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ABE #17: Remember Who You Are

November 20, 2013 in Art Block Execution

Art Block Execution #17: Remember Who You Are

We all have things we doodle most often- things that filled our sketchbooks, things that we automatically play when we pick up an instrument. This ABE is for when you feel like you can’t create- nothing is coming out like you want it to, your fingers aren’t cooperating, you know what you want but can’t make it work, and no amount of practice or planning will help.

Your confidence starts to waver.

So stop what you’re doing.

Right now, stop.

Take a short break, get a clean slate, and carve some time into your schedule to make something personal. What are the things you will always create, given no other input? No rules, just you and a sketchbook, a spiral notebook, a spare lump of clay. Nobody watching. Is it beasties? Dragons? Jazz? Romantic Fiction? Whatever you find yourself doodling idly, given the spare time, make that now. Take that topic/item/genre and GO NUTS. Do it well And Most Importantly, Have Fun.

Difficulty: 2/5.

How Does This Kill Art Block? This is all about taking something you KNOW you can make well, and reminding yourself that you ARE good at your craft. This one is about getting your Mojo back.

Bonus Points: Make it really, REALLY nice. Follow through, finish it all the way. We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

Roo

MHNJ #5: HB PT 4, The Box Itself

November 13, 2013 in Mental Health no Jutsu

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Mental Health no Jutsu #5: Happy Box part 4, The Box Itself

We’re doing something a little bit different this month. It’ll be broken down into Four (4) main parts and we encourage you to add onto them as you see fit. The goal this month is to take care of yourself, and this project is gonna be fairly personal so we’re not assigning difficulties or bonus points- or even examining how it helps kill art block.

A couple rules for the Happy Box:

1: Keep everything you make this month in a safe place until we get to the last week. You don’t want to lose it.

2: Don’t worry about how other people might judge your Happy Box. This is for YOU, not them. they don’t have to like it.

Part 4: Acquiring and Filling a Box

Okay so, this is pretty straight forward:

Acquire a box to put the things in. We strongly encourage that you build one (it’s more personal that way!) but it’s okay if you buy one. (Roo did!) but either way, once you have it, make it yours.

If you’re a sticker kind of person, put stickers on it.

Draw things on it that makes you feel safe, write reassuring words, woodburn crazy celtic patterns- whatever you need to do to really OWN this box, do it. It can have a lid or not have a lid and it can be as big or small as you like- so long as it holds all of your items. Go nuts! And don’t worry about finishing it right exactly now- you can come back to it later, if you need to! the point is, it’s your box and it has things that make you feel good in it.

Once you’re happy with the box (or have a box at all) go ahead and put your things in there. Arrange them how you like- and again, this is your box, so you can be as much or as little particular about the exact arrangement as you like.

And then, once you have everything in the box that you need in the box, put it somewhere safe, where you can get to it when you need to.

We love to see your completed projects, but we know that this one is sort of personal! We do encourage you to post a picture of your completed box, though, and you can do so by replying to this post. If you have a tumblr, you can respond there- we DO have replies enabled if you’ve been following us 7 days or more- you can also Submit the list to our blog and if we get enough responses we’ll put together a big list for people to look at.

Roo

P&M 004: Physical Stagnation

October 25, 2013 in Procrastination and Motivation

You can call and leave a message at +1 (858) 859-3256, email us with a voice clip or text at podcast@tix-n-roo.com, or leave a comment on this post! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode (anything you’d like to add!) and we’re still looking for input about depression and long term chronic illness, as they relate to motivation and the tendency to procrastinate.

I said I’d put some sources in the notes but I didn’t really have any to begin with- Most of this is intuitive, or from personal experience, or common sense, and I went out of my way looking for examples of scientific reinforcement of the ideas expressed- so here are a couple, because I said that I would:

Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect – this book is the reason that Matthew D. Lieberman was on Science Friday to talk about. Super interesting, hearing him on this subject, and this is the podcast for your listening pleasure.

Walking Your Way to a Bigger Brain – Another Science Friday podcast, supporting the idea that, evolutionarily, walking is something we need to do.

