How To Paint with a Credit Card: Easy 5-Minute Watercolor Landscape

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This is a fun watercolor technique that helps you to loosen up, enjoy the process and not worry about the end result. View the full tutorial here.

How To Paint with a Credit Card: Easy 5-Minute Watercolor Landscape – Reflections

Paint with a credit card? Did I lose my paintbrushes… or marbles?

The more I look at this one, the more I like it. It’s such a simple landscape but it really highlights the beauty of watercolors. There’s something magical about the soft transitions, the light that seems to fade in and out. I think these subtle elements are unique to watercolor medium.

How To Paint with a Credit Card: Easy 10-Minute Watercolor Landscape

Creating abstracts with unpredictable elements can be a form of art therapy. It allows us to let go of any preconceived ideas and comparisons of previous artworks. You simply allow the paint to flow through natural processes. Sometimes you don’t need to know where exactly you are going. It’s just as important to be present at the moment for the experience and make decisions.

I find myself using this technique and process as a way to wind down and relax. There’s something mesmerizing and meditative when you’re watching the paint mix on paper and form their own abstract shapes and forms that you may interpret as a tree, rocks, water, etc. More importantly for me, it reinforces the idea of accepting an unpredictable outcome. There are many variables unknown to us and beyond our control. Better bend than break.

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