I was super inspired by a 6 Degrees of Creativity 2 community chat hosted this week-end by Australian art therapist Fiona Fitzpatrick to finally begin working on my art for her workshop The Altered Image: Hands On Photo Manipulation. Fiona’s offering focuses on changing the surface of a self photograph by hand (instead of digital manipulation) through a variety of altering techniques and media.
I was excited to use watercolor crayons I had received as a gift years ago (but haven’t used very much lately) from the material stash of Katarina Bruner, an ATR supervisor who always reminded me about the importance of making our own art as art therapists. I also remembered Katarina’s own interest in the richness of self-portrait work for reflection and awareness.
Instead of loose sandpaper, I used a nail file for distressing the surface of the photo which worked well. The rounded edge of file…
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