I recently taught this method to my Creative Art Journaling class, and I completed a few pages myself. The first "opposites" spread I did was "Physical Me" and "Spiritual Me". Here's the left page, "Physical Me". I used colors that portray my color emotions as discovered in my monochromatic color spreads. As the page developed, I was a little surprised to realize just how much of my physical life has revolved around loosing weight. The spiral surrounding my hand says it all.
"Spiritual Me" is full of color and energy. My golden fingertips and area on the palm represent the power of the Creator within me and my quest to come in contact with that power. I used lots of squiggly lines to get the feeling of movement and electricity and the color purple surrounds my hand as the color that best represents spirituality to me. I also used adhesive backed, metallic papers to add more energy and to make the page feel more special.
The second set of pages I completed were "Happy Me" and "Sad Me". "Happy Me" was a blast to complete. There are so many things that make me happy and joyful. The colors reflect my happiness, and of course, art is at the center of my being.
"Sad Me" was a difficult page to create. I thought about feeling sad and what it looks like to me. I thought about how feeling sad literally feels as if it's draining the life out of me, and that prompted me to place my hand facing downward.
I thought about the things that make me sad, like bigotry, prejudice, negativity, egotism and DRAMA. I contemplated the fact that these are things that are thought based, and it led me to contemplate the things that I sometimes think about that make me sad.
I thought about the things that happened in the past and continue to resurface from time to time. . .
And I thought about how deeply we try to bury old wounds. Buried beneath layers, they seem to lay in wait like toxic chemicals.
I think we all have little areas of "toxic thoughts" that try to leak out from their confined areas and wrap us in sadness. I think the great part of realizing this is that the acknowledgment that they exist give them less power. That's my theory anyway, and that's how this mini book with fold-out pages came to live in the palm of my hand.
I hope this post inspires you to do a self portrait. Self assessment is a great tool in personal growth, and using your hands as a catalyst isn't near as frightening a prospect as looking in a mirror! "Celebrate YOU, love YOU, and Create a wonderful day!"
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