What Is Neurography?
When you hear the word “neurography”, it instantly sounds like something of them scientific persuasion and not so much about creativity. In a sense, that is partially correct in that it does involve a bit of science. However, what it does involve most is some of the simplest and deepest forms of explorative creativity. This is an explorative and healing project for people of all ages. No artistic abilities are required, only the interest in creating an artwork that is not only intuitive but greatly beneficial to our emotional and calming states. Let us get a little history on the origins of Neurography and what you will learn from this project. Also, if you do partake in this project, please feel free to join our Facebook group to share.
Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev coined the term Neurography or Neurographica in 2014. He has described the methods and process of this Neurographic art as something that creatively can transform the world. By this, he specifies how using the simplest tools to draw through this technique is a link between conscious and unconscious. This connection is made by the brain cells called neurons being activated in a way that brings forth awareness and mindfulness.This awareness and mindfulness can turn stress into calm. Neurographic art has been used as a healing aid for everything from stress relief, anxiety, chronic pain, and grief among many more.
As stated above, anyone can enjoy the process of neurographic artmaking. That is where this type of creativty is most beneficial, a place where the process of creativity is the intent over the end result of the artwork. Let us jump in and explore more on the project of Neurographic Art for Healing.
- Heavy Drawing Paper or Mixed Media Board
- Permanent Non-Waterbased Marker
- Pencil or Pen
- Paint: Acrylic, Watercolor
- Colored Pencils
In this first step, take a moment to close your eyes and sit before your paper and tools and meditate on what you are feeling inside. This project is about what you need to find a place of calm and see what pours out of you in the most intuitive way. Place your pencil or marker at a point of interest just above the paper. Loosen your arms and grip and draw an intuitive line, with curves of flow, or a doodle, or random marks for about ten seconds. If you feel the flow go a little longer then let it just happen as you intuitively glide your instrument of choice across the paper. Try to keep one flow going off and back on to the paper.
Next, examine the intersection of lines, and make connections by rounding off the corners. Feel free to go back over your lines to connect any broken or jagged areas. If you like the look just the way it is, that is fine as well. Taking your marker, thicken up all the lines you do have to really have your intuitive lines emerge off the paper.
Next, transform additional intersections by continuing to round off the corners where any lines and shapes meet. A softer, curverier look to the lines helps in the calming effect the image can have on your mind as you experience deeper flow and even. ameditative state. When you are finished and content with your lines, step back and appreciate what you have created. Here are few thoughts to ponder as you do:
- What feeling and emotion went into creating these lines?
- Are you noticing how you are sitting and breathing?
- Was there a sense of calm as you created this stage of your artwork?
- What emotion or feeling are you experiencing now?
- Is there a sense of calm and relaxation within you right now?
In this step, we are going to add color and dive deeper into the flow experience of creating. Again, enjoy the process and intuitive choices you make along the way.
- With paint. marker, colored pencil, whatever you wish – create depth of color with darker colors starting from the lines and blending inward. However, feel free to explore color or shading however feels right to you. Perhaps shading or coloring in each segment a different color feels right for you. There is no incorrect way to complete your artwork. It is finished when it feels finished to you.
- Next, ask yourself what certain colors mean to you? Notice how you blend and add colors within the areas of your artwork. With slow and calm breathing, let the process of the work complete itself.
- And the final step is that there is no incorrect way to complete your artwork. It is finished when it feels finished to you.
You have now created your first neurographic artwork. How did the experience feel to you? Would you like to try another one with different tools and colors? Feel free to try this technique of creativity anytime you feel there is a need for calm and meditative moments. The lines, the curves and the colors created today are all part of transforming your needs and reality into a calmer and safer place to reside in. To be able to create a new artwork that embodies many pieces of ourselves is a bonus! Thank you for sharing in this project of creating your own neurographic art for healing.
If you enjoyed this project, feel free to leave a comment below as well as share an image of your project in the Create For Healing Facebook Group. We’d love to see what you did with the project.