I'm familiar with my artistic patterns. When I need a mental break from drawing or painting I'll generally do something compulsive and semi-mindless. My logic? : When I paint for five hours straight the payoff isn't gigantic...it takes multiple five hour sessions to complete a painting. Sometimes a gal needs immediate gratification. If I sit down and focus I can bead an entire small skull (fox, raccoon, skunk) in roughly five hours. The whole process is very rewarding. That fox skull is shiny as fuck and I love it as an object. I love immediate gratification!
Why are compulsive activities so rewarding? My guess...compulsive activities reward certain centers of the brain by relieving stress (duh). Creating something that appears totally complicated but only requires focus has always centered me. So, expect more of these.