Creative Calisthenics 2

Hello lovelies! It’s time to flex those creative muscles once again with another installment of Creative Calisthenics! If you’d like an extended explanation, feel free to head over to our first CC post. In short, one of the goals of this blog is to inspire folks to take part in a little creativity every day, especially those of you who have the distinct privilege of working in cube farms. Think back to the past week – when was the last time you did something truly creative? And no, taking a Buzzfeed quiz doesn’t count. I’d like to hope you could say yesterday, or maybe the day before, but chances are that some of you can’t even remember the last time you doodled on a post-it or pulled out a paintbrush.

Today, that changes. The good news is, I’m going to tell you exactly what to do! Easy, right?


Small paintbrush

Watercolor paints in red, yellow and blue – doesn’t matter what shade!

Sheet of paper – doesn’t matter what kind, as long as it’s white! Obviously if you have watercolor paper, feel free to use that, but regular old copy paper, a sketchbook, or even a sheet of looseleaf will work.

Paper towel for dabbing excess water off your brush

Cup or bowl + clean water


Using only your primary colors, take ten minutes to mix as many different colors as you possibly can, and swatch each color on your paper. Think outside the box! Mix primary colors with the secondary colors you make and see what happens. Try and get as close to neutral grey and/or black as you can. If you’re unhappy with a shade, add more pigment or dilute with water for a different result. The most important thing here is to just enjoy the process, so don’t worry about your colors. There is no right or wrong way to do this.

If you feel like actually painting something after your color experiment, great! You’re already warmed up and now have a bevy of colors to choose from.

If not, no sweat. No one is judging you except your sad paintbrushes.

Come on, don’t you wanna paint some happy little trees?

RIP Bob Ross.


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