Meditation and painting are two of the most well-studied, well-proven therapeutic endeavors. While different, both activities have the unique benefit of bringing the participant to a state of mindfulness and inner peace through quiet introspection and emotional exploration. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that therapists and experts have figured out how to marry the two activities into one super-therapeutic one, called meditation painting.
Today, we’re going over everything you need to know about painting with diamonds as a form of therapy to help bring you mindfulness and joy. Read on to learn all about art therapy and how to set up the perfect and most therapeutic environment for diamond art painting as a form of therapy.
What Is Meditation Painting?
Meditation painting—whether done with diamond art or traditional pastels and watercolors—is a form of mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT), a type of therapy used to help participants better understand their inner selves and emotions. The idea is that, through meditative, creative activities, such as completing a sunset diamond painting in a quiet, peaceful environment, the artist is able to sink into a state of focused awareness. This feeling, coupled with the joyous release of creative energy, can help people cope with feelings of stress, worry and even sadness or anger.
Any activity that encourages the brain to quietly focus on a singular creative task could be considered mindfulness-based art therapy. Meditation painting generally involves visual art, such as painting a self-portrait or a nature scene, while allowing the mind to float to a state of introspection. Diamond art painting is one of the best activities for anyone seeking inner peace and joy, as it creates the perfect environment for soaking up this beneficial therapy. The neat, self-contained and easy-to-use system is excellent for seniors, children and adults alike.
The Research: What Meditation Painting Helps With
The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as a personal and relational treatment used to “improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.”
While more research is needed, studies have indicated that mindfulness-based art therapy can help with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse and even eating disorders. Here’s some of the research available indicating that this type of therapy is quite promising for a wide range of mental and emotional issues.
- Anxiety—In adults with anxiety, art therapy can have measurable positive impacts. One study showed that not only can art therapy reduce anxiety symptoms in adult women, but it can also lead to an improved quality of life and better emotional regulation. Any quiet, focused activity can have a physically calming effect, too.
- Depression—Similarly, art therapy has been shown to help improve symptoms of depression, even in severe cases. In fact, studies have proven that art therapy can help decrease stress and mood disturbance in patients with depression, alongside other therapeutic interventions, such as traditional psychotherapy.
- Physical Pain and Fatigue—Perhaps one of the most promising applications for art therapy is for treating people suffering from serious diseases. One study showed that art therapy intervention, alongside traditional therapies like chemotherapy and radiation, diminished symptoms in cancer patients, including pain and fatigue.
- Trauma—Art therapy of all sorts has long been employed to help trauma sufferers with feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. It has even been used with children experiencing trauma or who are hospitalized due to a physical illness, resulting in an increase in self-awareness, resilience and self-compassion.
- Eating Disorders—Eating disorder specialists utilize art therapy in recovery to help those suffering with eating disorders recognize their emotions and feelings, which—when guided by a therapist—can actually help them desensitize the fears or emotions which may have triggered the eating disorder in the past.
How to Use Diamond Art for Meditation
As previously mentioned, when it comes to creating meditation art, diamond painting is among the very best crafts for the job. Unlike traditional painting or drawing, diamond art kits come with everything a person needs to experience the calming, mindfulness-boosting benefits of MBAT. They eliminate the need for any prior artistic experience and require no specific art skills, making them approachable to all.
Diamond art requires no special equipment, no extensive collection of art supplies, not even a steady hand. It truly is one of the easiest and most user-friendly ways to do art therapy at home. Simply purchasing a diamond art kit from our store and following the instructions that come with the kit are enough to get you started with this ultra-relaxing activity, but here are a few tips for how to take it to the next level therapy-wise.
1. Pick a Calming Scene—First things first: Pick out a diamond art kit that elicits feelings of calm, introspection and wonder. Whether it’s a tranquil ocean scene or animals interacting in the forest, the right subject matter can elicit feelings of peace. Choose from the list below to find therapy-friendly options.
2. Create a Quiet, Peaceful Environment—Setting up your workspace in the middle of a chaotic environment isn’t the best idea for those seeking deep calm and reflection. Instead, you want to create a comfortable workspace where you can spend hours peacefully perfecting your craft. Some ways to make the environment more suitable to your therapy include:
Light a candle in a calming but invigorating scent to help you sink into a creative mindset that's not shrouded by stress or worry.
Work in solitude or with other people doing the same activity. Don't try to practice meditation painting around people participating in other activities around you, such as cooking, cleaning or watching TV.
Play peaceful music. This will help you drown out any distracting ambient noise, whether it be a spouse watching TV or traffic sounds outside. Play soft, instrumental music that won't distract from your mantra.
