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Connecting with Nature through Art Therapy: Using Natural Objects in Stamping

by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC

One popular technique used in art therapy is stamping, which involves creating images by pressing objects onto paper or other surfaces. While stamping is a fun and creative activity in and of itself, it can also be therapeutic in a number of ways. In addition, using natural objects in stamping can be a particularly effective way to connect with nature and tap into our innate creativity.

When making stamped images, individuals have control over the choice of object, the amount of pressure applied, and the placement of the stamp on the paper. This can be empowering and help to build confidence. Stamping can also be therapeutic by promoting self-expression through the incorporation and creative use of different objects to use as stamps. By experimenting with different colors and patterns, individuals can explore their creativity and express themselves in new and meaningful ways. This can be especially helpful for individuals who struggle to express themselves verbally.

The process of stamping incorporates a mental practice of focusing and concentrating on the task at hand, which promotes relaxation. The repetitive nature of stamping can be meditative, allowing individuals to focus their attention on the present moment and quiet their minds. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who struggle with anxiety or stress.

One of the simplest ways to incorporate natural objects into a stamping project is by using leaves. Leaves come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can create beautiful and intricate designs when stamped onto paper. Simply paint the surface of the leaf with a thin layer of paint, and press it onto the paper to create a unique and natural design.

Other natural objects that can be used in stamping are flowers, shells and pinecones. Flower petals can be used to create delicate and intricate designs, while flower stems can create more linear and abstract patterns. For a more vibrant and colorful design, one can try using multiple colors of paint and different types of flowers. Pinecones can create interesting patterns with their unique shape. It can be fun to experiment with textures by using the tips of the pinecones to create a more intricate design.

Rocks and pebbles can also be used in stamping projects to create interesting and textured patterns. Paint the surface of the rock with a thin layer of paint, and then press it onto the paper to create a unique and organic design. This technique can be particularly effective for creating abstract or minimalist designs.

Using natural objects in stamping can be a powerful way to connect with nature and explore our own creativity. Whether using leaves, flowers, or rocks, the possibilities for creating unique and beautiful designs are endless. So why not gather some natural objects and try incorporating them into your next piece of artwork? You might be surprised at what you can create.

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