Greetings and a warm welcome to Breathe People’s Meditative Art Paint by Number community! I'm Rebecca, the founder, artist and therapeutic art guide behind BP, and I am thrilled to have you here.
If this is your first time trying meditative art, then welcome to a safe haven of creative expression and self-care. This is a place for you to relax and connect with your inner self and creativity.
Before you begin, I'd like to share my personal ritual for getting into a creative headspace. First, it's essential to create your own cozy and nurturing space. Grab your favorite blanket, wear comfortable clothes, light a candle, and maybe brew yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Immerse yourself in the creative process with all your senses.
Next, choose your meditation. Before starting with the art-making process, it's vital to check in with yourself and understand how you're feeling and what you'd like to get out of the experience. I have created a handful of short meditations to help you with this part, designed to calm your mind and connect with your heart. Please choose one that resonates with you and aligns with your current needs.
Additionally, I have included some nature sound recordings that you can find below, which are extremely soothing. My personal favorites are the rainforest and thunderstorm sounds. Calming nature sounds can help alleviate anxiety and keep you connected to the moment in a profound way.
During the art-making process, my advice is to not overthink it. Remember, this is all about the process, not the end product. If you feel like departing from the numbers listed and using your own colors, go for it! Paint outside the lines if you like, add your own touch. Although it's good to follow the rules, don't feel obliged to do so here. You cannot get this wrong - I promise you that.
Lastly, and most importantly, remember that the intention is not to create a masterpiece. The goal is to quiet your mind and connect with your creative soul. I hope you enjoy this experience, and please don't hesitate to reach out if you need any guidance or support.