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Welcome to Activity No. 16 of the Expressive Arts Carnival for the month of March 2012. Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

This month's theme:

Using only a regular pencil (not colored), make a simple shape on the page that represents a core belief that holds you back. Then draw (using the same pencil) around the first shape to represent support for change of that core belief. With your entry, please also include a couple of sentences saying what the process was like for you which will accompany your art.

If you have questions on this theme, please ask them in the comments.

Entries are due by Wednesday, March 28, 2012 and will be published shortly thereafter.

You may also feel free to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog), if you have one. If you do not have a blog post specifically on your entry, and you do have a blog, please tell me if you would like a link to your blog in the carnival. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a website in order to participate.

To submit an entry use this link to e-mail: paul@mindparts.org

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive one within a day or two, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of the month and submissions are open for approximately 2-3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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Welcome to Activity No. 15 of the Expressive Arts Carnival for the month of January 2012. Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

This month's theme:

Through drawing, painting, or any other visual means, create an image that represents a major obstacle facing you now. You can do this any way you wish. With your entry, please also include a couple of sentences saying what the process was like for you which will accompany your art.

If you have questions on this theme, please ask them in the comments.

Entries are due by Wednesday, January 25, 2012 and will be published shortly thereafter.

You may also feel free to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog), if you have one. If you do not have a blog post specifically on your entry, and you do have a blog, please tell me if you would like a link to your blog in the carnival. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a website in order to participate.

To submit an entry use this link to e-mail: paul@mindparts.org

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive one within a day or two, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of the month and submissions are open for approximately 2-3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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Welcome to Activity No. 14 of the Expressive Arts Carnival for the month of September 2011. Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

This month's theme:

Through drawing, painting, or any other visual means, create an image that incorporates your personal hopes and dreams. You can do this any way you wish. Perhaps it will make it easier to consider a specific timeframe: 1 month, 1 year, 10 years. Or to focus on one specific area, if you are not a "big picture" kind of person. With your entry, please also include a couple of sentences saying what the process was like for you which will accompany your art.

Entries are due by Sunday, September 25, 2011 and will be published shortly thereafter.

You may also feel free to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog), if you have one. If you do not have a blog post specifically on your entry, and you do have a blog, please tell me if you would like a link to your blog in the carnival. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a website in order to participate.

To submit an entry use this link to e-mail: paul@mindparts.org

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive one within a day or two, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of every month and submissions are open for approximately 2-3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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Welcome to Activity No. 13 of the Expressive Arts Carnival for the month of July 2011. Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

There is something new for this month. The directive:

Part 1: Think of someone you look up to, real or imaginary, who has taught you something you can use (or do use) in your healing. Describe either the characteristics of the person, what they told you, or how you have been helped. Use expressive writing by telling a story, writing a poem, or anything that makes sense to you. If you have a blog, you can feel free to publish this writing on your blog. But you will not submit this writing as your entry.

Part 2: For your entry, select three words from your writing that have particular meaning to you and also one color (or HEX color code) that you would like to associate with these words.

I will then create a single word cloud combining the three words from each submission.

As usual, you may also send up to a few sentences to say what the process was like for you or what this activity meant to you. It is up to you whether you want to identify which words are yours.

Entries are due by Tuesday, July 26, 2011 and will be published shortly thereafter.

You may also feel free to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog) with your expressive writing, if you have one. If you do not have a blog post specifically on your entry, and you do have a blog, please tell me if you would like a link to your blog in the carnival. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a website in order to participate.

To submit an entry use this link to e-mail: paul@mindparts.org

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive one within a day or two, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of every month and submissions are open for approximately 2-3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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Welcome to Activity No. 12 of the Expressive Arts Carnival for the month of June 2011. The carnival has now reached a the milestone of a full year of activities! Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

This month's theme:

Through drawing, painting, or any other visual means, create an image about how you are feeling in the moment. Try not to think about this. The purpose is to create an image by paying attention to your feelings. Also, please try not to judge your feelings. Whatever your feelings are when you decide to make the image is where you are. And whatever comes out will be okay. If you get stuck, try just picking up a color and exploring. With your entry, please also include a couple of sentences saying what the process was like for you which will accompany your art. This activity was suggested by regularly contributor Bay.

Entries are due by Wednesday, June 22, 2011 and will be published shortly thereafter.

