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Fun with art is not just for children!

My three favourite words!

Fun with art.

As adults, we are easily capable of getting a huge amount of fun out of art and craft – if we allow ourselves.

Somehow, somewhere along the road of growing up, we stop ‘doing art’ because we can’t do it ‘properly’. 

As children, until we reach a certain age, we do not care whether we are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ at art.

If you watch children at play, having fun with art comes naturally.

It was through my creative  work with children that I began to think about art and craft in a different way.

A child’s joy is in the doing of a painting, not the end result.

The painting is forgotten when the paint and crayons are put away.

Having fun with art
Having fun with art

Children’s art work is often displayed on the fridge door.

But for or a child, that is secondary to the pleasure they get from creative expression.

When five year old Alex drew the pictures above, he was totally immersed in the moment.

It was all about the enjoyment he got out of it.

Once his pictures were finished, he was done with them.

They hardly mattered because like most children, he was on to the next wonderful moment.

I am sure if I showed the pictures to him now, he would no emotional attachment to them.  

Having fun with art

The children above are totally lost in the moment while creating.

They will probably forget about their pictures when they move on to something else.

So how can us adults recapture that ability to get lost in the process too?

How can we stop caring what the outcome will look like?

How can we stop caring what anyone else will think about what we have done?

The answer is to simply just do it and not worry about the outcome.

I have had hours of meditational fun slopping paint around and then junking the sorry mess I made.

Then one day, I produced an image I really loved. I scanned it into my computer and had it printed onto stretched canvas. It now hangs on my bathroom wall.

It has drawn many flattering comments from visitors which is ok, but the point is liked it.

And gradually, I did more and more paintings that I kept.

Having fun with art is massively therapeutic to adults and should never be seen as something you ‘can’t do’.

If you approach painting with the same joy that children do, it is possible to get lost in it.

Anyone can get a canvas and squirt paint on it. Anyone can trail a paintbrush through the squirts to see what will happen to the colours. It really is that easy.

And from there, ideas happen. It has been a long time since I  wailed, ‘I can’t draw!’ Yes I can draw.

I don’t do it like a Royal Academy artist, or, as well as some six year olds!

But the point is, you do not have to be ‘good’ to create art.

My paintings will never resemble anything recognisable but it really doesn’t matter.

You’d be amazed at what people ‘see’ in my abstract paintings. 

Having fun with art is something you need to consciously make yourself do.

Especially if you want to paint, colour, sculpt, take pictures etc but are put off because you are ‘no good’.

Are you ever likely to be any good if you avoid getting immersed in it? And do you have to be any good to enjoy the feel of paint or clay?

Can you not just enjoy an hour of colouring and then walk away as a child does?

If having fun with art is something you would like to explore.

There are very simple ways that you can paint and then make beautiful, durable beads from your artwork.

Watch my video on how to make paper beads and then use your painted papers to create stunning jewelry.

And if you really don’t want to try and paint your own papers, you can use my free printables.

Check out the free printable designs I have on this blog, click here to see what goodies await you.

Once you realise that your scratchy scribblings can become something awesome, you will want to do more – I promise!

For more on my approach to having fun with art click here to read about how I plan to launch a secret exhibition at the Royal Academy next summer – well, I can dream.

For more info on me and this blog, please click here.