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Soothing swatches – a creative meditation with watercolors

Watercolors are a beautiful metaphor for life.

I used to be very scared of them because they can feel very difficult to control. Just like life, right?

Watercolors train you to trust.

You have to just let them flow and then follow your intuition to paint. It’s so liberating.


They will teach you about staying in the now, not giving up too quickly and trusting that everything will work out.

Creative meditation for recovering perfectionsts

They help me recover from perfectionism daily on the page – and in life.

This is one of my all time favorite relaxing and meditative exercises, Soothing Swatches.

I still do this when I get new paints.

This is ESPECIALLY for you if you’ve ever thought any of the following:

  • I’m not creative
  • I’m not an artist
  • I don’t have a creative bone in my body
  • I remember when “insert name here” criticized my artwork and I never tried again
  • or any combination of similar things

All you have to do is get your paints and start creating swatches of paint on the page.

You can make any shape: rectangles, hearts, lines, circles, diamonds, zig zags, whatever.


  • putting different amounts of pressure on your brush
  • using a little or a lot of paint
  • allowing the watery colors to touch and flow into each other (I LOVE when that happens!)
  • mixing different colors together to see what happens

Let go of ANY expectation of the outcome.

Sometimes it will look beautiful. Other times it will look like a muddy mess.

Just watch the beautiful pigments move and react to the water.

This is a wonderful way to relax and meditate playfully. You can do this with ANY art supplies not just paints.

Play and experiment!

It’s fun and will get you started making marks on the page and hopefully, also in your life..

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