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No 2 – My (hi)story of fabric painting and how the name Your Colourful Mind came up

Dear visitor,

Welcome again, to the second post on Your Colourful Mind.

In my first post last week I announced to publish a new post every week. And now, just a few days later, I realize that this can be a tough job! A week can be very short! But I’ll make sure to keep it going!

Review of last week: Your Colourful Mind‘s first steps into the world of social media

Recently, I have spent some time with taking first steps into the “world of social media”.

My impression so far is that this could become a very interesting meeting arena for Your Colourful Mind, especially with regard to getting to know other fabric painters.

I believe it will be an exciting journey but I still have to learn a lot before I can move around confidently in this part of the digital world.

Very soon you are able to meet Your Colourful Mind on Facebook and Pinterest.

When, why, and how I started fabric painting

I am not a very creative person. And I never was interested in any handicraft activity.

Sometimes, I feel a bit envious of my sisters who all are kind of artists in producing nice and useful things with their hands. Two of my sisters are very good at knitting and sewing, one is great at drawing, and the fourth loves tinkering with different materials to create personal gifts.

When my husband and I moved from Germany to South Africa many years ago, I soon started missing my nieces and nephews. I couldn’t keep in contact via email or mail because, at that time, they were too young and couldn’t write. But they could paint.

And an idea came up how I could use their painting capability to help me feeling closer to them while I was living far away.

I bought seven (that’s the amount of nieces/nephews I had at that time) white shirts, some fabric paints and brushes, and asked all of them to paint something on one of the shirts for me.

The results were awesome! I loved all my unique and personally designed shirts and felt happy and related whenever I was wearing one of them.

Here is one of the shirts I still wear with pride. It was done by my at that time youngest niece: Emmi was two years old when she designed this:

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Some years later, the tactic no longer worked. My nieces and nephews had grown up a lot, they were “very cool” now and painting fabrics for a faraway auntie definitely was no longer cool. I felt rather disappointed first, but that’s life, and nowadays WhatsApp is the new tool to keep in contact with especially the younger family members.

But fact was that my source of uniquely designed clothes had run dry. And I like unique things – whether it is jewelry or fashion or shoes or other things -, I like to know about an item I wear/own that it is the only of its kind.

And that’s one of the reasons why I started fabric painting:

It allows us to be creative and at the same time to produce something that’s absolutely unique.

None of my designs is perfect, and often the final result differs frustratingly from the idea I originally had on my mind. But it’s all unique and therefore special to me.

The second reason why I began to paint on fabrics

has to do with the extremely relaxing effects of this activity. As soon as you sit down and get the paints and other equipment out, all feelings of stress disappear.

Focusing on your design idea helps to calm down, and it occupies the right half of the brain. This helps to feel more balanced especially if you are a logic- and number-focused person and usually rely on the left half of your brain.

How did the name Your Colourful Mind come up?

As soon as I had decided to develop a website/blog for the purpose of offering a meeting platform around fabric painting, I wanted to give it a name. A name with a meaning. A meaning related to why I find fabric painting so use-/helpful.

For me, the main characteristics of fabric painting are: it’s a relaxing activity and it enables creative mindfulness, resulting in unique designs.

Thus, Your Colourful Mind for me is not just a name. It is also used as a picture that summarizes the benefits of fabric painting by saying that it is bringing colour into your mind, colouring in your mind.

Planning next week

There are many different reasons why we need/wish to find a gift for someone else.

One of those reasons is coming closer speedily: for many of us, Christmas time is the season of the year that keeps us hurrying around in search of suitable presents for family members and friends. 🙂

Next week’s post (Post No 3) will be about the opportunity of using fabric painting to create individual gifts for the people we wish to surprise with something very personal.

Thanks for spending some time with Your Colourful Mind,

I am looking forward to meeting you here again,

Cheers,

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