One of the most common art therapy ‘myths’ that I come up against, is that people think that art therapy is only for artistic people. I spend a lot of time breaking down this assumption. This is why I love bag painting (actually, there are so many reasons that I love bag painting. I could probably fill up a whole page). This technique yields some really fantastic results with absolutely no technical skill required. It’s a non-threatening activity that builds confidence and strength. It’s also good for when therapy happens in environments where you might not be able to make a mess, like hospitals, care homes, or tight work spaces. And, it’s good for people who can’t handle the feeling of paint on their hands, whose fear of making a mess is holding them back, or who need activities that provide a sense of control or of containment. It is not a complicated technique. Paint colors are chosen and applied to a canvas. The canvas is sealed in a thick plastic bag, and then the paint is smeared and squished until the desired affect is achieved. That’s it! Easy! As an added bonus, the pieces that are created are vibrant and textural and provide really good material for exploring the subconscious.