Painting therapy is one of the safest and cheapest ways to relieve stress on your own. No therapist office, or bartender today, just you and some art materials for a fun messy release.
In trying this method of art will help to relieve stress. This type of painting is similar to intuitive painting that is a process of art therapy.
In painting therapy, you’re not looking for the outcome or the finished painting because the therapy is in the process and building of layers.
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First things first… KISS ~ Keep It Simple Soul Creator. Painting therapy is intended to be helpful, not stress you out! Please don’t go out and buy tons of art materials. Use what you already have, or just invest in the basics. See more about basics here.
Choose your paint colors based off of how you feel or how you’d like to feel. Layer your colors, using dark then lighten it up with brighter colors. You can use any color, or even tones and shades of one color. Progressively change methods of painting based on the last color you use. Also see color therapy.
Use as many different materials as you’d like. Try using using your fingers and hands. Finger painting will connect you physically, creatively and emotionally. Therefore releasing any tension or stress right onto the page.
Doodle a bit with the paint using paint brush or stirrers, plastic spoons and even wrapping. You can also use paintbrushes, sponges, stencils. Using stencils in the paint world is like coloring in a coloring book. You don’t have to think too much, just fill in the spaces.
You are not making the next Van Gogh! You are painting for you and the process alone. When you are finished, it may just surprise you how much stress has been lifted. It works every times I’m loose in my painting or paint intuitively.
So next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, find some time to create. Painting therapy is unbelievably therapeutic in and you will be amazing with the stress that leaves your mind, body and soul.