4 Ways to Make Painting More Fun and Less Stress!

4 Ways to Make Painting More Fun and Less Stress!

How to Make Painting More Fun and Less Stress! 

I am all about encouraging others to create some joy in their life through art. 
If painting and creating stresses you out, then my mission would be counter-porductive

So I have 4 suggestions for how you might go about creating some joy in your life with art and make painting and creating a little easier on yourself. 

1. Choose a Forgiving Approach: Aim for Joy and not Perfection:


Painting can be anything you want it to be. It's Art and Art can't be wrong.

  • Do you want your art in a museam for perpetuity?
  • Are you creating a gift?
  • Do you want to just relax and paint? 

Try not to put so much pressure on yourself. When you are just starting out, aim for Joy and not perfection.

Besides: I will let you in on a little secret.



2. Choose Shortcuts:

A. Start with a template or tracer. This is not cheating. I cannot draw. I can paint. Drawing and painting are two different skills. Start with a simple template of a design you like and trace it onto your surface with Graphite Paper. You can find some here.

Carbon Paper for Tracing Graphite Transfer-Paper - PSLER 30 Pcs Black Graphite Paper for Tracing Drawing Patterns onto hard surfaces like canvas or wood.

​B. Start with a stencil or use stencils. Stencils are an easy way to get size, placement, and shape before you get started. I will use a stencil and lightly paint/stencil it with a soft color or white, just to get me started. Then I use that design to hand paint over. 

These are some of my Favorite Stencils!! 
Essential Stencil for quality, trendy, reusable stencils. 

Use the Code STENCILSPOT for 10% off. 

Layering stencils work great as a starting point for your art. 


Or just grab a flower!

This is a great set to start practicing with. 

3. Embrace a No-Pressure Mindset:

  • Process Over Product: Focus on the joy of creating rather than the outcome.
  • Experiment: Try new techniques, colors, and styles without worrying about perfection.
  • Set Time Limits: Give yourself a set amount of time to paint, which can help you stay loose and spontaneous. We are all so busy. Just carve out 20-30 minutes to see what happens. 
  • Celebrate Small Wins: Acknowledge and appreciate your progress and efforts, no matter how small. Concentrate on what worked and not what you don't love. and remember, if there is a stroke you are not happy with,


4. Use a few Stress-Reducing Techniques:

  • Turn on your favorite music or podcast
  • Remember to Breathe
  • Give yourself a time limit or take breaks. 

Try any or all of these 4 suggestions and get started creating some joy in your life with art and make painting a little easier on yourself. 



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