Emotional Painting

Emotional Painting is a paint craft that will help you get your feelings down on paper. Sometimes expressing yourself through art is the best way to share your thoughts.

Are you feeling blue, green with envy, or pretty in pink? Color a self-portrait to match your mood. Don't think about how it will look in the end; just concentrate on putting your emotions into a work of art.

What You'll Need:
  • Newspaper
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Watercolor or poster paints
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Draw a picture on a piece of drawing paper. Draw the same picture on another piece of paper, or make a photocopy of your first drawing.

Step 3: Now think of warm and cool colors. Warm colors are the colors of fire: red, orange, and yellow. Cool colors are the colors of ice: blue, green, and purple. Think of what the colors would be for opposite emotions such as love/hate, happiness/sadness, and anger/peace.

Step 4: Once you've assigned colors to the different emotions, paint your pictures. Paint one picture in the colors of one emotion, then paint the other picture in the colors of the opposite emotion. Let the paint dry and compare your paintings.

If you paint an 'angry' red painting, the calming, soothing blue painting you paint afterward might just help calm you down.

If you'd like to try a painting style that lets chance do the work, try the Blot Painting activity on the next page.

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