Calming Art Therapy

Calming Art Therapy



Hello friends today I'll show you how to
make art when you want to feel more calm. This exercise will help you feel more
calm and relaxed by using a fluid medium that helps us to let go of the need to
control, quiet our brains, and get into a state of flow. The materials you need are
watercolor paper, watercolor paint (palette), brushes (and make sure to include a big
brush) and a cup with water. You can also bring a straw – here I use a reusable one. Before the art let's invite mindfulness
and become aware of our physical body. Gently place your attention on your
breathing coming in and going out. Let's also invite some intention before
the art. When we do this self art therapy exercise we want to practice non-judgement and acceptance. There is no right or wrong way to do this – simply
focus on the process So the step is to drip, brush, and
splatter paint onto the paper – no design, no patterns are required and you can
just do this randomly. So first put water onto the paper to make it wet. Then you can drip, brush, and splatter paint. As you do this process
watch the colors merge and notice your feelings. I suggest using only two or three colors
for this painting. Notice what you see when the different
paints begin to make contact. We're not working with particular forms or shapes.
Here we are letting go of that and letting the paint do all the work. When
we let go of the need to impose form, our minds can relax a little bit more. Using
this fluid medium of paint we can stimulate our sensory experience,
especially our visual sense as we watch the colors blend and mix and spread and
we might see a reflection of our inner feelings at the same time as we watch
this happen and as we feel soothed. if you have a straw with you you can use
it to blow onto the surface of your paint and by doing this you will allow
the paints to mix and blend together and also dry a little bit more quickly. For my painting I used a little bit of
watercolor pencil to add some drawings around the blotches.
This is totally optional and you can skip this step. When do you feel most calm or relaxed
and how do you keep yourself calm? Leave a comment below. When you are done with your painting you
can put away the materials and check in with how you feel this moment. Do you
feel calm or do you feel another feeling? And ask yourself how was this experience
with the painting. With this activity it's great as it is
to leave without doing any reflective writing but if you want to do it
I shared five ideas (questions) for reflective writing in a podcast episode on my
Patreon so be sure to check it out and the link is in my description box. Thank you so much for following along with the
self art therapy practice. I hope you felt more calm by doing this exercise
and if you enjoyed this please like this video, subscribe to the channel, and I'll
see you next time.

19 Comments

  • Thirsty For Art says:

    When do you feel calm the most? How do you keep calm? Let me know!

  • shree shree says:

    Pls make a tutorial on clay art

  • Roshi S says:

    I didn't realize how much painting calms my soul ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • GeorgianaOnline says:

    I love this channel. You and your sister are just amazing. (But we all know the real star of all these videos is Boru! ๐Ÿ˜บ) Looking forward to more content from all three of you.

  • Art About Art says:

    Making art and being out in nature are the most calming things but often just taking a few moments and having a deep breath calms me to. Thanks for these wonderful practices, I am really enjoying them. I love to draw and show off my skills at times, doing these exercises has shown me that I can let go of my ego and make art with out worrying about how the end product will look. Art as an expression of itself with out attachment to an out come. Thank you for reminding me of this.

  • Suzanne Roelofse says:

    I feel most calm when I'm with my dogs and after yoga.

  • Aysha Shameela says:

    Good one sis…thank u for sharing….๐Ÿค—with love from kerala..๐Ÿ˜

  • smilesnthings says:

    Great video!

  • Misty Mint says:

    ๐ŸƒWalking in nature and candlelight calm me๐Ÿƒ

  • Jennifer Greydanus says:

    Love it ๐Ÿ’— Hope to incorporate some of these practices into my life

  • Sharon Brisbane says:

    I am having my grandkids over this weekend and I will let them do some painting instead of the TV. Thanks for the ideas

  • Bonnie O'Doon says:

    Deep dark cool rooms. Slow breathing and noticing in and out movement of the air. Early morning hours. Rain. Using your techniques has been fun. I have so much to learn about applying art but not in any hurry. You are an excellent coach and teacher. My great-granddaughter started water colors last week and was quiet and serene as she painted a fruit tree with apples and bananas on it. She said it was for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  • Deborah Meyers says:

    Soooooo calming! I art to be present it helps me cope with anxiety it grounds me. Beautiful and calm video thank you and love to you and your cat ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒบ

  • kars chier says:

    Your cat seems very mellow. I think having a cat "assistant/boss" when you're painting can either boost the relaxation or hamper it, depending on how much the cat likes to participate by grabbing at your brush, flopping down across your paper, or tipping the water reservoir (and how you feel about such "help" from them). I do miss having a cat, both despite and because of their participation in my art work space. All kitty nostalgia aside, I am going to go try this technique. Thank you for sharing.

  • Heidi Moss says:

    ๐Ÿ’•

  • Christina Elliott says:

    Simply stepping outdoors among the trees and bushes along with the skunks, various birds, squirrels, raccoons and occasional deer outside my front door. The shades of green and multiple leaf types remind me a bit of your water color painting.

  • Joni Allen says:

    Breezes calm me. I have a cat shaped fan that I sleep with at night. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • Jane Rodr says:

    This is 2 kool. I lv it. I'm doing this right now it is calming it's working. Thank u so much. Bravo. Bless u sweet sister ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿคฃ

  • isl 1702 says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Really needed it!

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