Needle Felt Painting Is Relaxing and Good For Our Mental Health

I’ve always created both writing and art, and I’ve found that I use different parts of my brain for creating each. I usually need at least a week between them to focus well on one or the other.

Lately I’ve been taking a bit of a break from editing my manuscripts, which draw heavily on my trauma, and have been working with needle felt. I’m self-taught, and have just been playing around with what the wool can do, and enjoying the results.

Cheryl Rainfield’s first needle-felted painting

Creating something for others makes me feel good, most especially when it’s something they enjoy and appreciate. And I’ve found that creating art or crafting can also take me out of my depression and anxiety for a while. I get so focused on what I’m creating that I forget my pain, sadness, and depression while I work–at least when I get in the zone. And when I create art I listen to positive music, which also helps lift my mood.

So if you also deal with mental health issues, you might want to consider making something creative. And if you need motivation to keep going, think about making it for someone you care about.

I’ve now created three needle-felt “paintings,” and am working on my fourth. I’ve been sharing them online with others, and it’s been a delight to hear so much positive feedback.

Monarch butterfly on Echinacea by Cheryl Rainfield. I love how beautiful Monarch butterflies are.

I’ve been working in small little “paintings.” My biggest so far is 3.75″ x 3.5″. There’s something so appealing to me about miniature art. I hope you enjoy looking at my creations.

Needle-felted deer painting by Cheryl Rainfield. I love the gentle sweetness of deer.

Since people have been enjoying looking at my needle-felted paintings, I decided to create an Instagram account just for my art, separate from my author Instagram account. I’ll likely post extra photos on my art account, showing how I create some of what I do. I hope you’ll join me there.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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