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I love making cards, ever since I was little I have made all my Birthday and Christmas cards. Last year I stressed myself out making too many different kinds of Christmas cards so this year I had a plan to be organised with a really simple design that would translate well through different mediums so I could still personalise each card for each person. I found this really cute tutorial on making washi tape stickers here which I used to make a Christmas tree. It was so much fun I highly recommend it, all you need is some baking paper, washi tape and scissors! I also painted watercolour dots on a large sheet of paper and cut out trees.

I find painting dots repetitively relaxing. A few years ago a friend introduced me to the work of Yayoi Kusama. She said that Yayoi Kusama covered everything in dots in response to anxiety. Last year I was lucky enough to view Yayoi Kusama’s work at GOMA in Brisbane. It was incredible. Part of the exhibition was The Obliteration Room which involved going into a room painted completely white, including the furniture. You were given a page of stickers and you were allowed to place them anywhere you liked. The results were amazing. Images from here


I kept my sticker sheet.

I think that transferring your anxiety to a visual representation, in this case the dot, means that the art work becomes a way of expressing your anxiety in a therapeutic way. I’m a big believer in art therapy. Even in something like a Christmas card! If I really enjoyed making it surely I can transfer the good vibes to my loved ones.