As I've already mentioned I'm seeing a counsellor at the moment to help with depression and also the wider aspects of my MS.
She'd been really interested in the crafting / artwork I do and she's asked me to take pieces along to the sessions. During one session while I was feeling particularly irritated at life in general, but couldn't put my finger on what it was, she suggested I do a journal page around the feelings I had. I went one better and did a canvas.
This is my 'Irritation Canvas'. I really enjoyed making it and it really helped me get my frustrations and irritation out!
I started with a 30cm x 40cm canvas and painted it with and Ikea wax paint which is meant to be used on wood. Then I scraped some it off with a spatula.
I used a Paint Dabber in citrus through some sequin waste (which took a lot of frustration out when I started hammering the dabber down on the canvas LOL!!!!). Next I ripped a piece out of a magazine (the black piece to the left) which sort of felt like what was happening in my head and stuck it on with Golden gel medium. I then went through my many pieces cut from magazines to find some words and I also found the cartoon image of the man tied up with string (bottom right).
The lines were created by accident. I wanted to put some yellow on the canvas, but the paint dabber wouldn't dab, no matter how hard I hit it so I stirred it with a bamboo skewer. In true crafting style I couldn't just waste the paint on the skewer so I dragged across the canvas and did the same with a Cranberry dabber and a skewer.
The canvas sits in my living room and is helping me to relax whenever I feel irritated!