In an ideal world, we could devote ourselves to painting as often and as long as we would like, unfortunately, for most of us, this is rarely possible. That’s why today, I share with you some tips to manage to paint even when time is lacking.

Photo by nile.

Photo by nile.

The Tips

1 Paint in small size. When we do not have much time to paint, small size is definitely options to consider.

2 Use a timer. If you are afraid of being too absorbed by the painting and to forget the notion of time and your must-do tasks, use a timer.

3 Adopt a medium that requires a short cleaning time. Reduce the waste of time by working with an art medium or technique that requires little or almost no time of cleaning up after your painting session. For example, I like to paint without brushes, with tools that I clean with a cotton rag or that I can easily replace if I forget to do it.

4 Keep your creative tools at hand. If you need to take a long time to settle to paint and put away everything afterwards, I bet you will not paint as much as you could. Find an area to permanently install your creative tools or put all your things in a box or on a board and slide it under the bed when you finished. What matters is that it takes the least amount of time to access your art supplies.

5 Paint when doing something else. This is not necessarily the ideal situation and it surely does not suit everybody, but I know that some people like to paint while watching TV or talking on the phone.

6 Take advantage of time lost to the maximum. You have a one-hour break for dinner, but it only takes you 30 minutes? You know what to do with your time now! The bus travel, the waiting time at your doctor’s office or to the laundry room can also become opportunities to create. Bring a sketchbook, watercolor pencils and voilà. If you do not have a water-brush, you can always turn your drawing into a painting later at home.

7 Go for digital painting. With digital painting, you do not have to wait for the paint to dry, no brush cleaning to do and you can more easily stop painting at any time. The device that you have on hand, day after day, like your phone, a digital tablet or your computer can become your portable paint shop.

I hope these tips will allow you to paint more often. If you have your own tips, feel free to share them with other blog readers in the space below.

Thanks for your visit and see you soon,

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