Art Project – Practicing Positive Self-Talk

Soul- Sweet Art Activity # 1

In this activity we will practice positive self-talk. Most people struggle with negative thoughts about themselves. These negative thoughts result in negative behavior, attitudes, words and emotions. To live a happier, peaceful and satisfying life we need positive thoughts in our mind.

Self-talk whether positive or negative is learned behavior so when it is negative it can be unlearned. Our self-talk results from the messages we have created or received throughout our life time. We can’t change the past but we can change the hold it has on us. We won’t be dealing with our past today, just the messages we play over and over again in our mind.

As we start this art project I want you to know that I am not a certified Art Therapist, I am a certified Life Coach.  I do know that these types of activities are a fabulous and fun way to deepen your self-awareness, possibly discover what moves you and what keeps you stuck. The activities will always include a reminder of your value.

What we will do is:

Gently explore our inner world – possibly stirring up the stuff we don’t look at very often

Stimulate our creative juices

Relax and quiet our minds

Thus the name Soul-Sweet means that we will focus on activities that will sweeten your soul.

This will be a fun project involving one of my favorite pastimes cutting pictures out of magazines.

Our supply list for our Practicing Positive Self-talk activity:

Mixed media pad (or a thick piece of paper to use as the background of your piece)

Magazines to cut from or construction paper or scrap-booking paper

Glue stick

Pencil

Ruler

Scissors

Marker, pens or pencils in assorted colors

Note cards

NOTE: I suggest a Mixed Media Pad because it does handle different mediums quite well – glue, markers and paint. Also having a pad that you keep your Soul-Sweet Art Activities will become like a journal for you.

Also on my Facebook page Joy&Courage I have to video on how to make this.

photo of the supplies for the art project practicing positive self-talk

STEP 1: PRACTICING POSITIVE SELF-TALK

In the middle of your pad or piece of paper draw a circle and put the capital letter I in the center.

photo the first step of the practicing positive self-talk

STEP 2: PRACTICING POSITIVE SELF-TALK

Now get out your magazines and tear out pages that have colors/designs that appeal to you. You can replace the magazine pages with construction paper or scrap booking paper. A good source of old magazines are thrift stores or used book stores.

STEP 3: PRACTICING POSITIVE SELF-TALK

We are going to be cutting our pages into rays that surround our circle in the middle of our page.

We do this by

Cutting a fat strip of paper

Place the paper edge on the edge of the circle with a ruler draw a line on the magazine page that results in a “ray”. The edge on the circle is narrower than the end on the edge of the paper.

Cut it out

photo of circle and one ray on the project of practicing positive self-talk

Glue it on the pad

Repeat this (leaving some space between each ray) until the circle is surrounded by rays.

photo of step of adding rays to the project practicing positive self-talk

 

STEP 4: PRACTICING POSITIVE SELF-TALK

On the note cards you will write words and phrases that are positive about yourself.

Ex. I …. Love to laugh (you don’t have to put the I on the card because it is in the middle of the circle)

Write the word or phrase on the lines of the card  (we want slender and short pieces of paper)

Cut them out

Glue on the rays

Partially filled

All the rays will be filled with these statements.

photo of final product of practicing positive self-talk

This may not be as easy as it sounds, so I have made a list of examples of things you might write down about yourself.

I AM

Creative

Funny

Smart

Compassionate

Generous

Loyal

Joyful

Great salesperson

A foodie

Energetic

I LIKE

Gardening

Baking

Cooking

Designing….

Creating ….

Sports (what kinds)

Hunting

Hiking

Reading

Singing

Puzzles

Writing

Journaling

Volunteering

I AM GOOD AT

Playing an instrument (name it)

Organizing

Budgeting

Saving money

Making money

With children

With animals

Connecting with people

Networking

Long term friendships

Teaching

Decorating

Telling stories

Acting

I hope you enjoyed this activity. It is one you could do with children.

I would love to see your finished project! Post in on my Facebook page Joy&Courage.

Leave your picture in the comments.

I have several resources that pair with this activity nicely.

Blogs on

How to improve your self-talk

How to forgive

Showing gratefulness

Soul-Sweet Art Project – Who is the real me?

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Blessings, Vicci

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