3. Pick a Mantra—In meditation, mantras—repetitive sounds or prayers, said aloud or in your head—are used to help focus the mind and help practitioners concentrate on their meditation. To create a sense of balance and to help prevent your mind from wandering, you can select a mantra that applies to the intention of your therapy. For example, you may repeat the phrase “I am that I am” or “May I find inner peace” in your head to help you stay in the moment.
4. Start Working on Your Painting—We recommend choosing a designated timeframe to work on your meditation artwork each day. Consider reserving an hour or two in the evening after work or in the morning as your art therapy time. This will help ensure that you (and those around you) see it as a priority each day.
5. Reflect on Your Experience—One of the most important parts of therapeutic art activities is recording and reflecting on your experiences after the fact. Not only should you monitor how the activity made you feel, but you should also use the creative mindset to help you express the way you feel about any number of things that may be bothering you or negatively affecting your life at the moment.
The Best Diamond Art Kits for Meditation
Although any form of creativity can have therapeutic benefits, there is something to be said about subject matter. For example, creating a nature diamond painting can have a different effect on the brain than creating a bustling city scene. Of course, there is no one-size-fits-all kit for those who want to use art for therapy—you may find a city scene stimulating in a way that elicits joy, while another may find it overwhelming.
If your goal is inner calm and quiet, you may want to consider one of the more relaxing scenes listed below.
- Golden Sunset—The stillness and calm of the quiet sea shines through in this exceptional work by Graham Gercken. Fiery hues of gold and yellow make way for a soft sky-blue backdrop, intersected by a tree line that creates perfect harmony. At the center of this scene is a sailboat drifting into the horizon.
- Rainbow Tree—A bursting array of colors comes together to create this pretty, nature-inspired image by Lisa Frances Judd. Leaves of blue, green, pink, orange and red take on a tree-inspired shape, but the longer you look, the more the image begins to take shape. What you see in this abstract scene is up to your subconscious!
- Beach Sunset—Few things are as awe-inspiring as a beautiful sunset dipping over a serene sea at dusk. This lovely display features soothing hues of blue and orange to trigger feelings of deep serenity and inspiration, like you’ve spent a week on vacation. This is the painting for anyone who loves the ocean!
- Serenity—This striking nature scene by Maria Gubar gives you a birdseye view of the rolling countryside, complete with a dramatic, winding tree and fields of blue, green and pink. Almost half the canvas is dedicated to the sky, creating a sweet airiness.
- Sunset Reflections—Soft shades of blue and purple mix with bright orange and yellow in this pretty sight created by artist Graham Gercken. The natural abstractions and the appearance of thick brushstrokes make this scene distinctly impressionist-inspired. This scene is great for the lover of nature and classic art themes.
- Autumn Reflections—If your idea of a tranquil nature scene involves autumn hues, then you’ll love this seasonal forest depiction by Graham Gercken. It shows a river carving through the woods at the height of fall, complete with bursting shades of orange, yellow and green juxtaposed against the soft blues of the sky and water.
- Cherry Blossom Reflection—Springtime brings its own style of serenity, as seen by this beautiful and inspiring landscape. A soft pink cherry blossom tree in mid-bloom juts out of a calm estuary, creating a scene of complete solitude and bliss, perfect for those seeking inner peace.
- Out West—Stimulating yet serene, this unique visual created by Madartstudios is an ideal selection for any artist seeking a sense of comforting stimulation. It’s not overly invigorating, but it certainly does enliven the mind and awaken the senses. You could work on this special scene in the morning to start the day with some creative energy.
- Beach Dunes—The soft, rolling sand and crisp, blue water in this painting make you feel like you’re in a total vacation trance. The visuals elicit the feelings of long days stretched out on the beach in the sun with no cares in the world.
- Beach Beautiful Bridge—Another brilliant ocean scene, this gorgeous depiction takes us to a tropical locale and offers a more realistic, photographic effect. The contrast between the perfect, turquoise sea and the rickety wood pier give this scene a kind of dimension that makes it endlessly intriguing.
- Swansea Sunset— A burning sunset and its reflection in the sea make this pretty scene by Graham Gercken both calming and invigorating. At the foreground is a pair of pier posts and a perching bird, giving life to an otherwise soothing, natural landscape.
The Best Diamond Art for Meditation
Ready to try it for yourself? Diamond Art Club is the best resource for top-notch diamond painting kits for your therapeutic endeavors. Each one features a self-flattening velvet tarpaulin canvas, color-coded rhinestones and an easy-to-use magic diamond applicator that makes the whole process a true delight. We’re happy to help you master this special craft so that it becomes a staple in your health, wellness and self-care routine this year!