I can’t quite put a finger on why painting with your digits is seen as just a messy children’s activity. How come society expects you to grow up into a serious, busy, professional clone? How come doing something imaginative and therapeutic, such as painting with your fingers, is seen as childlike? In the whirlwind of the average adult’s somewhat mapped out life, finger-painting can be a soothing form of expression.
The truth is, finger-painting is an activity for everyone, no matter your age. Swirling in a palette of colors, your abilities may surprise you. When was the last time you did something different and beneficial for yourself? It doesn’t have to be anything large — it can simply be letting your mind wander and working that out onto a canvas. You paint what you feel in addition to what you see. We all have different interpretations of the life surrounding us each day.
Finger-painting is therapeutic in a variety of ways. Both children and adults can use it as a form of expression when words are not enough. Learning which colors can mix together to create other colors, or different tints, tones, and shades, can be amazing in itself. You might have forgotten just how amazing it is until you dip your fingers into paint and get to mixing for your masterpiece.
So where do you start? Purchase yourself a canvas and oil-based paint (you can find these supplies at Michael’s or Jo-Ann Fabrics), and let your thoughts do the rest. If you have an image in mind, bring it to life. You can also recreate a favorite picture, or paint up an experience from your past or one that is yet to come. You can paint pets and animals, people, landscapes, skylines, food, or just go in with an open mind and see what you can create on the spot. It’s all up to you — the experience is yours.
Finger-painting is both a physical and spiritual experience that helps you reach a different place within yourself, allowing you to deeper explore your mind and body. And of course, it’s pure fun.
It’s time to roll up your sleeves, mix up some paint, grab a bunch of paper towels, and get creative! After all, creativity is intelligence having fun.