9 Painting Prompts to Jumpstart Your Creativity
Art takes practice, and that can discourage people from starting. Here are 9 painting prompts to get you out of your head & jumpstart your creativity!
Swatch colors. This is my favorite prompt and it’s so simple! Use any paints. I like watercolor so you can get light to dark w/ more or less water.
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Swatch color palettes. Start with a large swatch, then add a few colors you’d pair with it. This can easily be adapted to any art medium.
2
Experiment with gradients of color. Try analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel) or try color combos with more contrast.
3
Paint a landscape, abstract or realistic! Sunsets are great to start, they’re simple & colorful. I used watercolor, you can use any paints you have.
4
Create watercolor shapes with splatter paint. You can follow my earlier Jumprope to watch this full process!
5
Layer simple doodles on top of watercolor for some unique and relaxing process art. Check out my earlier Jumprope for the full tutorial.
6
Create art with your fingerprints! You can start with a specific idea in mind, or just start finger printing and see what you can make out of it!
7
Create art with dots of puff paint, mine is on cardboard. Don’t stress about it looking nice, this is a relaxing exercise where you get to experiment.
8
Cut apart a painting, it can be anything you made from a previous prompt, then collage it back together with Mod Podge over a colored background.
9
By taking away the pressure to make something “look good”, and instead focusing on the process, you’re free to explore creativity & have fun painting!
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