google Form.
I missed a day of blogging, but I have fairly good reasons. Yesterday was therapy day for me, and I met virtually with my therapist, Mike, who is great by the way. Anyway, therapy was during my usual blogging time, and then I had another appointment immediately after therapy. Almost as soon as I got finished with that appointment the internet and cable guy came to fix some issues with our internet. Before I knew it the day got away from me and I completely forgot to blog. Old me might have thrown up my hands and said, we’ll no point in trying to blog daily now since I’ve missed a day (thought distortion). But something I learned in Noom is how to combat “thought distortions”, a fancy term for wrong thinking. The principle is that though there may be a small piece of truth in the thought distortion (I missed a day blogging), there’s more lie to the thought than truth. So the real truth is that though I missed one day, today is a new day, a fresh start and I can wipe the slate and go for a new best streak of daily blogging. So there, thought distortion, take that! Thought distortion successfully combatted. That felt good. I’m going to keep an eye out for other thought distortions that try to sneak up on me today and combat those too.
Now, back to therapy. When I checked in with Mike I confessed right away that I hadn’t kept my promise to work on a commissioned artwork that I’d agreed to start. He didn’t make me feel guilty but instead asked me to take the first step to start the art while he waited. So I did. Now I have the stencils printed out and will cut them out today. I’ll post pictures of my progress here (another level of accountability). Speaking of art, I’m excited about a piece I have currently getting framed. It’s a screen printed poster by Shepard Fairey called “Bayshore Billboard“. It’s one of my favorite Shepard pieces and here’s an image of it.
I love this image so much and can hardly wait to hang it. Before he was a friend, Shepard was a street art hero to me. Take away the ladders and replace the backpack with a cape and he pretty much looks like Superman.
Stickers rule. I was having trouble thinking of what to post today, so here are some stickers I made yesterday. I hadn’t made stickers in a while and it felt good to break out the Posca marker and some labels and go to it.
“DAVe TOO” is a reference to my friend and sticker hero DAVe Warnke. His stickers were some of the first character street stickers I’d seen.
I’ve been thinking a lot about art and creativity lately and how much these things affect my mental health. I used to say I enjoy art and being creative which is true, but looking back I realize that it’s not just something I enjoy but something I need to do. When I think about my most depressed times, those are the same times I was working a job I didn’t enjoy, which took so much out of me that I didn’t feel like making art or being creative much or at all. I’m sure there’s a connection there. When I’m making art or being creative, I’m happier and when I’m not doing those things, I’m often depressed. The other day I asked @psych.questions, “What does creating art do for the psyche?”. Their response is below…
I’ve always had trouble with my thinking that making art is selfish of me and a waste of time if it’s not either making any money or making any kind of impact on the world. My intuitive side knows that’s not true, but the logical, rational side of me perpetuates the lie. In order to appeal to my rational side, I’m working on reminding myself that I do need to make art in order to be the best version of myself I can be for myself, for my family, for my friends, and for the world. Today, I commit to myself to make some art, and even if there’s no polished “finished product” to show for it, I’m just going to enjoy the process of creating. I was thinking about all of this on my morning walk today. It’s my me-time that I can think and breathe and get ready for the day. Now, off to make some art!