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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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No 1 – Welcome to the new fabric painters’ meeting place

Dear visitor,

Welcome to this very first post on Your Colourful Mind!

It is also the first post I have ever written in my life and thus this is a quite exciting experience for me! It is a somehow strange feeling, sitting in front of an empty piece of paper, nervously searching and waiting for the first words and sentences to come out of my mind.

But that’s o.k., starting from scratch is never easy,  and it always needs a first bold step to get going off.

Writing this first post is my first step, – the journey of Your Colourful Mind starts now!

This website has one main focus: fabric painting.

In WHY I AM HERE I explain how the idea to establish a meeting point around fabric painting came up, and in THE IDEA BEHIND YOUR COLOURFUL MIND I summarize the motivation behind it:

The idea is to develop one central location for fabric painters
  • where we can meet and get to know each other,
  • where information and motivation can be found,
  • where techniques and materials can be discussed,
  • and where personal experiences and skills can be shared.

Thus, as I emphasize in LET’S COME TOGETHER, the website actually is not just about fabric painting. It is also not just about fabric painting and me. It is about fabric painting and you and me.

“Blogging isn’t just about publishing. It’s about sharing, community, and connecting.”
(Source: The Editors, WordPress.com, (2014), Grow Your Traffic, Build Your Blog,The Daily Post)

After having done the first step today, I am now looking forward to taking the next steps necessary to keep the site alive.

Its future, nevertheless, depends on whether I will be successful in motivating you to get on board.

Get engaged with Your Colourful Mind!

During the following weeks I will try to make sure that you can rely on finding interesting information related to fabric painting every time you visit Your Colourful Mind.

Every week you come along, you should be able to find something you can think about, you can look at, you can talk about, – ideally something you can take along when you move on.

Over time, you will, hopefully, feel more and more comfortable at this new fabric painters’ meeting place, and, if everything goes well, you will become more and more involved in the project.

What’s the plan for the next weeks?

I plan to publish at least one post every week.

These are some of the issues I wish to arrange the coming posts around:

  • Sharing experiences and images of fabric painting design projects
    Although I am definitely no expert in fabric painting, I do have some years of experience in colouring my t-shirts and other clothes.I will share images of what I have done so far and report on the different techniques I have used. It would be great if I could soon also present some of your ideas and finished designs.
  • The relaxing effects of fabric painting
    Fabric painting has positive effects on my mind, somehow it makes it more colourful :). I feel relaxed and can easier put any feeling of stress aside as soon as I sit down and start thinking about my next painting idea. Based on that personal experience, I am interested in doing some research on the relaxing effects of fabric painting and to write about my findings. It will also be very interesting to hear about your experiences in this regard.
  • Adult colouring books – Similarities and differences to fabric painting
    The advantages of stress reduction and increased relaxation are, of course, not restricted to fabric painting. The sale of adult colouring books has become successful in Australia as in many other countries. Many of the followers of this new trend say that they use colouring books as an easy way to clear their mind and relax. I plan to find out more about the colouring books trend and will try to compare its pros and cons with those of fabric painting.
  • The history of fabric painting
    The history of fabric painting is another issue I am interested in. I don’t know whether it will be difficult to learn about how fabric painting developed over time and in different cultures, but I will give it a try to find some facts and stories about it.
  • Opinion and knowledge exchange with other bloggers
    During my searching on the internet I didn’t find a website which focuses on fabric painting (that’s why I decided to launch this site) but I found many blogs from very creative people. And some of them from time to time do some painting on fabrics and they write about it in their posts or produce how-to-do videos. I intend to contact these creative minds and will ask them to contribute some knowledge and info to Your Colourful Mind.
  • My learning journey in the world of social media
    Currently, I don’t feel very much at home on social media pages such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. But I know that Your Colourful Minwill become an active participant in any social circle that offers the opportunity to get to know fabric painting activists and prospects. I will share the learning process in the social media arena on the blog. And hope that you will support me with advice and criticism.

Some weeks from now, I (we) will know  which of these post ideas worked out well and which came out not so nicely. And, hopefully, I will have some feedback from you, and some suggestions and ideas the blog should work around.

The next – the second! – post (Post No 2) at the end of next week will tell you my personal fabric painting story: when, why, and how I started to use painting on fabrics to colour in my mind. And I will explain why I named this website Your Colourful Mind.

Hope to see you next week,
and wish you a good time,

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