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|Posted by [email protected] on August 2, 2017 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
Commissions are Open!
Hey guys. We’re open to commissions again! We had an awesome time with the convention and made some decent pocket change but the bills don’t pay themselves and food doesn’t appear out of thin air. Any and all commissions are greatly appreciated.
Alternatively you can give your support by pledging to Patreon, or buying something from our shop.
Here are some guidelines for commissions:
I considered doing commissions in order, however some of these are going to take longer than others. So instead I’ll say give me about a week to do your commission. Either you’ll get it sooner, or I’ll contact you about delays.
I’m happy to do almost any kind of art, but I’m especially confident my original work, and in the following categories for fan or original work:
I will do NSFW at request, but don’t automatically assume I’ll draw what you want. Tell me first, and I’ll tell you if I will or won’t.
To be honest, I don’t have much in the way of “heck no I’m not doing that”. However, in the name of the brand and all, I’m going to say no to graphic violence, non-con, and underage sex.
|Posted by [email protected] on August 2, 2017 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Hey guys. Tonight we’re going to talk about Care Kits. You might also know them as Comfort Boxes or Care Boxes. These kits come in a wide range of arrangements, since each person typically puts it together themselves.
The most common types of kits are Comfort and Grounding Boxes. These are the kits that you pull out when you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or you just need something to help you calm or center yourself. We’ll talk about those most often, at least for the next few months.
Less commonly talked about are kits of other varieties. You may have a bathroom care kit, which you use as a part of your daily routine. A kit like this might include a wash cloth, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, things for hair care, tooth care, and skin care. I like to call these Routine kits, since they’re the sort of kits that you would take out to use every single day (or on a routine schedule), rather than as you need them like a comfort box.
Pictured above is a comfort box that I’ve been building for a few months. I add to it frequently, whenever I get my hands on something that makes me feel good. The only thing I don’t keep in it is the stuffed transformer doll that I cuddle at night.
I have a little something for everything. I have lotion that smells good, some wax melts to make my room smell good, a coloring book for a distraction, some velvety fabric for something soft to touch, a candy bar for something sweet, books to flip through, candles, and so on. The structure and contents of a comfort box are free for you to decide on your own, though now and then you might want to build something specific.
Every Wednesday we’ll be posting about care kits, and we’ll be talking about what you might put in them, suggestions for themed kits, and we’ll try to also answer any questions that our followers send in about the kits.
We’re also in the process of building a care kit system through Patreon that will allow Patrons at a specific level to gift friends and family customized kits, and in time the Etsy shop will include individual items intended for the kits. We’ll also be making some printables and guides available for the kits with a “pay what you want” sort of deal.
We hope that you enjoy our posts on care kits, and that you find them helpful.
|Posted by [email protected] on July 31, 2017 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
Like any other therapy, art therapy may be more or less effective depending on a variety of factors.
There are other variables that may come into play, but we’ll just focus on these for now.
If you check the sources at the end of this post, you’ll find a PDF from the American Art Therapy Association that addresses the definition of art therapy, and gives a brief overview of exactly what it is that art therapists do.
As a practice, art therapy can only be administered by a certified art therapist, who has undergone the appropriate education and received the proper license from the state. There are many creative activities that may be considered therapeutic in certain circumstances - however, as with other forms of therapy, it is best for the client to be guided by someone who has the appropriate training. However, this does not mean that you shouldn’t continue to pursue creative interests, especially if they do help you express yourself and feel better.
Art therapy can be beneficial for almost anyone, regardless of the skill level of the client. However, there are some groups that may be more responsive to the therapy, which is normal. In this case, children and clients on the autism disorder spectrum may find this form of therapy to be especially helpful, as these groups sometimes struggle to express themselves and communicate verbally. While this is not always the case, it is a possibility.
This form of therapy can be used to treat serious disorders, such as Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, and so on. There is even a possibility of this therapy being helpful for those with physical ailments, such as cancer.
