Sweet words

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In this post, I’ll get a little personal. This week, I’ve been working on some artsy words with some sweet titles. The words were Live, Love, and Laugh. I gave them titles that sounded like sweet treats. Live was done in ‘Orange and Raspberry sherbet dreams’. Nice name, huh? How about ‘Love in raspberry and chocolate’? Today, I finished up with ‘Good and Plenty of laughs’. Good-n-Plenty was one of my favorite candies when I was a girl.

Now the personal part: I’m passionate about helping people to reclaim their lives from depression. No, I’m not a therapist. I’m a wife, mom, sister daughter, friend, neighbor, and artist who once suffered with the seemingly hopeless condition. I’ve reclaimed my thought life and completely recovered from clinical depression. Not that I don’t battle low moods once in a while. I’ve learned how to turn those moods around before they completely take over my life. I’ve learned to recognize the negative or irrational thought, refuse to think them, and replace them with positive and truthful thoughts.

I’ve been through a lot and it’s affected me deeply. For twenty years, I was paralyzed by depression. That was half my age when I was forty, all of my adult life up to that point. . Though I didn’t ask for the things that happened to me, I decided to do what I could to make my life better, despite it all. I learned to use positive affirmations to heal my mind. I said positive things to myself, about myself. I did good things for myself and others, I got away from things that were weighing me down; I chose to live.

I continue to do these things. I’m ridding my life of the things that aren’t in my best interest,  distancing myself from negative and hateful people. I’m learning to love myself and others, and I choose to laugh every day. I look at the funny side of things and try to make other people laugh, too.

Becoming a new person hasn’t been easy. I know I’ve got a long way to go. It would take a few books to explain all that to you. I just might write those. Healing is a process. The process, itself, is perfect. Knowing that frees me up so I don’t feel pressured to be perfect. For now, I’ve focused most of my creativity in the direction of my artwork.

I’m still trying to make some sales doing matted words with my doodles in them. Here’s the link to the blog post about that: https://melzzartt.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/whats-in-a-name/

You can find more of my work on my Facebook art page. Thanks for visiting!

 

 

Why I doodle what I doodle

Do you really want to know? Maybe I should have started this post with a disclaimer. Once, a fan described me as ‘the most random person’. My mind can go from thoughts about making forest leaf caramel to seriously analytical thoughts about Sylvia Plath’s poetry in three minutes. Then, it will switch to all the things I would accomplish if…(fill in the blank.) From there, I most likely go in the direction of thoughts of friends and family, to curiosity about my dog and her dreaming.

I try to stay in the moment, focusing on what I’m doing, where I’m at and who I’m with, whenever I’m not doodling. That keeps me from dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. Sometimes I doodle in a meditative state. My endless inner chatter stops and I’m totally focused on where my pens are going. Those are some of the best times with pen in hand. Other times, the inner chatter wins over and all those random things get mixed into my doodling. I’ve learned to catch myself and switch gears towards more positive things when my mind wants to ramble. Though, I still haven’t mastered catching myself early in the game. Still, I’m getting better at it.

It seems the media is geared towards keeping our thoughts fearful. Advertising capitalizes on those fears by convincing us we cannot live or simply aren’t good enough without their products. I suppose I could write a lot about that topic. I try not to buy into any of it.

Art gives the artist a chance to escape. It gives the consumer a chance to do the same. Have you ever really looked at a doodle? A zentangle? Where does your mind go when you do that? I’m going to try something new this week. I’ll try to stay focused on a single subject while doodling. I’ll let my Facebook fans know what I was thinking about when I doodled each picture. It will be interesting to see where my mind takes my pen.

First, a little digital work, then a doodle:Image

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What’s in a name?

Dance Cose-up of letter D

My artwork, that’s what! I’ve joined forces with the wonderful folks at Artasia Custom Framing and Photo Works who create matted name frames. I’ll be filling in your name or any word with lots of my doodles. Artasia has been in business for a very long time, and I’m excited to be adding my artwork to their extensive line of mats and frames.

Doodling and zentangles are really hot! You can get a frame with your name, your business name, a family member’s name, your pet’s name..the possibilities are infinite! Not only that, but you can also add the symbol of your choice! They have sports icons, primitive symbols, things that will appeal to children, flowers–you name it, they’ve got it! One friend said she’d like to have the words, ‘faith’, ‘hope’, and ‘love’ done like this.

The names are available in a wide variety of colors of mats, along with some skillfully crafted frames. The letters and symbols are 3 1/4″ wide and 4″high.  The mat size is 8″ height and the length depends on how many letters or characters. The frames can be any style or color but they usually use black wood frames but metal frames are also available. I can fill the characters in with doodles to match. If I can’t find a marker in a certain color, I’ll use paint, just like I did with the paint that matches the mat in this frame.

Prices: You can get your name or up to eight characters for $50.00. That’s a steal, considering that you’ll have a quality frame and mat, your choice of colors, and my original, unique artwork! It’s different every time! Shipping available only in the US, and shipping costs are extra. After that, it’s still a deal!

Get the latest decorating trend for your home!

To order, please contact either me, or Artasia Custom Framing and Photo Works. Let us know what colors and characters you’d like used in your frame.You may contact Artasia at 330-534-3353 or 724-977-8570, or at artasiaframing@yahoo.com. Here’s the link to their great website:  http://www.artasia.zenfolio.com

You may contact me at melzzartt@att.net or MZBohrer@aol.com, or you may use the message button on my facebook art page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/MElzzartt/242247195801998

Thanks again to all my fans!