My first flow painting
I'm going to share with you the process of Flow Painting that I use to
• work through emotional or mental blocks
• get my creativity sparking again [excitement for a project, desire to hold a paintbrush...}
• get into my intuitive painting mode that opens up new ideas for creating
• experience painting for painting's sake and not for selling
When I first started my Flow Painting process I knew I wanted it to be easy, cheap, and quick. So I got the cheapest paints to start. These are tempra paints poured into plastic containers. The lids pop open and I can fit a large brush right in the container. [for whatever reason, my brain thinks it takes forever to put a little paint on a pallet out of a tube]
I got a pad of Bristol paper [not the cheapest but I like the way cheap paint flows across it and it doesn't curl from the wetness of the paint] and I have a disposable paint pallet nearby. Of course a little bit of water and a few sizes of brushes. When I'm short on time or feeling really lazy I don't bother with the water til its time to clean up - I just wipe my brush on a paper towel to get the big chunks off.
This painting was my first one after the birth of my daughter. I was having a very hard time with the fact that I had an emergency c-section. Not to get too deep but I had planned to do natural and after 36 hours [felt like 3 years] I gave up. Looking back now I think it was necessary or one or both of us may have been in some trouble, she has a scar from where her head was stuck. Anyway... I needed to release some of my emotions about it because I still couldn't talk about it.
This particular session of Flow Painting I sat down with an idea of what I wanted to release. I don't always do this. When I start I do one of 3 things.
•decide on a feeling I want to release or deal with
•pick an "intention" or simply what I want to experience while I'm painting [ie. happy, creative, free, bold, or something positive]
•actively try to stop thinking all together and just pick a color and a brush and see what my hands will do.
I try to cover all areas of the paper with some color or marks for my first layer. I do as much as I can with the time I have available.
I like to come back to the painting later and add more layers. It not only gives more depth to the painting but also the the meaning and sometimes the healing. My second time around I painted over some things, added a lot and got a little more into some deep meaning.
Not to get to weird on you, but the faces [Something I paint all the time, it is just something that comes out of me, it is my go to doodle.] are wearing house hats. When I imagine what a soul would look like it is something like a house. It has everything you need in it, it can expand to hold the things you need and grow with you. It has walls to protect you and doors to let people/love/knowledge in. The white squiggles are light or energy coming in to fill them up.
Sure, its a little whacky but that is the point of intuitive or Flow Painting - it lets out all the weird thoughts, feelings or philosophical pondering. It opens you up to new ideas and it releases feelings you are overwhelmed by.
You might not have issues you need to work through. Maybe you just want to paint and express all your creative ideas. This can work for that as well. I will be showing you lots of Flow Paintings that were not about anything but dipping brushes in paints. However you feel comfortable working, painting, creating - that is the right way.
Have you tried to Flow Paint? What were your struggles? What were your creative breakthroughs or what did you end up loving about it?