Sometimes we’re so caught up in the stress of daily life that we forget to detach + revel in a passion project. When you’re feeling down, overwhelmed, or unmotivated that even working out doesn’t sound appealing, try channeling your inner-artist. Think back to your childhood when painting + coloring was the best pastime — renew these feelings + create an *amazing* side project that refreshes your mind! To break ground on your project, you first need the right tools to fill your painting kit —
1] PASSION BOX
You need a place to store your art supplies + contain any glitter // painting mess that follows! Your passion box doesn’t need to be super extravagant or expensive + any plastic container will do. Thrift // antique stores are filled with boxes of different sizes + colors that are usually at a lower price [perks of second-hand shopping]. Channel your creativity by decorating the box to reflect your personality. Paste pictures, stickers + inspirational quotes to the box’s sides. Your passion box can be another creative project to embark on : )
2] STATIONERY // PAPER
Collect different colored construction paper + plain canvases to fill your passion box. Cut paper into shapes, like circles or squares, to have a variety of painting platforms. Although simple paper does the job, Papyrus + Paper Source sell specialty craft paper packs of varying designs + colors. Painting can be a reflective exercise — splatter away + relieve your mind! There’s something about putting thoughts // feelings down on paper that makes everything better. Let yourself *feel* your emotions while painting!
Paint brushes are a staple for your painting kit! Supplies can be expensive, but there are many multi-use tools around the house you can substitute for paint brushes. Makeup brushes are very similar to paint brushes + both apply a product smoothly. Out-of-the-box tools, like toothbrushes + combs, are perfect for splattering + creating dots. Keep brushes in a water cup while you paint to avoid drying them out. Make sure you disinfect // clean your brushes before + after painting.
Watercolor, acrylic, + oil paints are the most common, cheapest mediums.Watercolors are best for layering, acrylics for basic projects, + oils for blending. Mix primary color paints [red, yellow, + blue] together to create your own shades + avoid purchasing more paint! Use small amounts of paint at a time — less is better than more. Store your paints in airtight containers in your passion box when you don’t use them.
Make *me* time an opportunity to channel your inner artist + work on a developing passion project. Find activities that spark your creativity each day! Make time for what you truly love + remember to take life a little less seriously ; ) Share your passion projects + painting kits on Instagram with other CHAARG girls. Happy painting!
++ Brittany Bluthardt [@brittanyblu_inchaarg] // Butler University