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Art as a Form of Therapy

By Tucker Stouch

Art is a language everyone can speak.

Through my experience of working with persons with disabilities I have discovered the incredible therapeutic power of doing artwork. Seeing the smiles of achievement in mixing color combinations and textural patterns has proven to me that artwork builds self esteem. Creativity sparks a sense of accomplishment that can be as meaningful as having a job and getting payment, especially for those who are unable to work in conventional ways.

My experiences as a direct care staff and teacher of both developmentally disabled and traumatic brain injured adults taught me about the importance of play as a way to combat depression and aggressive behaviors.

Water-Based Texturing is a collection of successful techniques that were used to help guide people with disabilities and artists of all ages in new directions. This book was written to encourage playful experimentation using the natural world as a source of inspiration and connection to the creative spirit in all of us.


Tucker Stouch (“Tuckie” to friends) is an acrylic painting teacher. She finds inspiration in being outdoors exploring the woods and fields of Southern New Jersey. 

To learn about Water-Based Texturing, read more here.

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De-constructing Quilting: Art vs. Science: Part II: Art

Guest post by Renelda Peldunas-Harter, author of the forthcoming book From Ensign’s Bars to Colonel’s Stars: Making Quilts to Honor Those Who Serve (Schiffer Publishing, November 2014). 

In my previous article (Part I: Science) I described the mathematical or scientific component of quilting, i.e., the construction of a quilt top that could be described using geometrical terms and pieced together using directions or a pattern. Just as I defined traditional quilts with one word—geometry—and went on to point out: 

Geometry is the mathematics of properties, measurements, and the relationships of points, lines, angles, surfaces and solids. Much of traditional, contemporary, modern and even art quilting is all about this relationship. Quilting is simply the sandwiching of geometry, batting and backing.


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Gerard Medvec wins the UFO Literary Award for his book Mid-Atlantic UFOs

Author Gerard Medvec recently won the Paranormal Awards literary award in the UFO category for his book Mid-Atlantic UFOs. Click here to purchase!

The Paranormal Awards & Paracon is the single  largest paranormal awards system in the world. It is an award that celebrates the hard work in the industry of the paranormal. It is based on individual or team efforts in many paranormal categories and genres.  It is for the people in the trenches, the back bone of this industry. Contributors are judged on strict criteria by a panel of professional judges with years of experience in the fields in which they work.

Gerard J. Medvec is also co-author of Ghosts of Delaware and UFOS Above PA with Mark Sarro, as well as over sixty nonfiction articles and four short-stories. He studied communications at Delaware County Community College in PA, and with the Newspaper Institute of American in NY. His interests in the paranormal began at age five with an alien visitation event. Gerard has participated in the Gateway Voyager program, an experiential study in altered-states, at the Monroe Institute in Faber, VA. UFOs have been “regulars” in his life for over fifty-five years. He resides with his wife, Joyce, in Delaware City, DE.

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De-constructing Quilting: Art vs. Science

Guest post by Renelda Peldunas-Harter, author of the forthcoming book From Ensign’s Bars to Colonel’s Stars: Making Quilts to Honor Those Who Serve (Schiffer Publishing, November 2014).

My entire life has been a search to discover/uncover how things work, to take a perfectly functioning machine/system and tear it apart to examine every part. Why and how does it work? I am a scientist in that regard – I enjoy the scientific method: observe, identify, describe, investigate, and hypothesis or explain. During my entire adult life I have been a student of Biology, Warfare, Parenting and Quilting. My generation of women were always told that girls didn’t have to worry about math or science; it was too difficult for us. Today we will debunk all those long dead nay-sayers and delve into the science of quilting!


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