Self Art Therapy Beginner Kit
Self Art Therapy Beginner Kit
Hello my friends! I’m excited to share with you the essential art materials to have in your supply kit if you want to begin doing self-art therapy at home.
These are the materials that I go for when I want to do some therapeutic art-making.
Of course, you can expand on this list and add more materials as you go. However, this is a good starting point if you haven’t really started making art for yourself on a regular basis.
When you’re beginning, it’s better to keep the materials as simple as possible, cheap, and non-“fancy.” This is because if you get expensive, fancy things, you might not use it as freely and liberally as you would with more affordable ones.
As you get used to the materials, you can decide to expand into supplies that offer more colors or options, but it’s nice to keep it simple in the beginning.
So here is the list (scroll down to see the quick rundown of the materials):
List of Materials
Painting is one of the most common ways to do self art therapy and it helps us express ourselves in a more expressive, fluid, and intuitive way than drawing. So I recommend having a pad or a spiral bound watercolor paper.
These are great to have because of the versatility. You can collage, you can draw with pencils, markers, oil pastels, and even lightly paint on them too.
Colored pencils are quick and easy to use on an everyday basis. I recommend having them for almost all occasions.
4. Oil pastels
These are more expressive and require a looser approach to art-making than colored pencils. It has its advantages and definitely helps you express yourself in a different way compared to pencils or paint.
You want to have some kind of paint because paint can help you have a wider range of expression. It helps you to tap into your emotions within the deeper layers of your inner self.
And of course, to paint we need brushes!
You need a cup to hold water for painting and I recommend repurposing an old cup or jar for this. If you would like to get a portable water holder, this one is a good one.
With painting, you also need a rag to absorb extra water from your brush or cleaning your brush when switching colors. Many use paper towels, but I recommend a rag or repurposing a leftover/used fabric for painting only.
9. Air dry clay
Clay is a wonderful medium to express ourselves. I recommend this (“Model Magic”) if you are wanting to keep it more clean, mess-free, and kid-friendly.
I recommend this air-dry clay if you don’t mind the residue of clay that you get on your hands and want more intricate or delicate work.
10. Tissue paper
Another favorite medium of mine is tissue paper, which can be used so many different ways - painting, collaging, and more mixed media work. I recommend the “bleeding” kind that can be used to “paint” as well.
Here is the quick rundown of the list:
Hope that was helpful for you in starting your self-care, self-art therapy practice! Talk to you next time.
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