I Rediscovered the Joys of Watercolor Painting, and It's Been a Lifesaver While Stuck at Home

Victoria Messina

Some have taken up puzzles, others have developed bread-baking obsessions, and many have relied on Netflix to help pass the extra time at home lately. While I've certainly done my fair share of binge-watching the past few months (Insecure? Check. Outer Banks? Check. Never Have I Ever? Check.), my go-to activity when I need a screen-time break has been watercolor painting. It's a hobby I've dabbled in here and there since college, and rediscovering my pad of paper, paint set, and brushes has been an absolute lifesaver in these uncertain times.

As soon as I dip a brush in water, swirl it around in one of the dried paints, and drag it across a blank page, all tension instantly melts away. I let my mind wander - far away from petty Twitter feuds, disheartening news stories, and fleeting TikTok trends - and focus on letting the creative juices freely flow. Yes, it's as soothing as it sounds - a true salve for my dwindling sanity.

I'm here to make a case for taking up watercolors, should anyone out there need a break from stinky sourdough starters and Sex and the City reruns.

Now, I'm not a watercolor paint pro in any way, shape, or form. I've never bothered researching the expert lingo, and many of my paintings are basic at best. But for me, it's all about the process of secluding myself from outside distractions, zeroing in on the beauty and depth of the colors, and creating something that's uniquely mine. I'm here to share the joys of the nostalgic pastime and make a case for taking up watercolors, should anyone out there need a break from stinky sourdough starters or Sex and the City reruns. Read ahead for my beginner-friendly tips, favorite products, and more.

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