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MHNJ #4: HB Pt 3, Journals

September 18, 2013 in Mental Health no Jutsu

Mental Health no Jutsu #4: Heart Box Part 3, Journals

We’re doing something a little bit different this month. It’ll be broken down into Four (4) main parts and we encourage you to add onto them as you see fit. The goal this month is to take care of yourself, and this project is gonna be fairly personal so we’re not assigning difficulties or bonus points- or even examining how it helps kill art block.

A couple rules for the Happy Box:

1: Keep everything you make this month in a safe place until we get to the last week. You don’t want to lose it.

2: Don’t worry about how other people might judge your Happy Box. This is for YOU, not them. they don’t have to like it.

Pt 3: Goal Book and Anxiety Journal.

In addition to having some comfort and musical stimulation for your happy box, its best to have something to keep your mind occupied on the positive and productive. For this, we suggest having two journals in your happy box – one for goals and one for your negative emotions.

For your Goals, You’ll want to get a notebook you don’t mind writing in. Its okay to have it in your happy box… or even have it travel along with you during the day. . Start off small. Dont be overwhelmed by the thought of what kind of book it is…as long as you can write on it.  If you’re worried about losing it, its a-okay to just write in those cheap wide-ruled notebooks

Fill your first with goals you’d like to meet. Pick idealistic, realistic goals … being able to love yourself, being more positive, being able to run 5K , have the courage to speak to strangers…. Just stick to one page for goals and make sure not to place a time limit on them.

When you have your goals written down, then its time to plan them out! Prioritize first- really important goals that are necessary for your well being, goals you really want but that aren’t as imporant, and things you’d just sorta like to do. Now pick wone goal you wouldn’t mind working on first and break it down. What benefits will you gain by achieving your goal? What are the consequences? Can you think of any obstacles that you may encounter? What can you do to overcome them?

Write down resources that would help you achieve this goal. Numbers and addresses to buildings, websites with information. Take time to print relevant articles and taped them into the book so you can read up on them when a computer isn’t available.

And then from there, be sure to write down any progress you make with your goals. You’l l be surprised how easy a goal can be met when planned properly. And , when you’ve achieved your goal, it feels sooo good when you cross it off.

A worry book will be treated differently. We’d like for you to grab a notebook that you wouldn’t mind missing if it go lost. This book will be seeing a bit of damage.

You worry book will be used to track, disassemble, and destroy any negative feelings you may have. . Ask yourself what  is bothering you so much and why….Writing will hopefully get the edge off in any negative feels your having as well as able to help you deconstruct and see the real core of these emotions .

If its a page that is just full of negativity that you needed to get out, feel free to rip that page out and destroy it. Burn it, flush it, eat it… whatever you need to do to get it out of sight and, hopefully, out of mind.

To Help out with your journals, we have created a few pages for you to print out and tape to the back of your books. Hopefully these will help you get to your path of your own happiness. Good luck!

Goal Book Questions: tape this to the back of your journal.

Unhelpful thinking Styles. [ Which one of these thinking patterns do you find yourself using a lot? ]

Worry Diary Questions 

We love to see your completed projects, but we know that this one is sort of personal! If you have any other ideas related to the Goals/Feelings journals, please feel free to comment on this post! If you have a tumblr, you can respond there- we DO have replies enabled if you’ve been following us 7 days or more- you can also Submit the list to our blog and if we get enough responses we’ll put together a big list for people to look at.

Roo

MHNJ #3: HB Pt 2, Comfort Items

September 11, 2013 in Mental Health no Jutsu

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Mental Health no Jutsu #3: Happy Box Part 2, Comfort Items

We’re doing something a little bit different this month. It’ll be broken down into Four (4) main parts and we encourage you to add onto them as you see fit. The goal this month is to take care of yourself, and this project is gonna be fairly personal so we’re not assigning difficulties or bonus points- or even examining how it helps kill art block.

A couple rules for the Happy Box:
1: Keep everything you make this month in a safe place until we get to the last week. You don’t want to lose it.
2: Don’t worry about how other people might judge your Happy Box. This is for YOU, not them. they don’t have to like it.

Part Two: Comfort Items

This week you’ll be gathering some things that usually make you feel nice- comfort food, comfort blankies- things that maybe you feel like you should feel bad about needing, but you shouldn’t. How you cope is your deal, not everyone else’s.

Thing #1: Foods and Drinks.

