Mindfulness and creativity
Creativity enables us to slow down and enjoy the moment. It can help us to be more mindful and to embrace our creative flow. When I’m painting with watercolours, I like to lose myself in the process. I love the way the paint moves and bleeds, and I enjoy the uncertainty of how the finished piece will look. If you’re interested in experimenting with watercolours, here are a few basics to get you started.
You will need
1. Watercolour paints – I recommend buying a set.
2. Brushes – I suggest buying a set in varying sizes.
3. Plastic palette to mix your paints on.
4. Jam jar or similar for your water.
5. Watercolour pad – the thicker the paper the less likely it is to curl.
6. Pencil and rubber.
7. Kitchen roll.
I bought my set for under £25 and they came with a brush and palette. Winsor & Newton are one of the best manufacturers of paints, and they’re the only ones I used during my fine art degree – I love them!
Getting started with watercolours
If you’re new to painting, it’s best to just get going, by experimenting, you’ll gain confidence with using a paintbrush and you’ll also see what the paint can do. It’s great to try mixing your own colours – my leaf paintings were made from green, yellow and blue. You can also change the paint opacity by adding more water to the brush. Watercolours are versatile and when the colours bleed they create beautiful effects.
Once you’ve gained some confidence, draw an outline of something you’d like to paint. I prefer to draw an object I have in front of me because it enables me to see the light and shade. There are two main techniques with watercolours, you can either paint on dry paper – this is good for detailed work when you require a sharp edge. Or you can wet the paper before applying the paint, a process often used when painting large areas.
I believe painting should be enjoyed as a process, rather than getting caught up in how the finished piece will look. It really doesn’t matter what the end result looks like if the process helped you to become more aware of your creative self. By letting go of judgment, we can truly appreciate the moment and enjoy our creative flow.
Further reading on my blog
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a beautifully creative day.