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Identifying Feelings

Aug 03, 2021 by Eileen Adler

Scribble Art was a favorite of mine as a child but today, it has been updated to reflect my feelings. Coloring, like any repetitive activity, moves us into a more peaceful space. To keep this manageable, cut a piece of 8 by 11.5” paper in half – save the other half for another day. Gather your supplies: crayons, colored pencils, markers – whatever you have. In a corner, write the date.

To begin, draw a “scribble” with your darkest color to outline each section. As you think about your feelings right now, select a color that you feel identifies that emotion and color in a space or spaces. Next, choose a color that reflects another feeling. The painted stones are suggestions to get you started but you do not have to limit your feelings to one space—color in a section or sections that reflect each emotion.

When you are finished, take a step back and observe your emotional scribble drawing. Ask questions: What surprised you? Which color was the hardest to draw? Why did you color two different emotions side-by-side? If you observe more darkness, how might you integrate more positivity into your drawing and into your life?