Finding quality time and spending it wisely are of great benefit to mind, body and soul. Creative outlets in particular allow for freedom of thought and imagination – providing a great way to unwind and refresh one’s spirit. Whether you dabble a bit or immerse yourself completely in an artistic hobby or pastime, the benefits to your emotional, physical and mental well-being are varied and noteworthy including better mental focus, communication skills, and more patience.
Fluid Art as Therapy is a relatively new discipline (based on a technique that has been around since the 1930’s – more on that shortly) that is more about creative expression and communication than artistic talent. The idea is to encourage people to explore their emotions and express them through an artistic outlet. There are several creative venues used for Fluid Art Therapy such as collage, painting, photography and sculpting. (We of course like to incorporate the use of Epoxy Resin as our preferred method of artistic creation and escape!)
No matter what outlet you choose, fluid art really comes down to pouring colorful paints, acrylics, epoxies, and other art supplies onto canvas, wood or whatever palette you desire – to create abstract works of art. Part of the fun, expression and spirit-freeing therapy is seeing the fluids flow, either completely randomly, or with some direction from you – into a one-of-a-kind creation. The “no rules” aspect to Fluid Art as Therapy, is very freeing and allows for creation with abandon.
A Brief History…
According to the site Fluid Art Projects in a piece titled, ‘The Science Behind Acrylic Flow Painting,’ “Although Paint Pouring and Fluid Painting has exploded in popularity quite recently, the technique itself has been around since the 1930’s. A Mexican artist (and political activist) by the name of David Alfaro Siqueiros stumbled across this technique in his studio which he described as “accidental painting”.
“Siqueiros immediately fell in love with the aesthetics, a happy marriage between science and art, complexity and beauty, achieved with very little effort. His fascination with this phenomenon led him to the science of Fluid Dynamics. This “accidental painting” technique went on the inform the work of some of the great artists such as Jackson Pollock.”
So, you see, when dabbling with Fluid Art, not only is it therapeutic, but you’re also experiencing a new medium, as well as following in the footsteps, of some artistic greats. (Who knows, you might be next discovery!) Most importantly though – enjoy your explorations and experimentation – satisfy your psyche!