Experience the healing power of the arts: Make your own craft clay at home
As we practice social distancing, our Creative Sessions are not meeting. We are doing our part to keep us all healthy -- especially those who are immune-compromised like cancer patients, survivors, and their families.
Those who have been impacted by cancer are familiar with social distancing. They are worried about the spread of germs. They isolate themselves to protect their health. They reply "No, thank you" to party invitations and dinners out.
During one of our Creative Sessions, we learned to make craft clay and then created our own sculptures. It was a session filled with hope and connection.
Except one participant told us she couldn't get out very easily. She wanted to make this clay with her grandchildren. That night, we sent her home with clay making materials and paint supplies allowing her a chance to recreate this experience with her beloved grandchildren.
A light bulb went off for us. We can provide the healing powers of the arts in many different ways, and we launched our "Art-to-Go" project for people who could not attend our healing sessions. This is important for many who want to attend but know that saying "No, thank you" is what is best for their health. We didn't know it, but this experience prepared us for social distancing.
Our mission can continue with a bit of adjusting. It's what we are all doing right now, isn't it?
We are ready to continue providing you with a variety of ideas to keep your hands busy so your mind and heart can calm. All things you can do from home - and we want you to share your artwork with us through email and social media until it's safe to gather again.
Our first project launched last week called Make Hope Soar: The Birdhouse Project. Make sure to check this out as well.
Here is a recipe for craft clay that you can make with items you probably have at your home:
Craft Clay Yields approximately 3 cups, enough for several projects. 2 cups baking soda 1 cup cornstarch 1 1/2 cups water Cook all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until the mixture is too thick to stir. When the dough has cooled enough to handle comfortably, remove the clay from the pan and knead until smooth. This is an important step. Kneading until the clay is smooth will allow it to hold together better. Keep the dough in plastic when not in use. Objects made from this clay will dry at room temperature within 1 to 2 days. Once dry, objects may be painted with acrylic or poster paint.
May the time you spend creating your clay artwork offer you peace and healing!
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