mindfulness drawing

Hi! I’m TLC and today I want to share a 10 minute mindfulness drawing activity that can be done anytime you feel inspired. The goal is to be mindful, stay present, and harmonize the different sides of our bodies using both hands.

You can check out the video below and follow along. Not much is needed for this quick mental reset.

Try this Mindfulness Drawing Exercise

Materials Needed

  • Two Sharpie pens (or any drawing tools you prefer, like pencils or colored pens)
  • Sketchbook or any drawing paper

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Prepare Your Materials

Gather your chosen drawing tools. I’ll be using two Sharpie pens, but feel free to use any materials you like. The sky’s the limit!

I like to use 11″x14″ paper for its size. You will want to secure the paper down, either with tape or by opening to a blank set of pages in your sketchbook like I did.

2. Get Comfortable

Sit or stand comfortably with your sketchbook open. I prefer to stand so I can more easily connect with my body in the process. Hold one drawing tool in each hand. Remember, the purpose is to be present, not to create a masterpiece.

3. Start Drawing

Attempt to create the same marks on both sides of your paper simultaneously. You want to roughly create a mirror image between the 2 drawings. This might feel challenging, especially if you’re not used to drawing with your non-dominant hand. That’s perfectly okay! I recommend going slow. Take deep breathes as you move the markers in mirrored unison.

4. Create Kinetic Marks

Focus on making kinetic marks, which are simply movements that represent your body’s motion. Let your hands move freely and see where the lines take you. Whether you are sitting or standing, allow your body to sway in any direction.

5. Embrace Imperfection

Don’t worry if the lines aren’t perfect or if one side doesn’t match the other. This exercise is about connecting with your creativity and body in a new way. It’s about the process, not the result.

6. Reflect and Adjust

As you continue, you might notice different tendencies. For example, you might lean more on one side or let one hand lead. Be curious and see how these observations influence your drawing.

7. Experiment

Try letting your non-dominant hand lead and see what happens. Notice how each hand interprets the motion differently. This can provide interesting insights into your own physical and creative habits.

8. Wrap Up

After spending some time on your drawing, reflect on the experience. You might see patterns or shapes emerging, like the figure eight I noticed in my drawing.

I like to grab my journal and write about what came up in the drawing. You may even try writing in your non-dominant hand.

9. Optional: Add Details

If you feel inspired, you can continue adding details or even paint over your drawing. Follow where your creativity leads you.

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Happy drawing!

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