Do you ever see those people on social media talking about self care and shouting from their digital roof top that you have to “make time” to do the things you love? Kind of annoying, am I right?
Well, it’s true.
So many times I have seen where my creative desire gets lost in my day to day routines that I don’t sit down and do what nourishes who I am at my core, even for just five minutes.
Have no fear though, my friend! Today, I’m going to give you 3 simple watercolor activities you can do to nourish your creativity in just 5 minutes. All you have to do is set aside the time.
Watercolor Doodles – My Personal Favorite
Create a 3×3 watercolor doodle by painting 3 shapes across and 3 shapes down. You can fill them with any colors and as many colors as you’d like. You can either do the wet on wet technique or the wet on dry.
TIP: You can add droplets of water when it’s just about dry to see how it moves the pigment. It makes for some very cool textures.
Have more than 5 minutes? Use a hair dryer to dry the pigment and then use a pen to sketch into the watercolor shapes.
Sometimes you just need to put some pigment on the paper. For this practice, just use a wet brush, dip into your pigment, and push it around on the paper. Add extra puddles of water, tap your wet brush about 10 inches above your paper to splatter. Use varying colors. You can even wad up a paper towel and stamp it around for texture.
If you have more than 5 minutes, use a hair dryer to dry the painting and doodle with a pen over it!
Easy Brush Strokes
Use a thicker brush (size 8 or larger) and paint vertical lines with varying pressure points to pick up more pigment on the paper (leaving areas of lighter color). Mix colors, allow them to bleed together, and vary the line width.
If you have more than 5 minutes, blow dry and apply some gold ink w
So easy, right? These simple techniques can help you feel connected with your creativity, even if you are having a busier moment in life where you don’t have time to work on something more.
Got any of your own tips? I’d love to hear them! Just reply to this email or head over to instagram and comment on any of my photos with what you like to do to stay connected to your creativity, even when you don’t have much time.