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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Badrock

What is Neurographic Art

Too often I hear that people are unable to eliminate fear and anxiety, and that they have come to just accept it as part of their every day lives.

What if we could transform its meaning and how we attach ourselves to it?

"Neuro' - Brain + "Graphic" - Pictures.

I mean if we can have brain-farts, we can have brain-pictures... Can't we?

From what I have researcher, combining the two terms (brain pictures, not brain farts), sees an exploration of the power art has over the mind to transform the stress that fear, anxiety, & depression has on the body into a state of calmness without medical intervention. Let's take a moment to sink that in...

We CAN change how our brain reacts to stress?!?

What is this you may ask? Well, please read on. Welcome to the strange but intriguing world of Neurographic Art, coined by Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev in 2014.

He believes that we can rewire our brains (neural pathways) to change fear, anger and anxiety into a state of relaxation by linking the sub-concious with the conscious through creating neurographic art u sing a specific algorhythm.

Pislarev believes that, "neurographic art is therapeutic as it works with the subconscious mind through drawing freeform lines, which help in transferring fear, chaos and stress of our world into something more calming and peaceful by expressing feelings in an abstract form".

As we dive in to the second section of this blog piece to understand how to apply this therapeutic creative process, we should observe a couple of house rules in order to achieve therapeutic outcomes:


Rule number 1: The lines are conscious in thought and do not follow a repeated pattern/design . Rule number 2: They should begin and end on an edge of the paper Rule number 3: The algorithm is key here, and is a vital step in the process that should not be missed.

Application of the creative process using the algorithm:

  1. Use a felt tip pen to draw a long looping or criss-crossing/scribble-like line on your paper.

  2. Think of a problem or issue you are facing while you draw the line.

  3. Don’t try to draw something, just let it be a line.

  4. Find any sharp corners where lines cross or turn and round those, filling in the gap with ink. This is essentially 'rounding off the severity of the feeling' We are turning sharp thoughts in to softer ones.

  5. Add “field lines” that extend to the edges, then round any new corners.

  6. You can also add shapes that overlap the lines if you want.

  7. Add color (you can blend colors or do shading)

  8. Draw smaller lines that overlap and round corners again.

  9. You can turn some of the lines into something recognizable or keep it abstract.

I hope this helps. If you have given this a try, please comment below :)

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