Inner child drawings are typically done with your non-dominant hand. Buy yourself a box of kid's crayons to support your inner child's creative process.
Guidelines for the Optimum Self-Expression of Your Inner Child
Treat your inner child as through you as would a real child. Be kind, gentle, nurturing and interested. In essence your dominant hand parents and nurtures the "younger voices" of your non-dominant hand.
Inspired by Michele Cassou, author of Kid's Play - adapted to inner child art.
1. Always approach creativity as a process-oriented activity. Do not expect your inner child to draw perfectly.
2. Never ask your inner child/children to paint or draw realistically.
3. Never tell your inner child/children what to draw or paint or give them something to copy.
4. Never correct your inner children's drawings or ask them to fix them.
5. Never criticize or praise your inner child/children's drawings. Simply observe them with acceptance.
6. Never ask your inner child/children what their drawings represent, or why they painted drew them. Create a safe environment for the unfettered and non-intrusive expression of feelings through imagery.
7. Show care, respect and interest for everything your inner child/children create.
8. Observe your inner child/children's process with understanding. They must feel seen.
9. Never compare inner child/children's work. Never encourage competition.
10. When inner child/children ask for help to draw or paint, don't show them "how to". Help them realize they can create anything they want.
11. Appreciate inner child/children for who they are and how they feel, not what they do.
Relearning how to Create Spontaneously
Most of us had our spontaneous creativity trained out of us at an early age when we felt pressured to please others by striving for a "talented" end-product in school.
This documentary film by intuitive painting teacher, Michele Cassou, is well worth taking the time to watch if you are having trouble accessing your spontaneous creativity.
I also invite you to recollect and reflect upon when you halted your authentic creative expression in order to fit in. Be compassionate if your authentic self-expression feels awkward and childlike at first.
"I have completed 30 days of inner child drawings. I found this to be an amazing experience in so many unexpected ways. I will tell you about one experience. When I started the process 30 days ago, as I imagined the child with me, the child was always somewhere in the room, sometimes far away from me and sometimes sitting close to me. By the end of the 30 days whenever I imagined the child, the child was inside me. I have a deep sense that I have at last integrated my child self and my adult self. I am also noticing more freedom and movement in my creative work." D.M Kelowna, Canada