15 Minute Art Exercise to Spark Creativity with Chalk and Paint

This playful process drawing and painting exercise can help you get started with art, even if you only have 15 minutes (promise, that’s all the time I allowed myself to take with this one). ⏳ Mistakes and bad art encouraged. Fight perfection and just get going!

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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  • Thick paper
  • Chalk pastels
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Brushes, water

Anything goes. Make adjustments if you don’t have these exact supplies.

YouTube video

Start with thick paper. Use non-white if you can; the tint can help it feel like the first color has already been taken care of. Because I like creating in multiples, I worked with 5 inch (13 cm) squares, cut from 2 sheets of paper. ✂📃

Use chalk pastel in a dark color to make mindless marks. Try switching hands. This will take reason and sensibility out of the equation and help you loosen up. ✍️

Smudge parts of the drawing to leave hard and soft lines. 👈

Choose another chalk pastel to add more color. Smudge again if desired. 🖍

Paint with white acrylic to further smudge and mix the pastels. 🎨

Choose another color of acrylic paint. 🎨

Time is up! Or keep going if you have more time to spare.

Check in with yourself. How did that feel? Did anything about the process surprise you?