Finger Painting (For Adults)

You might have noticed that there has been some time between “real” crafts. I got overwhelmed. When I let my craft space get messy, it blocks my creativity. The room I have all of my supplies in is small enough that a little mess can seem huge, especially when someone gives me boxes of supplies and I don’t have room to unbox them. For about a month, my craft space has stressed me out every time I’ve walked through it and I didn’t have the energy to do anything about it… until this weekend.

I have a friend coming to visit from out of state this week (I’m vaccinated, so covid safe). I don’t need to have my home be pristinely clean, but I do like it to be stress free. On top of that, my friend is bringing her daughter so I want to be able to pull out kids crafts when we are at the house. On Sunday, after I finished some work stuff, I finally decided to clean up what I could so it would at least be useable. ( I do plan on making new shelves and fully reorganizing it later this year, but for now this works).

Once I actually took the time to pick things up and clear off the table, I uncovered a canvas and instead of putting it away I decided to do something with it. I feel like I’ve told you all before that I’m not much of a painter, but for some reason I decided I wanted to pull out my paints and attempt to make a geode type thing… When my paint hit the canvas though, all my ideas of what I wanted to make jumped out of my head.

I started by painting my entire canvas white so I would have a nice slippery base. I mixed a little gray in my pink, pulled out my teal and black, and just dove in. It went through so many different looks before I got to the final. I did start out with the geode style and then it turned into me playing in the paint like a kid. As soon as I wiggled my finger through the paint, I just wanted to create anything and just see where it went! I think I spent 20 minutes just playing in the paint seeing how the colors blended together and feeling the paint on my hands. When I was finally done playing in the paint, I sprinkled my favorite gold glitter over top to give it a bit of shimmer.

This post isn’t about the final design. This isn’t an amazing piece of art that I’m going to hang up forever or sell. This post is about the stress I released into it. Sometimes as adults we find it hard to just let go and surrender to emotions. When I started playing in the paint instead of worrying about making a “wrong” move or “messing up,” I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulder. I found myself laughing at how cold the paint felt and mesmerized by how it looked on my hand. So this is your sign: go make something. Anything. Don’t worry about the mess or how it looks, just focus on how it feels! I hope you have fun feeling like a little kid again.. even if just for a minute 😊 As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea

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