These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles with warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

We all have things that make us happy. It may not be copper kettles, as it is for Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, but we all have something that makes us really happy. Sometimes just thinking about the things that make you happy is enough to lift your mood.

However, sometimes it’s hard to recall all of the things that make you happy when you’re having a particularly rough day. ¬†On those days, it’s nice to have a reminder of the good things in life. This is where art can work as a reminder.

Lately, I have been working on a book of pictures, drawings, cut outs from magazines, and quotes. It’s a slow process because I haven’t had much time lately, but it has been a good experience. Whenever I have a rough day, I can just pull it out and focus on the things that make me happiest.

My book is similar to an art journal, but it only includes things that I love. I included pictures of my family, my friends, my pets, places that make me happy. Some pages are just catalogued memories that make me particularly happy, or quotes that mean something special to me.

If you are creating your own book, consider including…

  • Pictures of family and friends that you love
  • Pictures of places that have special significance to you
  • Quotes that mean something to you
  • Use colors that make you feel particularly happy or relaxed
  • Magazine cut outs (or prints from the internet) of things that make you smile
  • Pictures of vacations that you have taken where you really enjoyed yourself

Use this book as a way to explore different artistic mediums. Use different paints, pastels, photo transfers, anything you can think of. Definitely layer these elements to give your book a new layer of fun.