Using Art for Relaxation

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Using art for relaxation is an overlooked form of de-stressing. Finding ways to relax is essential for your mental health, happiness, and well-being. The obvious methods are meditation, yoga, and reading. Art is a fantastic way to relax , and you don’t need to be an amazing artist to enjoy it.

Certain art mediums are better than others for those who are not professional artists. I am going to share with you the 4 best art forms for relaxation.


This is by far the easiest, most relaxing, and least expensive art form for relaxation. They make so many adult coloring books that are intricate and so fun. There are so many topics and types of coloring books for whatever you like!

You can use colored pencils, crayons, or markers. They are easy to work on small sections of one page, or do a full page in a day.

It’s great to work on while you listen to music, watch a movie, or sit outside.

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This is also a pretty inexpensive and easily attainable option. All you really need for watercolor painting is special watercolor paper, brushes, and watercolor paints.

This method is great because you can focus on blending colors and experimenting with water and creating sections with tape.

It’s also very easy to create a simple sunset, ocean scene, or mountains. There is just so much potential with watercolors and it’s so relaxing and fun.

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Soft Pastels

This might be my favorite art form for relaxation. All you really need is soft pastels, smooth paper (like printer paper), and tissues.

Soft pastels are a little messy but that’s the fun part! They blend so beautifully and look so soft and dreamy.

Similar to watercolors they are fun to blend and you can easily create a sunset, ocean scene, or mountains.

I like to blend the pastels with my fingers but of you don’t like to be messy you could totally blend them with a tissue or q-tip.


This may be the most expensive and least free-flow method on this list. But still very fun and relaxing. For this you’ll need acrylic paints, brushes, and mixed media paper or canvas.

This isn’t one where you can just blend colors and chill. You kind of need to paint something. It’s easier to fill in an already drawn picture.

With acrylics it’s really fun to play around with textures, using globs to paint for a bumpy texture.

I definitely recommend going out and trying one or all of these art forms for relaxation. It’s so much fun to create and a great way to lift your mood and ease your soul.

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