However, while you may find many stories of success around the internet, you may also find stories of failure. You may come across an article which tells about how there are no systematic reviews regarding art therapy being used for trauma in adults. Though there are many individual cases of success, a lack of proper review and study may lead to this form of therapy being used less often. From my own observations, art therapy isn’t a very well-known practice. It may be that it simply isn’t very widespread, or it may be that it’s simply not often discussed outside of actual therapy. Whatever the case may be, art therapy could benefit from a complete study on its effectiveness.
In the end, art therapy is just like any other form of therapy: how effective it is depends on the therapist, the client, and their connection.
|Posted by [email protected] on July 29, 2017 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
What is Self Care?
Self care, simply put, refers to an individual addressing their own needs in a compassionate way. It’s taking care of yourself in a way that, in a world as busy and fast-moving as ours, some people may struggle to do.
This isn’t the sort of thing that you do now and then, when you have free time. It’s not a vacation, though a vacation could be a part of it. Self care is something that should be practiced daily, and it covers quite a few activities.
On the Surface: Fun Self Care
This is the self care that you read about on the internet all the time. It’s the sort that says “pamper yourself” and “you don’t have to get out of bed today”. It’s a perfectly valid sort of self care, but it can also lead to over indulgence if you neglect your other needs, and especially if you begin to neglect your responsibilities.
However, this isn’t meant to scare you away from these activities - you should indulge and have fun, and you should do it regularly. Just remember, all good things in moderation.
Fun self care includes things like:
Down and Dirty: Hard Self-Care
Sometimes the internet (and even books) paints self care as this fun, quirky, self-indulgent thing. And while it can be that if that’s what you need in the moment, that’s not the only part of self care.
Self care means addressing your own needs - and that means all of your own needs. Your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health can’t be sustained on chocolate and comedies alone, you need to take care of yourself, like how our parents took care of us (or how they should have, if they didn’t).
This side of self care includes:
This post is by no means extensive, but it does give you a good idea of what makes up self care, and what its purpose is. As more and more posts are added to the blog, I’ll explore the idea of self care more in depth.
|Posted by [email protected] on July 24, 2017 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
What is art therapy?
An expressive form of therapy, where clients are given the means to create in order to express themselves, and as a part of their individual wellness plan.
Who is it for?
Art therapy can be for anyone - we’re all different, and we all respond differently to different types of therapy. Even within the different types, some techniques, or even individual therapists, will work better for some and not at all for others. This is an ageless therapy, only the techniques themselves vary between age groups.
I have noticed, however, that art therapy may be most effective for children, clients with autism, and non-verbal clients. I’ll be posting about this topic twice a week, so I’ll have plenty of time to go in depth regarding professional studies and my own experiences/observations.
How does it work?
In much the same way that any other form of art works. The only difference is that in art therapy, a therapist will ideally guide their client, giving them specific projects to help them, or talking to them about what they’re creating freely to understand their decisions, motives, and techniques. In the former, the specific projects may be used to address certain symptoms or behaviors, or may be used to determine how a client uses creative problem-solving skills. In the latter example, the client is given much more freedom, and the therapist works with them to interpret their own art.
Why do we do it?
There are a lot of reasons to use art therapy with clients. In the future, I’ll take some time to discuss professional studies, research, and so on. For right now, I think a good answer to start with is: We do it because the act of creating can be very cathartic, and because art therapy allows for a different form of expression - one that might be easier for clients who struggle to talk or communicate.
The Significance of Art Therapy in Spider’s Nest Creations
Spider’s Nest Creations started as a simple art studio, just me and my tools creating whatever came to mind. However, as I started studying art therapy, I began to realize that I was using it in my own way with SNC, and I didn’t want to just be an artist. I wanted to be a creator that shared my creations and the joy they gave me with the world. I use art to express myself when words fail me, and you’ll notice as more and more of my work is posted here on the blog, I use my work to explore mental health. I want to give that to my audience, to my future clients, and so art therapy was welcomed into the family with open arms.
If you ever have any questions about it that I haven’t yet addressed on the blog, feel free to let me know, so that I can make a post! I have many of them already planned, but it always helps to know what my audience is looking for.
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