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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570628157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570628153
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cathy Malchiodi is masterful in gathering and arranging the best of art's healing qualities. Carry "The Soul's Palette " with you each day like a Persian saddle book and awaken to worlds inside and out, reflections on the nature of art, and irresistible invitations to practice."—Shaun McNiff, author of "Art as Medicine " and "Trust the Process "
"Cathy Malchiodi is a modern-day medicine woman who knows the cure is within. "The Soul's Palette " is like an eye-opening journey to the Grand Canyon of creativity and healing in the company of a seasoned guide."—Jan Phillips, author of "Marry Your Muse, God Is at Eye Level, "and "Making Peace "

"Cathy Malchiodi is masterful in gathering and arranging the best of art's healing qualities. Carry "The Soul's Palette " with you each day like a Persian saddle book and awaken to worlds inside and out, reflections on the nature of art, and irresistible invitations to practice." Shaun McNiff, author of "Art as Medicine " and "Trust the Process "
"Cathy Malchiodi is a modern-day medicine woman who knows the cure is within. "The Soul's Palette " is like an eye-opening journey to the Grand Canyon of creativity and healing in the company of a seasoned guide." Jan Phillips, author of "Marry Your Muse, God Is at Eye Level, "and "Making Peace ""

About the Author

Cathy A. Malchiodi is the author of "The Art Therapy Sourcebook, Understanding Children's Drawings, "and "Handbook of Art Therapy. " She holds advanced credentials in the areas of art therapy, expressive therapy, and counseling. She is on the board of directors of the American Art Therapy Association and has lectured on art and wellness throughout the United States and the world.


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Of the various books I have about art therapy-therapy in the widest sense-this is the one I go back to most often. It is chock-full of ideas, and you don't feel you need to know complicated techniques or to have expensive art materials to implement them.
Malchiodi explains how to make a "safe box", a self-soothing image journal and a medicine pouch or bag, as well as giving lots of ideas for collages, paintings, journals, etc. etc. She also covers issues such as your personal history as an artist-"Every child is an artist," Picasso said- inner critics and outer critics, the artist's need for their own space, also how art can be made in communal settings and as a force for healing within communities as well as for the individual. She is an experienced art therapist and really does know what she is talking about.
I really can't fault this book. It is well-written, not preachy, not psychobabbly, not full of New Age jargon (or any other kind), and could equally well inspire a complete beginner and a professional artist. It is also a paperback, therefore easy to carry about with you.
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ok this is a fantastic book, well written and easy to read. It goes into detail on the help issues. Its a very positive book. I think all artists should have a copy.
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I wouldn't be without this book - it's brilliant for helping you to bring out your creativity
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great! 26 Nov. 2003
By merrymousies - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book for tapping into that inner voice, taking some time to be quiet with ourselves and just plain have some artsy-craftsy fun. The book sarts with some intro chapters that provide short stories/examples of the healing power of art through the ages - from Buddah to present day folks. From there it talks about "being mindful" - here there's discussion of drawing things from your dreams, using your imagination, etc. I love the section that talks about the difference between "curing" (where you remove all evidence of the disease) and "healing" (a more spiritual transformation of repairing and connecting, gaining a peace.) Again, there are lots of stories andexamples within the text which makes it interesting reading. The next few chapters go into getting in touch with your soul's palette - rediscovering what you see as "art", remembering your own personal history as an artist,paying attention to symbols. Next there's a whole chapter on different mediums to play around with (water color, clay, pen & ink, chalk, etc. Then she gets into playing around with art, being creative, letting ourselves free to create. There are short exercises throughout to help get you rolling and there are great discussions on things like howe to talk to your images/embrace them and create meaning around them. Then there's the healing aspect - one excerise is "paint or draw your emotional response to illness" another is "use color to sooth your symptom." There's also a section that talks about keeping a journal. Overall a really excellent book that I've enjoyed. Its fun, and there are so many interesting ideas/information woven in. Symbols have always been of interest to me and there's some interesting info on that in here too.
The chapters in the book are as follows:
- Rediscovering the Soul's Palette
- Creativity as a Healing force
- Knowing materials and creating space
- Visual symbols as messengers, guides and friends
- Letting your images tell their stories
- Images as a path to physical well-being
- Art as reparation and restoration
- Nuturing the sacred
- Sharing the Artist within
I definitely recommend this book for someone looking to open up/get in touch with that quiet voice. I have a clay cup that has a saying written on it - "When in doubt, listen quietly to yourself." This book helps you listen to that quiet voice.
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Spiritually Juicy Book! 7 Sept. 2005
By HeartofAvalon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is an inspiration! On every page, in every section there is something to draw on to expand one's spiritual and artistic expression. The mandala information is very good. The pocket shrines are also wonderful to make with or for children. They really respond to them. I was encouraged, uplifted, and inspired to create more art, and as a result learned more about me in 40 days, than I have in 10 years. If there was one art/spirituality book (that wasn't a single technique) that everyone needs for their bookshelf...it is this one. Don't miss it!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little gem! 10 Sept. 2007
By Lizbeth - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! It's a fast read, but rich - full of great advice and suggestions for art activities that tap into the inner self. The author tells of her Catholic upbringing, but shares information on a variety of faiths and how they explore self through art. I'm teaching art to adults, and found it a very relevant resource. I also recommend it to anyone seeking to explore art in a playful, low-pressure way.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping for more. 9 Oct. 2009
By Kerry Rouse - Published on Amazon.com
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I think most of these books are written for art therapists whose job it is to guide others. I truly would have preferred a book written which includes projects to help you progress, step by step, in drawing (or painting or whatever) for theraputic purposes. Peronally, I'm an artist with some skill, but I have a hard time coming up with images of my own imagination. I can draw from photos, and can draw from life, but I still don't know how to draw from my heart.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Express Yourself and Transform Your Life 21 Jun. 2010
By Anne M. Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
As a SoulCollage® Facilitator and "Choosing to Walk on the Bright Side" Workshop Facilitator, I am in awe of the power of art to heal and transform us. Creativity is a powerful, sacred force for good, and, the author really really GETS that! I especially love the chapter on "Nurturing the Sacred," because you don't usually find text on the sacred within other expressive arts books. And I also find the chapter "Images as a Path to Physical Well-Being" very helpful because the work we do in SoulCollage® is primarily based on images and the imagination. --- Anne Marie Bennett, SoulCollage® Facilitator and Facilitator Trainer, [...]... Spinning the fragments of your world into wholeness and beauty through SoulCollage®
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