Painting the Blues

Art journaling for depression, art for sadness, painting the blues


The Blues is a musical form that knows a lot about creative self-care. The blues takes a sad, hopeless, dark feeling, and expresses and transforms it through the music with gusto and style. Today we’re going to be painting the blues, and hopefully, transforming them.

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I’m so pleased to be able to share these simple techniques for art journaling for depression with you.*


You might be interested in some of the supplies I used in this video. Any watercolor set and watercolor brush will do. Be sure to use watercolor paper though, because otherwise you won’t get the bleeding effects. Here’s what I’m using:

  • A bamboo brush – I love the “organic” shapes these naturally make.
  • Windsor & Newton Watercolor Tubes in my homemade portable Altoid tin
  • Strathmore Watercolor Journal – Mine is smaller than this one – roughly 5 x 8.5, but I couldn’t find it for you, so this one is the same but bigger. You can decide what size you like best. I get overwhelmed by anything too big these days.
  • And I didn’t end up using it, but that’s a Koi watercolor brush you see in the frame. I keep one at my desk and in my portable art kit because it has its own well of water. SO CONVENIENT for travel.

If you enjoyed this video on art journaling for the blues, I think you’ll LOVE my class, Fluid Art. It’s all about taking advantage of the natural beauty and flow of high flow acrylic paint and simple patterns. You’ll create your own organic mini masterpieces, handmade journals, and learn to weave much more art into your life. Check out the video for Fluid Art now. 

You might also enjoy learning some of my other art techniques for personal healing:

You can also join our private Facebook group, Creative Self-Care. It’s a wonderful, supportive community of folks all using art for self-care. No experience necessary!


Be sure to grab your spot in my free course, the Guide to Creative Self-Care.

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*DISCLAIMER: This is not art therapy, but rather a technique for personal growth. The information provided on this post and on this site is for educational purposes only. Please consult a mental health professional, such as an art therapist, if you think you need professional help.

*This is an affiliate link, if you choose to click on it and make a purchase, I will receive a small referral commission and you will support the creative self-care work of Mindful Art Studio. Thank you!


  1. Tina Hawley

    Wonderful! Love the music too! ❤

    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Thank you Tina! I just love what you did with it too – thanks so much for being here! 🙂 Amy

  2. Gloria McLaurin

    Thank you! I’m reaching to regain my passion/inspiration after the sudden death of a loved one. it’s been 10 months. Now, I believe that it is time through art and writing to get back on track.

    • Amy Maricle

      Oh Gloria, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m also so happy that you are feeling ready to dive back into your art and writing. This technique is a nice, playful, simple, start. Happy creating!

  3. Hema

    Thank you

  4. Nola Bukauskas

    Thank you – I needed that

  5. AndressA

    You have so much materials!!! I am in love with it! Thank you so much!



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