Feelings Cards

Feelings Cards

The last bunch of posts are scans of the Feelings Cards I described and elaborated on in the post about them. You can use these scans to print out and cut up into cards to use with yourself and/or your clients. They are not grouped in any particular way, so they have nothing to do with the groupings I wrote about where I put together similar types of feelings.

Another interesting point about these cards to look at is which of these are emotions that you feel in your body? Are some of these feelings just about bodily feelings that are pleasant or unpleasant, like Hungry, or ones that could be bodily or mental such as Uncomfortable, Relieved?

Feelings Cards for Therapy

A colleague just emailed me asking about feelings cards, so I took out the ones I made years ago. I started with just a few, and while using them with clients got input from clients, both children and adults. It’s interesting to hear people describe feelings, especially those that aren’t obvious, such as Angry, Happy, Sad, Frustrated. You can group feelings into subsets of similar feelings and nuances of such feelings. My favorite addition was from a 10 year old who thought of “Pensive”.

I’m including the scans of all my cards. The colors were random and then I tried to draw faces with expressions that match the words. I just went through them to see how many groups I put them in. First theres, Happy, Sad, Angry, Scared. So with Happy, the other ones in this group are Amused, Joyful, Hopeful, Excited, Confident, Loving, Silly. I could add one I don’t have: “Exhuberant/Enthusiastic”, which is actually one of my favorite versions of Happy… The Angry group includes Angry, Resentful, Disgusted and Frustrated, although Disgusted may not quite go with the others. Sad goes with Tearful, Lonely, Hopeless. In the Scared group, I included other states that are similar: Hyper/Full of Energy, Agitated, Confused, Anxious/Nervous.

The rest are in smaller groups: Calm/Relaxed with Peaceful and Patient. Guilty, Ashamed and Embarrassed. Exhausted/Tired and Overwhelmed. Bored and Indifferent, also favorites of mine as the kind that one sometimes overlooks. Relieved and Hungry. Probably I could now add new ones to go with those: Uncomfortable, Nauseous, Dizzy, Full/Overstuffed with food. Then there are four that kind of are on their own: Shy, Surpised, Pensive and Impatient.

If you have any suggestions, please put them in the comments, and when I have time, I will make more!

So what do you do with all these Feelings Cards in therapy sessions? So many interventions! I have used them as a beginning check in. I ask my client to pick out feelings that match their state at the moment. At the end of the session we can look at the cards and see if they have changed and the client can pick out different ones. Doing this is really useful in an important way in that we as children and adults forget that we can have many feelings that seem contradictory at the same time, like sad and angry and hopeful, or impatient, happy, ashamed, frustrated or any number of combinations. Also we may have feelings we are not aware of until we look at the cards; sometimes the faces remind us of our feelings more than the words.

Another use of the cards is to have the client pick a few cards and tell stories of when they last felt that way and what was going on, what they were thinking, and if they didn’t like how they felt, how they were able to work through the feelings. They can pick out cards as prompts for collages. Pick a few feelings and then look through magazines and photos and pick images that match those feelings to make a collage with. For a “Vision Board”, you can give them cards like: Hopeful, Excited, Joyful, Calm, even Hungry and Confident and have them pick images that match those types of feelings or they can pick feelings they have good associations with and make the Vision Board inspired by those. You can use the cards to go over anything that happened between sessions that they want to process and have them use the cards as a way to process it. With DBT you can talk about the cards that relate to Emotional Mind, then what they were thinking or judgments they had in “Rational Mind” around these feelings and end with what their “Wise Mind” is saying now that they have some distance from it.

Another use of the cards is to have your client or clients in a group make their own Feelings Cards to take home. They can use it at the end of the day to validate their feelings that they had during the day or use them in other ways described above or carry them with them and use them during a break from work or their day to check in with themselves.

These cards can also be used with Affirmation and DBT cards which I described and gave examples of in the Affirmations section of this blog website.

15 Minutes: 2019 Sketchbook Project

Just as I finished my 2019 Sketchbook and have a Tiny Sketchbook to work on, thinking both were due on Feb. 15, they extended the deadline for 2019 Sketchbook but not the Tiny one.

I am currently working on the Tiny Sketchbook. This is the first time the Digital Arts Library has sent out Tiny Sketchbooks. I love making tiny work; I wanted to find a theme that was visually simple and consistent, and finally figured it out, so I’m almost done. Of course this post is abot the regular size Sketchbook 2019 and finishing it.

I’ve been doing these Sketchbook Projects for years. It’s always a black hole of ADHD. Several years ago I had two sketchbooks to fill and ended up filling one and then completely destroying it.

The 2019 Sketchbook was an arduous process and time consumer. My problem usually is that I love sketchbooks, so I spend too much time on it in relation to my “real” art, and it makes no rational sense but it’s a compulsion.

This time round, I think I already wrote about how I filled the entire sketchbook, about 30 pages if you fill both sides. I had already covered several layers of ideas. Finally I looked at it one day and thought, the whole point of this sketchbook was to use it for drawing and keep it simple. It was at the point where I couldn’t really draw a fresh drawing, so I pulled out all the pages and put in my own pages from a drawing pad that has very thick paper. The Pentalic Nature Sketch 7 x 5 inch 130 lb paper. I highly recommend it as a great surface for drawing. I was able to draw on both sides of the paper without it being see through.

So I started almost from scratch besides the cover, back cover, and inside cover. This sketchbook was finally useful in a bigger way to connect to my current work and drawings outside the sketchbook. I used to have a process where I would carry my journal sketchbook everywhere and draw or make collage in it and then eventually force myself to get the work to be made outside the journal on bigger different surfaces. It was a way to find my “series” and then have a launching pad! This year the Sketchbook did launch me into my latest series of work, entitled, “My Cabinet of Unnatural Curiosities.”

Last year I liked my sketchbook while making it but didn’t love it after it got digitized. This year, I already scanned the sketchbook so I know how it will look digitized and I really like it and feel good about it. I also like how the process, as painful as it was time consuming, spat me out at the other end of the creativity tunnel into  my current bigger work.

I am posting some of the images of the sketchbook.  Once it’s digitized, I will post a link to the sketchbook.

Links to see my 2014-2018 Sketkchbook:

This is the one from 2018: Sketchbook Project 2018