Just what it sounds like- do you have a particular food that you like to have that makes you feel better (chocolate, maybe?) Do you have a go-to tea when you’re feeling down? Get some to keep in your box- or if you can’t keep the food itself (maybe baked goods is your thing) keep the recipes there, so you can whip them up when you need them.

Thing #2: Fragrance

You know you have one- a smell you just absolutely love. Maybe it reminds you of home, or maybe You’re not sure what it is about it, but it calms you DOWN. Get some of it- if you’re a flower person, keep some dried flowers in there, or know a place to go get the kind you like if you need it. if you’re not too sensitive to concentrated smells, maybe buy a tart warmer or a diffuser and invest in some scented wax tarts or essential oils.

Thing #3: Tactile

We don’t care what anyone says- stuffed toys and blankets are essential transitional items for most of us, and it doesn’t matter how old you are: if it works for you, use it! It doesn’t have to be something soft and fuzzy, either- but it does need to be an item, and you should be able to hug it (or have it hug you) and it should make you feel safe. If you don’t have anything that fits this, or you can’t think of anything, you can leave this out- assigning happiness to an object rarely works as intended-
We do, however, suggest maybe making yourself a blanket.

We love to see your completed projects, but we know that this one is sort of personal! We do encourage you to post some items from your box  in replies to this post, though- you might have some gems in there that others would enjoy but did not know existed! If you have a tumblr, you can respond there- we DO have replies enabled if you’ve been following us 7 days or more- you can also Submit the list to our blog and if we get enough responses we’ll put together a big list for people to look at.

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MHNJ #2: HB Pt 1, Personal Playlist

September 4, 2013 in Mental Health no Jutsu

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Mental Health no Jutsu #2: Happy Box Part 1, Personal Playlist

We’re doing something a little bit different this month. It’ll be broken down into Four (4) main parts and we encourage you to add onto them as you see fit. The goal this month is to take care of yourself, and this project is gonna be fairly personal so we’re not assigning difficulties or bonus points- or even examining how it helps kill art block.

A couple rules for the Happy Box:
1: Keep everything you make this month in a safe place until we get to the last week. You don’t want to lose it.
2: Don’t worry about how other people might judge your Happy Box. This is for YOU, not them. they don’t have to like it.

Part One: Personal Playlist

For this first segment of the Happy Box we want you to make at least Three (3) Playlists. You can store them on CDs, on a flash drive, or in playlists on your MP3 player- it doesn’t matter to us, it’s about what’s most comfortable and natural and accessible for you. Roo is including a few that work well for him to get you started, if you need some help.

Playlist #1: Chillout
This playlist is for when you’re feeling worked up- stressed, angry, anxious, panicked, depressed, distressed, scared, or any combination or derivation of those. Whatever helps get you out of your head and puts you in a better place. The goal here is mostly to calm your nerves, not to get you feeling happy or upbeat.
(ex: One of the songs Roo uses is actually called Chillout, and it’s by Ze Frank. He also swears by Heart and Soul from the BIG soundtrack.)

Playlist #2: Upbeat/Happy
You know how you hear some songs, and no matter how you’re feeling (unless you’re particularly depressed) it picks you up IMMEDIATELY? That’s what this playlist should be. Upbeat stuff. Songs you love SO MUCH you get excited just being reminded they exist.
(ex: Roo enjoys another Ze Frank song, Scared, for this. Another one that always works without fail is In Your Light by Gotye.)

Playlist #3: Sustained Happy
This one should be songs that keep you feeling upbeat but that you can only really get excited about if you’re already in a decent mood- you’ve probably heard them a few times and gone “wow this song ALWAYS makes me happy!” but when you’ve tried listening to them while depressed or angry they just don’t do it for you- but they DO kelp keep your mood stable when you’re already feeling okay, and that’s what this playlist is about!
(ex: Roo knows it’s a little overdone, this being the internet and all, but the original version of Caramelldansen is a favorite, as is All Over Again by Matthew Ebel.)

We love to see your completed projects, but we know that this one is sort of personal! We do encourage you to post some songs from your personal playlist, in replies to this post, though- you might have some gems in there that others would enjoy but did not know existed! If you have a tumblr, you can respond there- we DO have replies enabled if you’ve been following us 7 days or more- you can also Submit the list to our blog and if we get enough responses we’ll put together a big list for people to look at.

