15 Art Therapy Activities That Will Boost Your Mood
Did you know that creating art is good for your mind, body, and spirit? No, really!
Art therapy encourages creative expression; it can help increase self-awareness while decreasing stress and anxiety. There are tons of ways to practice art therapy, ranging from a mindful coloring session to a peaceful painting project and so much more. Gather your favorite Tulip products and get inspired with this list of 15 mood-boosting projects, then take a moment to relax with some colorful art therapy!
- "Feelin’ Lucky" Rainbow Canvas Art with Fabric Paint
- “Be Bold” Gradient Canvas Art with Fabric Paint
- Rainbow Ombré Coloring Craft with Fabric Markers
- DIY Sleepover Party Pillowcase with Fabric Markers
- Y2K-Inspired Holographic Pillow with Fabric Paint
- Faux Embroidery DIY with Puff Paints
- DIY Faux Cross Stitch Heart Socks with Puff Paint
- 90s Inspired Neon Tie-Dye Grip Socks
- Pastel Dyed Wooden Bead Garland
- Dirty Pour Shoes with Fabric Paint
- Personalized Hand-Painted Shoes with Fabric Paint
- Upcycled Splatter Paint Overalls with Fabric Paint
- DIY Splatter Paint Weights with Fabric Paint
- DIY Water Tracker Bottle with Puff Paint
- Custom Yoga Mat with Fabric Paint
1. "Feelin’ Lucky" Rainbow Canvas Art with Fabric Paint
This simple art therapy project is the perfect project for people of all ages! Take the small piece of cardboard and use it as a squeegee to spread Tulip Fabric Paints in a wavelike pattern across canvas. It’s so satisfying to paint like this, you’ll be relaxed and feelin’ lucky in no time!
2. “Be Bold” Gradient Canvas Art with Fabric Paint
Here’s another relaxing canvas art therapy project to try— useTulip Brush-On Fabric Paints to create colorful quote art canvases! This color palette is reminiscent of a beautiful sunrise and sunset that inspires creativity. Pair it with your favorite motivational mantra, and you’ll have a custom work of art to admire whenever you need to boost your mood!
3. Rainbow Ombré Coloring Craft with Fabric Markers
Coloring isn’t just for kids— people of all ages use coloring as an art therapy technique to express their creative side! Tulip Fabric Markers are the perfect tool for doodling, drawing, sketching, and coloring. Plus, you can choose from a wide assortment of tips and finishes to add vibrant color to your fabric crafts! Try coloring a simple rainbow gradient like this, or fill in patterns and designs with your favorite colors. There’s no right or wrong way to color: just relax and have fun while coloring!
4. DIY Sleepover Party Pillowcase with Fabric Markers
Coloring is great for art therapy—that’s why kids and adults alike love to color! Coloring can promote mindfulness, reduce stress, and help you relax. This pillowcase project turns into the ultimate coloring book thanks to Tulip Fabric Markers! This colorful craft is perfect for entertaining kids at a sleepover, or even as a personal project for whenever you need to de-stress.
5. Y2K-Inspired Holographic Pillow with Fabric Paint
Get lost in the holographic swirls of this Y2K-inspired painted pillow! Use Tulip Fabric Paints to let your creativity shine and get ready for some serious art therapy. There’s no wrong way to paint these mesmerizing abstract designs! Once you’re done painting, a few coats of Silver Glitter ColorShot Instant Fabric Spray will create that metallic holographic look that you’re nostalgic for!
6. Faux Embroidery DIY with Puff Paints
Embroidery and needlework are great for art therapy, but creating permanent designs with a needle and thread can be intimidating. Luckily, there’s another way to create intricate cross-stitch inspired designs: Tulip Puff Paints! Tulip Puff Paints come in an easy-squeeze bottle with a precision tip applicator that’s perfect for mimicking needlework. Take your time and relax while creating beautiful faux embroidery designs!
7. DIY Faux Cross Stitch Heart Socks with Puff Paint
A handmade pair of cross stitch heart socks are a great way to show some love! Rather than actual cross stitching, use Tulip Puff Paints for easy faux stitching and finish your socks in less than 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can use Puff Paints on the soles to create DIY grip socks with a heart-shaped design. This versatile art therapy project will have you feeling lovely in no time!
8. 90s Inspired Neon Tie-Dye Grip Socks
Have you ever tried tie dyeing as art therapy? It’s much more relaxing than you’d think! The process of dyeing and the unique reveal are what makes it so much fun— it’s even better when you’re rewarded with cute and cozy socks from the Tulip Slumber Party Crazy Socks Kit! Get some friends together for this art therapy project and get ready to relax!
9. Pastel Dyed Wooden Bead Garland
This dyed bead garland is a unique art therapy project! This relaxing project uses Tulip Pastel One-Step Tie-Dye Refills to create an assortment of colorful wooden beads. Focus on the placement of each bead while you string them on twine to create a gorgeous garland— repeating patterns is an easy way to practice mindfulness!
10. Dirty Pour Shoes with Fabric Paint
Aren’t the naturally marbled designs of paint pouring gorgeous? Get some art therapy and a pair of sweet kicks with this colorful paint project! Tulip Fabric Paints make it super easy to experiment with the dirty pour painting technique. Get as messy as you’d like with this project— there’s art in the chaos!
11. Personalized Hand-Painted Shoes with Fabric Paint
If hand-painted designs are more of your style, try this whimsical wearable art therapy project with Tulip Fabric Paints! Picking up a paintbrush and creating abstract doodles and designs on a pair of canvas shoes can be a relaxing and rewarding experience. Plus, when all the painting fun is done, you’ll have a pretty pair of kicks to wear!
12. Upcycled Splatter Paint Overalls with Fabric Paint
Splatter painting is a fun art therapy technique that you need to try ASAP! It’s a great way for kids and adults alike to express their emotions and creativity at the same time. This mood-boosting project upcycles an old pair of overalls with abstract splatter paint designs using Tulip Fabric Paints in a pretty pastel palette. You can upcycle any article of clothing with this colorful technique!
13. DIY Splatter Paint Weights with Fabric Paint
Can’t get enough splatter paint? Neither can we! Splatter painting is a fun art therapy technique that lets you play with colors in a totally invigorating way. Burn off your extra energy with some DIY splatter paint weights made with Tulip Fabric Paints! Once you’re done painting, you’ll have some stylish weights to work out with. Just make sure you drink some water when you’re done!
14. DIY Water Tracker Bottle with Puff Paint
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies— it’s the easiest way to boost your mood! Creating your own water tracker bottle with Tulip Puff Paint is a great way to squeeze in some art therapy while monitoring your water intake. This super simple DIY will motivate you to drink more water for a healthier lifestyle!
15. Custom Yoga Mat with Fabric Paint
Yoga is a great way to exercise your mind, body, and spirit; so why not add some color to your yoga mat with this easy art therapy exercise? Use Tulip Fabric Paints to express your personality with a bit of art on your mat. Painting colorful linework like this is a fun way to practice mindfulness, or you can go abstract and let your creative mind wander!
How else are you using Tulip products for your art therapy projects? Show how you use color to boost your mood and tag us @TulipColorCrafts!
Ready to try some art therapy of your own? Check out these links and get inspired for your next art therapy session!