Art Therapy Directive: vulnerability zoom

This has to be one of my favorite art therapy techniques.

The vulnerability zoom (original directive from inner canvas) is a process of art creation and uncovering the hidden layers of a work of art.

Here’s the basics on how it works:

  1. To begin: ask the client to create a work of art. When the client is finished, talk about the art they created.zoom-11.jpg


  2. Choose a spot to “zoom in” on. Imagine if we were to get a magnifying glass and view that specific spot. What would it look like?
  3. Repeat step 2.


    Artwork #3

  4. Repeat step 2 until the client feels it is the “right” time to stop. This process may go on for several sessions. And that is okay. 


Check out the full directive HERE. 

*All artwork shown is not client work. 

Incorporating “Inside Out” with Clients: A Masterpost



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Nonrepresentational Art Therapy: The Use of Textures

The power of textures in art!

Sepia Flora

Try to notice the textures around you. Be conscious of whether they make you feel something in particular.
  • Do you like soft and homey textures when you need comfort?
  • Do you look for heavy and rough textures when you look for safety or protection?
  • Hard and durable textures when you look for support?
  • Heavy and rich textures for coldness?
There are many textures which we don’t notice. Imagine what you can create when you get in contact with them, especially when you become aware and use them to express more than what is expected, to evoke feelings.
These are some textures that evoke emotions. Some that will help you express yourself better.
Textures can be represented through the use of brushes. You can use your own brushes, or you can create a new one that will adapt to the texture that you are looking for.
Here are some examples:
  • Bravery:…

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DIY Book of Textures (sensory book)

I stumbled upon this excellent DIY tutorial to create your own sensory book.

I can picture myself using this with my clients, particularly my clients on the autism spectrum. But, I also imagine using this with clients in toddlerhood or early childhood.

According to the tutorial, here’s what you will need to construct the sensory book:

  • CD sleeves
  • 1 inch album rings
  • reinforcement labels
  • hole punch
  • double-sided tape

Here are some different materials you can use for the various textures:

  • Silk fabric
  • Leather straps
  • Snakeskin scrapbook paper
  • Plastic
  • Foam sheets
  • Fur
  • Glittery foam sheets
  • Cardboard scrapbooking sheet


Here’s what it will look like!



I can’t wait to try this out with clients!