Roo

ABE #16: Out of the Box

August 30, 2013 in Art Block Execution


Art Block Execution #16: Out of the Box

Okay so, for this one, we want you to learn a new skill. Whatever it is you normally do- writing, sculpting, music, painting- drop it. (just for now of course.)

Pick a different kind of art- as far removed from your usual medium as interests you. It should require mostly skills that you don’t have, but if you have a particular kind of art you’ve been MEANING to do and haven’t gotten around to yet, do that!

Make something. It does not have to be perfect- in fact, it probably shouldn’t be. You don’t even need to finish it- just start a small project and learn something new!

Difficulty: 5/5 The difficulty depends almost entirely on what new medium you pick and how hard it is to wrap your brain around it.

How Does This Kill Art Block: This is another one of those “lets you think about something else for awhile” kinds of art block killers, and a big part of this ABE is remembering that the result does NOT have to be perfect- and perfectionism can ruin an otherwise productive artist. (plus, it’s a good brain exercise.)

Bonus Points: Finish it!

We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

Roo

ABE #15: Animal Mechanicalism, Part 2

August 21, 2013 in Art Block Execution

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Art Block Execution #15: Animal Mechanicalism, Part 2

Like the First Animal Mechanicalism, this ABE is also about creating a creature based on or inspired by a machine or function- but unlike the last ABE, it doesn’t need to be inspired by or function as a motor vehicle- and it doesn’t need to look like the object it’s replacing, either.

What we’re doing today is creating a creature that serves a specific purpose, preferably around the house. It can be a Can Opener, a Blender, a Lamp, Toothbrush, whatever! It does not need to look like or be based on a specific item, and it does not even need to serve a function we already have a robot for- if you can think of another small chore that you’d LOVE a piece of hardware to take care of for you, create an animal to serve that function!

Difficulty: 2/5 I dunno, these difficulty numbers are mostly arbitrary. It depends a lot on if you’re designing a creature from scratch or retrofitting an existing animal.

How Does This Kill Art Block? Mostly it’s just fun- though thinking about what features can serve what function can be a great knowledge-building and outside-the-box-thinking exercise.

Bonus Points if the name of the creature is some sort of pun!

We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

Roo

ABE #14: Remastered, Digitally or Otherwise

August 14, 2013 in Art Block Execution


Art Block Execution #14: Remastered, Digitally or Otherwise

This one is pretty simple. Is there anything that you made a very long time ago, when you were just starting, that you honestly still kind of like? Anything you’ve always sort of wanted to re-do? If yes, go see if you can find it, and make it again, with your new skills! (If not, just go find some old things, as old as possible, and pick one.)

It doesn’t need to be the same medium. this isn’t a tool exercise like ABE #14- this is about showing yourself how much better you’ve gotten- and you have! It’s hard to spend that many years working on a skill and NOT get better, we just can’t see it sometimes.

Difficulty: 2/5 I suspect that you have an old creation in mind already. This is just a technical update!

How Does This Kill Art Block? If you’re anything like Roo, you’ve been meaning to do this for awhile and never came up with an excuse to do it. Well, we’re giving you one- you have our full permission to go back and update a really old creation. It’s also a hell of a confidence booster, seeing how much has changed!

Bonus Points: Tell us about how old you were the first time you attempted this particular image/song/story. Do you remember anything about it, or was it just cool?

We love to see your completed ABEs! You can email them to us at abe@tiix-n-roo.com, or post a reply to this topic! If you have a tumblr, you can post your ABE there (or Submit it to our blog!) and be sure to use our tags, #ABE, #TixNRoo, and #ArtBlockExecution. We’ll post some favorites more or less monthly!

Roo

P&M 003: The Middle. Part 1. Probably.

August 3, 2013 in Procrastination and Motivation

You can call and leave a message at +1 (858) 859-3256, email us with a voice clip or text at podcast@tix-n-roo.com, or leave a comment on this post! We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode (anything you’d like to add!) and we’re still looking for input about depression and long term chronic illness, as they relate to motivation and the tendency to procrastinate.

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Tix-N-Roo – Art Party Questionnaire

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