Feeling stressed in my body for a variety of reasons, I decided it was a good moment to try The Big Doodle (Rogers, 1993). That's a Person-Centered-Expressive-Arts exercise developed by Natalie Rogers, which involves newsprint and felt-tip markers. It's fun for exploring play and personal creativity,
I gathered my supplies for my own version of The Big Doodle. Instead of newsprint, I chose to use art-supply paper. The directions stated I should move and hum while doodling with both hands, but vocally, I’m not very expressive. So I enlisted the help of favorite singers and songs. I hummed and moved along to them while trying The Big Doodle.
The results were fascinating. Afterwards, I noticed the stress in my body had dissipated, and I felt energized. And I loved what had appeared on the art-supply paper. Depending on the song, each doodle developed differently. Some had slow curves or curly-cues. Others were more blocky and geometric. Because I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise and its results, I made it a morning ritual.
To extend the positivity I was experiencing during Big-Doodle moments, I started scanning my costume jewelry and accessories in order to pair pieces with each song-inspired doodle. Playing around with pairing was fun and creative. Each piece once worn could serve as an extra boost of positivity, reminding me of favorite songs and singers and Big-Doodle moments.
Rogers, N. (1993). The creative connection: Expressive arts as healing. Palo Alto, California: Science & Behavior Books, Inc.