Art as Stress Relief

June 19th, 2008

While watching playoff games, I used art as stress relief. I kept pens, markers, and colored pencils nearby. And one evening I pulled a whole bunch of old book pages and some other scrap paper to draw on. So much fun!! And having my hands busy kept me calmer than I might have been otherwise. Plus, I made all these fun drawings. Perhaps future collage material?

Busy day. Sent out two packages of art. I love sending art out into the world! Whole lot of errands took up the afternoon and I am totally zonkered tonight. Time to relax. Mmmmm.

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Wow! Fantastic! Were you ever told when you
were a child not to draw on book pages? LOL!

We’ve come a long way haven’t we? I wonder
when altering book pages started? I have an
old altered book. I bought it at an estate sell.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

love these!

I LOVE how your drawings look on the written pages, Leah – and I’m laughing at Flassie’s comment…I used to get in trouble for drawing in books when I was little – in my mind, I think I thought I was illustrating the story – at least some of the time. Some of the time, I just wanted to draw – and it was the only paper I could find :)

Happy Summer to you~xox

I don’t know what it is exactly that I find so attractive about the beginning stages of drawings, the sketches are so revealing, yet playful :)

I have a few friends who love to knit during playoffs!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


Wow. I love your drawings. I have done something kind of similar in the past, and I just found a bunch of old pages that I tore out of an altered book I did. Maybe I should try doing some more of those.

I would love it if you could add me to your list of people who are taking on this creativeeveryday challenge. I have been working on being creative every day for most of the year, and I’d love to be a part of the community.

oh, I love these!!! I have a book my son gave me in which I paint onto the pages. Come to think of it, I pick that one up when I am stressed and need to “veg.”. I will email you about the blogtalk. I’m trying to get my studio done and I need time to “prepare” for you! You are so rich in creative talent as well as wisdom. xoxo lia

What a great idea! And that bird would translate into a lovely clay piece. Funny you have a woman and cat – I just sold Woman with Blue Bird and was thinking I need to do Woman with Cat. And Woman with Pug…or maybe just dog, pugs are hard in clay with their wrinkly faces. You are such an inspiration! See you’re reading Byron Katie – if you haven’t yet googled her and listened to her do this, you must. Isn’t she great?! Her husband wrote my favorite translation of the Tao de Ching (Stephen Mitchell).

I love the idea of drawing on book pages – although I find it very hard to tear up books, but I’m working on it since i want to use pages are background.

I like the girl with cat the best I think.

What a great idea! They are very peaceful looking. I especially like the blue bird. Are those cherries in the bowl?

very beautiful.


i love the idea of your art flying out to the world too!

I was JUST thinking of drawing on some book pages that I took out of my altered book! Just weird that I have feelings like that and then the very next day I see the same idea someone is doing!

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