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Behind the scenes of an intuitive painting session

Don't forget to check out the huge sale that's ending this Friday, where you can save up to $250 off a single piece!


In the meantime, I'm taking you behind the scenes of an intuitive painting session with my top 5 tricks for relinquishing control in the art studio in order to access a more genuine, unfiltered form of self expression.

1. Scribble

A lot of people are afraid of a blank page, because it can be intimidating to know where to start. I like to "wake up" the surface I'm working on by starting with a drawing tool. This can be a pencil, pen, charcoal, coloured pencil, anything you want! This is just about giving yourself a place to start and marks to respond to, and it can all be covered up later. Once you've chosen your utensil (I like coloured pencils because... colour!) just start scribbling on your page, write any words or phrases that are bouncing around your head, and get messy!


2. Hold your brush loosely

We tend to want to be in control, but the practice that I'm teaching you here is all about releasing some of that control in order for our instincts to come to the surface and run this show. Loosen your grip or hold your brush by it's end so you're not able to control everything that it does. This will help especially if you tend to get frustrated by your perfectionist tendencies like I do! Since we're not painting anything specific, you are free to just play and make it up as you go along.


3. Use your non-dominant hand

If you find it hard to hold your utensils loosely, switching to your non-dominant hand is a great way to force yourself to relinquish some of that control. Your non-dominant hand just won't have the same kind of control that your dominant hand does, and that's the point!


4. Use alternative tools

You don't have to stick to paintbrushes. You don't even have to stick to art supplies! Try a palette knife, your fingers, disposable cutlery, plastic wrap. The options for the types of tools you can use to create are limited only by your imagination. Experiment and play with the kinds of marks different tools can make.


5. Work on multiple pieces at a time

When you focus on one painting at a time, you’re more likely to take it too far and end up losing the magic because you don’t know when to stop working. By working on multiple pieces at a time, you’ll be able to be less precious with the marks you make.


I believe that the best art is made when you can quiet your critical voice and slip into this state where you’re not overthinking it and you’re not being overly precious.


How are you going to express yourself creatively today?


xo, Hannah

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