Tutorial: Artistic Meditation

Feeling stressed? Try a little artistic meditation to relax and unwind while creating a stunning piece of art.It's no secret that when I have an episode of crafter's block I usually turn to paper and pencil to regain a bit of focus and inspiration. I guess the process is similar to the latest adult coloring book craze. There is something deeply meditative about adding color to a blank page and watching a design grow.

During a recent craft slump I got out my watercolor pencils, paper and a quilt design book. The finished artwork looks quite intricate, but the process is not as fancy as you would imagine.

Materials




Directions


I started by drawing a quilt block design called Double T onto a sheet of vellum. If you are not comfortable with the drawing part, you can save and print a copy of my Double T drawing onto vellum. Or, if you want to try something different, Quiltivate is a great resource for geometric quilt block patterns that you can save and print.
Next, center a square of watercolor paper over your drawn or printed design and hold in place with a couple pieces of painter's tape. Your watercolor paper should be at least 1 inch larger than the geometric design. Place the papers onto a lightbox so you can see the design through the watercolor paper.
Use watercolor pencil(s) to lightly sketch smaller shapes and doodles onto the watercolor paper using the larger quilt block shapes as a guide. I work in small sections and enjoy drawing a variety of teardrop shapes, but there's no right or wrong way to do this.

Also, I like my design to be symmetrical, but there is no law saying it has to be.Take your time. This is all about relaxation and watching the shapes gradually fill the page.
Remove the papers from the lightbox and color in your design.

Again, take your time and enjoy seeing each little shape fill with color.
Use a liner brush and water to "paint" over the colors.

As the colors soften, let yourself relax.
Repeat the steps. Sketch some small shapes to fill the next section.

It's not a race, so slow down.
Fill the shapes in with color.

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
Add water and let the colors soften.

Aah...

Repeat the process as necessary until the entire design is filled.
You can use as many or as few colors as you like for your individual meditative masterpiece. In this demonstration, I only used two colors and varied the darkness of each. There is no right or wrong way to create.

Feeling stressed? Try a little artistic meditation to relax and unwind while creating a stunning piece of art.

Breathe. Relax. Create. Be happy!


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