You may also feel free to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog), if you have one. If you do not have a blog post specifically on your entry, and you do have a blog, please tell me if you would like a link to your blog in the carnival. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a website in order to participate.

To submit an entry use this link to e-mail: paul@mindparts.org

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive one within a day or two, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of every month and submissions are open for approximately 2-3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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Welcome to Activity No. 11 of the Expressive Arts Carnival for the month of May 2011. Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

This month's theme:

Through drawing, painting, photography or any other visual means, create an image about mechanisms you have used to cope when you thought you could not. For example, you could explore what you have done to cope when feeling overwhelmed, or struggling with safety, or dealing with aftermath of a stressful event. With your entry, please also include a couple of sentences saying what the process was like for you which will accompany your art.


Entries are due by Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

You may also feel free to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog), if you have one. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a website in order to participate.

The Carnival will be published on the afternoon of May 26, 2011.

To submit an entry use this link to e-mail: paul@mindparts.org

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive one within a day or two, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of every month and submissions are open for approximately 2-3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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Welcome to Activity No. 10 of the Expressive Arts Carnival for the month of April 2011. Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

This month's theme:

Through drawing, painting, photography or any other visual means, create an image representing your relationship with "safety." Some ideas you may want to explore are what safety means to you, how you struggle with safety, what are your internal or external safe places, and more. With your entry, please also include a couple of sentences saying what the process was like for you which will accompany your art.


Entries are due by Monday April 25, 2011.

You may also feel free to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog), if you have one. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a website in order to participate.

The Carnival will be published on the afternoon of April 26, 2011.

To submit an entry use this link to e-mail: paul@mindparts.org

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive one within a day or two, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of every month and submissions are open for approximately 3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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Welcome to Activity No. 9 of the Expressive Arts Carnival for the month of March 2011. Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

This month's theme:

Write your memoir using only six words and present it as an image.


This is something different and I admit it may be difficult for many. But let's give a try!

I first read about "6 word memoirs" in the article The Story of Your Life in Six Words at the blog World of Psychology. If you are going to participate, then you should definitely check it out, along with all the links there.

Please submit your work as an image. You can use any image editing program, as most all have text editing features. Try to stick only to words (please do not use any imagery). Of course, feel free to explore your creativity in terms of how you present the words, color, orientation, etc. If you need help, you can use the online word cloud generators we used in our first Carnival: Wordle or Tagul.

Entries are due by March 22, 2011.

You may also feel free to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog), if you have one. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a website in order to participate.

The Carnival will be published on the afternoon of March 24, 2011.

To submit an entry use this link to e-mail: paul@mindparts.org

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive one within a day or two, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of every month and submissions are open for approximately 3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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Welcome to Activity No. 8 of the Expressive Arts Carnival. Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

This month's theme:

Through drawing, painting, photograph or any other visual means, create an image of "your truth." Some ideas you may want to explore are finding your truth, saying your truth, what your truth feels to you, and more. With your entry, also include a couple of sentences saying what the process was like for you.


Entries are due by February 21, 2011. All entries must be made by e-mail.

You may also wish to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog), if you have one. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a blog in order to participate.

The Carnival will be published on the afternoon of February 22, 2011.

To submit an entry use this link to e-mail: paul@mindparts.org

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive one within a day or two, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of every month and submissions are open for approximately 3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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Welcome to Activity No. 7 of the Expressive Arts Carnival. Thank you to all who participate and a special welcome if you are new!

This month's theme:

Through drawing, painting or any other visual means, create a self portrait. Please also include a couple of sentences saying what the process was like for you.


Submissions are due by January 26, 2011. All submissions must be made by e-mail.

You may also wish to send me a link to a page hosted on your own site (or blog), if you have one. It is important to repeat that nobody is required to have a blog in order to participate.

The Carnival will be published on the afternoon of January 27, 2011.

To submit, e-mail to: paul@mindparts.org.

Please use "EXPRESSIVE ARTS" in the subject heading to help me keep track of submissions. Every submission will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. If you don't receive one within a day or so, then please follow up with me.

The Expressive Arts Carnival was founded to to bring survivors of abuse together through expressive arts activities. On the Carnival's home page you can find links to all activity announcements and Carnival publications. Activities are posted at the beginning of every month and submissions are open for approximately 3 weeks. The Carnival will be posted shortly after submissions are closed.

If you have questions or need clarifications, direct them to me by e-mail or ask in the comments here.

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