You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive the therapeutic benefits of making art. Many people can stand to use some sort of creative outlet to relieve stress or tension. Often times, negative influences leave people incapable of communicating with the use of words or language. The beauty of making art for relaxation is that it is not dependent on verbal language to express feelings.
Focus on the process and not the final product. Accept mistakes, whatever you do as good, and tune in to the calm as you paint, draw or color. Don’t think about technique, it’s about immersing oneself into the flow of the process – play, improvise and express yourself without restriction.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of relaxation through artistic expression try this warm up exercise; “You’re Awesome” is a printable PDF – FREE to download. Print the file on 8.5” x 11” paper at 100% from your home printer.
The background on this print is already painted, it’s up to you to color the rest of the image any way you want. Forget about high-end materials, use inexpensive water based markers or pencil crayons. They’re portable and easy to use. Keep calm and art on!
Start your warm-up here